42nd Katoa Po Night Relay - 12 March 2022

   READ THE ATTCHED    Covid Protocols


All Spectators and Supporters at the Katoa Po 2022 event must register (at no cost), to help ensure that this event is able to be run under the Covid framework.
Book a space here in the appropriate Covid Bubble before Wednesday, 9th March 11:59pm

Event Info

When - Saturday 12th March 2022
           - 4:00pm Campsite opens
           - 5:30pm Registration opens
           - 6:30pm return Team lists with names in running order
           - 7:00pm Briefing for all competitors
           - Relay Starts at Dusk

Where - Kaiapo Faultline extended

Organizer - Taupo Orienteering Club

Planner - Anne Mortimer

Controller - Chris Morris

Registration: - Online

Entry Deadline - Sunday, 6th March 11:59pm
Individuals enter the event online via entero. The clubs will be sent a list of competitors from which they will allocate the legs, according to the eligibility criteria below.

• enquiries to entries@taupoorienteering.nz

Courses - see below.

Entry fees per team

  • 7 person team       $210
  • 5 person team       $150
  • 5 all juniors team   $120

What - The premier night orienteering competition in New Zealand. This night relay for 5 and 7 person teams runs deep into the night. The relay starts about dusk with a mass start for the white course. It progresses to harder and longer courses. The final two legs are mainly for elite runners.

The Terrain - The event is on the Kaiapo Faultline map extended, last partly used in 2018. It is mainly a farm map with rolling to steep hills and patches of bush and pine forest on some legs.

Eligibility -

CourseGrade restrictionsONZ Colour
Leg 1No M14A-70A, No W16A-65A  (All B grades allowed)White
Leg 2No M16A-60A, No W18A-55A  (All B grades allowed)Yellow
Leg 3No M18A-55A, No W20A-35A  (All B grades allowed)Orange
Leg 4No M20A-45A, No W21EOrange/Red
Leg 5No M21E  (allowed if last leg of of 5 person team)Red
Leg 6OpenRed
Leg 7OpenRed

• Exemptions to the above rules will be considered on their merits by the controller. The essential essence of the competition is fairness. The controller will use this as the guiding principle for determining if nominally ineligible runners can drop down a leg.

Estimated Winning Times -

  • Leg 1 - 2.0km  15 minutes, median time 25 minutes (white)
  • Leg 2 - 2.6km  20 minutes, median time 35 minutes (yellow)
  • Leg 3 - 4.3km  30 minutes (orange)
  • Leg 4 - 5.0km  40 minutes (orange/red)
  • Leg 5 - 7.1km  50 minutes (red)
  • Leg 6 - 7.7km  50-55 minutes (red)
  • Leg 7 - 8.6km  60-65 minutes (red)

Special Rules - Every team finishes, so there are no DSQs. Every missed punch incurs a 15 minute penalty. DNF's are the slowest time for that leg (when all the other penalties are added in) plus a 15 minute penalty. Placing’s are determined solely by time, including penalties.
Deliberate manipulation of the rules, eg having an overseas W21E running Leg 4, can incur additional penalties at the discretion of the controller.

SPORTident - To allow for smooth organization and cater for the inevitable last minute changes all teams will be issued with a set of SI cards allocated to each leg.
It is imperative that these cards are given to the appropriate leg.

Some notes from the Course Planner -

  • There will be a short loop at the end of some legs. Runners will pass near the Finish area after completing most of their course so teams can check on their progress and the next runner can warm up.
  • Fences will be shown on all maps. There are various types of fences, including some with barbed wire, but most are crossable with care.
  • On courses 5, 6 and 7, one control has been placed at a crossing point as the rest of this fence is rather fragile.
  • Gates are shown [gate symbol]. Electric fences will be turned off.
  • The farmland is mostly fast running but there are the usual farm hazards including a few thistles, blackberries, and rough ground in places, with pine cones a particular hazard around old pine trees.
  • There are the usual farm hazards including some thistles, blackberries, and rough ground [in places].
  • Courses 5, 6, and 7 will enter an area of open pine forest where there are patches of blackberry around old pine trees and in some gullies; these are mapped as dark green and are easily avoidable.
  • There are several small cliffs on the map, and the night courses have been designed to minimise the risk to runners.

Event Location

From Wairakei Dr turn onto Poihipi Rd (signs for Kinloch/Mangakino/Te Kuiti/Great Lake Trail)
After 4.1km - turn left onto Tukairangi Rd
After 6.9km - turn left into Event Centre