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Calero County Park¹

Date: (Sun.) Sep. 23, 2012
Location: San Jose, CA
Event Director: - 650.281.5280
Course Setters: Dan Greene, Kent Ohlund, Sean Campbell
Type: B; Classic orienteering in one of our classic parks -- standard 7 courses, beginner through advanced

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

September 22 Update:

You can help us, and your fellow competitors, by running early at Calero. We still need early runners for most of the advanced courses except Green. You will be waking up controls and verifying that they're present and working — and you'll still get regular E-punch results for the event.
If you'd like a ride I will be leaving the main parking lot in a vehicle for the Start at about 7:45 AM. You can also walk to the Start in about 20–25 minutes. We'd like the early runners to start from 8:00 to 8:45 to give us time to fix any missing or inoperable controls.
Please e-mail me so I know who to expect as early runners.

September 18 Update:

Between the venue, the fall weather, and the course setting of Dan/Kent/Sean, we should have a great event at Calero this weekend, so hopefully we'll get a great turnout. The standard schedule and fees apply. Dan will provide Course Setters' Notes later in the week.
I've had several people offer to help out at the event, but we need more volunteers, especially for:
  • Pre-event setup
  • E-punch
  • Starts
  • Refreshments/socializing with newcomers
  • Control pickup
If you haven't volunteered before, no problem. Guidance will be provided, and it's a great way to meet people and learn more about the club. And you'll still be able to run your course.
Please let me know if you are willing to help.

Our annual event at Calero County Park¹, a great location at this time of year, is coming up on September 23. As usual, we need volunteers (see below), especially for starts and control pick-up. Let know if you can help.

Dan Greene is returning to course setting at Calero after several years working on other events. We can expect a great set of courses from him. He says that at least some of the advanced courses will be a little longer than usual, but largely in fast, runnable terrain. Dan is being assisted by Kent Ohlund on the advanced courses and Sean Campbell on the White and Yellow courses. (Details and Course Setters’ Notes will be posted here when they are available.)

Although BAOC events are typically not canceled due to bad weather, two years ago when the event was scheduled for October, the Calero rangers forced us to cancel due to heavy rain a few days before the event day. If there is rainy weather, please check here before the event to make sure it is still on.

Also note that orienteers must give right of way to horses, and do not run out of the woods onto a trail when there is a horse nearby.

We will have the regular seven courses: White (beginner), Yellow (advanced beginner), Orange (intermediate), and Brown through Blue (advanced).

Here is the schedule for the event:

Remember that you must report at the Finish by 2:00 PM whether or not you have completed your course. (We don't want to have to go looking for you!)

Registration and Beginners Clinics will be in the main parking area. Both Start and Finish will be within a short walk from the parking area. Allow 25 minutes to reach the Start (1.1 km, 100 m climb).

Electronic punching will be used on all the courses, including White and Yellow, so don't forget your e-sticks. You can rent an e-stick at Registration if you don't own one.


Here are the details of the courses:

   Course   Distance  Climb   Navigation                    Terrain
   White     2.8 km   140 m   Beginner, Trails, Fence       Easy
   Yellow    2.6 km   140 m   Adv. Beginner, Trails, Fence  Easy
   Orange    4.2 km   195 m   Intermediate, Off-trail       Moderate
   Brown     3.1 km   165 m   Advanced, Off-trail           Moderate
   Green     4.0 km   225 m   Advanced, Off-trail           Hard
   Red       5.9 km   345 m   Advanced, Off-trail           Very Hard
   Blue      7.5 km   485 m   Advanced, Off-trail           Extremely Hard

Be sure to read the Course Setters' Notes for more, important information.

Request for Helpers

If you are planning to attend this event, we could use your help!

We especially need help with the following:

Please contact if you can help with any of these positions.

Driving Directions

From the Peninsula, take Highway 85 south to Almaden Expressway. Head south 5 miles to the end of the road. Turn right onto Harry, and then immediately left onto McKean. The main park entrance is 5 miles south on McKean. Go past the boat ramp, and turn instead at the entrance marked "Calero County Park; Park Office; Equestrian Center; All Trailheads".

From the East Bay, take Highway 101 south past San Jose and exit at Bailey Ave. After 3.2 miles west, Bailey ends at McKean. Turn left and go south 0.7 miles to the park entrance.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event.


¹ Calero County Park is a facility of the County of Santa Clara Regional Parks and Recreation System.