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Bedwell Bayfront Park

Event #6 of 6 in the BAOC 2022 Summer Series

Date: (Sun.) Aug. 28, 2022
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Event Director: - 650.281.5280
Course Setter: Matthias Kohler
Type: C; This will be the final event of the 2022 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome!

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


The information below is preliminary and subject to change.


This will be the final event in the 2022 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 this park, so anyone should be able to complete the Beginner course.

We will offer three courses at this event: One for beginners, a Short course, and a Long course. The Short and Long courses will be the ranking courses for this final event of the 2022 Summer Series.

Notes to competitive orienteers:

We look forward to seeing everyone at what should be a fun event!

Schedule

The standard BAOC event schedule will be followed:

    9:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Registration open
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Beginner clinic instruction (free)
   10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Starts are open for all courses
                    2:00 PM: Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins

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)).

Note that you can register and start on the courses 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).

Beginner clinics are 15–20 minute, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the Beginner (White) course.

Note that you must return to the Finish by 2:00 PM, and then go to the download tent, even if you have not finished your course. Please do not leave without checking in! If there are unaccounted people after 2:00, we must initiate a search for them.

Registration and Costs

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 Short or Long course  
$15 for each adult member on the Short or Long course
$20 for each adult non-member on the Short or Long 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)  
Notes:
  • 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).
  • There is no charge for a second course (but you must end up paying for the more expensive course​—​i.e., Short or Long after Beginner).
  • Members of other orienteering clubs can pay the “member” fee. (We hope your club would do the same for our members. 🙂)

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.)

Optional Online Registration

Online registration will be available closer to the event date.

Online registration for this event will close on Saturday, August 27th, at 6:00 PM.

Notes:
  • Online registration is not required​—​you can register at the event. Individuals might want to register in advance to simplify check-in at the event.
  • The Summer Series Discount Package is available only to club members.
  • Online registration is available only to individuals, not to groups (i.e., sharing a single E-stick). Groups must register at the event.
  • Compass rental cannot be arranged during online registration, but you can register online and rent a compass at the event.
  • E-punch fingerstick rental can be arranged during online registration.

What To Bring

Bring your own water for the course(s). There will be no drinking water on the courses. There will be drinking water at the assembly area (near the Start and Finish).

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

For runners, any comfortable running shoes are appropriate. The 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 might consider wearing gaiters, long socks, or long pants.

It is sometimes quite windy at Bidwell Bayfront Park, so consider bringing a windbreaker​—​at least for before and after your course. However, it could also be 98° F!

A compass is not necessary, but can be helpful (especially on the Advanced courses). We have compasses available for a $1 rental fee.

We time the courses with the SPORTident system, so each entry/team needs to have a SPORTident fingerstick. If you don’t have your own, you can rent one at registration for $5 (note that there’s a significant charge for a lost rental). (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 might be available for rent at the event, but note that the charge for a lost SIAC stick will be $80, not the normal $25.

Venue Facilities

Running water and restrooms are available near the assembly area.

Courses

The course details will be posted here closer to the event date.

Park Hazards

The good news: You can’t get lost. There is very little poison oak. There is very little climb. The park is very runnable.

The “other” news: 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.

Request for Volunteers

We need several people to help out to make sure the event is a success. We’re expecting a large number of younger scouts to participate (probably early), and we want to keeps things running smoothly for them and for our regulars.

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

, Event Director

2022 Summer Series

This is the final event of the BAOC 2022 Summer Series. The Series consists of six events, each of which has two “ranking courses” 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 Short or Long 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. Also, to be eligible for Summer Series ranking and awards [assuming there are any 🙂], you must be a BAOC member in good standing as of this event.)

Driving Directions

The approximate coordinates are 37.4909,-122.1773.

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 seventh traffic light after the bridge (at Marsh Rd), and turn right into the park.