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Bedwell Bayfront Park

Date: (Sun.) Jan. 13, 2013
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Event Directors: - 510.681.6181, - 650.248.9595
Course Setters: Matej Šebo, Lubomir Šebo
Type: C; Long White, Yellow, and Memory (one leg at a time, you don't memorize the whole course at once!)

Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.


Matej and Lubo Sebo have a novel idea for a Bayfront event, and have stepped forward to fill our January schedule lull.

This is a barn-raising type of event. We need your help to make it happen. Please pre-register for this event using this form (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFJYNlBYMUJPSjI1bE5fa1A2dHg4RFE6MQ). If you can volunteer, choose up to three options on the form, and we'll be able to get the event staffing figured out. For example, thanks to Steve Haas for arranging for our permit.

Schedule

9:00 AM – 12:00 noon: Registration open
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Start open for all courses
2:00 PM: Courses close; you must be back even if you don't finish your course

Courses

In order to keep it simple (for the runners at least), there will be only three point-to-point courses:

    Course       Distance   Climb   Controls   Difficulty
    Long White    3.2 km    65 m       23      Beginner
    Yellow        3.2 km    65 m       20      Intermediate
    Memory-O      4.5 km    85 m       25      Advanced

There will be minimal overlap, so people can choose to run more than one course.

The White course (on trails) is designed for Juniors and beginners. It is intentionally longer than usual to cover most of the park.

The Yellow course features many "bait" controls in the vicinity of correct controls. This design was tested at the Junior Goat, and it provided a great training in careful navigation. To amplify the educational value, each control (both "bait" and correct) will have an e-punch unit with a unique number and a laminated piece of map attached showing its location.

The Memory-O course is designed as a training for intermediate/advanced runners. No map will be provided, only a Control Description sheet. The Start and all Memory-O controls will feature two identical laminated pieces of the map (clearly marked MEMORY-O) with the next leg only. This course will train map reading, map simplification, and memorization. Of course there will be plenty of "bait" controls around the real ones to make the navigation interesting.

See the Course Setters' Notes for more information.

Attention Juniors

Peter Graube will be teaching a free orienteering skills clinic for juniors from 10:00–10:30 AM. Meet near the registration area. The clinic is designed for White/Yellow runners, and the topic is Compass Techniques.

Matej Sebo (a junior orienteer) and his father have planned this special event. It will be exciting, rain or shine.

Driving Directions

From the Peninsula, North, and South, take Highway 101 to the Marsh Road East exit. Stay to the left so you can drive straight ahead into the park at the traffic signal where Marsh turns right into Bayfront Expressway.

From the East Bay, cross the Dumbarton Bridge. Go to the fifth traffic light after the bridge and turn right into the park.

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