Joaquin Miller

Sunday, June 25, 2000

Contact: Joe Scarborough, 510-530-3059

There will be four courses offered: White/Yellow (beginners), Intermediate, and Short and Long Advanced, all with electronic punching. There will also be standard punches on the White/Yellow course, so that beginners don't have to rent or purchase e-cards.

A reminder that this will be a low-key training event (Class "D" if you will), but very tough physically for the advanced courses. Slopes are very steep with patches of thick vegetation, some of which are poorly mapped. There will be key map corrections to impart a modicum of fairness. Poison oak is thick in places. But you can count on a good workout, great fun, some beautiful redwood forest and, of course, electronic punching.

The advanced courses will venture onto the "Dark Side," the northern portion of the JMP/Redwood map that received only cursory field checking. This area has a fantastic stand of redwoods but very steep slopes and patches of thick vegetation. The Long course will be only about 3 km as the crow flies, but anyone under 23 min/km will be in line for a special award. Not for the faint of heart.

The non-advanced courses will be in gentle terrain with lots of trails but also cross-country choices for the intermediate runners. Good training for advanced runners not in the mood to risk it on the "Dark Side."

The assembly area is the Huckleberry picnic site in the Roberts Area near the swimming pool. Showers and swimming $2.50 ages 16-62, others $1.50. In the city of Oakland, yes, but also a beautiful redwood grove, site of what were among the tallest trees ever, believe it or not.


Take Highway 13, the Warren Freeway in Oakland to Joaquin Miller Road. Head east on JM Road about a mile and turn left on Skyline Blvd. After another mile, look for the entrance to Roberts Regional Recreation Area on the right. Parking within Roberts will be $4.00. There is also limited parking available along Skyline Blvd. beyond Roberts.