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Huddart Park

Date: (Sat.) Mar. 11, 2006
Location: Woodside, CA
Event Directors: - 650.851.5688, - 857.361.8984
Course Setters: Mike Fleishman, Jitka Hiscox, Brian Kirshner
Type: C; "Come and Try It" event -- White and Yellow, and more

Course Setters' Notes

By Nancy Lindeman

Welcome to our annual Huddart Park trail event. Today’s courses are designed to offer a physical challenge to meet everyone’s energy level. However, since we are required to stay on trails and public areas, the courses will not offer a true orienteering challenge to advanced orienteers. Please proceed only on trails.

Many of the trails in this park are riding trails (horses not bikes). If you see a horse, please slow down to a walk, and pass the horse cautiously before resuming your run. Some horses can be startled by sudden movements, and they might rear or bolt. Obviously this could be dangerous to the rider.

Short clinics for beginners will be ongoing from 9:45 am. Starts are from 10:00 am to 12:30. Courses close at 2:30 PM. Everyone must check in at the Finish by then.

Restrooms are available near the registration area.


There will be 3 courses offered today: a White course for beginners and families with young children, a Long White course for those who want a longer point-to-point course, and a special "Western Massachusetts Rules" Score-O course for those who want to get a little more exercise!

The format of the Score-O course is a little different from standard a Score-O. There will be 22 controls set out — participants need to find any 6, 10, 15, or 20 controls, depending on how long they want to be out on the course. There are no bonus points for extra controls. And there is no time limit — as long as you get back by 2:30 when the courses close.

 Course               Distance    Climb      Controls      Navigation
 ------               --------    -----      --------      ----------
 White                 1.7 km     ~105 m        11            Easy
 Long White            2.8 km     ~130 m        15            Easy
 Short Score-O          ~3 km     ~150 m    Any  6 of 22      Easy
 Medium Score-O         ~5 km     ~250 m    Any 10 of 22      Easy
 Long Score-O           ~7 km     ~300 m    Any 15 of 22      Easy
 Extra-Long Score-O    10+ km     ~400 m    Any 20 of 22      Easy

Rules for all courses

  1. You must stay on the trails at all times. We are not permitted to go off the trails at Huddart Park!
  2. Everyone must check in at the finish by 2:30 (even if they don't finish their course).
  3. Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the park (not even in cars).
  4. Have fun!

Additional rules for the Score-O

  1. You don't need to decide which class you are running until you turn in your score sheet.
  2. There is no bonus for extra controls.

Map Information

We will have preprinted maps for all, and will use manual punch on all the courses. A number of previously accessible (minor) trails have been blocked off by the rangers. The map has been revised (thanks Bob) to reflect these changes. The forest is beautiful — quite green and lush from the recent rain. The well-maintained trails should all be quite runable.

Campgrounds/picnic areas where water is available are indicated on the map. Since we're restricted to the trails, poison oak will not be a problem.