Rogaine 2014 – a Project Completed   Leave a comment

On Saturday we held the 2014 Rogaine – a project that I’ve been working on for almost a year. Over 140 teams competed in 5-hour, 6-hour (bike) and 8-hour races on the map below, on a beatiful sunny day in the Ramot Menashe region of Israel.

Since last June I have run over 220 km in the terrain, mapping the western part of the map from scratch (the rest is based on a previous map) and marking all 33 controls, and spent countless hours drawing the new area, modifying the old one, and planning on my computer. It all culminated in two days of hard work (with some other volunteers, of course) and 400 tired but happy orienteers on Saturday afternoon.

Most importantly, no-one was injured, though we evacuated two exhausted rogainers back to the starting point, and we even recovered all the controls.

The statistics can probably be analysed in many different ways, but here are some highlights (note that points were awarded according to the first digit of the control number, and there were 145 teams):

  • The least visited control was 50 (10 teams) – not surprisingly.
  • The most popular control was 42 (90 teams), one of only 5 controls to be visited by more than half of the teams.
  • Of the “expensive” controls (80’s and 90’s), 90 (the highest point on the map) and 85 (an old tank in an army training area) were the most popular. 80 was the least popular.
  • Most teams started with 40, 42 or 44 (divided almost evenly), with only 16 teams starting at any other control.
  • The most popular leg, other than those involving the start or finish, was 55 to 54 (33 teams).
  • The winning team – my great friends and rivals Noam and Naomi – reached 162 points and visited 25 controls, covering 51 km on the ground. The winning bike team had 159 points.

I put a lot of thought into the placing of the controls and their point values, trying to create difficult choices for everyone and also to make sure that all parts of the map would be visited. If you divide the map into three general areas, then about 21% of points were gained in the south-east, 34% in the north, and 44% in the south-west. This ratio holds steady for the 5-hour teams, who had no chance to cover the whole map and had to pick a direction. I’m counting that as a success – it means that I managed to split the field and send the teams in all possible directions.

I can also admit now that it was really convenient for me to organise the rogaine when Roni is pregnant and we can’t compete together, and it was part of the plan from the start. Next year I hope we’ll be participating as a team again.

The map

Posted 02/04/2014 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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