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Urban Goat II, plus Dinner and a Movie

Date: (Sat.) Aug. 5, 2006
Location: Oakland, CA
Event Director: - 510.681.6181
Course Setter: Rex Winterbottom
Type: C; Short "Goat" course

NOTE: Preregistration is REQUIRED for the August 6th Urban Festival Of Orienteering ( event at Joaquin Miller Park, and can be arranged during this event.

The mass start time is 7:00 P.M. sharp with a briefing at 6:55 P.M. on the maps which you may look at when they are distributed.

In the end, you get a fabulously nourishing pasta or crepe dinner at the charming Rolling Dunes ( (3331 Lake Shore Ave. (,+ca&country=us&new=1&name=&qty=)) Followed by a fabulous 9:30 P.M. film: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby at one of the most majestic movie palaces in the country, the art-deco Grand Lake Theater ( (3200 Grand Ave. (

And you won't have to run that hard to get there. The 3km or 5km "Urban Goat" (choose while on the course) will be a fun and wild ride through the winding streets and staircases of Oakland's "Crocker Highlands" neighborhood. And it's mostly downhill from the start! The longer course has a window Score-O of a couple controls and one allowable skip inside that window should mix people up a bit. Controls will be "Q&A" format.

It's about a 2 mile walk back to the start after the movie (or after dinner, or after the run, whenever you choose to go) and it is possible to plan to have your car parked down there if you buddy up with people. As you might tell, there is no obligation to stay for the movie, or stay for the dinner. Whoever comes, comes. If you're just there to run, or run and eat, that's fine.

The meeting area is my flat at 4648 Park Blvd (, same as Friday night. Registration will be open at 6:00 P.M., briefing at 6:55 P.M., mass start at 7:00 P.M., finish near Rolling Dunes, and then the movie for any interested.

See the Course Setter's Notes for more information.

- Rex Winterbottom, E.D.

Driving Directions

From Highway 580 coming from the West (San Francisco), take the Park Blvd. exit. If you're coming from the East (San Leandro/Hayward) on 580, take the 14th Ave. exit, turn right, and head up the hill to Park Blvd., where you turn right. If coming from the 580 side of Park, travel about a mile until you see a Chevron station. The second street corner after the Chevron is Dolores, and 4648 Park Blvd ( is at the corner.

From Highway 13 take the Park Blvd. exit. If you are coming from the East (San Leandro/Hayward) you need to make 2 immediate lefts to get onto Park Blvd. If coming from the West on Highway 13, simply bear right and merge onto Park Blvd — do not go straight or turn left! Coming down Park Blvd. from 13, after you pass the light at Leimert, the next left turn you can make onto a street (not a median U-turn) is Dolores, and 4648 Park Blvd ( is on the corner.

Park along Park Blvd. or the alley that parallels it quite easily!

Public Transit

AC Transit V ( from San Francisco, AC Transit 15 ( from Oakland — stop just past the Chevron station!