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U.C. Berkeley

Date: (Sun.) Apr. 13, 2014
Location: Berkeley, CA
Event Director: - 510.526.9071
Course Setter: George Minarik
Type: C; Sprint, Middle, Long and Beginner courses on the campus map

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

Everyone is welcomed to attend our annual event on the Cal campus. We especially love beginners. BAOC has a superb map (produced by Ben Legg) that meets international sprint standards.

The BAOC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at this event, starting at 1:30. Everyone is welcome to attend (but only BAOC members can vote). (You might want to bring a chair for the meeting, since the area is a shaded courtyard with just a few benches.)


This year's U.C. Berkeley event will feature four courses as detailed below and described in the Course Setter's Notes. Because of the campus location, all the courses will have "sprint" characteristics.

Here are the course statistics:

    Course      Length    Climb   Controls
    Beginner    2.4 km     43 m      14    
    Sprint      2.6 km     45 m      19   
    Middle      4.5 km     98 m      23   
    Long        7.3 km    143 m      45  (See note below)

Beginners should be aware that the course lengths above represent the cumulative straight-line distances between the controls. The actual distance you will travel will depend on your route choices (and any errors you might make), and will certainly be somewhat longer. The climb numbers represent the amount of ascent one would experience on the "optimum route", without regard for any decent along the course.

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

Note: Participants on the Long course need to be aware of the special fingerstick requirement described here.


  9:00 AM – Registration opens
  9:30 AM – Beginner's clinic instruction (free)
10:00 AM – Starts open, you can start on courses anytime until 12:30
  1:30 PMBAOC Annual General Meeting
  2:00 PM – Courses close, checkpoint 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/38KB) (

Beginner's clinics are repeating sessions that provide an introduction to orienteering and enough instruction to be able to complete the Beginner course. The sessions will continue until about 10:30 (depending on demand).

Please note that everyone must return to the Finish by 2:00 PM, and check in at E-punch, even if you don't complete your course, so we can have everyone accounted for and start checkpoint pick-up on time so those volunteers can get home.

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 rents for $3. (Use of the "E-punch" system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)

Venue Facilities

Water and restrooms are available inside Barrows Hall. No snacks will be served at this event. There are many food opportunities just steps away on Bancroft Way.


  $3 – For juniors on the Beginner course
  $6 – For the Beginner course (members & non-members)
  $5 – For juniors on the Sprint, Middle, or Long course
$10 – Member price for the Sprint, Middle, or Long course
$15 – Non-member price for the Sprint, Middle, or Long course
  $5 – Adult price for any second course
  $2 – Junior price for any second course

For extra people on a team, add $3 per person on beginner’s courses or $5 per person for intermediate and advanced courses.

More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ.

The following optional fees might apply to you:

More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ (but keep in mind that this event will have the special, reduced entry fees shown above).

Location on Campus

Registration will be held at the Barrows Hall Courtyard (, which is located on the South side of the campus, near Sather Gate and Sproul Plaza. Here is a campus map ( (Barrows Hall is at D4–D5). Also, this map shows the location of the event (and other upcoming BAOC events).


Parking 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 (closest to Barrow's 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.

Public Transit

The Downtown Berkeley BART Station is about a kilometer very pleasant walk from Barrow's Hall.