Coming Events

Sat, Sep 6th, 2014
Diaper Creek 6/12hr Rogaine (SE Qld)
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014
Northern Territory 24 hour champs (NT)
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014
South Australian Championship 24 hr (SA)
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014
NSW Championships 24 hr - Lidsdale (NSW)
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014, @12:00pm - 12:00AM
Spring 6 hr / 12 hr (Vic)
Sun, Sep 14th, 2014
4 hr / 9 hr (Nth Qld)
Sun, Oct 5th, 2014
Cyclogaine (Nth Qld)
2014 Australasian Rogaining Championships

Entries are now open in the 2014 Australasian Rogaining Championships which will be held near Castlemaine, Victoria on 11th and 12th October 2014. The website for more information and online entry is here: vra.rogaine.asn.au/arc14/

Check out the promo video:

Jill and Roger Guard

As many rogainers will be aware current ARA Secretary and Immediate Past President of QRA, Paul Guard, lost his parents Jill and Roger in the MH17 tragedy. You can read his tribute to his parents here:

In addition to being Paulís father, Roger Guard was well known to many rogainers through his ultra-running exploits. From memory he still holds the Queensland, and possibly Australian, M60 24-Hr record of 181km. Roger also competed in several QRA rogaines with Paul. Their first event together was the Dark Side of the Moon 12hr Rogaine in 2003, where they finished in 8th place overall. They also competed together with Paul's cousin Linda at the 2003 Queensland 24hr Championships where they won the Mixed Open category. They ran together in the 2010 Great Escape 6hr Metrogaine which was held in Toowoomba, and won the event (certainly assisted by Roger's intimate knowledge of the Toowoomba escarpment trail network!). Roger also competed in the 2006 No Surrender Nukinenda 6hr event with daughter Amanda where they came third overall and he also assisted with the setting of the 2010 Up Hill & Down Dale 24-Hr event. Both the rogaining community and the trail running community in South East Queensland will miss Roger deeply.

The thoughts of the entire rogaining community go out to Paul, Amanda and their extended family at this most difficult of times. Anyone who would like to further honour their memory are encouraged to contribute to causes that Roger and Jill were both passionate about, donations in their memory can be made using one of the links below.

Here is their Supporter Page for Medecins Sans Frontieres:
Here is the Support Us Page for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation:
http://toowoombahospitalfoundation.org.au/support-us (please mention Jill and Roger in the 'seller's instructions' field)

Richard Robinson
Immediate Past President
Australian Rogaining Association

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 July 2014 )
Vale Geoff Mercer

It is with great sadness that we inform the Australian rogaining community of the passing on Saturday (12th April) afternoon of Geoff Mercer.

Geoff was a passionate rogainer through the 1990ís and early 2000ís.  He served the Australian Rogaining Association as Secretary, and was the organizer and course setter of the 2002 Australian Rogaining Championships.  He was also a life member of ACTRA and President for many years.  Geoffís was a great source of wise counsel and thoughtful guidance for many people both competing and organizing events.

Over the past decade his growing family and other life priorities meant we didnít see Geoff regularly at rogaines as we had previously but he had recently returned to the sport he loved. On Saturday he was participating in the ACT Rogaining Championships with his life partner and multiple ARC Champion, Alex Tyson, when he suffered a massive heart attack.

Alex and the four other teams that quickly gathered at the spot worked tirelessly for the five hours it took for the emergency services to reach this very remote location but the damage had been done in that first instant.

Geoff was 51 and in addition to Alex, leaves behind their two daughters aged 16 and 18. The thoughts of the entire Australian rogaining community are with them and the rest of Geoffís family.

We will remember Geoff as a passionate rogainer who contributed greatly to our sport as an administrator with the ACT and Australian Rogaining Associations.

May he rest in peace.

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