Course Setting Carnival & Map Navigation Training, Miller Knox Regional Shoreline, Richmond, Sunday 8/30/2009

Event Flyer | Register onlineRegistration form, waiver | return to terraloco home

The New Plan:

I couldn't find a suitable classroom space in nearby Pt. Richmond, and the event time is kinda tight, so there will be no formal course setting workshop. But the Course Setting Carnival is still happening - all the courses will be set by some of the participants. You may design and set courses, or just run courses others set, or both. So the course setting workshop will be informal and have no extra charge - get feedback from me and the other participants about your design ideas, then tweak them, then implement them. We'll provide you with little flags to put out, and we have different colors available. Need ideas about how to course set? See my notes, in web page form, or in PDF form; surprisingly, the PDF version allows you to click on the links and go to more websites, but it doesn't  work with the web page - both were generated by Apple's "Keynote" software.

Admission for all to the event is simply $12 regular / $7 students and juniors with a $2 discount for online registration by Friday. Also, if you preregister and specify that you'll be involved in the course setting carnival, I will send you a high resolution copy of the map.

The schedule has been adjusted:

09:00 Registration open, design and set courses
10:00 Courses should be open for running
12:00 Pickup courses
12:30 Ceremony - awards for course setters

A great opportunity to improve your map navigation skills by planning courses, setting courses, or evaluating and comparing others' courses. Everybody who shows up will get in the mind of the course setter. And the flat, mostly open and runnable terrain around the lagoon at Miller Knox presents some very interesting course setting challenges. It's possible to set interesting courses; this terrain will help us all grow in the art.

And, of course, there's the navigation practice itself. You get to run with a map. And pick and choose which courses you want to do. Then give the course setters immediate constructive feedback.

Whatever your plan is, come out and join us and have some fun. We'll have treats and snacks to sustain you and good company.

Original Announcement:

Enjoy interesting courses designed and set by your peers at terraloco's inaugural "Course Setting Carnival." All are welcome to design and set courses. But if you just want to come out and enjoy courses, that's very much encouraged. We'd like your feedback though! There will be a ceremony of sorts to recognize the course setters and their work after we've all had a chance to do each others' courses.

I will be teaching the Course Setting Workshop I developed in January right before this event at a venue to be determined. If you missed out in January, here's your chance. January's graduates (terraloco alumni??) are invited back for a free review. You can immediately apply the knowledge you've gained (or reviewed) at the carnival.

Course Setting Workshop:

Cost: $25 adults, $10 juniors and students, FREE for January's graduates to review and share your knowledge with new students

08:30 Course setting workshop registration open
09:00 Workshop begins
10:00 Workshop ends, design courses
10:30 Set courses at Miller Knox

Course Setting Carnival:

Cost: $12 adults, $7 juniors and students, FREE for new Course Setting Workshop students, $2 online registration discount

10:30 Registration open, courses being set
11:00 All courses should be open and ready for the map navigation training session - enjoy!
12:15 Ceremony - recognizing the courses
12:30 Pickup courses
01:00 Rex leaves! (teaching SAT class in San Jose at 2:00!)


From I-580 West in Richmond, exit at Canal Boulevard. Turn left at the light onto Canal.

From I-580 East (coming from the bridge), exit at Canal Boulevard. Turn right at the light onto Canal.

Going on Canal, turn right at the light onto W. Cutting Bl., then left at the stop sign onto Garrard Bl. Proceed through the auto tunnel; Garrard becomes Dornan Drive on the south side of the auto tunnel. The first parking lot on your left after about 1/4 to 1/2 of a mile is in front of the Richmond Ramblers clubhouse. You'll see a control bag on your left at the entrance to the parking lot. Turn in there and park, I'll have a table set up and a few chairs.

Public Transit:

From the Richmond BART station, take AC Transit bus 72M towards Point Richmond, and get off at South Garrard Blvd. / Dornan Dr. & Railroad Ave. / E. Richmond Ave. - this stop happens to be at Judge G. Carroll Park. Walk on Dornan Drive south towards the bay - you must go through a tunnel - once you're out of the tunnel, follow the "driving directions" in the preceding section.

The 72M bus runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. It's about a 10 minute bus ride to the stop where you start walking toward the park. Schedules are available at and

Event Contact: Rex, 5 1 0 - 6 8 1 - 6 1 8 1,