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Emerald Hills

Date: (Sun.) Mar. 9, 2008
Location: Redwood City, CA
Event Director: - 650.281.5280
Course Setter: Brian Kirshner
Type: C; White course and Western Massachusetts Rules Score-O

Note: Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, March 9. Hopefully everyone knows that, especially those of you who have volunteered to help out Sunday morning.

Join us for a Street-O in the hills above Redwood City. You'll enjoy the crooked streets and terrific views. We will have a standard easy White course for families and beginners, and a more-advanced course: a Western Massachusetts Rules Score-O.

The White course for families and beginners will be about 2.2 km long.

The Score-O will use the "Western Massachusetts Rules"—that is, there will be 26 controls in the Emerald Hills neighborhood, and you will need to collect a certain number of the controls in any combination. There are five length categories that determine how many controls you'll need to get:

    Short   – any  5 controls
    Medium  – any 10 controls
    Long    – any 15 controls
    Longer  – any 20 controls
    Longest – any 25 controls

You won't need to decide which category you are in until you finish. But note that there is no bonus for visiting more controls than you need (i.e., 9 controls puts you in the Short category with all those who found only 5). The results for each category are based on time.

You can start either course any time between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Everyone must be back by 2:00 PM.

This is a good event for beginners, and short beginner's clinics will be offered on request between 9:30 and 10:30 to give you enough information to be able to complete the White course. Groups of 8 or more, adventure race navigation training groups, scouts, home school groups, JROTC, etc., please let us know at least a week in advance so that we'll have enough maps printed.

Brian has put together a challenging Score-O course, and we’re hoping for a big turn-out. As many as 60–80 Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Junior ROTC have indicated plans to attend.

This meet requires less than most in terms of volunteer help, but we could use a couple of people to help with starts and finishes (no experience required). With the large number of newcomers expected, we really need someone experienced to do beginner’s clinics (although I’m not sure what that involves at a Street-O event like this one.

Come out and enjoy a winter day with us.

Steve Haas, Event Director
Brian Kirshner, Course Setter

Driving Directions

Roy Cloud Elementary School (3790 Red Oak Way, Redwood City) is located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Emerald Hill Road. The entrance to the main parking lot is off Red Oak Way. There is also a parking lot off of Jefferson Ave, northeast of Emerald Hill Road.

From 280: Take the Farm Hill Boulevard exit, and go northeast (toward the bay). After one mile, turn left onto Emerald Hill Road. Drive 0.3 miles, and turn right onto Red Oak Way. The school is on your left.

From 101: Take the Woodside Road (84) exit, and drive southwest (away from the bay) on Woodside Road. Go about 1.3 miles. Follow signs to CA-82 (El Camino Real) and drive north on El Camino Real. After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Jefferson Avenue. Go 1.7 miles, and turn left onto Farm Hill Blvd. Continue on Farm Hill Blvd for one mile. Turn right on Emerald Hill Road. After 0.3 miles, turn right onto Red Oak Way—the school will be on your left.

Public Transit

SamTrans bus #274 runs hourly, leaving the Redwood City Caltrain station at 35 minutes past the hour, and arriving at Farm Hill Blvd. and Emerald Hill Rd. at 49 minutes past the hour.