Update May 15: Start/Finish at the Rim Top Trailhead, 30 miles east of Payson on AZ 260.

Saturday, May 22, 2021:
6-/12-Hour Adventure Race
4-Hour Rogaine

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Registration is limited.
(Regular Registration Until: Friday, May 7 at 11:59 PM)
(Late Registration Begins: Saturday, May 8 at 00:00 AM)
(Late Registration Closes: Friday, May 14 at 11:59 PM)
(Regular registration extended.)
(Registration Ends: Mon, May 17 at 11:59 PM)
Summary
Time Event(s) Location Directions Google
Maps
Safety
Plans
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Sat, May 22
7:00 AM -
7:00 PM
12-Hour Adventure Race
Navigation by foot and mountain bike, optional water navigation
Teams of 1 to 4 Individuals
(Adventure Race Description)
(Mass Start: 7:00 AM)
Rim Top Trailhead Directions Placemark Safety Plan
Sat, May 22
8:00 AM -
2:00 PM
6-Hour Adventure Race
Navigation by foot and mountain bike, optional water navigation
Teams of 1 to 4 Individuals
(Adventure Race Description)
(Mass Start: 8:00 AM)
Rim Top Trailhead Directions Placemark Safety Plan
Sat, May 22
9:00 AM -
3:00 PM
4-Hour Rogaine
Navigation on foot
(Rogaine Description)
(Last time to start: 11:00 PM)
Rim Top Trailhead Directions Placemark Safety Plan

Rim Lakes

Introduction

Note: Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for the Rim Lakes Navigation Games.

We're excited to offer another new area in Arizona for your navigation enjoyment. On Saturday, May 22, we'll take you to the cool pine forest near Payson, Arizona for a full day of events at the Rim Lakes Navigation Games. During the day, we're offering three events:

Adventure Race

In the adventure race, participants navigate on foot, mountain bike, and optional watercraft for either 6 or 12 hours. The foot navigation section visits pine forests with varied terrain including deep canyons and undulating rolling hills. On the mountain bike, participants follow forest service roads and trails through several areas of the forest. Don't worry, the mountain bike section doesn't include anything technical, though you will have to hike your bike in places. The water sections require participants to navigate to several mandatory destinations using either human power (on flat water) or on foot. Traveling on the water is optional, but those who choose not to travel on the water must reach the same destinations on foot. The foot travel is ~6x greater than the distance on the water.

Other than the several mandatory controls, participants in the adventure race navigate to as many or as few destinations as they like. There is one mandatory destination on each of the bike sections and all destinations on the water maps are mandatory. Participants who choose to travel by water must carry their equipment on their bikes. The water travel equipment must be human-powered; no motors allowed. Also, PFDs are mandatory for any travel on water. The most popular option would be to carry a small packraft and lightweight paddles. For those who'd like to brave the cold mountain water in the springtime, you're welcome to bring swim fins. We don't recommend swimming though; the water is really cold. You're welcome to try to lug a paddleboard or a small sailboat on your bike, but that somehow doesn't seem like a reasonable option. Participants who decide against traveling on the water must visit the same water destinations on foot.

Rogaine

In addition to the two adventure race options, we're also offering a 4-Hour Rogaine (Score-O). In the Rogaine, participants navigate to as many destinations as they can in the 4-hour time limit. We'll include a number of easier destination markers for beginners as well as more difficult destinations for our experienced navigators. More details about the Rogaine are found here.

The detailed schedule for the events is shown below. The 12-hour adventure race has a mass start at 7:00 AM. There's a mandatory pre-race briefing at 6:45 AM. For the 6-hour adventure race, the pre-race briefing is at 7:45 AM, with the mass start at 8:00 AM. Those who only want to do the foot navigation (Rogaine) can choose a start time between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. There is no mass start for the Rogaine.

We're excited to open up another new area for our navigation events. We hope you'll consider joining us for a day of exploration and adventure.


COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

Covid precautions

To make our events as safe as reasonably possible in the current COVID-19 environment, we are taking the following measures:

  • All participants are asked to wear a facemask at the mandatory pre-race meetings (adventure race), at the start/finish, in transition areas, and at any other time where social distancing is not possible.
  • All individuals (or family units) will maintain a six-foot separation at all times.
  • Team sizes are limited to 4 people or less.
  • A hand-washing station is provided on a table adjacent to the registration table. Please wash hands before and after signing in or picking up score cards and clue sheets. Please also bring your own hand towel for that purpose.
  • No water is available on the courses. We also will NOT provide our usual complementary snacks and drinks at the Start/Finish area. Bring your own snacks and water for a full day of orienteering.
  • There is no beginnersí clinic.
  • For the adventure race, we ask that teams maintain social distancing at the pre-race briefing and the mass start. The course is designed to start with a ~3km trek. The trek will separate teams to help improve social distancing.

Pre-Registration

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for our Rim Lakes events.
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Regular registration continues until Monday, May 17 at 11:59 PM. Regular prices are valid during this time.

Late registration begins Saturday, May 8 at midnight. Prices increase 50% for late registration.

Registration closes Monday, May 17 at 11:59 PM.

There is no on-site registration for the events.


Parental Consent:

Parental Consent Now Required (Click here for more information)
Parental Consent Form

All participants under age 18 are now required to have a signed parental consent form on file with the club. You can complete the form before the event and either scan it and send it to us by e-mail or bring it with you to the event.


Fees

The Fees for the Rim Lakes events are as follows:

  • Regular Registration (closes Monday, May 17 at 11:59 PM)
    • 12-Hour Adventure Race: $60
    • 6-Hour Adventure Race: $40
    • 4-Hour Rogaine: $20

  • Late Registration (closes Friday, May 14 at 11:59 PM)
    • 12-Hour Adventure Race: $90
    • 6-Hour Adventure Race: $60
    • 4-Hour Rogaine: $30
Please note that due to an extreme increase in insurance costs and pre-conditions for our permit with the Forest Service, we are forced to require pre-registration and pre-payment for our Rim Lakes events. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but we have to reach a participation threshold to break even on the event.


Schedule:

Sunrise: 5:18 AM
Sunset: 7:25 PM
Civil Twilight Start: 4:50 AM
Civil Twilight End: 7:54 PM

Saturday, May 22, 2021
12-Hour Adventure Race
06:00 AM Check-in/Registration begins
06:45 AM Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing
07:00 AM 12-hour Adventure Race Mass Start
07:00 PM 12-Hour Adventure Race Course Closes
Saturday, May 22, 2021
6-Hour Adventure Race
07:00 AM Check-in/Registration begins
07:45 AM Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing
08:00 AM 6-hour Adventure Race Mass Start
02:00 PM 6-Hour Adventure Race Course Closes
Saturday, May 22, 2021
4-Hour Rogaine
08:00 AM Check-in/Registration begins
09:00 AM 4-Hour Rogaine Course Opens
11:00 AM Last Time to Start 4-Hour Rogaine
03:00 PM 4-Hour Rogaine Course Closes

Details

Rogaine

Details of our Rogaine events are found here. Pre-registration is required. You are welcome to start the course anytime between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The Rogaine course closes at 3:00 PM for those only doing the foot orienteering course.

Adventure Race

Generic details for our adventure races are found here.
There will be no UTM plotting for this adventure race.

Team members must remain within 50 meters of each other at all times. Team members must arrive at each checkpoint together. There is no sending one person off to punch the control card while the rest of the team takes a break. Scoring is based on two points for each bike checkpoint visited, one point for each foot or water checkpoint visited. The winner is the team that gets the most points. There is one mandatory checkpoint on each bike leg. All water checkpoints are mandatory. All other checkpoints are optional. Depending on the course, there is either a 6-hour or 12-hour time limit. There is a penalty of 1 point deducted for every 5 minutes after the time limit. Teams doing the 12-hour event arriving after 7:30 PM are marked DNF (Did Not Finish). Those doing the 6-hour event who arrive after 2:30 PM are marked as DNF.

6-Hour
Option 1 Option 2
Leg Distance (km) Climb (m) Distance (km) Climb (m) Total
Controls
Mandatory Controls
Trek 2.88 71 6 0
Bike 1a 15.80 245 3 1
Watercraft or Foot 1.45 0 8.37 202.0 2 2
Bike 1b 24.30 407 7 1
Foot 16.8 410 26 0
12-Hour
Option 1 Option 2
Leg Distance (km) Climb (m) Distance (km) Climb (m) Total
Controls
Mandatory
Controls
Trek 2.88 71 6 0
Bike 1a 15.80 245 3 1
Watercraft or Foot 1.45 0 8.37 202 2 2
Bike 1b 24.30 407 7 1
Bike 2a 40.90 790 8 1
Watercraft or Foot 0.40 0 4.87 195.0 1 1
Bike 2b 6.55 118 2 1
Foot 16.8 410 26 0

Gear List:

Mandatory Race Gear

Carried by each participant at all times.
  • Facemask
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Water carrying capacity for 2 liters. Water is NOT available at the start/finish . We also DO NOT have water stations on the course. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own water bottles or a camelback.
  • Space blanket. (For emergencies.)
  • Cell phone. (For pictures or emergency calls. One per team. Not for navigation. Use for navigation will result in disqualification.)
  • First aid kit. (Mandatory for adventure racers only. One per team.)
  • Water purification tablets or filter. (Mandatory for adventure racers only. One per team.)
  • Waterproof map holder. (Maps are not waterproof.)
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries. (12-Hour adventure racers only)
    The 12-hour adventure race will finish near dusk.
    Participants must carry a light source for safety.

Mandatory Bicycle Gear

For adventure racers.
  • Mountain bike. We find it easier to hit cutoff times if you use a bicycle to travel to the bike controls.
  • Helmet
  • Bike tool kit (At least one per team.)
  • Spare tube. (One for each bike.)

Mandatory Water Gear

For adventure racers. All members of the team are required to travel to the destinations shown on the water map. The teams may travel on water or may decide to travel on foot. The distance on foot is ~6x more than the distance on water.

The gear listed below is required for those choosing to travel on water.

  • Personal floatation device (PFD). Each participant must have their own PFD. This is in addition to whatever boat, canoe, etc. they bring. Mountain bike. We find it easier to hit cutoff times if you use a bicycle to travel to the bike controls.
  • Any type of non-motorized watercraft, including an inflatable kayak, packraft, paddleboard, etc. Participants are allowed to swim, but rest assured, the mountain water is cold.
  • Waterproof bag. For transporting any gear you decide to bring with you on the water.

Recommended Gear

  • Insect repellent.
  • Sun screen. While there is shade on all the courses, we encourage you to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Leg gaiters, especially for off-trail travel.
  • Duct tape.
  • Lightweight rain jacket.
  • Extra clothing layers.

Not Allowed

  • Any device that uses a satellite connection for navigation, distance, or elevation. This includes standalone GPS units and GPS watches. You are allowed to use a GPS unit for recording your track, but you must not use any of the navigation functions of the unit during the race. We will disqualify any racer using a GPS unit for navigation during the race.
  • Motorized bicycles (electric, gas, etc.) (Do we really have to tell you?)

Lodging

We will announce the exact location of the events on Saturday, May 15. For lodging, it's safe to make hotel reservations in Payson, Star Valley, or Heber-Overgaard. Please note that travel time from these larger communities to the event site could be up to 50 minutes. There are many places for dispersed camping in the Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Things are starting to get busy in Mogollon Rim country in May. You could experience difficulty finding a spot.

Directions

For now, we are limiting the location information to somewhere near Payson, Arizona. We'll provide the exact location on Saturday, May 15.