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ACTRA Bulletin February Update

ACTRA Bulletin February Update

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Paddy Pallin 6 hr Sunday 3 March

The Paddy Pallin 6 hr Foot and Mountain Bike/Kayak rogaine will be at Googong Foreshores Reservoir near Queanbeyan. The event will run 10 am - 4 pm, with maps from 8:30 am. $34 Full entry, $27 concession, under 14 free. No solo entries for this event - teams of 2 to 5 people. Entries are open to Sunday 25 February 11:59 pm without late fees.


There will be the usual 6 hr foot event and we will also have controls for people to visit on mountain bikes or kayaks. If you wish to use either a mountain bike or a kayak or both we will have a combined multi-sport categoy. Please read the additional information on the event page if you are bringing your bike or kayak.


We need a couple of helpers on the day and control collectors. Please contact Julie if you can help.


Annual General Meeting - 3 March 2024

The Annual General Meeting of the ACT Rogaining Association will be held approximately 4:15 pm on Sunday 3 March 2024 at the site of the Paddy Pallin 6 hr rogaine at Googong Foreshores (northern end). Please see the event page for details of how to get there.

The Agenda, 2023 minutes, President's Report, Statement of Accounts are on the ACT Rogaining Website. Please bring your own copies of these documents.

If you would like to nominate someone for the committee or would like to be on the committee, please contact Stephen.

President's Piece‍

Welcome back to another year of rogaining. We’ve got a great schedule of events lined up again this year, starting as usual with a chance to shake out those summer cobwebs at the 3-hour Twilight and followed soon after by our iconic Paddy Pallin event, both nice and close to home. It’s also nearly AGM time so please consider nominating to be part of the team that makes the magic happen. After a partnership of many happy years with Hartley Lifecare, our first off-field challenge is finding a new solution for catering this year, so please go to your networks and let us know if there’s a budding new toastie chef out there!‍

Twilight Tales‍

What a fun evening of rogaining at Stromlo Forest Park and beyond. A clever course was set to provide a nice sweep of options close to the Hash House, a medium loop for walkers, and a challenging need for some nifty route planning over the back side of the hill for the runners. Going into the dark provided a light show with the thunderstorms that were lurking nearby and a bit of a challenge for competitors on the way home. A three-hour event sounds like a long time but the time seems to vanish pretty quick, especially when you have to come back over Mt Stromlo!


Special congratulations to Men’s Open and overall winners Martin Dent and Brad Milosevic (pictured) and Mixed Open winners Ryan Stocks & Elise Palethorpe who all cleared the whole course, but thanks to all 88 teams for coming out and joining in the fun.


Thanks also to Brad Vallette, Jean Douglass, Ron Simpson, Many Leong, Kelvin Peh, Leanne Wilkinson, Ollie James, E Wen Wong, Conor Ammett, Guyver Fu, Sam Ostrowski and Ollie James for providing such a great event.


Lost property: If you left anything behind, we will be bringing lost property to the Paddy Pallin event. Contact Julie.

Map making mini-workshop

David and Ron will be hosting a small map making workshop on Sunday 24 March 2-5 pm. This workshop will run through changes to how we make maps to make the most of the available NSW data. We are targetting people who already make maps for ACTRA and those who are keen to make maps for our events in 2024. Please contact David if you wish to attend.

New age categories for rogaining‍

From this year onwards, age categories are determined by year of birth rather than date of birth. For example, if you and all of your teammates have turned 55 (or older) by the end of 2024, you will qualify for Supervets for all of the events in 2024 even if you don't turn 55 until late in the year. There is also a change to the age requirement for the Veterans category - all team members must be 45 years old or older on 31st December of the year of the event rather than 40 as before. The full rules with the new category definitions can be found on the Australian Rogaining Website.

Australasian Rogaining Champs Sept 2024 - The Mysterious Traveler Rogaine

The 2024 Australian Rogaining Championship are to be held in Western Australia on the weekend of 7th and 8th September. WA Rogaining has announced the event is being relocated to approximately 3 hours south of Perth (permissions fell through on the original site). This is the more typical WA rogaining forested country. The timing should be perfect for WA wildflowers. Expect plenty of fine navigation challenges in flatter country than some of the ACT and NSW rogaines. This is what the organisers have to say:

Where is the Mysterious Traveller?  A mask, an old logging village, a Melburnian forester, and ochre springs. We may need to navigate complex river valleys (150m to 300m). There may be a few pines, but we are mostly in stunning Jarrah - Marri - Blackbutt forest. Less than 3hrs southish of Perth and less than 1hr Bunbury. For all travellers, far, near, mysterious or not, the Event Bus will take you on a magical tour from the airport to the event via a replenishing town. The Setting and Vetting team look forward to showing you some topographical mysteries!

More on the WA rogaining website.

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