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Joaquin Miller Park

Date: (Sun.) Aug. 6, 2006
Location: Oakland, CA
Event Director: - 510.681.6181
Course Setters: Rex Winterbottom, Joe Scarborough
Type: C; White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, and USOF Sprint courses

NOTE: This event REQUIRES PREREGISTRATION for ALL participants. See below for more information.

Redwood trees. The sacred grove, beautiful, gentle undulating, challenging, and without much brush, haven of the USOF Sprint set by Joe Scarborough. You must climb along the Brown or Green course to get to it. We will minimize the harshness and maximize your orienteering flow potential — if you remember my China Camp courses from 2005, I'm hoping to aim for a similar effect. (The Sprint earns points for Peter Gagarin's USOF Sprint series (, not USOF ranking points.)

Beginners will have a treasure trove of White, Yellow, and Orange courses traversing the areas around the meadow, and will have the special privilege of encountering the most colorful variety of park features, such as man-made cavalcades and other such monuments. And for everybody, expect some big-time bay views ( of the city skylines!

All within Oakland city limits, eminently qualifying this event for the Urban Festival of Orienteering (

Poison oak: The courses will be set to avoid most of it, but be aware of what it looks like, and pants would be recommended for the Orange course and above.

The park meadow ( is the meeting area — see the Directions below. Registration is open 9:30 to noon in the meadow, starts are available from 10:00 to 12:30, courses close at 2:00. We will have short beginner's clinics starting at 9:45.

There will be a remote unmanned finish for the Brown and Green courses near the Sprint start, which will be manned. If you plan on doing the Sprint, give yourself time to get up there, whether you are doing the Brown or Green course or not! You should plan to arrive at the Sprint start no later than 1:00.

A potluck picnic will receive finishers in the meadow — bring goodies to share — food and drink — BAOC will supply plates, napkins, cups, etc. and a few of the refreshments.

Electronic punching will be used for the Brown, Green, and Sprint courses. If you don't own an e-stick, please let us know during preregistration, as rentals are only available to preregistrated participants.

We need volunteers for starts, finishes, results, and control pickup.

See the Course Setter's Notes for more information.

- Rex Winterbottom, E.D.


You MUST PREREGISTER for this event. You may preregister in one of two ways:

1) By mail:

Download and print the individual event entry form at:
and the weekend pass (if desired) at:
and mail to our registration team:
BAOC Registration
19839 Seagull Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
Be sure to indicate if you will need a rental compass, and/or if you will need an Epunch rental for the Brown/Green/Sprint courses.
Entries must include payment of fees, and must be postmarked by FRIDAY, JULY 28th, in order to ensure receipt and processing. (After that date, you can preregister at one of the events listed below.)

2) In person:

We will be accepting preregistration at any of these BAOC events:
July 30 — Bayfront Park
August 4 — Dimond Park
August 5 — Golden Gate Park
August 5 — Dimond Park

Driving Directions

From Highway 13 in the East Bay (the Warren Freeway, between Highway 24 and I-580), take the Joaquin Miller Road (JMR) exit. Go uphill (east) on JMR for about 0.7 mile; the park entrance is on the left (look for the orienteering sign). The cross street for the park entrance is Sanborne, the upper end (not the lower end with the gate). Park in one of the designated lots or on Joaquin Miller Road. The event center is in the meadow just below the road right at the entrance to the park.

Public Transit

AC Transit line 15 (, ask driver to stop at Zion Lutheran School ( (just before Highway 13!). Wait for a carpool, or you'll need to walk up Park Blvd towards Highway 13, turn right before the freeway onto Monterey Blvd., walk to the stop sign over a mile away at Joaquin Miller Blvd, turn left onto Joaquin Miller Blvd and walk up to Sanborne Dr on your left.

Carpool Site

AC Transit bus stop across the street from Zion Lutheran School ( on Park Blvd. Park in the dirt near the bus stop.