Map Navigation Training, San Francisco streets, Wednesday 8/12/2009

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Event Update 8/10:

Another San Francisco treat in the terraloco summer training series... the penultimate summer weekday evening training session, in fact. Enjoy them while you still can!

Looking for a workout? The big, almost 10 km loop on Course 4 around the center of the city will provide it. It starts with some checkpoint picking in Buena Vista Park, then some medium length legs, then some long legs. The penultimate leg is huge, going across the map. Route choices abound.

All other courses are subsets of Course 4, and all begin with the same checkpoint picking loop. So, just choose the length that seems right for you. Remember, distances are point to point, and in reality you will probably be traveling at least 20% farther.

Course 1: 6 checkpoints, 3.3 km, 130 m climb
Course 2: 8 checkpoints, 4.7 km, 230 m climb
Course 3: 9 checkpoints, 5.9 km, 250 m climb
Course 4: 11 checkpoints, 9.1 km, 400 m climb

The checkpoints will be "Q & A" style - no markers will be put out on the course. When you arrive at the mapped feature, you'll answer a question about it - multiple choice with only two answers, to make the process simple.

This is not a race, but training, and even in a race around the streets I wouldn't want you taking any unnecessary risks. Watch out for cars, and put that map down and look both ways when you cross streets. That is, don't read the map while crossing the street. On all the courses except Course 1 you'll have to cross Market St. Crossing points are marked on the map. You may only cross at those points, for safety reasons. And if you have to wait at a stoplight, jog in place. If you feel like, just take splits whenever you're waiting, and subtract that from your total time, if you're wanting to compare with others.

A little bit of off-trail action, but I wouldn't say it necessitates pants or special O-shoes. Hopefully the fog will return and give you a reason to wear the pants!

See you at Crepes on Cole! After your course, you can refuel there - good crepes, sandwiches, salads, etc. And beer on tap, wine too.

Original Announcement:

The 1:15000 map covers all the neighborhoods in the heart of San Francisco - hills, curvy streets, staircases, and a few park spaces. The course will be point to point (rather than the score format) and give you practice with checkpoint picking in a few areas where I can sprinkle them and route choice in between those parkland oases. Course lengths will be available from 5 km to 10 km. So expect a fun course and good training. Courses open 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., cost is $5. We're meeting at Crepes on Cole, 100 Carl Street, at the corner of Carl and Cole. Besides delicious crepes, they also offer soups and sandwiches, wine and beer (on tap!) You're invited to stay and socialize after doing the course.


Take U.S. Highway 101 north towards the Golden Gate bridge, and take the Octavia Blvd. exit towards Fell St. Make a left on Fell, and go for about 1.5 miles. When you pass Masonic Ave., get in the very right lane. When Fell St. bends towards the left just past Shrader, bear right and "exit" Fell St. You'll run into Stanyan. Make a left on Stanyan, and head up it about 7 blocks to Carl; make a left on Carl and go about 2 blocks to Cole, and then find parking.

Public Transit:

Much simpler: get on the N-Judah Muni line, which stops at Carl and Cole. During rush hour it runs about every 7 minutes. If you're boarding in downtown San Francisco, I recommend doing so at Embarcadero Station if you're coming from BART rather than a later stop, because it tends to fill up with passengers. It also connects to the Caltrain station in downtown. When do I get off? Easy if you're coming from the east: when the train emerges from the underground subway onto the city streets, you will see daylight for a few minutes, then go into a tunnel through Buena Vista Park... when you emerge from the tunnel, the first stop is Carl and Cole. Transit information is available at

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