2013 Sierra Summerfest
2013 Sierra Summerfest

Sierra Summerfest

Day 2 (PM): Mass-start Motola Fun Event

Burton Creek State Park

Date: (Fri.) Jul. 26, 2013
Location: Tahoe City, CA
Event Director: - 650.281.5280
Course Setter: Nik Weber
Type: C; Afternoon mass-start Motala fun event

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

The third event of the Sierra Summerfest will be held at Burton Creek State Park. This is a popular venue near Tahoe City, which is on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

All are welcome at the Summerfest events, and beginners are encouraged to participate!

The event will be located at the east side of North Tahoe High School (2945 Polaris Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.194006,-120.119324&hl=en&sspn=0.011375,0.022423&t=m&z=13)).


Early registration is now closed. The following fees apply to this event.

                                  Adult        Junior   
                                 (21 & up)      (20 & under)
    Early registration (*)         $10           $5
    Registration at the event      $15          $10
    (*) The deadline for early registration was 8:00 PM PDT July 14.

There is no charge for children under 8 who are accompanied by an adult.

Note that there is a "Package Deal" for all the Summerfest events (but it requires early registration).

Note to "Recreational" Participants: Although early registration is not available for the recreational courses at the A-meet events (i.e., Friday Sprint, Saturday, and Sunday events), you will need to register early for this event in order to pay the lower fee shown above.

Please note that even if you register ahead of time, you will need to check in at the event, to pick up your SPORTident E-stick (if you don't have your own) or to register your personal E-stick (so we can enter you in our results system).


More information will be available closer to the event, but for now:

2:00 PM – Registration opens
2:30 PM – Beginner clinic
2:30–3:30 PM – "Special" starts allowed
2:45 PM – Group instruction
3:00 PM – Mass start
5:00 PM – Courses close

Everyone must be back by the course closing time, even if they have not completed their course.


The course will consist of a four-loop Motola. You can run one, two, three, or all four loops. The total length of the four loops is 5.7 km with 100 m of climb. Most of the controls are Orange level, but there are a couple advanced-level controls on two of the loops.

More information about the course is in the Course Setter's Notes.


All teams must carry a whistle for emergency signaling. You can get one for free at Registration.

Bring a watch, so you will know how much time is left.

It is possible to go off-trail, so pants, shoes with good traction, and gaiters (if you have them) are optional. Water bottles or Camelbaks are a good idea.

There is no poison oak at Burton Creek!

Each team member will be provided a map. You may use any additional navigational aids that you desire. This includes compass, altimeter, and GPS. Compasses can be rented for $1 each.

The SPORTident electronic punching system will be used to record controls. Each team will need one e-stick. If your team doesn't have its own e-stick, you can rent one for $3.

Driving Directions

From Donner Memorial State Park (i.e., after the morning event), go east on Donner Pass Rd and either take I-80 east to the next exit (Hwy 89) or stay on Donner Pass Rd to its intersection with Hwy 89. Take Hwy 89 south toward Tahoe City. At the main intersection in Tahoe City (by the Save Mart on your left), go straight onto Highway 28 (N Lake Blvd). After 2 miles, turn left onto Fabian Way. (There's a 7-Eleven store on the opposite side of the highway.) Make an immediate right onto Village Rd. Turn left at the third intersection onto Polaris Dr, go to the end of the street, and follow signs for parking at North Tahoe High School.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event. (The easiest way to zoom in is to click on the "pin" at the NW edge of Lake Tahoe [leave the "balloon" displayed], then click on the "+" button several times. You can drag the map to center the point of interest, and switch to Satellite or Hybrid view.)