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Discussion: Rogaining Question

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Feb 10, 2019 11:53 PM # 
So, I am venturing into Rogaining and have a question. I am coming from an Ultra running background where you can have ''crews". Crews are people who help you when you stop - help you change shoes, shove food into your hand, help you bandage cut parts, etc. Can you do this with rogaining? I'm totally cool being self sufficient, done it many times, but just curious. Thanks in advance all! Sorry for the newbie questions! :-)
Feb 11, 2019 12:00 AM # 
For longer events (~24 hrs) often you can access a "gear bin" located at the start/finish area. It is usually some amount of "penalty" in terms of going out of your way to return to the start/finish instead of continuing on a more efficient pathway.

Having a "crew" staged somewhere is prohibited, as it offers an unfair advantage. However, usually accepting unplanned help, either from another competitor, or a random person who's house happens to be within the map area, is allowed.

My wife and I have had no problems going up to 18 hours with everything we need for the race in our packs. We keep our packs as small as possible. In nice weather that means a trail running pack that only carries water, food, and the bare minimum of gear. In colder weather we usually run one bigger pack (Out There MS-2) with warm clothes, and one trail running pack, when we go together. For a 24 hour event we planned to stop at the start/finish around hour 16 to restock food.

Usually the only tricky part can be water, especially in hot water. Some event directors have water controls, similar to a short O event. Others will tell you where spickets and/or gas stations are located. Some you have to rely on carrying everything you need, or bringing water filtration or purification options.

I should also note, all of the above is entirely race/ race director dependent on how they choose to run the race. Usually the rules will be spelled out on the website, but not always.

See you out there!
Feb 11, 2019 12:13 AM # 
For a rogaine, you can typically return to your tent/car and get whatever you have there, but yeah, there's no crew. For one thing, they wouldn't know where/when to meet you. And the pace is different from an ultra, it's less of a steady grind, with more stopping for various reasons (for most people). I have done first aid for my teammates, though (and vice versa), so it's a hybrid form of self-sufficiency.
Feb 11, 2019 1:47 AM # 
Be sure to learn about side effects of Rogaine, including unwanted growth of facial hair.
Feb 11, 2019 4:03 AM # 
Yurets is a side effect of posting on attackpoint.
Feb 11, 2019 10:13 AM # 
But this one was funny given the name Rogaine happens to be a direct steal from a reputed hair growth product.
The proper way (which no one does any more) to write the sport's name is like an acronym, all upper case letters, because ROGAINE is an acronym, originally grabbing the first few letters of the names of three initiators but now generally meant to stand for Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance.
Score one for Yurets.
Feb 11, 2019 11:20 AM # 
KFish- Excellent answer! Just what I was looking for. Thank you!
jjcote - Perfect, thank you! See you out there!

Yurets, gordun - Yes, I do find the name very funny. Though which came first - hair product or race?
Feb 11, 2019 12:16 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
My limited research says the sport used it at least as early as 1976, versus the drug being available by prescription in 1988.

If rogaining will help me grow a beard, I'm going to do more of it!
Feb 11, 2019 5:07 PM # 
The only exception is buying food and drink during the event. Most of CNYO maps will have a $ on the map for stores that open. They will also tell you when they open and close.

Francis will give the location of stores and bars if you ask him.

Because of this we always carry money.
Feb 11, 2019 7:57 PM # 
Jerkface - Interesting! But I'll make sure cash in on my list of essentials to have in my pack.

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