It’s getting closer to that time of year when the serious racing kicks off. We’ve got a plethora of event updates including discipline information for the Rogue Raid, HQ location for the Wildfire Raid and all the details on the Escape Raid as it makes its return.
Rogue Raid to Include Body Boarding
Rogue Raid course setting is well and truly underway with the first check point flags already out in the field, ready and waiting for competitors to discover in just 11 weeks time. We’re excited to have the support of the Somerset Regional Council for the event: check out the Experience Somerset website if you’re looking to secure accommodation in the area either before or after the race.
Rogue Raid course setting is well and truly underway with the first check point flags already out in the field, ready and waiting for competitors to discover in just 11 weeks time. We’re excited to have the support of the Somerset Regional Council for the event: check out the Experience Somerset website if you’re looking to secure accommodation in the area either before or after the race.With the course set on paper, we can now reveal more details of the challenge that lies in waiting for teams. In total there are 8 stages with 54 check points. The estimated minimum and maximum distances for each discipline can be found below. Note that these are only estimates and are subject to changes pending final course vetting (or teams getting hopelessly lost!):
- Trekking: 1 – 52km
- Kayaking: 17 – 52km
- Biking: 104 – 158km
- Body boarding: Up to 1.5km
As you can see, it’s a beast of course at 264km and it won’t get swept. However, the challenge is very achievable for teams that prepare accordingly. These distances are assuming teams tackle every stage. There is an option to drop a large loop on the course which significantly reduces the amount of cycling and would allow teams to rest in HQ overnight before heading back out on the course again in the morning.
Those with sharp eyes will have also noticed the addition of body boarding to the discipline list. This is pending final permit approval but will be almost a certainty. Teams will need to provide and carry a (non-powered) floatation device to swim approximately 1.5km. Any form of body board (inflated or hard foam), airbed, inner tube, etc will suffice. Packrafts and inflatable boats will not be accepted – if you are not sure, please contact us via email in advance for approval. This section of the course is compulsory and can’t be skipped. You will be in the water the whole time monitored by a safety boat and PFDs will be mandatory. You will also need to carry your body board for approximately 1-2km on foot on the same stage.
Full details are available in the course document uploaded to the race website (link below). Those that take the time will spot the new information on the various map numbers, scales and sizes. We have expanded our capacity in 2023 and with no short course option, it is still possible to get an entry.
Wildfire Raid Entries Capped
The Wildfire Raid is just 8 weeks away and there has been a steady inflow of entries. It has been an extensive process getting permits up for this event and we’ve made the decision to cap entries at just 50 teams for both the 3 hour and 6 hour events. If you were sitting on the fence about getting an entry in, I would suggest doing so now!
The race has received fantastic support not just from the title sponsor Wildfire Sports and Trek, but also from the Moreton Bay Regional Council. Check out the Visit Moreton Bay Region website for local accommodation options and other fantastic adventures to explore in the area.
As adjustments have been made to the course, we can share that the race HQ location has been moved to Anita Beach on Bribie Island. This will be a truly unique Wildfire Raid course and one not to be missed. The other important admin update is that teams in the 6 hour event will be required to perform a bike drop prior to arrival at race HQ – 3 hour teams must bring their bike with them.
With early bird entries closing in 2 weeks and the 6 hour event already getting close to capacity, don’t sit on your hands if you want to get an entry in.
The Escape Raid Returns for 2023
Back by popular demand, the Escape Raid is set to return on the weekend of 27-28 May. We’re excited to announce the race HQ location will be the Lake Moogerah Caravan Park. Situated with direct water front access on the shores of lake Moogerah, this venue makes for an idealic base of operations for the unique Escape Raid format. The event will again receive support from the Scenic Rim Regional Council with the area a fantastic location to host an adventure race.
The Escape Raid returns with it’s unique format of 3 events in 1 weekend. With a 3 hour trek rogaine on Saturday morning, a 2 hour kayak rogaine on Saturday afternoon and 4 hour bike rogaine on Sunday morning, teams can elect to do one event or do them all! With camping and meals provided overnight, this is the perfect social rogaining weekend.
Entries for the full program are capped at 50 teams, so you won’t want to delay when they open on 24 February. Get the full race details at the link below, and we’ll see you at the Escape Raid.
A Unique Adventure Opportunity Awaits
An opportunity has come through our inbox that is worth a share – no doubt that there would be more than a few Raid Adventurers out there up to the challenge. Message if you are after direct contact details.
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So with a hopefully with a full program of races awaiting you in the first half of the year, hopefully you are all getting inspire to get out for the odd mini-adventure in preparation. We look forward to seeing you on the start line of a race soon.