Map Navigation Training, Lakeside Park, Oakland, Monday 5/11/2009

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Event Update 5/8/2009:

20 to 25 mini flags will be set throughout the park, and I'll have a bunch of blank maps. Get ready to copy checkpoint locations! There will be 3 master maps: one with the suggested 10 control interval loop, one with the remaining controls, and one with all controls, so you can design your own courses. Train by yourself or with others - those you bring, or those you meet there.

Enjoy the utter lack of poison oak and thick vegetation. Running shoes and shorts are very appropriate!

There are many places to go nearby afterwards for socializing, if you'll be hungry or thirsty for something besides water.

Original Announcement:

Refresh yourself on the shores of Lake Merritt, with a fairly detailed map and gleefully brushless running. We'll meet at the circular marble fountain in the forest in back of the lawn bowling courts starting at 6:00. A score course (with a memory option) and a course for orienteering intervals will be set up; $5 / person. Bring running shoes, shorts, and your imagination. Social option to follow at 8:00 or earlier if everybody's done!

Directions:

Take Interstate 580 to Oakland.

From Interstate 580 going east, exit at Grand Ave. Turn right, and drive about 0.4 miles to Perkins St. and find parking.

From Interstate 580 going west, exit at Grand Ave. This exit loops around, so you actually turn right on Grand Ave. Drive about 0.5 miles to Perkins St. and find parking.

Registration will be signed from the corner of Grand Ave. and Perkins St.

Since it's 6:00 or later, all metered spaces are free along Grand Ave. and on Perkins. However, if you enter Lakeside Park at Bellevue Ave., you may be charged a $3 parking fee if the fee station is staffed. There's also street parking in the neighborhoods along Grand.

Public Transit:

AC Transit bus lines NL and 12 stop on Grand near Perkins. Line 57 stops at Grand and MacArthur if you're willing to walk 0.4 miles. If you take BART to 19th St. Oakland, you can catch the NL, or catch the 57 from MacArthur BART. Or to walk from 19th St. BART, head up Broadway to Grand Ave. (near where 24th St. would be), turn right on Grand, and walk about 1/2 mile to Perkins. http://actransit.org

Event Contact: Rex, 5 1 0 - 6 8 1 - 6 1 8 1, rex@terraloco.com

Lakeside Park web page, City of Oakland