Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers First Place Open-Division in 6hr. Race

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.

Finish line at 2011 MNOC Rogaine Orienteering race

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.

Details: Close-up of the course’s topographical map; magenta circles mark checkpoint flags

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.

Regenold (in green) and Knitter, mid-race and picking up speed on a road before dropping back off-trail and into the woods. . .

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.