Orienteering race to raise funds for Géraldine high school

An event that will see people plotting a route in a run through a south Canterbury town will help raise money for its high school.

The Geraldine High School PTA has organized another Rogaine Autumn Muster which will take place this Sunday.

Rogaining is a cross-country navigation orienteering sport, involving both route planning and navigating between checkpoints using a variety of map types and PTA President Jane Stack said the funds raised this year would be used to improve the school’s playground.

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Just under 200 people had signed up so far, she said.

“This is our sixth year.”

Stack said the event raised around $14,000 last year. She attributed the expected decline to other events unfolding in the region.

She said there were “more and more” events people could attend.

Money raised from the 2017 and 2018 events was used to build a climbing wall for the school gymnasium, she said.

Registrants would compete in teams of two to five people.

The cost of admission varies from $60 per adult, $30 per child, or $150 for a family of up to five members. One competitor from each team, similar to last year, would wear a Navlight electronic bracelet, Stack said. The tape would allow porters to “clock in” to the sites and speed up the results, as in the past they were all calculated by hand.

Dino J. Dotson