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Millbrae Street Scramble

Date: (Sat.) Feb. 18, 2006
Location: Millbrae, CA
Event Director: - 206.913.3790
Course Setters: Eric Bone, Terry Farrah
Type: Street orienteering; foot or bike; 90-minute or 3-hour Score-O. Presented by Meridian Geographics.

Millbrae Street Scramble will be a street orienteering event in a brand new locale: the city of Millbrae, home of event director Terry Farrah, just 10 miles south of San Francisco. Thirty point-valued controls will be placed in and around the city of Millbrae. Visit controls in any order to accumulate as many points as you can within your chosen time limit: 90 minutes or 3 hours. Foot and bike divisions are offered!

NOTE: This event is presented by Meridian Geographics, and some details will be different from BAOC events.

The event will be based near the library, in the heart of downtown. You will have a chance to visit the central business district, many of Millbrae's parks, the older part of Millbrae straddling the old mission road El Camino Real, the residential hills including the former estate of Darius Ogden Mills, and the new intermodal transit station which includes the new BART terminus. Ambitious cyclists may visit the airport, the Crystal Springs watershed, and spots in neighboring Burlingame and San Bruno. At each control, you will answer a simple question to prove you were there.

This is a mass start event. Everyone will start at 10:00 a.m.. There is no other available start time! Maps will be issued at 9:30 for pre-Scramble strategizing. Please plan to arrive between 8:00 and 9:00 to allow time for registration.

Street Scramble was created as a warm-up for Night & Day Challenge, which is an urban rogaine. Following rogaine tradition, we will use a USGS topographic map at 1:25,000 scale. It is not as detailed as an orienteering map, and the symbols are slightly different. Also, some things have changed since the map was created in 1997, and we have corrected only the parts that are most important to your navigation.

Team participation is encouraged. Teams may consist of up to five members. Of course, solo participation is also available.

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Lunch will be served to all after the 11:30 and 1:00 finishes. Lunch is included in your registration fee of $15 ($12 if you preregister). This will be a great chance to relax and socialize with other orienteers. We have an indoor space available in case of rain.

For each time limit (90 minutes, 3 hours) and each division (foot, bike), award ribbons will be granted to the top five finishers in eight classes:

Millbrae Street Scramble is presented by Meridian Geographics, the business owned by Terry Farrah and Eric Bone. It is a format that has been very popular in the Seattle area since 2004. This is the first Street Scramble in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a great way to introduce newcomers to orienteering!

Registration and Fees

Pricing is different from BAOC events. Preregistration is now closed, but there is no attendance limit, so you can just show up Saturday morning. The prices below are for members of BAOC or other orienteering clubs. Event day prices for non-members age 13+ are $5 higher.

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Preregister (
by midnight,
Thurs. Feb. 16
Event Day
(club member
General $12 $15
Student 25/under
with valid ID
$10 $10
Senior age 65+ $10 $10
Ages 6-12 not
Under age 6 Free
Family maximum
(family = any team
including person


FREE entry to anyone who volunteers with registration or results. Early and late start times are available. Help is very much appreciated. Contact the event director.

Getting There

Registration, start, and finish will take place in Constitution Plaza, on the southeast side of the Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave.

Public Transit The event center is just 1/2 mile from the transit station for both BART and Caltrain. Take BART ( from San Francisco and the East Bay. Take CalTrain ( from the South Bay. Both websites offer automated trip planners.

From Hwy 101: Take the Millbrae Ave exit. Proceed west on Millbrae Ave to Magnolia Ave, which is 2 blocks past El Camino Real. Turn right on Magnolia, and proceed 7 blocks to Library Ave. Turn left on Library Ave. The library will be the first building on the left. Park in the large lot on the right.

From Hwy 280: Take the Millbrae Ave exit, and proceed east on Millbrae Ave. approximately 1.5 miles to Magnolia Ave. Turn left on Magnolia, and continue 7 blocks to Library Ave. Turn left on Library Ave. The library will be the first building on your left. Park in the large lot on the right.