Rogaining in Deutschland

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What is rogaining?

What is Rogaining?

Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation. The championship rogaine is of 24 hours duration but there are several shorter variants. Teamwork, endurance, competition and an appreciation of the natural environment are features of the sport. Rogaining involves both route planning and navigation between checkpoints using a variety of map types.
Rogaines are generally day and night events in which teams of two to five members travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass. Teams select their own order of visiting checkpoints in terrain that varies from open countryside to hilly forest.

A central base camp provides hot meals and teams may return at any time to eat, rest or enjoy the fellowship. Teams travel at their own pace, and anyone from children to grandparents can experience the personal satisfaction that comes from cross-country navigation at individual levels of competition and comfort.

The history of rogaining

The first rogaine was run in Australia in 1976 and followed related events that had been held over the previous thirty years. The Victorian Rogaining Association was formed in April, 1976, and remains the world's largest rogaining association. Rogaining rapidly became established throughout Australia. Annual championship rogaines were held in most states and many smaller events were organized.
In 1986, the first rogaine outside Australia was held in Canada and several hundred overseas events have since been held. Rogaining has now spread to many countries including the USA, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Sweden, Ireland and Russia.

The International Rogaining Federation was formed in 1989 and is recognised as the peak international body for the sport, having responsibility for Standards and Rules, the World Rogaining Championships and fostering the sport internationally.


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