Presidio of San Francisco, Main Post
Date: (Sat.) Jul. 8, 2017
Location: San Francisco, CA
Course Setter: Graham Brew
Type: C; One advanced course of two or three loops, total distance 5–7 km (No beginner courses)
This is the first event in the BAOC 2017 Summer Series.
We are less than a month away from the start of the BAOC 2017 Summer Series. So please note your calendars, and be sure to join us for the first event at the Main Post in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco on Saturday, July 8th. Starts will open at 10 AM as usual.
The event will feature a single course composed of three loops. Everyone runs the same loops, in the same order. There are no beginner courses. However, since this is a highly urban and compact area, the course is suitable for anyone with some orienteering experience at Yellow (advanced beginner) level or above.
Each loop will be printed on a separate map. At the end of the first loop, you will drop your map in the box provided at the transition control (be sure to punch that control), and pick up the second map from a clearly marked map tray nearby. Likewise, at the end of the second loop. The end of the third loop is the Finish.
The first loop is approximately 2.4 km (straight-line distance), the second loop is 2.2 km, and the third loop is 1.2 km. Hence, all three loops together make a course of approximately 5.8 km (straight-line distance).
However, if anyone wants a shorter challenge, the ends of first and second loops are fairly close (~200 meters) to the Finish control. So you are welcome to finish after one or two loops if that is the distance you are looking for (be sure to punch the control at the end of your final loop before going to the Finish). Whether you are doing one, two, or three loops, please ensure that the Finish control is the last control you punch. And please be sure to download after you finish.
Points for the Summer Series will be awarded to everyone who completes the three-loop course. The exact system of scoring will be announced at least a day before this event.
There is very little climb—less than 100 meters for the entire three loops. There will be about 42 controls in total, roughly evenly distributed between the three loops. If you are planning to do more than one loop, you should ensure you have a high-capacity E-stick (available to rent or exchange at Registration).
There is not too much vegetation to negotiate, so short pants could be appropriate. The biggest hazard by far is road traffic: The courses necessarily cross several active roads. Please use extreme caution when crossing all roads. You can expect a lot of other park users, so please be mindful when using sidewalks, etc.
As a requirement for our permit, we are not allowed to approach certain buildings. These areas are clearly marked on the map as either out of bounds, or marked in the usual drab-green color indicating "restricted area". Please respect these limitations, and keep us within the restrictions of our permit for using this outstanding area.
We could use a few additional volunteers for control pick-up and some other duties. Please contact if you can volunteer.
There's a map here that shows the locations of the event. To use that map, drag it to center San Francisco in the panel, then use the "+" button to zoom in. Repeat dragging and zooming to get the desired area shown. You can click on the Satellite button to see an aerial view.
Note: Read the directions below carefully, as no signs will be provided because of park rules.
The approximate coordinates are 37.7984,-122.4582.
From the Bay Bridge: Take exit 2C to merge onto Fremont St. Cross Market St and continue onto Front St, then turn left onto Pine St. Turn right onto Lyon St. Turn left onto Jackson St, and right onto Presidio Ave. Continue onto Lincoln Blvd. Continue past the "T" intersection with Girard Rd. Turn left onto Graham St and drive S until you pass Sal St. The assembly area is on the left in the large parking lot. Park there and be sure to purchase a parking sticker from a machine.
From the South: On I-280, take the (left) exit (#49B) for CA-1 N toward 19th Avenue/Golden Gate Bridge. At the first traffic light, turn slightly left onto 19th Ave. Stay on 19th Ave through Golden Gate Park, beyond, and through the Presidio. Keep right and follow signs for US-101 S/Marina Blvd S, and merge onto US-101. Take the exit (#437) for Marina Blvd toward the Presidio. Turn right onto Girard Rd, then turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. Turn left onto Graham St and drive S until you pass Sal St. The assembly area is on the left in the large parking lot. Park there and be sure to purchase a parking sticker from a machine.
From Marin: After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, stay left to continue on US-101 (i.e., do not exit to Veterans Blvd). Take the exit (#437) for Marina Blvd toward the Presidio. Turn right onto Girard Rd, then turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. Turn left onto Graham St and drive S until you pass Sal St. The assembly area is on the left in the large parking lot. Park there and be sure to purchase a parking sticker from a machine.
The parking machines accept credit or debit cards, possibly coins (more info here (http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/driving-and-parking)).