Pt. Pinole

Sprint Champs

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001

Contact: Steve Gregg, 510-531-6697

For the third consecutive year, the BAOC Sprint Championships will be held at Point Pinole, using the same "Prologue and Chase" format as last year with e-punching.

Not into the Sprints? We'll also have normal White, Yellow, and perhaps a "long Yellow" course with standard manual punching.

We have had a run of bad weather for my Point Pinole meets the last few years, but I'm confident that trend will come to an end this year! This particular event format is much more fun for everyone if a lot of people attend, so even if the weather forecast is unappealing, plan to get out of bed and run!

As usual, I am looking for volunteers to help during the event. Robert Lewis will soon start looking for people to man the E-punch system, so if you want to help out on that end, please let Robert know.

Sprint Champs

The terrain at Point Pinole is extremely fast, mostly open, and the navigation rarely ventures beyond Orange level difficulty. Thus the event will be designed to test your ability to run hard between controls with minimal hesitation and to get in and out of the controls quickly. Electronic punching will be used on the Prologue and Chase courses, so expect the courses to loop back on themselves. There also will be a map exchange halfway through the Chase.

The Prologue will have first-come, first-served starting times just like a regular event. However, if you wish to participate in the Chase that follows, you need to be sure you arrive early enough to finish your run by 11:30 or so, since your starting time for the Chase will be 12:00, plus the amount of time it took you to complete the Prologue. In the Chase, following is specifically allowed, and the winners of the event will be the first people to cross the finish line at the end of the Chase.

The stats:

I'm predicting a winning time of 30 minutes or less for the entire 5.5 km Chase. Of course, this assumes that James or Dan S. or both will show up in decent shape and run hard. (James ran 4.7 min/km on a course in similar terrain a couple of years ago, as I recall, so maybe 30 minutes is too slow of an estimate - we'll see.)

The courses are all streamered, so anyone who can't attend the event and wants some good training runs can go out there and vet for me. Let me know and I'll get you the maps.


To get to Point Pinole, take the Richmond Parkway exit off Interstate 80 in Richmond and go west about 1.5 miles. Immediately after the stoplight at San Pablo Avenue, turn right onto Atlas Road. After about a mile on Atlas you will reach a stop sign, where you will turn left onto Giant Highway. The park entrance is immediately after the detention center on the right in about another half-mile. Park and walk over the railroad tracks to the staging area in the meadow.