Race info

Compulsory equipment

Needs to be with the team throughout the race.

Team compulsory equipment

  • First aid kit (sport tape >2m, disinfection liquid, bandage)
  • Space blanket
  • Knife
  • 10 m rope min 6 mm
  • Mobile phone
  • Waterproof pen
  • Material given by the organization

Personal compulsory equipment

  • Windproof jacket
  • WhistleHeadlight
  • Drinking bottle
  • GPS-transmitter given by organization 1 per team connected on back bag

Compulsory equipment for different sections

Equipment the teams are required to have for individual sections in the race. This equipment list is updated as the race route is designed.

MTB

  • Bikes
  • Helmets
  • Backlight

Recommended:

  • Repair kit

Canoeing

  • Life vests
  • Helmets (MTB helmet can be used)

Rollerblading

  • Rollerblades
  • Helmets

Recommended:

  • Poles

Trekking

No section-specific mandatory equipment

Swimming/Backraft

  • Life vests

Recommended:

  • A swim mattress
  • Swim fins, or similar

Climbing

  • Helmets (MTB helmet can be used)

The organiser will provide other necessary gear, including climbing equipment and a canoe and paddles.

Getting to Rokua

Rokua is situated between Oulu and Kajaani, roughly a seven-hour drive from Helsinki, Finland’s capital. In addition to driving, you can take the train to Kajaani or Oulu and drive the rest of the journey to Rokua. The nearest airport is in Oulu.

We recommend that you look for accommodation in Rokua, where the competition office will be located. The exact address for the competition office will be informed at a later date.

Rokua has a wide variety of suitable accommodation options to choose from. Explore them and book here.

FAQ

Welcome to our frequently asked questions. Below, you’ll find answers to key questions about the race. We’ll update the list as more information becomes available. You can also reach us on social media and at geoparkchallenge@ntrnz.com. Please let us know if you have any questions about the race.

Who is the race designer?

The race track designer is Seppo Mäkinen, an award-winning athlete in adventure sports, rogaining and orientation. He is the 2010 world champion of rogaining and a two-time runner up in adventure sports world championships.

Placements:

Adventure sports:
2nd place RAID World Championships, Argentina 2004
2nd place Adventure Races World Championships, Sweden 2006

Rogaining:
1st place World Championships, New Zealand 2010
1st place European Championships, Ukraine 2010

Orientation:
4 Nordic Championships and World Cup medals
Over 100 Finnish championship medals in various orientation sports and speed skating

What are the dates for the Rokua Geopark Challenge?
The race is on August 14th 2021.

What is the race distance?
The course is expected to be approximately 250 kilometres.

How much time does my team have to complete the course?
Winners are estimated to complete the race in 24 hours. The finish line will be closed approximately 10 hours after the first team crosses the finish line.

What is the Rokua race route?
The race centre will be at Rokua. The course will not be disclosed at this point. We will update the information about the course in the future.

What disciplines are currently expected to be included in the race?
The race is expected to include at least trekking, canoeing, MTB, roller blading (with poles), swimming and rappelling.

Am I allowed to have assistance in the race?
Assistance is provided by the organisers only.

What technology am I allowed to use during the race?
Allowed technologies will be announced at a later date.

What is the prize for the winner of the Rokua Geopark Challenge?
The best three teams in the race are invited to take part in the Euro 2022 league. Other awards will be announced at a later date.

What are the team requirements?
Each team member is required to be 18 years old or older at the time of the race. The race requires two-person teams that can be all-female or mixed-gender teams.

How many teams will compete in the race?
There are limited places in the race. Exact numbers will be disclosed at a later date.

What certifications do the team members need in order to take part?
No official certifications are needed to take part in the race. Each team member is obligated to have an active insurance plan.

What will be provided by the organiser, Rokua Geopark Challenge?
The organiser will arrange the needed transportation of the team´s gear during the race. Teams will also receive food and refreshments at a service point during the race.

What is not covered by the organiser, Rokua Geopark Challenge?
The teams are responsible for organising everything else, including accommodation, getting around the area, team uniforms etc.

Will teams be offered a stipend to help cover some of the costs that may incur?
Currently, there are no stipends offered.

How much is the registration fee?
Early bird tickets are 375 € and are available until January 31st 2021.
Registration fee is 450 € between 1.2.–30.6.2021.

When does the registration close?
The registration closes at midnight on June 30th 2021

What is the registration process?
Each one of the team members can sign up the team for the race. After submitting the registration, the team member will be directed to payment.

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