Heading Out for a 12 Hour Rogaine
Team Virtus will be sending the brothers Lamb to Chillicothe, OH on November 14th for the Sleepy Hollow 12 hour Rogaine. Casey, Zack, and myself will be meeting in Ohio for the race. Unfortunately, Bob and Drew couldn’t make it because they “had to work” and stuff.
For those of you that only know rogaine as a product for hair-loss, let me enlighten you.
There are two stories behind the term rogaine. I have read that it comes from the first two letters of the names of the three athletes who supposedly invented the sport. There names were Rod, Gail, and Neil. Rogaine is also an acronym. The letters stand for Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance.
A rogaine is an orienteering race usually lasting 12 to 24 hours where each checkpoint has a point value. Teams of two to five can get checkpoints in any order they so choose, and the team with the most points at the end of the race is the winner. So, strategy plays a huge role in a rogaine race. Do you try to get all of the low-value checkpoints that are closer and easier to find? Or do you try to go for the high-value points that are farther away and more difficult to locate?
We have participated in adventure races with small rogaine sections in them, but this will be our first true rogaine race. It should be interesting to say the least, and I’m sure we’ll learn a lot. We’ll post a race review and share our lessons learned when we get back. That’s assuming we all survive.