Welcome words from Event Director.
We are truly honored to host the large family of rogainers in 2017, when we are approved to organize the World Rogaining Championships!
Let me tell you few words about the upcoming event! Competition area (~250 km²) is located in the central and south part of Rāzna National Park, Latgale upland in Latvia. The 15th WRC2017 event location is situated ~ 275 km to E from capital Riga, ~40 km SE of Rēzekne, ~ 100 km NE of the second largest city of Latvia – Daugavpils.
Selected competition area provides interesting, challenging and enjoyable countryside and terrain for competition. There are no big mountains in the area, but a lot of small and medium sized hills with climbs up to 60 m. There are no big swamps and rivers, but a lot of small streams.
Plenty of lakes in the area, in the company of biggest by volume lake in Latvia – Rāznas and the richest lake by islands in Latvia – Ežezers, really representing the essence of Latgale region, often called as “the land of blue lakes”. Scenery both for the mind and for the eyes is guaranteed all around. That’s all for exam in course planning and navigation skills what will be most important for success!
August in Latvia and Rāzna National Park is moderate warm summer month. It is the second warmest month of the year with average temperature in between 16 – 17°C. However, showers and some quite cool August evenings alternate with a warm and sunny weather. After hot month of July and following warm August moderate warm water in dozens of lakes and rivers is suitable for swimming till the first days of September.
Those of you, who enjoy both the rogaining and local attractions, will get unforgettable expierence as well, while visiting small and beautiful towns and villages, local potteries, markets and other places of interest. At summer weekends town festivals usually take place with lot of national activities.
On behalf of the organizers team, I would like to invite each of you in the summer of 2017 to visit Latvia and participate in thrilling rogaining adventure!