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Sprint San Francisco

Date: Dec. 7 - 9, 2018
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Event Director:
Course Setters: Erin Schirm, Matej Sebo
Type: A; Friday: Sprint Relay; Saturday: 3-round tournament; Sunday: NRE Qualifier and NRE Final

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

December 2nd Update

We are looking for a couple people to help with starts Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested, let me know.

This year's event features two brand new maps of venues that have never been used for orienteering: Hidden Lakes Park in Martinez on Friday, and St. Mary's College in Moraga on Sunday.

Further information will be available closer to the event.

The information will be updated often as the event approaches, as details solidify. Be sure to review the whole page shortly before each day's event. Also be sure to read the Course Setters' Notes.


Monday, Dec. 3: Last day to register (11:59 PM PST deadline). No late or day-of-meet registration.

Friday, Dec. 7: Night-O Sprint Relay at Hidden Lakes Park, Martinez

     6:30 PM       Mass start

Saturday, Dec. 8: Three-round Sprint Tournament at Paso Nogal Park, Pleasant Hill (Round 1) and Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill (Rounds 2 and 3)

     9:00- 9:50   Packet pickup
    10:00-10:12   Round 1 heats  
    11:10         Round 1 course closes
    11:10         Semifinalists posted  
    12:00-12:09   Round 2 Semifinals (*)  
    12:12-12:25   Round 2 starts for non-qualifiers (*)
    13:15         Round 2 course closes
    13:15         Finalists posted  
    14:30         Round 3 Finals (*)  
    14:50-15:10   Round 3 starts for non-qualifiers (*)
    15:30         Award ceremony  
    15:40         Help with breakdown and clean up  

(*) Note: Times for Round 2 are tentative. We will announce exact times when we announce the qualifiers for the Semifinals around 11:00. Similarly for Round 3.

Sunday, Dec. 9: Sprint Qualification and Sprint Final at St. Mary's College, Moraga

These are National Ranking Events.

     8:00- 8:50   Packet pickup
     9:15- 9:40   Qualification round with assigned starts
    11:20-11:35   A-Final with assigned starts
    12:00         Award Ceremony
    12:35-13:00   B-Final with assigned starts
    14:00         B-Final course closes


Registration is closed. (The deadline was Monday, December 3, at 11:59 PM PST.) There is no late registration; there will not be day-of-meet registration.

You can see who has registered here (

If you need to make a change to your registration, please do not attempt to do it on Event Register. Instead, please contact the .

Note: Normally, BAOC events include beginners (White and Yellow) courses and an intermediate (Orange) course. However, because of the special nature of this event, beginners courses and an intermediate course will not be available at this event. We apologize to all who would have liked to do one of those courses. Please look at the Schedule for another event to attend (on that page, select "BAOC" in place of "All Clubs" and click on the Reload button).


For all three days, everyone will be competing on the same courses. In particular, there are no Beginner (White), Novice (Yellow), or Intermediate (Orange) courses. Nevertheless, given the nature of the venues and the courses, some people without a great deal of orienteering experience may wish to give it a try. That was the case last year, and those who did go out appeared to enjoy themselves.

For the two National Ranking races on Sunday, results will be grouped into the usual OUSA age/gender classes ( (even though everyone is running the same course).

Race Formats

Be sure to also read the Course Setters' Notes.

Friday Evening Sprint Relay

The event will be a two-person Sprint Relay, with each person running two legs. No need to have a partner in advance: we’ll form teams so as to make the competition interesting. All the legs have many forkings. That means you're not always running the same thing as other people on your leg, so don't follow anyone blindly.

Saturday 3-Round Knockout Tournament

Each round has groups starting in flights, so there will be some exciting head-to-head competition. Everyone gets to run each of the three races, but only the top runners at each stage still are in contention for the tournament.

Sunday Qualifier and Final

These races will be interval-started. The top 8 men and top 6 women in the Qualifying Round run in the A-Final. Everyone else will run in the B-Final, which will start after the A-Final is done so that everyone can watch the A-Final. Both races will be National Ranking Events (and thus have 1-hour time limits).

The Qualifier will use a 30-second start interval with assigned start times (don't be late for your start!). Both Finals will use a 1-minute start interval, with the start order in reverse order of the results of the Qualifier (that is, fastest runners start last).

The start times for the Qualifier are available here ( Note that the times posted online show only whole minutes; this file (42KB PDF) shows actual start times.

Embargo Notice for Sunday Venue

Since the Sunday event is a National Ranking Event, everyone who wants to earn ranking points at the event must not visit the St Mary's College campus before the completion of the event (except while running their courses on Sunday). (Current students of the college are exempted.)

Driving Directions

There's a map here that shows the locations of the events.

Here are the parking locations for the events:

Hidden Valley Park, which is next to Hidden Lakes Park
Redwood Dr & Center Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553
Diablo Valley College
321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
We will walk to nearby Paso Nogal Park for Round 1.
Note that parking charges at Diablo Valley College do not apply on Saturday.
St Mary's College
1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94575