Lakeside Grand Prix, Oakland, Sunday 8/16/2009

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Introduction

Happy birthday terraloco! The Lakeside map debuted as terraloco's first last summer, and now it's time to celebrate with a fun event. Lovely park running will be provided, and I'm predicting the weather to be just right for it. Do the course recreationally at the pace of your choice, or join the chase start and get swept up in the current. Either way, you get to do an action-packed course with many twists, kind of like the venerable Goat races, but in a smaller package. Butterfly loops, a window, and your choice of skip should get people pretty mixed up.

In addition to a great course, we'll have fruit, snacks, and award certificates for men and women in different age categories: Junior, Open (18 - 40), Submasters (41 to 55) and Masters (56 and up.)

You are welcome to come to Zza's for the afterparty at 12:30 - just make sure to sign up on the "evite." I want to give the restaurant an accurate headcount in advance. Italian food - good stuff - right on Grand Ave. across from the park!

Helpers needed

For free admission on the recreational course, be an event official. Start right at 9:00 (or earlier is okay) and be done with the 3.6 km (or less) course by 10:00. I'm looking for a few individuals, so contact me soon if you'd like to take advantage of this offer. I'll need the help from 10:00 until about 10:45.

Schedule and Costs

All participants must register. It's easier if you do it online, and then sign the form when you get there - I'll have it printed for you. (And you can make any necessary changes or updates to the form at the event.) Or you can fill out a form at the registration table. There's no commitment if you are registered online; no problem if you end up not being able to make it to the event. All payment will be collected after the event ($12 adults, $7 juniors and students, and subtract the $2 discount if you registered online) - you'll get an envelope with a small bill. Money changing is not allowed in Oakland parks, except by special petition to the city council!

09:00 Registration and recreational starts open, Cascade and Falls area
09:00 Prologue course open (to seed you for the competitive chase start.)
10:00 Prologue course closed, competitive participants should gather at remote start.
10:00 Recreational starts close
10:15 Proceed to chase start area, 0.7 km walk
10:25 Chase start briefing
10:30 First chase start
10:33 Last chase start
11:30 Courses close, awards ceremony

Map

1:5000 scale, 10 foot contours, made by Rex in 2008. Mapped to the ISSOM Sprint Standard: forbidden areas are colored olive green, and uncrossable walls and uncrossable fences have thick black lines (and two hash marks going around for the uncrossable fences.)

Terrain

Fast, wooded and open landscaped parkland. Park amenities include playgrounds, picnic sites, monuments, an arts center, Children's Fairyland, a garden, Bocce courts, and a sailboat house.

Course Statistics

The "Grand Prix" has 27 checkpoints, 3.7 km distance (not counting any skips,) 30m climb. True distance will be longer than the 3.7 km "as the crow flies," which is why it's advertised as a 5 k in the flyers - especially if you run the chase, because you have an extra 400 m in the prologue.

The Prologue (only for those being seeded for the competitive chase start:) 3 checkpoints, 0.4 km distance.

Do I run recreational or do I run the chase?

It's the same course. If you thrive on the feeling of a race, then do the chase - you'll just have to make sure you do your homework (run the prologue and be done by 10:00) or you'll get stuck in the back of the line at the chase. Your start will be between 10:30 and 10:33 if you do the chase.

Remote start

Recreational folks will self start at the remote start about 0.7 km away. A nice warmup. Chase starters will be started by me - I will sort you according to your prologue times, quickest times go earliest in the chase, in the exact order. It will be pretty compressed since the prologue course is so short. You might find it more like a mass start with a few phases... not one of those chases where you wait 10 minutes after the first person goes!!

Punching each Checkpoint

Punching will be standard pin punch with a punchcard. You will be disqualified if you do not punch each checkpoint in the properly numbered box (for example, 18 goes in box 18.) The exception is the window section of checkpoints 4 to 11 - do these in whatever order in boxes 4 to 11. For your one allowed skip, leave a blank spot on the card, and punch the next one in the next box.

"Grand Prix" format - how to do the course!

1. Everybody must punch checkpoints 17 to 23, the butterfly loop. No skips allowed in the butterfly loop.
2. The butterfly loop has two orders: A-B-C-A-D-E-A or A-D-E-A-B-C-A. Your map will show one of the two. There is one checkpoint that you must punch three times - the one where you enter and leave the loop (A.) What the butterfly loop does is split the pack into two groups, running 2 different loops in 2 different orders.
3. There is a "window" section where you may take 7 checkpoints in any order. These are checkpoints #4 to #11. You may use your skip on one of them.
4. You are allowed one, and only one, skip. Except for checkpoints #17 to 23. Whichever checkpoint you skip, you must leave its space on the punchcard blank. If you skip one of the window checkpoints (#4 to #11) it doesn't matter which space on the punchcard you leave blank - any from 4 to 11 will work.

Gear

Shorts and running shoes are great.

Hazards

You don't cross too many roads or parking lots, but to watch for cars when you do. People are everywhere, and it's hard to avoid setting the course to avoid all of them. Please go around them and give a little space, so we don't annoy anybody and endanger our privilege of using this park.

Do not cross walls and fences mapped as impassable. Go around. This is a fairness issue as well as a safety issue. Stay out of forbidden areas marked olive green - no shortcuts through the garden!

Facilities

There are bathrooms and water fountains throughout the park. No water will be placed out on the course, but you may divert yourself to one of the mapped fountains if you like.

Original Announcement

Celebrate terraloco's one year anniversary on the very first terraloco map of lovely Lakeside Park on Lake Merritt. Much like the Crab Cross, the Grand Prix will provide twists to your usual map run! Expect it to be fun, a bit wild, and about 4 km in length. Recreational participants can go anytime between 9:00 and 10:20. For competitive participants, a short, < 400 meter prologue course will be used for seeding the chase starts that begin at 10:30. Courses close and awards in age and gender categories begin at 12:00. Then, let's party - stay tuned for information about that! $12 / $7 juniors.

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 Sunday, 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