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A competitor running under a huge fallen redwood tree at Big Basin State Park, 1996

U.S. Long and Short Champs

O in the Oaks II

Date: Saturday and Sunday, Nov 6-7, 2004
Event: US Short and Long Course Championships
Locations:
Day 1 - Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, North of Livermore, CA
Day 2 - North Portion of Joseph P. Grant Park, East of San Jose, CA (site map)
Event Director:
Course Setters: Evan Custer and George Minarik
Type: A; National A-meet, U.S. Short and Long Course Championships
Concurrent Recreational Courses this weekend

A Double Event Weekend

BAOC invites you to two Championship events in one weekend:

US Short Course Championships

Saturday, November 6, 2004
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, North of Livermore, CA
Course Setter: Evan Custer

The area for the short course championships will be on some of the nicest terrain in the Bay Area. The terrain is approximately 50% open oak forest, 40% grassland, and 10% fight and is not very steep by Bay Area standards, but the climb on the courses still will be between 5.4 and 5.9%. Previously we had announced that it would be 4% or less, but in order to use the more technical terrain, it became necessary to have more climb. There are numerous rock features and some fine contour detail, which will provide interesting and challenging orienteering. The map was produced by Zoran Krivokapic for the "O' in the Oaks" World Ranking Event in 2001.

There will be a single race, i.e., no preliminary or prologue. The courses will be designed for a 35 minute winning time for blue runners, and 30 minutes for the other advanced courses. There will be multiple short legs, with frequent change of direction. Detailed map reading in complex areas will require high concentration and rapid decisions.

US Long Course Championships

Sunday November 7, 2004
North Portion of Joseph P. Grant Park, East of San Jose, CA
Course Setter: George Minarik
(site map)

Joe Grant North is located 20 minutes east of San Jose. It is a newly mapped area never used before for Orienteering. Long O features long legs with complex route choices. Winning times will be about 140-150 percent of normal. Joe Grant North is the perfect venue for such an event. Expect a large amount of forested area, lots of rock features and very few trails. Although the area can be steep, it contains some of the most interesting and beautiful terrain in the Bay Area.

The map was produced in 2003 by Vladimir Zherdev and Zoran Krivokapic.

The event will start high and end low to minimize the climb. Practice your downhill running.

2003 Ski-O Champions: Bob Baylor, Nancy Lindeman, and Kent Ohlund

Event Logistics

Child Care

If you are desirous of child care, please contact our Child Care Coordinator, . Split starts for parents are available if requested on entry.

Camping

If you are interested in camping, please contact our Camping Coordinator, .

T-Shirts

Comemmerative, 100% cotton, short-sleeve T-shirts, designed by Tony Pinkham, can be ordered at $16 each. Please indicate quantity and size on the registration form. See images of the front side and back side of the T-shirt.

Saturday Evening Dinner

Dinner will not be pre-paid. Look for a signup sheet at registration on Friday night. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm Saturday, November 6 at:

Casa Azteca Mexican Restaurant
20 North Abel St, Milpitas
(408) 946-0466

We have a banquet room at the restaurant, tables for ten, with one bill per table. Dinner will be will be informal, with people able to order off of the menu. We will have announcements regarding the next day long-o logistics and course commentaries about the day's short courses at MT.

Training Opportunity

In lieu of a formal model event, Joseph Grant Park, Southern Portion, is available for training. The terrain at this venue is reasonably good representation of the venues for both days of O In The Oaks II. A map of Joseph Grant Park, Southern Portion, with a Green Course on it, can be ordered with registration for $3. Please make clear on the entry form which map(s) you are ordering.

Click to enlarge - Montebello Open Space Preserve, looking from the start toward the finish (2004)

Preview Maps

A map of Morgan Territory, site of this year's Short Course Championships, may be ordered for $3. A map of Joseph Grant Park, Southern Portion, with a Green Course on it (see the "Training Opportunity" section), may also be ordered for $3. Please make clear on the entry form which map(s) you are ordering.

Lodging and Meet Headquarters

For our Meet Headquarters we have negotiated a rate of $50/nt plus tax with Extended Stay America in Milpitas. To reserve this rate you must call the hotel directly at 408-941-9977 and ask for the Bay Area Orienteering Club Rate.

We will set up a table in their lobby on Friday night Nov 5 from 6pm to 10pm for packet pickup.

Here are directions to the hotel from major routes:

From I-880, take the Hwy. 237 (Calaveras Blvd.) Exit East. Travel Hwy. 237 1 1/2 miles (Hwy. 237 will turn into Calaveras Blvd.). Turn left onto Hillview Dr. and travel 50 yards. Turn right onto Hillview Ct. Extended StayAmerica will be straight ahead.

From I-680, take the Hwy. 237 (Calaveras Blvd.) Exit West. Travel 50 yards on Calaveras Blvd. Turn right onto Hillview Dr. and travel 50 yards. Turn right onto Hillview Ct. Extended StayAmerica will be straight ahead.

From the San Jose Int'l Airport, take I-880 North approximately 5 miles. Take Hwy. 237 (Calaveras Blvd.) Exit East. Travel 1 1/2 miles (Hwy. 237 will turn into Calaveras Blvd.). Turn left onto Hillview Dr. and travel 100 yards. Turn right onto Hillview Ct. Extended StayAmerica will be straight ahead.

Dan Stoll-Hadayia running in at Coyote Hills, 2000

Hotel Address:
1000 Hillview Court
Milpitas, CA 95035

Telephone: (408) 941-9977
Fax: (408) 941-9976

Miles From San Jose International Airport: 8
Miles From Morgan Territory: 25
Miles From Joe Grant: 15

Driving Directions

Day 1 - Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, Livermore

Take I-580 east to the North Livermore Avenue exit in Livermore. Turn left, and drive north until forced to turn left onto Manning Road. Take the next right onto Morgan Territory Road, and continue 5.6 miles to the parking lot on the right. The road is very narrow with many sharp curves, so allow extra time and drive carefully.

Day 2 - Joseph Grant County Park, San Jose

Take the Alum Rock Road exit off I-680 in San Jose, and head for the hills (east). This exit is about one mile northeast of the 280/680/101 interchange. Continue on Alum Rock Road for about 2 miles, and turn right onto Mt. Hamilton Road. Go about 9 miles to the park entrance, which will be on your right.