3-, 6-, or 9-hour rogaine at Beaver Creek State Forest in St. Lawrence County on September 12, 2020.  (See details in description below.)  There is a $3 “shipping” (i.e., handling) fee.

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Election 2020 Rogaine


3-, 6-, and 9-hour Rogaine; Teams of 1-4; prices per person.

$25 (6- and 9-hour); $10 (3-hour)
Registration ends September 1, 2020. (No on-site registration.)

Covid-19 Considerations

  1. We will cancel the event if we do not have at least 12 participants by Aug 26. (There will be a cap on participants at about 30, but we do not expect to reach that cap.)
  2. Last date to register is Sept 1st.  Registration is on-line.  No on-site registration.  This allows us to get the maps printed, pre-packaged, and quarantined for at least 5 days before the event.
  3. Waivers will be emailed. They can be signed and emailed back or dropped off at check-in. One-use pens will be available at check-in in case you forget.  Waivers will include a health survey where you will have to be able to answer No to the following questions:
    • Is your temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit?
    • Have you had any known close contact with a person confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
    • Are you currently experiencing ANY COVID-19 symptoms?
    • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test in the past 14 days?
    • Have you traveled within an area with significant community spread of COVID-19 for longer than 24 hours within the past 14 days?
  4. If you feel sick or get covid-19 between registration and event day, please stay home. We will refund your money.
  5. Check-in starts at 7 am. You start your event when you are ready. (Our events are not mass starts.)  All participants must be back at home base by 7 pm regardless of when you start.
  6. Masks must be worn at check-in.
  7. No orienteering supplies will be available (e.g. tape, pins, etc.). Bring your own.
  8. Controls will have both a punch and codes. It is your option whether to use the punch or write down your code on the passport.
  9. The maps will be printed on two 13×19 sheets. The orienteering area is large.  There will be 51 controls.  It should be easy to socially distance in the forest.
  10. There will be a water stop in the southern end of the area. It will have both gallon jugs for bladders and individual bottled water for on-site drinking. There will be hand sanitizer at the stop.
  11. Base camp will have:  Hand sanitizer; Individually wrapped food (e.g., granola bars, bananas, oranges, etc.);  Cold drinks that will be passed out by a staff member with gloves and mask.
  12. The two staff members will be masked and gloved.
  13. If circumstances change and we lose our permit, we will have to cancel.

Two of our last three presidents lost the popular vote, which has made that idiosyncrasy of American democracy, the U. S. Electoral College, somewhat controversial.  The Electoral College was a compromise between electing the president by popular vote versus by the legislature.  For our September rogaine we will be showcasing the electoral college with 51 controls representing the fifty states plus the District of Columbia.  A state’s control will be worth its number of electors in the college.  Our venue will be Beaver Creek State Forest (44.4386°N, 75.4851°W) in St. Lawrence County.  One of its unique features is the mother of all beaver dams at 213 m to an island.  There’s even a mine.  Come out and orienteer in some challenging, but beautiful terrain.

Controls will be set up throughout the forest and marked on detailed maps indicating topography, various land features, and some vegetation.  The goal is to find as many controls in the allotted time using only the map and a compass.  Controls are given point values based on difficulty in locating/reaching and/or distance from home base.  Late penalties are assessed for any minute (or fraction thereof) over the time limit.    Controls are 30 cm nylon flags with manual punches and codes.  Map scale is 1:15,000.  The map will be printed on two 13×19 sheets.

The event window runs from 7 am to 7 pm, by which time all competitors must be back at home base.  Within that window, you arrive when you want, study the map (will be given out at check-in) for as long as you want, and start when you are ready.  Your start time will be noted.  You have 3, 6, or 9 hours from that time to return without penalty (but before 7 pm).  Drinks, fruit and snacks will be available throughout the day.  Water, in gallon jugs and bottled, will be available at select locations, along with hand sanitizer.

Primitive camping is available in state forests.  Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail or water.  You are also welcome to primitive camp at 242 Williams Road (Gouverneur, NY), which is about a 25 minute drive from the start location.

Mandatory equipment: whistle (it will be checked prior to your start)

Highly recommended equipment: Compass, water bottle(s)/supply, watch

Suggested equipment: Headlamp or flashlight (for the mine); clothing and footwear suitable for trekking through the forest, climbing rocks and traversing streams (and beaver dams); walking stick; extra clothing and footwear (as you may get wet) for after the race; insect protection: long-sleeve and long-leg, chemicals, scents, netting (deer flies can be rather aggressive; ticks can be abundant in the area); food and liquid; personal first aid supplies; day pack.  No GPS or altimeters are allowed (except data loggers without displays).

Both payment and solo/team registration (redirected after payment) must be received for full registration.

You will receive an email about three days before the event giving you updated information.  (Please check your spam folder if you haven’t received it by then.)