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Knowland Park

Date: (Sun.) Mar. 21, 2010
Location: Oakland, CA
Event Director: - 650.365.4275
Course Setter: Jim Fish
Type: C; Beginner, Orange, Brown, and Sprint courses

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

March 17 Update

At this event, BAOC members can introduce a friend (or two) to orienteering, and the friend can run for free. At registration, the friend will fill out the normal form and just say they are a friend of _________. (The member is not required to accompany the friend on their course.)

Juniors, you've been running the courses by yourself during the COOL season. On Sunday, would you to invite your two best friends, or your cousins, or ... to run a course with you?

Those adults who are running the Sprint course for sprint points can run their Sprint course, and then take their friend out on the Orange or Brown course with them just for fun. Ben Legg said he had a blast running a course with his friend at an event last year.

Registration, the clinic area, Start, and Finish are all in the same area, so it'll be easy to go out on another course.

I hope that you will come out and enjoy the spring day with us.

We still need a little more help:

Starts: 11:15–12:30
GeBe help: 11:00–1:00 and 1:00–Closing (2:00)    (Toby says it's an easy job.)
Two more people for control pick-up, including one that will drive a car out to pick up the remote controls (starting at 2:00 when the courses close)

Thanks to Greg, Steve, David, David, Scott, Johanna, Marina, Mark, Rex, and Steve who have already volunteered!

– Nancy


We hope that you will come out and enjoy the day with us. This is a good time and place to invite your family, friends, and co-workers to join us, so please invite them. There is lots of parking and it's a close-in location. Everyone is welcome! Would you like to stay after you finish your course to visit the refreshment table?

Boy Scout, Girl Scout, school, home school, alumni, singles, and other groups of 8 or more, please let us know how many in your group ahead of time, so that we will be sure to print enough maps and have extra clinic instructors for your group.

We are having a two-for-one special. When you pay for one course, you can run a second course for free. Just tell the registration folks what courses you want to run, and then you just need to change your e-stick before you run your second course. The registration, E-punch station, Start, and Finish are all in one place, so we think many people will choose to try a second course.


Event registration will be open from 9:00 AM to noon. People can start their courses any time from 10:00 to 12:30. The courses close at 2:00. Everyone must check in at the Finish by then (and go to the download station).

Short clinics for beginners will be available 9:45–10:30. These introductions to orienteering provide enough information to complete a beginner course.

Steve and David Harrison will lead a short clinic for scouts and scout leaders starting at 9:45. Rex Winterbottom will lead a clinic for Adventure Racers and those people on an intermediate orienteering level starting at 10:00. More information about that Intermediate Skills Clinic is available here.


The following five courses are offered (these are updated details):

   Course    Length        Climb        % Climb   Controls
   White     2.1 km    240 feet, 73 m     3.5%        9
   Yellow    2.4 km    260 feet, 79 m     3.3%       13
   Sprint    2.5 km    280 feet, 85 m     3.4%       15
   Orange    2.7 km    340 feet, 103 m    4.0%       13
   Brown     4.3 km    820 feet, 266 m    6.2%       17

The Sprint will be part of the 2010 Sprint Series. Bob Cooley has expanded the map, so we'll be able to offer a Brown course this Year! The Brown Course will cross Golf Links Road twice, so please watch for cars as you cross.

Be sure to read the Course Setter's Notes for more information about the courses.


Parking is $6 per car. You might want to park outside the zoo entrance and ride in with others.

The registration area will be up the hill at the far end of the parking lot. The restrooms are just past the zoo entrance, before you head up the hill to the registration area. If you want to use the restrooms on your way to registration, park by the restrooms to use them, and then drive the rest of the way up the hill to the end of the parking lot.

Park your car and walk up the trail to the registration and Start area. Allow 10 minutes to walk to the registration/clinic area from the parking lot. (You won't be able to see the registration area from the parking lot.)

Some of you might like to visit the Oakland Zoo ( after our event.

Please let know if you would like to volunteer to help with vetting, pre-running, starts, finishes, clinics, etc. We're expecting many Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, so we'll need some extra clinic instructors for them.

Nancy Lindeman
Event Director

Driving Directions

Ride sharing is encouraged.

For directions, see the Oakland Zoo Web site (

From I-580, take exit 29, Golf Links Rd. Go in the Oakland Zoo Parking entrance, pay $6 parking fee, and head up the hill to the very top of the parking lot. Walk up the trail to the registration and Start area. (You won't be able to see the registration area from the parking lot.)

There's a map here that shows the location of the event. (You can drag the map to center the point of interest, and zoom in to see more detail.)

Public Transit

For public transportation, see the Trip Planner (