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Click to enlarge - Montebello Open Space Preserve, looking from the start toward the finish (2004)

Emerald Hills

Date: SATURDAY, February 12, 2005
Location: Redwood City, CA.
Event Director: - 650-248-9595
Course Setter: Terry Farrah
Type: C; AFTERNOON White and Score-O courses; night Vampire-O; potluck social

Since BAOC didn't have a social event in 2004, we are holding the first ever BAOC Vampire-O with a potluck at Emerald Hills. The start/finish for the courses, and the potluck will be at Roy Cloud School in Redwood City. The running will be on the streets of beautiful, hilly Emerald Hills.

    50/70 minute freestyle foot course 
    70 minute freestyle bike course (helmet required) 
    30 controls 

    White course, designed for foot 
    10 controls, 1.6 km, 35 meters climb 

    Registration open 1:30 - 3:30. 
    Starts: 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. 

    Beginner's clinics 1:30 to 2:30.


    75 minute "Vampire-O" (same freestyle course with a twist) 
    Mass start 5:45 p.m. (Please arrive at registration by 5:15 and gather
    at 5:35 for briefing.)

A Potluck dinner will follow the Vampire-O.

Matthias Kohler and Dan Greene compare strategies on the Red course at Big Basin 9/21/01 (Photo: Tony Pinkham)

A freestyle orienteering course is one in which you visit the controls in any order and where all controls are of equal value. Today we offer a freestyle course with a time limit. Your goal is to visit as many controls as possible within the time limit. Late return is penalized. Foot participants may choose between 50 and 70 minutes. You can choose your time limit while you are on the course. Cyclists have a time limit of 70 minutes.

A Vampire-O is a freestyle event, except that when you are running your course, you may be stopped at any time by a "vampire" (identified by a red flashlight). You will trade scorecards, and the vampire will give you the red flashlight. Then you become the vampire.

You will receive your map when you register. You may participate and receive a score in both in the afternoon freestyle event and in the evening Vampire-O. The courses are identical.

Fees: $6 for a first course, $2 for the same person running a second course.

For the Vampire-O, bring a headlamp or flashlight. For the potluck, please bring a side dish, entree, or dessert of your choice.

A microwave oven will be available for reheating food, but we will not have access to a kitchen, refrigerator or stove.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Click to enlarge - Montebello Open Space Preserve, looking from the start toward the finish (2004)

Driving Directions

Roy Cloud Elementary School (3790 Red Oak Way, Redwood City) is located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Emerald Hill Road. The entrance to the main parking lot is off Red Oak Way. There is also a parking lot off of Jefferson Ave, northeast of Emerald Hill Road.

From 280: Take the Farm Hill Boulevard exit, and go northeast (toward the bay). After one mile, turn left onto Emerald Hill Road. Drive 0.3 miles, and turn right onto Red Oak Way. The school is on your left.

From 101: Take the Woodside Road (84) exit, and drive southwest (away from the bay) on Woodside Road. Go about 1.3 miles. Follow signs to CA-82 (El Camino Real) and drive north on El Camino Real. After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Jefferson Avenue. Go 1.7 miles, and turn left onto Farm Hill Blvd. Continue on Farm Hill Blvd for one mile. Turn right on Emerald Hill Road. After 0.3 miles, turn right onto Red Oak Way -- the school will be on your left.