The competititon center (CC) is a wilderness resort ”Eräkeskus Metsäkouluntie”, former Liesjärven Metsäkoulu, which is located in Liesjärvi, Tammela, approximately 100 km northwest from Helsinki. More information at www.metsakouluntie.com webpage. The address of the CC is Metsäkouluntie 60, 31350 Liesjärvi (googlen karttalinkki). Follow the Retki-Rogaining signs.
There will be a car park, close to the competition center.
Teams can camp on the area shown by the organizers from Friday evening 19.00 until Sunday afternoon. Before the race there are many possibilities to stay a night. There are rooms for rent in the event center, ask owner of resort via 040 513 2098 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They have a cafeteria and small shop aswell (services not included into registration fee).
Registration and material
The teams shall register after having arrived to the competition center to gain the competition material. The registration is possible on Saturday 07.30-08.45. Each team will get number bibs, safety pins, SI-cards and other material used during the competition.
The maps are given at 9.00 on Saturday morning.
Teams are responsible for the material they receive and there is a fee of 80 euro for a lost SI-card.
18.30 Road guidance ready
19.00 Event centre open
7.30 - 24.00 Office open
7.30 - 8.45 Registration
9.00 - 10.30 Distribution of maps and other competition material
12.00 Start 24 h, 8 h and MTB 8 h
20.00 Finish 8 h and MTB 8 h
20.15 Finish closes (8 h events)
21.00 Prize giving ceremony (8 h event, MTB 8h)
00.00-14.00 Office open
12.00 Finish (24h event)
12.30 Finish closes (24 h)
13.30 Prize giving ceremony (24 h)
Map and terrain
The map is in scale 1:40 000 and has contour intervals of 5 metres. Competition map has been generated from the Finnish ”Maastokartta” or ”MTJ”-material. To see the legend, click
Areas nearby the control points have been refined by organizers. A marked hiking trail ”Ilvesreitti” has been added to the map with its own symbol, and the high fences by highway 2.
The map size is 42 cm x 75 cm. Each team member will receive 1 map printed on waterproof material TYVEK and 1 map printed on normal paper. In addition, every them will get 1 paper-map for sketching a route plan. There will be plastic map covers available in Info.
In the map there will be south-north lines running across the map indicating the magnetic north.
Competitors shall not enter into yards or fields with dots or otherwise disturb local people. There are some restricted (for military or aviation) areas in the terrain, which are marked on the map by purple lines. Please remember that even crossing the lakes by swimming is forbidden by the rules of Rogaining.
The competition area consists most of fine pine wood forests, but there are also slow wetlands and old forest cuttings slow to cross. There are many small lakes in the competition area which will give some extra challenges for route planning. The tracks and minor roads give, instead, many intreresting possibilities to speed up a bit.
More information about map and terrain, please see the vetter statement.
Course, controls, punching
Teams may visit the controls in any order. There will be 74 controls in the terrain.
The controls are marked with an orange-white flag and a reflector. There is a model control at start area. The SI (Sport Ident) timing system is used. There are no smartphone punching this year.
The controls are numbered from 30 to 110. The first digit indicates points of the control, e.g. control number 34 gives 3 points. Controls with three digits are worth 10 points, e.g. number 110 gives 10 points.
Control descriptions are included into map.
Refreshment controls are shown in the map. Competitors are not allowed to spoil, to use water excessively or use water for washing up at refreshment controls. The taps must not be left running.
Every team member has his/her own SI-card in 24 h. Instead, in 8 h and MTB 8 h, where will be only 1 SI-card for a team. In retki-rogaining sportident stick will be attached to your wrist. Card must be fastened in a way for it to be impossible to fall off or to be able to get off during the race.
SI-card must be cleared before start. If the card is not cleared it does not record any controls. A team must punch the controls they wish to gain points. Please remember to with until you hear a beep and your visit has been registered. All team members must stay together, i.e. within 20 metres from each other during the whole race and all team members must punch within 90 seconds. The behaviour of the teams is monitored during the event.
In case of a lost SI-card it is possible to receive new one from the competition center but the controls on the lost card must be visited again to gain the points.
Competitors are not allowed to rest within 100 meters from control, unless the control is a refreshment control. Competitors are not allowed to spoil or damage controls, refreshment controls or any other structures built by organizer.
Start and finish
Start and finish are located in Metsäkouluntie area. Competitors shall finish latest on Saturday at 20.00 (8h and 8h MTB) or on Sunday at 12.00 (24h).
For missing the time line, a team will be penalized with 1 points for each starting minute.
In 8-hour event teams finishing more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified and stated as late arrivals. In 24-hour event team finishing more than 30 minutes late will be disqualified and stated as late arrival.
For your own safety each team must carry
* a mobile phone in a waterproof package (working in finnish mobile network, Phone must be closed from saturday 11.30 AM until finishing the race)
* a first aid kit with emergency blanket (space model accepted)
* first aid gauze (pack or two rolls)
* sports tape
Each competitor must have
* a whistle
* a water container
* some food
* a cap
* spare undershirt
* windproof jacket
* torch (e.g. head light)
MTB 8h: Competitors must use helmet all the time during the race, also when they are running in forest without bike.
All obligatory equipment must be carried all the time. You cannot leave any obligatory equipment on the trail, not even for a short period of time. However, you can leave other than obligatory equipment on the trail, but only after the start of the race and you must have it with you when you finish your race. You are not allowed to leave equipment on the trail and pick it up after the race.
The mobile phone stated in the obligatory equipment’s list may only be used in case of emergency during the competition. Mobile phone needs to work in a Finnish mobile network. Phone must be turned off from Saturday 11.30 am until Sunday 12.00 (noon).
Mobile phones, GPS trackers, heart rate monitors and all computer based devices have to be sealed to a bag given by the organizers. The seal has to be presented when arriving to finish. Broken seal will cause penalty stated in the rules.
During the competition competitors can eat and drink in the hashhouse. This service is included in registration fee. Hashhouse will be opened on Saturday at 2 pm.
Each team must have a first aid kit. At the competition office there will be first aid equipment for injuries, but not for teams to take on the course. The doctor will be available in CC during the event.
In case of emergency
If your team faces a life-threatening emergency during the competition you must call 112, the common emergency number. Please notify the organizers after that. If it is a less hazardous emergency, please call the first aid number +358 50 4557634 if you need assistance. There is a 24 hour service at this number. Please register this number on the mobile phone which you carry with you during the race.
You can switch on your mobile phone during the race, but only in case of emergency. Using of mobile phones will be monitored. You may call organizer +358 40 300 5055 if a checkpoint has been vandalized, there is no water at a water post or you come across another technical problem along the course.
There are toilets at the competition center. In the terrain there are no toilets by the organizer.
Shower and sauna
There is a washing possibility after the race. Women and men share a sauna so please use swimming suits or so for convenience.
Meal after competition
There will be warm meal served for two hours after the finishing time in the restaurant (Sat 20-22 and Sun 12-14).
Prize giving ceremony
Prizes will be awarded on Sat at 9 PM (8 h and MTB 8 h) and Sun at 1.30 PM in the competition center.
In the 8-hour event the best team (one) will be awarded a prize and then there is also a lottery.
In 24-hour event the best teams are awarded prizes. The number of prizes depends on the number of teams in each class. Three best teams are awarded prizes if there are ten or more teams in results list in that class, two teams are awarded prizes if 5-9 teams are in that class or one team if 3-4 teams are in that class.
If there are less than two teams in a class in results list, then this class will be joining next younger age category when awarding prizes. During the ceremony there will be also some lottery prizes for participants and to receive such a prize you have to be present in person to collect the prize.
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure in Tammela forests!