What's This 'Rogaine' Format All About?
Unlike most adventure races which follow a pre-determined sequence of mandatory checkpoints, RockstAR gives teams the option of attempting as much of the course as they wish within a set time limit. Each RockstAR checkpoint is assigned a point value based on its degree of difficulty or distance from the main 'Hub' Transition Area. Teams work to accumulate as many points as possible within their 4 or 8-hour timeframe.
There will be a wide range of options available and any number of route choices, as most checkpoints are completely optional, and may be attempted in any order. And interspersed throughout the course are a series of challenge-based checkpoints, at which teams will be required to complete a special task in order to earn the point value. Teams may also return to the 'Hub' Transition Area as often as they wish to re-stock and re-fuel. So rather than the usual "follow-the-leader" format, each team's approach to the racecourse is entirely their own!
How Difficult is the Navigation?
Because the race format is one that gives teams the choice of which parts of the course they want to attempt, the level of difficulty will of course vary depending on a team's route plan, but the simple answer is that there are options for everyone. Go far or stay close. Follow the trails or head into the bush. This is the race where you truly do get to choose your own adventure!
Checkpoints will be positioned both on and off the numerous trail systems surrounding the race site, but always positioned at identifiable features (ie. marshes, stream junctions, trail intersections, large hills, open clearings, islands, etc). All of the trails in the vicinity of the race site are mapped in detail using our own fieldwork, and the beautifully diverse terrain that surrounds it provides an endless array of options for checkpoint locations ranging from easy to difficult. That said, knowledge of even general map and compass skills will allow you to take on more challenging routes, and will give you greater confidence while out on the course. Click here for some helpful tips and tricks related to map use at RockstAR.
Are There Age Restrictions?
Our only age restriction is that racers under 18 years of age must be on a team with an adult.
In the 4-Hour event, a Family Category is offered for teams of two, three or four with racers under 13 years of age. Eligible teams may self-select the Family Category as the race division they compete in, although it is a completely optional choice. Family teams of four are permitted to paddle 4 in a canoe. The Family Category is broken into two separate groups in the official results and in the
post-race awards ceremonies - pairs teams will be ranked as one group, and teams of three and four will be ranked together in the other. Prizing will be awarded to the top finishers in each group, and medals to the top three.