“Corona” courses at Evergreen Valley College
Evergreen Valley College and Montgomery Hill Park
Dates: August 10, 2020 to ??
Location: San Jose, CA
Type: Training; Long (and shorter) course for practice/exercise during the shutdown
- These are training courses, not an organized BAOC event. We do not have a permit for these courses.
- Be careful for your safety. You are on your own—tell somebody where you will be and when you expect to return.
- You are doing this at your own risk. Each participant assumes full responsibility (BAOC accepts no responsibility) for any and all injuries, losses, and damages that he or she incurs while attending or participating in these courses.
- Be mindful of the general COVID-19 restrictions, and any specific restrictions that might apply to the area.
I’ve set up streamers for a “Corona” course at Evergreen Valley College and Montgomery Hill Park in SE San Jose.
The course is about 5 km. If you want a short version, cut from control #6 to #13 to make it about 3.2 km. Thus, the following two options are available:
Course Length Controls Short 3.2 km 15 Long 5.0 km 21
Here are the details:
- The Start/Finish is at Falls Creek Park in the NW corner of the mapped area, at the corner of Bowery Lane and Metropolitan Way. (The coordinates are 37.303815,-121.772615.)
- The map is available here (420KB JPG). (The control description on the map shows the length as 9.6 km, and the distance from the last control to the Finish as 225 m. Both are wrong by a factor of two.)
- The map is best printed on 8.5" x 14" paper for a scale of about 1:5000. If you need me to print this for you, send me an e-mail.
- I recommend doing this course at night—it’s more of a challenge and visibility/footing is pretty good. Just a small headlamp to read the map is good enough, and there are enough lights in the campus part.
- The streamers are all bright pink. Some of them are rather short or almost buried at the foot of lone trees, to minimize the chance they’ll be removed. So look carefully or just go by the feature if you can’t find one. (The streamer for #16 is currently on the thicket about 10 m south of the center of the control circle. I’ll move it to the correct place the next time I go there.)
- The grass is cut, so shorts are fine, but gaiters around the ankles are suggested because of a few areas with foxtails.
- You will likely come across a few working water fountains on the campus, so carrying water should not be necessary unless it's very hot (or you're nervous about using public fountains).
- You should not need to wear a mask. If you happen to run close to someone, just hold your breath for the 2–3 seconds while passing, to protect both you and them.
- There are no students or faculty on campus until 2021.
(August 10, 2020)