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Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Date: (Sun.) Apr. 21, 2013
Location: Richmond, CA
Event Director: - 925.862.2978
Course Setter: Steve Gregg
Type: C; Annual sprint event, with a THOMASS course again this year, plus point-to-point beginner and intermediate courses — BAOC Annual General Meeting including officer elections

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

Note: This event was originally scheduled for March 31, but the date was changed because of that being Easter Sunday.

Once again, the "main event" at Point Pinole will be what the Canadians call a "Thomass" course. It will be a mass-start race, starting at 11:30 AM or so, with everyone running the same course. However, in the middle of the course there will be a "box" of 10 controls that the competitors can take in any order, and where the number of those 10 controls you must visit depends on your age and sex—​anywhere from only 2 for the older runners, to all 10 for the 21- to 39-year-old men. First across the Finish line wins. A more detailed description of the race format is in the Course Setter's Notes.

Your total running distance will be somewhere between 3.6 km and 5.0 km, depending on your age and sex (and route choices, of course). That is almost a kilometer less on the upper end than last year, which means that the younger runners will be more likely to challenge Penny DeMoss and Dennis Wildfogel for the win.

Regular White, Yellow, and Orange courses will be set as well. As usual, beginners will be welcome, and short, repeating beginners clinics will be offered. These courses will use the normal event schedule. Here are the details of those courses:

    Course               Length    Climb   Controls
    White                3.2 km    55 m       13
    Yellow/Scout/JROTC   3.0 km    60 m       12
    Orange               3.6 km    80 m       16

Everyone should read the Course Setter's Notes for more information.

More information will be available closer to the event.


Gary Carpenter will be the event director this year, so expect to get a call from him as the event date nears asking for help. Of particular value would be people not interested in the mass-start Thomass event at 11:30, who could arrive at the park early, run their course, and be back by 11:30 to help "hold down the fort" while the mass-start race in taking place. If you are willing to help out at the event in any capacity, please contact either or .

As of April 8, we need volunteers for the following (note Thomass mass start is at 11:30):

As of April 17, we will need three more volunteers to help with the GeBe epunch, results, and finish.

As of April 20, we will need a volunteer to help at the Finish from 10:00 to 11:15.

My previous call for volunteers got a great response, however we have more volunteers for control pick-up than necessary. If any of the control pick-up folks who are not running the Thomass course would consider switching to one of the above tasks it would be appreciated.

BAOC Annual General Meeting

The BAOC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at Point Pinole this year, at 1:30 PM near the Registration area. This is your chance to find out more about what is going on in the club, and a chance for the club leadership to hear from you. Please plan to participate.

All are welcome to attend, but make sure your membership is up to date if you wish to vote.

These officers are being presented for election:

President – Jeff Lanam
Event Coordinator – Rex Winterbottom (incumbent)
Treasurer – Kelly Wells (incumbent)
Secretary – Vicki Woolworth (incumbent)

The rest of the agenda will be posted on the meeting page closer to the event.

Driving Directions

Take the Richmond Parkway exit off Interstate 80 in Richmond, and go west for 1.3 miles. Immediately after the stoplight at San Pablo Avenue, turn right at the next light onto Atlas Road. After 0.8 miles on Atlas, you will cross over a set of railroad tracks and encounter a stop sign. Turn left onto Giant Highway at this intersection. You will pass a detention center on your right, and the park entrance will be immediately after that, also on your right. Pay the fee (if there is one), park, and walk over the railroad tracks to the staging area in the meadow.

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