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University of California

Event #1 of 6 in the BAOC 2019 Summer Series

Date: (Sun.) Jun. 2, 2019
Location: Berkeley, CA
Event Director:
Course Setter: Lori Huberman
Type: C; This event will be part of the 2019 Summer Series -- details TBD. Beginners are welcome -- 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 first 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 plan to attend later Summer Series events.

We encourage beginners to attend, no experience is necessary. The UC campus has many distinctive landmarks, such as the Campanile, so anyone should be able to navigate the beginner course.

As you run around the Campanile, look up and hatch names for the falcon chicks. Join UC Berkeley’s naming contest (Campy & Neely? Berk & Lee?). See the cute falcon chicks' graduation photo here (http://www.kqed.org/news/11748351/what-should-these-uc-berkeley-falcon-chicks-be-named).

The conditions of our permit do not allow us to serve food at the event, so we will not be able to supply the usual snacks. Thus, this event will be BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks).

We look forward to seeing everyone at what is always a fun event!

Location on Campus

Registration will be held at the Barrows Hall Courtyard (http://www.berkeley.edu/map/3dmap/3dmap.shtml?barrows), which is located on the south side of the campus, near Sather Gate and Sproul Plaza. A campus map is here (http://berkeley.edu/map/maps/large_map.html) (Barrows Hall is at D4–D5). Also, this map shows the location of the event (and other upcoming BAOC events).

This is the same location we have used for the last several events.

Schedule

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 juniors on the Beginner course
$10 for adults on the Beginner course
  $5 for juniors on the Advanced courses  
$15 member price for the Advanced courses
$20 non-member price for the Advanced courses
  $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)  

Notes:

  • At the event, we are able to accept payment only by cash or check​—​no credit cards or electronic payments.
  • There is no charge for a second (or more) 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.) Please note that the form has a second page for signatures of group members.

Venue Facilities

Water and restrooms should be available inside Barrows Hall. If it happens that Barrows Hall is closed that day, there will be open restrooms at Sproul Hall about 150 meters away.

As mentioned above, no snacks will be served at this event. There are many food opportunities just steps away on Bancroft Way.

What to Bring

Running attire and running shoes are fine. Comfortable outdoors attire and walking shoes are fine for those who will walk their course.

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.)

Courses

Here are the preliminary course details. There is minimal climb.

    Course           Length   Controls
    Beginner         2.3 km      22  
    Short Advanced   2.8 km      13
    Long Advanced    5.2 km      22   (2019 Summer Series ranking course)

Beginners should be aware that the lengths given above are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance covered will be longer​—​for example, because of the need to go around buildings.

There are only a few shared controls between the Beginner and Advanced courses, so someone that successfully completes the Beginner course and wants more of a challenge can definitely head out on either Advanced course. The Short Advanced course is a subset of the Long Advanced course.

The Long Advanced course will earn points for the 2019 Summer Series (see below).

2019 Summer Series

This is the first 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 Long 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.)

Volunteers

For all of you who enjoy orienteering, help us help others catch that joy.

Specifically, we need people for Beginner Clinics. This takes just 20 or so minutes per clinic to get first-timers started. We've been getting good turnouts of beginners recently, so clinics are important. It would be nice to have clinics from 9:30 to 10:30, or so, to help beginners. (As of May 21st, we are still without clinic volunteers.)

Next, we need a Start Crew. Ideally, we would have six people: two per each hour-long shift from 9:30 to 12:30. Starts open at 10:00, so we can slip some on the 9:30 beginning time (although we usually have people wanting to start early). (As of May 21st, we have two volunteers​—​request four more.)

We may do without a Finish Crew, but it would be nice to have someone there from 10:30 to 1:00, or so, to help beginners.

Of course, we'll need a Control Pickup Crew at the end. Many hands make light work, and help us get home earlier.

(Happily, we are set at Registration. We have two volunteers.)

Please contact if you are able to help.

Parking

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Parking, although always tight, is free on Sunday along the roads south and north of the main campus (Bancroft and Hearst, respectively). Arrive early to secure space on Bancroft near Telegraph (closest to Barrows Hall). More free Sunday parking is available on the streets south of Bancroft. There are many pay spaces around the campus and in nearby garages, such as the Upper and Lower Bancroft Garages, and Telegraph & Channing Garage. Suggested streets and garages are shown in the map to the right (click on the map to see a larger image, and click on that image for an even larger one).

Parking tip for Downtown Berkeley: Drive to the North Berkeley BART station (http://www.bart.gov/stations/nbrk), park your car there for free (on weekends), and take AC Transit 52 (schedule (http://www.actransit.org/maps/schedule_results.php?ms_view_type=1&version_id=43&maps_category=2&maps_line=52&map_submit=Get+Schedule&current_schedule=30871)) to the stop at Bancroft & Telegraph (11-minute ride), then walk to Barrows Hall. Alternatively, you can take BART one stop south to the Downtown Berkeley station and walk from there.

Public Transit

Public Transit is highly encouraged! The Downtown Berkeley BART station (http://www.bart.gov/stations/dbrk) is one block west of campus, and from there it's a pleasant 0.5-mile walk through campus to Barrows Hall (see the map above).

Local buses are also available at Telegraph & Bancroft/Durant. AC Transit routes 6, 36, 51B, 52, 79, and F stop here, and connect with Downtown Berkeley BART, North Berkeley BART, Rockridge BART, Telegraph Ave, University Ave, etc. Please refer to the map above, and check Google Maps (https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Barrows+Hall,+Berkeley,+CA/@37.870027,-122.2930081,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80857c25938066c3:0x73f82f3646d8e0bd!2m2!1d-122.2579888!2d37.8700322!3e3!5m1!1e2) and AC Transit (http://www.actransit.org/maps/) for more information.