Sprint @ Purchase College, SUNY
Last-minute race notes here.
This is going to be fast and furious. Runnability is excellent with 95% or more of every course on lawn/paved areas. Dress more for a road race than a traditional O event. No spikes, please.
Red/Blue course runners must be in the Phys-Ed carpark (parking lot, I know) by 2.40pm. Then by 2.55pm they must be on the other side of the tape in the pre-start/quarantine area, and stay there until they start. There is sufficient space to warm-up here, and there will be access to toilets in the Phys-Ed building.
On-the-day registration is possible – turn up at 2pm to have time to register.
Don't forget to download after your race. Then hang around to cheer on later runners. There will be great spectating opportunities and we'll have a couple of Red and Blue course maps at hand if you want to see what they are doing. If you want to run back to the car to pick up a jacket and a camera, make sure those who haven't yet run don't see your map!
Giving directions or navigational advice to competitors is forbidden. Cheering is strictly encouraged! We count on you to create atmosphere. People will be running past you at speed. Try not to hinder them and watch out you don't get knocked down!
If you haven't had enough, there will be some fun bonus non-timed orienteering activity courtesy of Orienteering Unlimited to be done as a warm-down!
Then, once the race is all done and dusted, we invite you to check out the fabulous Neuberger
Museum across the plaza.
The map is brand new by Bob Burg and drawn to ISSOM standards. Among other things, this means that it is strictly forbidden to cross walls/fences denoted by the thick black line uncrossable wall/fence symbols, and entering or crossing olive-green areas is also strictly forbidden.
There are two tunnels on the map, drawn with ISSOM symbols:
The black circle symbol is used to denote sculptures/artistic objects. Black X is used for other man-made objects. If you see a car with a lightning bolt attached, it is an artistic object. I think the guy with a bucket on his head is not viewed as artistic.
There are a couple of narrow passages and plenty of sharp turns without good visibility. Be courteous and be careful!
(straight line, actual distance up to a kilometre longer):
Blue 2.43 km; Red 2.17 km; Green 1.9 km; Orange 1.57 km; Brown 1.13 km; Yellow 1 km; White 0.95 km
Winning times for Blue and Red – 14, 14'30
Long and Middle @ Blue Mountain
These woods are special. Rock features like cliffs and boulders abound, but large swathes of the woods are really smooth and permit fast running. Course consultant seems to think it could be about the most technical weekend of races you'll do this year (on any course Brown or up). Course setter disagrees – if you like contour detail there's plenty to navigate by and the visibility is pretty good most of the time. On the other hand, since the floor is smooth, you might run too fast for your head.
Paul Bennett has done a big job, spending over 50 hours in the terrain updating the vegetation and tweaking some contour and rock detail.
There are still a few fallen trees in the terrain, but mostly the termites have had their way leaving the woods cleaner than they have been in decades. White forest ranges from pure open woods to areas with the odd fallen tree to occasional areas with low visibility but good running.
The crossable marshes are crossable and the streams are also crossable (with care).
Long Course Lengths
Blue 12.4; Red 8.6, Green 6.0; Brown 3.6; Orange 4.5; Yellow 3.4; White 2.3.
Winning times for Blue* and Red – 1h27, 1h14
Climb is reasonable.
Middle Course Lengths
Blue 4.4; Red 3.8; Green 3.5; Brown 2.9; Orange 3.8; Yellow 3.4; White 2.5.
Winning times for Blue and Red – 34.
Climb is reasonable except on Red and Blue where it is inordinate. Enjoy!
Walk to start:
For the Long, allow 10 minutes. For the Middle, 25-40, it's a bit under 2.5km with about 100m climb.
On the Long, there will be water stops on the Blue (*2) Red (1) and Green (*2) courses. Blue and Red will also have a spectator loop and there will be water available in the arena.
On Red and Blue the water controls (and arena passage) are appropriately spaced.
*visiting Norwegian dignitaries may well break 1h20 in the blue long...