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Diablo Valley College

Event #5 of 6 in the BAOC 2019 Summer Series

Date: (Sun.) Aug. 11, 2019
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Event Director: - 925.516.7622
Course Setter: François Léonard
Type: C; This event will be part of the 2019 Summer Series — one course for Beginners, who are very welcome, and one "advanced" course — the courses will be "easier" than usual because of the nature of the campus.

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

This event will be the fifth of six events 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, or plan to attend the final event.

Beginners new to orienteering are encouraged to attend​—​the navigational difficulty is significantly eased by the nature of the campus, so anyone should be able to complete the beginner course. This event welcomes people of all abilities, and beginners clinics will be offered to help you get started.

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)  


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 without metal spikes are appropriate. Courses will include lots of pavement and concrete.

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.)

The controls will be set up to respond to SPORTident SIAC "touchless" fingersticks. That type of fingerstick will be available for rent at the event, but note that the charge for a lost stick will be $80, not the normal $25. (SPORTident SIAC fingersticks will also be available for purchase from Western Race Services for $80.)

Venue Facilities

There are restrooms near the assembly area.


Two courses will be available: one for beginners, and a longer one for "competitors". Here are the course details:

    Course      Length     Climb    Controls
    Beginner    2.4 km    Minimal      14  
    Advanced    4.5 km    Minimal      29

Beginners should be aware that the lengths shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be somewhat longer.

The Advanced course will be the ranking course for the Summer Series.

Important Note — Please Read:

This event will observe Sprint rules for both courses, which means there are strict interpretations of some of the symbols on the map. In particular, some symbols indicate features that must not be crossed (i.e., not even reached over or through, even if it's physically possible), and areas that are out of bounds (i.e., must not be entered). If you don't know about those symbols, be sure to see the additional comments and links in the Course Setter's Notes​—​or ask somebody before going to the Start.
Note: Not only would it be against orienteering rules, violating those restrictions could jeopardize our ability to hold events on the campus in the future!

Be sure to read the Course Setter's Notes for more information.

Request for Volunteers

August 5th Update: All the positions have been filled. Thanks to all who responded!

Please consider helping at this event. Help is needed with the following tasks:

Beginners’ clinics
Control Pickup

Let know if you can help make this event another BAOC success.

[emailByName: unknown member name 'Marie-Josée Parayre'][emailByPosition: unknown position 'Marie-Josée Parayre'], Event Director

2019 Summer Series

This is the fifth 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 Advanced 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.)

Driving Directions

The approximate coordinates of the event are 37.9700,-122.0724.

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

From the north: Get to I-680 southbound. Take the Concord Ave exit (#52). Use the middle lane to turn left onto Contra Costa Blvd. Turn right onto Chilpancingo Pkwy, and left onto Old Quarry Rd. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Old Quarry Rd. Cross Golf Club Rd and turn right onto Stubbs Rd, which circles the campus. Park in Lot 7. The assembly area will be near the BFL Community Conference Center adjacent to Lot 7.

From other directions: Get to I-680 northbound. Take the Willow Pass Rd exit (#51), and turn left onto Willow Pass Rd, which becomes Sunvalley Blvd almost immediately. Turn right onto Contra Costa Blvd. After 0.6 mile, turn left onto Golf Club Rd. After about 0.2 mile, turn left at either of two opportunities to cross over to Stubbs Rd, which circles the campus. Park in Lot 7. The assembly area will be near the BFL Community Conference Center adjacent to Lot 7.