The courses at the BAOC Sprint Championships will be true "sprint" courses this year. The Prologue and Chase courses will be 2.6 km and 2.7 km in length, respectively, each having 40 m climb. Since the best terrain at Point Pinole is about 1 km away from our usual staging area, I will have remote starts and remote finishes to avoid too much dead running through the open areas. In particular, the Prologue will have an unmanned remote finish 1.4 km from the start at the staging area, and like last year, the Chase will have a remote start 1.0 km away and then finish at the staging area.
For those of you who are new to this, the Prologue course 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 first run by 11:30 or so, since your starting time for the Chase will be noon, plus the amount of time it took you to complete the Prologue. The winners of the event will be the first people to cross the finish line at the end of the Chase.
I expect the per km times at this event to be even faster than last year, as not only are the courses shorter, but there has also been additional eucalyptus thinning and brush burning in the park. Syd ran 5.2 min/km to win last year. Perhaps the winner will be under 5 min/km this year? Syd and Vlad were the top two finishers last year and are the early favorites for the top two spots again this year. But with Wyatt and Dan Stoll now out of the Bay Area, the bronze medal is up for grabs. Competition should be fierce during the Chase!
I hope most of the club "regulars" will choose to compete in the championships, as this particular event format is much more fun for everyone if a lot of people participate. However, I do plan to set a regular Orange course with electronic punching for those people not interested in running the sprints. Normal White and Yellow courses with manual punching will also be offered.
If you have questions or want to volunteer to help, please contact me.
The map is 1:10000 scale, with 2.5 meter contours. Here are the courses:
Length Climb # of controls White 3.2 km 45 m 10 Yellow 3.2 km 60 m 9 Orange 3.3 km 50 m 10 Prologue (Championship course #1. UNMANNED REMOTE FINISH 1.4 km from staging area ) 2.6 km 40 m 10 Chase (Championship course #2--first start at about 12:15. REMOTE START 1.0 km from staging area) 2.7 km 40 m 12White: Easy navigation on trails. For beginners and younger children.
(2) Vegetation mapping: Good thing this map is on OCAD! At Point Pinole they perform eucalyptus logging and pruning on a regular basis, and this activity dramatically changes the nature of the vegetation from month to month. Thus this map will never be "complete"--every year new field- checking will need to be done to try to keep the vegetation mapping as accurate as possible. In addition to this, it was very difficult for me to accurately represent the different thicknesses of the eucalyptus in the forested areas. My basic color scheme was this: Light green for eucalyptus thick enough to be difficult to run through, white for "normal" runnable forest, and in the areas where the eucalyptus was dramatically thinned out but not completely removed, I used the "rough open with scattered trees" symbol. I hope this distinction will be clear in the field in most cases, but don't be surprised to find yourself in places where the vegetation mapping does not seem to match what you see while running. Also, most of the small dark green circles and ovals on the map are bushes which were big enough or distinct enough to be individually mapped.
(3) Non-IOF symbols: (A) Like the Montebello map, this map uses black dots to separate the different grades of whites, yellows, and oranges. These dots are there solely to improve the readability of the map--you should not necessarily expect to see "distinct vegetation boundaries". Now that we are using a better printer to produce our maps, these black dots are perhaps no longer necessary, but I have not had time to remove them and make a test printing. (B) On the advice of Evan Custer, I also invented a non- IOF symbol (yellow with green dots), which stands for "rough open with scattered bushes". You can see one of these areas when you are at the start line--just look up the hillside to the west. When these bushes could be mapped individually, I mapped them as small circular dark green patches, but in areas where they are clumped togther too thickly to map individually, you will see the special symbol.