The Rogue Raid, formerly known as the Rogue24 Adventuregaine, will host its 10th edition in 2019. To celebrate, the team at Raid Adventures are pulling out all the stops and hosting Australia’s first ever rogaine-format, expedition-length adventure race: The Raid 100. Over 100 competitors will have 100 hours to collect up to 100 points on a course that will explore the parks, rivers, forests, lakes, trails, hills and ocean surrounds of the QLD-NSW border country.
The race will be no small undertaking for either the nation’s elite adventure racers right through to first-timers looking to step up to their first expedition-length race on an achievable course. The Raid 100 has been designed to be a racer’s race – logistics and equipment have been kept as simple as possible with a swag of early release information so you can start planning your leave passes now.
Full information has been updated on the event page here, but in brief:
- Dates: 22-28 April, 2019
- HQ Location: Gold Coast Recreation Centre
- Team size: Teams of two or four competitors
- Disciplines: Trekking, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, More TBA
- Duration: 100 hours
- Race document: Raid 100 Race Document
Race week encompasses two public holidays (Easter Monday and ANZAC Day) and a weekend, keeping recreation leave to a minimum. Registration and mandatory requirements have been kept to a minimum with travel to and from the event possible either side of the start and finish days. Race HQ is located just 15 minutes from an international airport with the Gold Coast in April serving as an excellent holiday destination for those looking to extend their stay. All pre- and post- race accommodation and meals are included in the entry and every team is guaranteed up to 100 hours of racing if they can handle it.
For the spectators and dot-watchers out there, the Raid 100 is set to make for gripping viewing. Live tracking and leaderboard updates will ensure the rogaine format will add an extra element as we witness the different strategies teams opt for play out over the 4 days+ of racing.
Like all Raid events, the Raid 100 course has been designed to be as achievable as possible while still pushing top competitors to their limits. The preliminary course, currently under permit review, is designed to challenge while taking in the best bits of the area, so don’t expect a camping trip. At a minimum, teams should expect to cover approximately 65km of trekking, 93km of paddling and 190km of cycling. Maximum distance figures though are in another ball park. Spread over four days and nights, this should be very achievable for teams with a smart pacing strategy. One thing is certain: teams that take up the challenge are set for a spectacular wilderness adventure.
Full race details are now live on the Raid 100 website. Entries are set to open in July 2018, are limited and have already garnered significant interest. Watch this space!