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The Orienteering USA Rules of Orienteering include a section specific to rogaines. In addition, we recommend that rogaines go through the same sanctioning process as standard "A" events.

Benefits of Applying for Rogaine Sanctioning

  • Excellent advice from the entire rogaine committee, as well as an event consultant and a course consultant who will work with you in the months leading up to the rogaine with the shared goal of having a safe, enjoyable and high quality event.
  • Access to our growing network of contacts to advertise the event outside normal orienteering circles.

Steps to Obtain Sanctioning for a Rogaine

Sanctioning a rogaine is similar to sanctioning an A meet, and currently uses the same sanctioning application form. 

  1. Review the sanctioning information in the Sanctioned Events section for foot orienteering events, as the forms used are the same.
  2. Review the planning calendar, the North American rogaine schedule and various sanctioning calendars to get an idea of what else is going on, and attempt to avoid/resolve any conflicts.
  3. Sanctioning applications should be submitted at least 6 months prior to the event. We will consider shorter time lines if necessary.
  4. Championship bids for a calendar year are due by September 1 of the year preceding the proposed championship. Note that a bid on a championship can be made after the sanctioning application has been submitted; they do not need to be submitted at the same time.
  5. Fill out the form and e-mail it to the Chair of the Rogaine Committee (currently Bud Laird, bnclaird [at] yahoo [dot] com). Incomplete forms, including those missing the safety plan, will be returned.
  6. Clean bids should then go to the committee within 3 days of their receipt by the Rogaine Committee chair. The committee will then vote for the next 2 weeks or so.  Expect the total process to take about 3 to 4 weeks from submission.

Please note the following special considerations for rogaines:

  • Safety and water placement plans are of great importance.
  • The event should follow Orienteering USA’s rogaine rules
  • Please note that solo competitors should not be allowed on 24-hour events.
  • Hash house food plans will be reviewed by the committee.
  • Consideration should be given to ways to minimize risk of sleep-deprived competitors driving following the event. (Consider support for carpooling, designated drivers, allowing camping the night after the event, etc.)
  • We encourage organizers to offer discounts to competitors in exchange for their volunteering to help work the event.