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Presidio of San Francisco

Date: (Sun.) Sep. 23, 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Director: - 415.453.3679
Course Setter: Vic Revenko
Type: C; "Come and Try It" event for beginners, plus intermediate courses

Event Director's Notes

Welcome to the Presidio. This is an ideal locale for beginning and intermediate orienteers, with relatively easy terrain and plenty of trails and buildings to navigate by. Experienced orienteers should also have a few challenges on the Orange and Long Orange courses. There will be clinics for intermediate and advanced runners between 10–11 A.M.


Here is the course menu:

  Course         Length     Climb   Controls
  White          3.0 km      40 m      12
  Yellow         4.6 km      70 m      10
  Orange         5.2 km      80 m      14
  Long Orange    7.0 km     100 m      15

The White course is a beginner's course; no experience is needed. The Yellow course is for advanced beginners—it's mostly a trail course requiring little orienteering experience. The Orange course is an intermediate, longer, off-trail course, of moderate difficulty—it requires previous experience. The Long Orange course is an intermediate, even longer, off-trail course of moderate difficulty—great for experienced orienteers of all levels—a great runner's course.

Course Comments

Advanced runners will find some new challenges and sites that will make the course more interesting. Beginners and intermediate orienteers will enjoy the color and detail of the new map. The Presidio is an open urban park, so there will be activities in many areas, but this should not interfere with your enjoyment. Please do not interfere with other activities. There are many out-of-bound areas that need to be strictly observed according to park rules. Please observe the terrain and off-limits areas, and stay within Park boundaries for all courses to avoid traffic. The Presidio is constantly changing. Please be aware that some changes made since the courses were set may not be mapped.

All residential areas and lawns are off limits. Please use walkways and paths when going by residential areas, and be courteous.

NOTE: Some people did not observe that request at last year's event, and it lead to complaints to the park administration. Our continued use of the park depends on everyone observing that requirement.

All courses will require crossing (under, across, around) roadways, so be careful. All the courses provide scenic views of the Presidio and surroundings.

You must check in at the Finish whether or not you complete your course. We will not search for anyone, because this is an open urban park. You have up to three hours to complete a course before orienteering rules disqualify you. Courses close at 2:30 P.M. so you should complete your course and return to the Finish by then.

General Comments

Beginners Clinics are available between 9:30 A.M. and 12:00 noon. Adventure racing, advanced and intermediate clinics are available between 10–11 A.M.

There is some poison oak in spots on the Yellow, Orange, and Long Orange courses. It's low growing and not too prolific. It can be easily avoided.

Write your name and car license on both parts of the punch card, as the start crew keeps the stub while you carry the punch card with you. Orienteering rules will disqualify you for incomplete or lost punch cards.

No yelling or loud talking please. Orienteers like to find the controls on their own. Please carry a whistle with you in case you are injured. They are free at the registration desk. However, do not use the whistle except in an emergency.

Water is available at the start and finish, and also on all courses except for White. Water is located near the registration desk. Restrooms are located near the registration area. Please ask for directions. Please use this restroom facility only.

Please park where there is space on Ralston Avenue. There is a large lot west of the registration area that is the most convenient. Do not park elsewhere.


Vic Revenko
Event Director & Course Setter