Formal registration is closed for this event.  If interested in attending and it is before 6/4/2021, use the contact page to communicate with us.

3-, 6-, or 9-hour rogaine at South Hammond State Forest in St. Lawrence County on June 5, 2021.  (See details in description below.)  There is a $3 “shipping” (i.e., handling) fee.


Theseus and the Minotaur Rogaine


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

3-hour      6,9-hour

Early bird:     $10          $25         Through May 12, 2021
Regular:         $10          $30         Through May 29, 2021
Late:               $15          $35          Through Jun 5, 2021 (if maps available)

Covid-19 restrictions may apply depending on the situation in June.

In order to stave off imminent invasion from King Minos of Crete, each year Athens must sacrifice a group of men and women to a Minotaur who lives in a Labyrinth.  Theseus, son of Aegeus, king of Athens, volunteers to go, hoping he will be able to kill the Minotaur and end the sacrifices.  Even if he succeeds in his quest to kill the beast, how will he find  his way out of the Labyrinth?  Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, who has fallen in love with Theseus gives him a string to unravel as he winds his way through the maze-like structure.  Our labyrinth will be South Hammond State Forest (44.388448, -75.722857) in St. Lawrence County, with towering cliffs, extensive boulder fields, marshes and ponds which you must navigate.  You can very easily find yourself on the wrong level or the wrong side of a body of water.  And you’ll need plenty of string if you’re going to find your way out in time.

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 a 13″x19″ sheet.

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 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 20 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: 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.)