Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers, including Stephen Regenold and first-time teammate Ryan Knitter, took first place in the open division, and second place overall, last weekend in the 9th Annual MNOC Rogaine Orienteering race, a six-hour event. After trail running, bushwhacking, and navigating to 24 precise checkpoints on a topo map, the team managed to “clear the course” and finish in 5 hours 27 minutes.
As we’ve noted in past articles, despite its name, the sport of Rogaine has no connection to the anti-baldness drug made by Pfizer Inc. The name comes from a combination of Rod, Gail and Neil, the first names of three Australian athletes credited with popularizing the sport in the 1970s. It involves a choose-your-own adventure theme of finding your way through wilderness to check-in at flags strew on hills, ridges, on the edges of swamps, and placed in deep ravines.
The event this year, on August 13th, took place in the Bayfield County Forest of northern Wisconsin. It was organized by the Minnesota Orienteering Club. Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers ran on and off trail about 18 miles for 5+ hours to complete the course and take home the open-division win.
—Follow Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers as they race around the planet this year on our newly-launched team micro-site.