University of California, Berkeley
Date: (Sun.) Jun. 5, 2005
Location: Berkeley, CA
Event Director: - 510.526.9071
Course Setter: Martin Kunz
Type: C; White & Yellow courses; Prologue + Chase sprint event
Welcome to the beautiful campus of the University of California at Berkeley for another segment of this year's "Unofficial United States Sprint Championship Series" organized by Peter Gagarin. We offer an action-packed, challenging, and ultra-fast Orienteering sprint-race, but also welcome beginners who would like to learn how to read a map at a more leisurely pace.
If you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions, this is your event!
- Do you like hiking in the mountains or strolling through an unknown city on your own, but never dared because you are afraid of getting lost?
- Are you a keen jogger, who likes the challenge of a moderate run without switching off the brain?
- Are you a movie geek who always wanted to visit the place where Dustin Hoffman started his Oscar-winning career?
- Do you like to travel, and always wanted to visit the world famous Campanile tower in Florence, but never quite made it to Italy?
- Are you an experienced Orienteer who, for once, would enjoy following the footsteps of 53 Nobel laureates, instead of those of deer and squirrels?
Registration will be open near the Campanile from 9:30 AM to noon. Starts for will be available 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (10:00 AM to 11:30 for those who want to race the Sprint). All participants must check in at the Finish by 2:00 PM whether or not they have finished their course. Even if you decide not to finish your course, we want to know that you have gone home safely.
As usual we will offer short, free, how-to-do-it classes for first timers between 9:30 AM and 10:30. Beginners' courses (White and Yellow) will be offered to practice your map-reading skills. Come out and try Orienteering, the ultimate way of running or walking, and enjoy the early summer weather.
The Sprint format for more competitive runners will have two parts, a Prologue and a Chase, identical to the recent event at Point Pinole. The chase contains a "butterfly loop" close to the start/finish area, which allows friends, family, and ESPN to closely follow the action. (If a "butterfly loop" is new to you, it is described in detail here (http://www.baoc.org/training/butterfly.php)).
Arrive at the Campanile between 10:00 AM and 11:30 for individual Prologue starts. Your time on the Prologue course will be used to set your start time for the Chase. The fastest runner on the Prologue course will start first at 1:00 PM. Chasers begin in order of their Prologue times, attempting to make up time on the leaders.
Come race (or walk) to views of the Golden Gate, and earn points in this national series. University classes are not in session at this time, which should give us plenty of space to run and play.
Take the University Avenue exit from I-80, and head east up University Avenue toward the hills until you run into the campus. Parking is available on the streets surrounding the campus. Registration is at the North foot to the Campanile, the tall easily-visible landmark clock-tower in the center of campus.
If you live close to a BART station, we suggest taking BART (Richmond line). The Berkeley station is only 2 blocks west of campus.