Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline
Date: (Sun.) Jan. 9, 2011
Location: San Leandro, CA
Event Director: - 925.872.3935
Course Setter: Jay Hann
Type: C; Everyone is welcome at the BAOC COOL (Junior) event
More information will be available later, but in the meantime ...
Here are the final course statistics:
Course Length Climb Controls
Course 1 1.5 km 23 m 18 Course 2 2.6 km 35 m 14 Course 3 3.2 km 58 m 14 Course 4 4.1 km 65 m 32
- Note: Since there are 32 controls on Course 4, the SICard-5 and SICard-8 cannot be used. SICard-6 or SICard-9 are required. We plan to have a box of SICard-6 available for rental. This requirement is for Course 4 only. Those students who have a season pass and plan to run Varsity will get the rental included in their season pass.
- How do you tell if you have an SICard-6? Their numbers are in the range 500,000 to 999,999 inclusive.
I tried to use the area north of the tree grove a bit this year, as next year it will likely be under a small hill of dirt, so this is our last chance to use these particular twisty trailed dog runs.
There were almost 200,000 cubic yards of dirt added last summer, so the large hill is longer, but I don't have any controls there since it is so boring.
Like last year, I'll be breaking a lot of rules, mainly for Course 4, the Varsity and Winter Series course. Among the broken rules are:
- Controls placed too close together, although fewer than last year.
- Way too many dog-legs.
- Mapped objects that are smaller than 0.5 m by 0.5 m, even more this year than last year, lots of little bushes.
- Unmapped and inconsistently mapped fight. The beige color fluffy type plants are not distinguishable by looking the satellite photos, and blend in with the lower growth. Mainly the green colored bushes are mapped, that is in those areas that I have mapped bushes.
So, full disclosure (smile).
My goal here is to reduce distance and time to make our COOL students better Orienteers. This is similar to the way folks in Brazil play futsol to make better soccer players.
The SE end of that row of tree/bushes has started to be removed, and by this summer they will all have been cut down in preparation of another man-made hill.
The only section of real forest (20 meters long) has also been cut down. I have made map changes to my best ability.
The good news is that Jim Fish has agreed to vet the courses, so hopefully I won't misplace controls like I did with two of the controls last year.
From north or south I-880 (Nimitz), exit 33B Marina Blvd. Go right / West on Marina Blvd about 1.3 miles, to a short right turn lane at Neptune, just before the main road bends left. Turn right / North on Neptune Dr, go 0.6 miles to the end. Park on the street.
There's a map here that shows the location of the event.
Public transportation is poor in this area. Your best bet is to BART to San Leandro station, then walk 2.7 miles or hire a taxi cab. Better yet, maybe people can carpool...
Google walking directions from San Leandro Bart Station:
- Head southeast on San Leandro Blvd toward Parrott St – About 5 mins go 0.2 mi
- Turn right at Williams St – About 39 mins go 2.0 mi
- Turn right at Neptune Dr – About 9 mins go 0.5 mi – Total 2.7 mi