Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Date: (Sun.) Jan. 27, 2019
Location: Richmond, CA
Event Director: - 925.862.2978
Course Setter: Steve Gregg
Type: C; "Club relay" event, with 3-person (or 2-person, or 1-person) teams, at a popular "fast" venue
This year's Point Pinole event will be a club relay. Not only should this be fun, but it will also be the club's first "practice event" for the 2020 California Orienteering Festival (http://cal-o-fest.com/), during which a relay will be held as part of the North American Championships. So, even if you aren't particularly fond of relays, this is your chance to come and support your club, as we make our first practice run with our relay timing software.
The relay will be "international style", with three-person teams, and forked legs. Each team member will run roughly the same loop, but with a different forking pattern for each runner. So at the end, each team will have run exactly the same legs exactly the same number of times, but the legs that each individual runner on each team encounters will be significantly different. Each runner's total running distance will be between 3.3 km and 3.4 km, depending on the forking pattern they encounter.
The race will be run almost entirely in the open portions of the map, so there will be relatively little poison oak (PO) to worry about. However, anyone who is sensitive to PO should still run in full leg covering, as you will perhaps encounter a few isolated stalks here and there. The course will be fast, especially on the later legs when elephant tracks start to form in the tall grass. However, with the forking, the elephant track you see might not be going to your control, so be careful!
In addition to the relay, there will be a "normal" beginners course (see below). However, note that the legs on the Relay course are all Yellow to Orange level of navigational difficulty, and with careful map reading and perhaps a bit of judicious following, relatively inexperienced orienteers should be able to successfully complete their Relay course.
Relay team formation will probably be available the day of the event, but we would like as many people as possible to declare teams early, so that they can be entered into the timing software system ahead of time. A "one-man relay", where a single person runs all three legs, and a "two-man relay" with one team member running two legs, are options, along with the standard three-person teams. There will be three team categories: "Open", "Senior" (the sum of the ages of the team members is at least 150), and "Mixed" (at least one woman or junior on the team).
Once you have decided upon your team, please send the team members, the order in which they will run, and the E-stick numbers, and send a CC to . You can also declare yourself to be "potluck", in which case you will email your individual information to us, and you will be assigned to a team at random.
The teams that have already signed up (and have been recorded on this page) are listed below.
What is Orienteering?
An adventure: Discover the outdoors and discover yourself! Teams of 1 to 5 find checkpoints in parks and wilderness areas using specially-produced maps. All are welcome at our events—runners, joggers, hikers, and walkers.
Note that the schedule is slightly different than the standard schedule.
- 9:00 AM: Registration opens
- 10:00 AM: Beginners clinic instruction (free)
- 10:45 AM: Relay briefing
- 11:00 AM: Relay mass start
- 11:15 AM: Beginners starts open
- 11:59 AM: Registration closes
- 12:30 AM: Beginners starts close
- 2:00 PM: All courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins
At registration, all juniors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians, or bring with them waivers for both BAOC and EBRPD signed by their parent or legal guardian (the registration and waiver forms are available here (PDF/155KB)).
Note that beginners can register and start on their course anytime during the open times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be "punctual" at 9:00 (but you can if you want, but please don't show up earlier and expect to be served).
The beginners clinic is a short session that introduces the sport of orienteering, and provides enough instruction to be able to complete the beginners course.
Note that you must return to the Finish by 2:00, and then go to the download tent, even if you have not finished your course. If there are unaccounted people after 2:00, we must initiate a search for them.
After you finish, enjoy free snacks and refreshments, and socialize with other participants!
BAOC has a new fee structure for 2019. The following fees apply at this event:
- $3 for each junior (age 8 through 20) on the beginners course
- $8 for each adult on the beginners course
- $5 for each junior on the Relay course
- $15 for each member on the Relay course
- $20 for each non-member on the Relay course
- $1 for a compass rental (optional)
- $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (if you don't own one; you'll need one to complete the course)
- $15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)
- We are able to accept payment only by cash or check—no credit cards or electronic payments.
- There is no charge for a second course.
- There is no longer a discount for "additional people" on a team.
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.)
Note: We are not using the assembly area that we've used for previous events.
There will be signage and a streamered route (approximately 1.0 km) from the parking lot at the Giant Highway entrance (see directions below) to the Assembly/Registration area. Please use the streamered route to avoid previewing portions of the Relay course (and to get to the right place!).
Even though teams are encouraged to pre-register their relay team and e-stick information with (see above), all participants must check in at registration to pay fees and sign the BAOC and Park District Waivers. Signing the Park Waiver is a condition of our permit.
Picnic tables, piped water, and toilets are available at the Assembly/Registration Area, so please feel free to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy after you finish your course.
What to Bring
For the beginners course, comfortable outdoors attire and shoes are fine. Leg cover is recommended if you plan to take a direct (non-trail) route between controls, because of the possibility of exposure to poison oak.
For the Relay course, leg cover or gaiters are recommended, as well shoes with some extra grip on the sole. Runners can expect to encounter poison oak near a couple of the controls. The Relay course will cover some forested areas with fallen trees, branches, and stumps—watch your step!
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 each group/team will need a SPORTident finger stick, which can be rented for $5. (Use of the "E-punch" system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)
Picnic tables, piped water, and portable toilets are available at the Assembly/Registration area, so please feel free to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy after you finish your course.
There will be one beginner-level course and a three-loop Relay course. Here are the details:
Course Length Climb Controls Navigation Difficulty White/Yellow 2.5 km 25 m 10 Beginner/Adv. Beginner Each Relay Loop 3.3-3.4 km 45 m 15 Intermediate
The map has the scale 1:7500 with 2.5 m contour interval.
- Beginners should be aware that the distances shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be longer. The climb numbers represent the amount of ascending that would be done on the "optimum route" (in the Course Setter's opinion), without regard for any descending.
- Everyone should read the Course Setter's Notes for up-to-date/detailed information about the courses.
We are calling it a White/Yellow course. (Normally the "beginner" course is called White, and the "advanced beginner" course is called Yellow.) The course will be designed so that all the controls are visible from park roads or trails.
The beginners Start will be separate from the Relay Start, but both courses will use the same Finish. Start times will be after the Relay mass start at 11:00 AM.
A beginners clinic will be offered at 10:00 AM. This is a short introduction to orienteering, providing enough information to be able to complete the beginners course. (Note that there might be only one clinic, unlike at most events.)
There will be Relay briefing at 10:45, followed by a mass start at 11:00. If a team misses the mass start, they can start late, but their recorded start time will remain the same as the mass start.
The Relay Timing Software is set up for three-person teams. If a team has less than three people, a person running multiple loops will need to download and clear/check their E-stick before starting the next loop. Alternatively, a person running consecutive loops could carry multiple E-sticks.
Hand-off procedure: Runner completes loop and punches the Finish control, then picks up the map for the next loop and hands it to the next runner, who starts running that loop. The previous runner then proceeds to download.
Note: No runner will punch a Start unit on any of the three loops. The first unit any Relay runner will punch will be control #1 on their map.
Relay Teams Signed Up
Team Team Leg Finger Class No. No. Club Runner Name Stick Mixed 1 1 CHS NJROTC Daniel Ingram 1413697 2 CHS NJROTC Kyle Navarro 2108366 3 CHS NJROTC Christopher Paluch 2108365 Mixed 2 1 CHS NJROTC Riley Dunn 2099122 2 CHS NJROTC Jared Deselms 2094250 3 CHS NJROTC Bryar Fancher 1421792 Mixed 3 1 CHS NJROTC Trinity Harvey 2129619 2 CHS NJROTC Kyle Holloway 2127294 3 CHS NJROTC Garrett Nussbaumer 2127300 Mixed 4 1 CHS NJROTC Hayden Hold 2106568 2 CHS NJROTC Briana Sanchez 2108361 3 CHS NJROTC Zac Waiksnoris 2106560 Mixed 5 1 CHS NJROTC Manuel Hoyos-Velasquez 2129617 2 CHS NJROTC Darian Montalvo 2108362 3 CHS NJROTC Anika Soulier 7211203 Mixed 6 1 CHS NJROTC Kenneth Bogle 2099125 2 CHS NJROTC Anthony Meyer 2127295 3 CHS NJROTC Alex Perez 2138265 Mixed 7 1 BAOC Tori Borish 1392024 2 BAOC Lori Huberman 850211 3 BAOC Carlo Giacometti 2065881 Senior 8 1 BAOC Gary Kraght 1600392 2 BAOC Olga Kraght 436861 3 BAOC Gavin Wyatt-Mair 8662113 Senior 9 1 BAOC Steve Harrison 1396853 2 BAOC Graham Brew 2033381 3 BAOC Fyodor Konkov 581811 Open 10 1 BAOC Wayne Staats 7210222 2 BAOC Erin Schirm 7200593 3 BAOC Francois Leonard 8662121
Request for Volunteers
Volunteers are requested as follows:
- Set-up: 2 people
- Beginner Starts: 1 person (after completing your Relay leg)
- Break Down: 2 people
- Control Pick-up: 4+ people
If you can help, please contact . Thank you!
Note: You want the Giant Highway park entrance, not the Atlas Bridge entrance, which we are not permitted to use.
The approximate coordinates for the parking lot are 37.992,-122.356. (Note: If you look for the park by name in Google Maps, you'll get wrong final directions.)
To get there, take the Richmond Parkway exit off Interstate 80 in Richmond, and go west for 1.3 miles. Shortly after the stoplight at San Pablo Avenue, turn right at the next light onto Atlas Road. After 0.8 miles on Atlas, you will cross over a set of railroad tracks and encounter a stop sign. Turn left onto Giant Highway at this intersection (do not go straight). You will pass a detention center on your right, and the park entrance will be immediately after that, also on your right.
There is an entrance kiosk at the parking lot, but they might not be there to collect the $3 fee.
Please carpool if possible, since parking might be limited.
From the parking lot, walk up the hill, over the railroad bridge, and follow the streamered path from there to the staging area.