Bedwell Bayfront Park
Event #6 of 6 in the BAOC 2019 Summer Series
Date: (Sun.) Aug. 25, 2019
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Event Director: - 650.281.5280
Course Setter: Matthias Kohler
Type: C; This event will be part of the 2019 Summer Series — details TBD (pending park approval)
This will be the final event in the 2019 Summer Series. However, we want to emphasize that everyone is welcome to come out and do one (or more) of the courses, regardless of whether or not you attended a previous Summer Series event.
Beginners new to orienteering are encouraged to attend—the navigational difficulty is significantly eased by the nature of the park, so anyone should be able to complete the beginner course.
We will offer two courses: one for beginners, and a longer course for the Summer Series. Advanced orienteers should not be put off by the "easier" navigation—it will give you an opportunity to practice making faster decisions, and running faster, than your competition.
We look forward to seeing everyone at what should be a fun event!
The standard BAOC event schedule will be followed:
- 9:00 AM – Registration opens
- 9:30 AM – Beginners' clinic instruction begins (free)
- 10:00 AM – Starts open
- 10:30 AM – Beginners' clinic instruction ends
- 11:59 AM – Registration closes
- 12:30 PM – Starts close
- 2:00 PM – Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins
You can register and start on courses anytime between the open and close times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be "punctual" at 9:00 (but you can if you want).
Beginners' clinics are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner course.
Everyone must check in at the Finish by 2:00 PM, and report to the E-punch table, so we can have everyone accounted for and start checkpoint pick-up on time so those volunteers can get home.
Registration and Costs
At registration, all juniors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians, or bring with them a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian (the registration form is available here (PDF/90KB)).
The following fees apply at this event:
- $3 for each junior on the Beginner course
- $10 for each adult on the Beginner course
- $5 for each junior on the "advanced" course
- $15 for each adult member on the "advanced" course
- $20 for each adult non-member on the "advanced" course
- $1 for a compass rental (optional)
- $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (optional, but each team will need one to complete the course)
- $15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)
- At the event, we are able to accept payment only by cash or check—no credit cards or electronic payments.
- Juniors are age 8 through 20 (under age 8 is free).
- Members of other orienteering clubs can pay the "member" fee.
- There is no charge for a second course.
More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ. All the prices are also shown on the standard entry form (PDF/90KB), which you can print and fill out in advance to save some time at the event. (You will need one entry form for each group of people going on a course together.)
What to Bring
Comfortable outdoors attire and walking shoes are fine for those who will walk their course.
For runners, any comfortable running shoes are appropriate. Courses will include some pavement, but mostly off-trail legs. You might want shoes with cleats or spikes for the off-trail legs.
You may encounter some annoying grass depending on your route choice, so you may consider wearing gaiters, long socks, or long pants rather than running shorts.
A compass is not necessary, but can be helpful. We have compasses available for a $1 rental fee.
We time the courses with the SPORTident system, so a SPORTident fingerstick is required for each team—they rent for $5. (Use of the "E-punch" system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)
Running water and restrooms are available near the assembly area.
The course details will be here closer to the event date.
The map is still very good, but vegetation constantly changes, so don’t rely on just one feature while navigating from control to control.
- Boulders and knolls are often smaller than what would usually be mapped. Some might be hidden from view by tall grass.
- The map uses three different “knoll” symbols: “Brown O” for a normal knoll; “Gray O” for a small mound of gravel, and a “Brown Triangle” for a small man-made mound covered with a lid and often with a post with streamer next to it.
- The “cairn” symbol is used on the map to denote the park’s sequences of rock sculptures. These are not used as control features.
- Trees are indicated on the map with “Brown ×” for a standing dead tree or rootstock, “Green T” for a fallen tree, and “Green O” for a lone tree or small copse. However, be aware that this might not always be accurate anymore. Some fallen trees are almost fully eroded, some dead standing trees have fallen, and some once-living trees are now dead.
- Most of the park is mowed, but not everywhere. The tall-vegetation map markings might not always represent current conditions.
The good news: You can’t get lost. There is no poison oak. There is very little climb. The park is very runnable.
Most of the park is mowed, but there are still some areas with taller grass. So, leg coverings and sturdy shoes are advised. And be aware that there are numerous holes hidden under the grass. Exercise caution!
There is little shade, so wear a hat and use sunscreen.
The park is likely to be fairly busy. Please be considerate of other park users.
2019 Summer Series
This is the final event of the BAOC 2019 Summer Series. The Series consists of six events, each of which has a "ranking course" for the overall Summer Series results. At this event, points will be awarded to all the individuals (but not groups or teams) who complete the [TBD] course.
Details of the Summer Series scoring system are available here. (Note that we need your birth year if you want to be scored properly.)
The approximate coordinates are 37.4909,-122.1773. There's a map here that shows the location of the event.
From the Peninsula, North, and South, take Highway 101 to the exit for Marsh Rd/CA-84E (#406). Head east on Marsh Rd (toward Dumbarton Bridge or the Bay). Stay to the left so you can drive straight ahead into the park at the traffic signal where Marsh turns right onto Bayfront Expressway.
From the East Bay, cross the Dumbarton Bridge (Hwy 84). Go to the fifth traffic light after the bridge and turn right into the park.