North American Sprint Series Finals rounds 1 and 2, San Francisco State University, Saturday 11/14/2009

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Original Announcement:

Detailed campus terrain and the best arena ever! White, short, and long sprint courses available; competitive and recreational starts available. When not doing your own course, watch the others from the arena.


08:00 A.M. Registration open, San Francisco State University
09:00 A.M. Long course 1 competitive starts - set order, groups of 4 - 2 minute intervals
09:20 A.M. Long course 1 recreational starts - first come, first served - 1 minute intervals
09:30 A.M. Short course competitive starts - set order, groups of 4 - 2 minute intervals
09:50 A.M. Short course recreational starts - first come, first served - 1 minute intervals
10:15 A.M. White course competitive starts - set order, groups of 4 - 2 minute intervals
10:25 A.M. White course recreational starts - first come, first served - 1 minute intervals
11:00 A.M. Long course 2 competitive starts - set order, groups of 4 - 2 minute intervals
11:20 A.M. Long course 2 recreational starts - first come, first served - 1 minute intervals
12:00 P.M. Courses close

Cost: included if you're registered for the sprint finals, or $10 for adults, $3 for students and juniors if doing it recreationally. The Saturday package deal for both San Francisco State and McLaren Park is $15 for adults, $3 for students and juniors. Juniors in the BAOC COOL league get free admission with the season pass and should participate in the competitive class.

Registration area: The main campus entrance is at the corner of 19th Ave. and Holloway. Go between the two buildings into campus; you'll see a grassy area with no buildings. Look for our registration setup.


San Francisco State is a tightly packed college campus cascading down a gentle western slope towards Lake Merced. It's a beauty - a nice mix of architecture, public art, and greenery. The high density of buildings presents the requisite obstacles for a sprint course. Much of the campus contains landscaping where you can't set foot, although there are a few grassy areas you can cross. You'll be using mostly paved paths, staircases, ramps, and mapped covered passageways. There is construction, mainly the library, which is cordoned off with fences.


This is a new ISSOM 2007 Sprint-standard map made by Rex at a 1:4000 scale with a contour interval of 2.5 meters. Of note:

1. Do not cross areas mapped in olive green, which indicates landscaping or other forbidden areas.
2. Thicker black lines indicate uncrossable fences and walls.
3. If you see a mapped building with a light grey section in it, it's a covered passageway that you can use to pass from one side of the building to the other.


1. Sprint - White: 1.2 km distance, 20 m climb, 15 controls
2. Sprint - Short: 2.2 km distance, 35 m climb, 18 controls
3. Sprint - Long1: 1.6 km distance, 25 m climb, 14 controls
4. Sprint - Long2: 1.6 km distance, 25 m climb, 12 controls


Not necessary to have pants or spiked shoes. Running shoes are best. Layers are good to stay warm before and after your course.


There is no need to cross any streets with vehicle traffic, except there are some vehicles allowed on campus like carts and police cars. Students live on campus and the courses go by the dorms - in general, avoid running into people. There are a few steep staircases that you might negotiate.


The student union building is adjacent to the registration area and has restrooms, water fountains, and a plethora of eateries catering to all kinds of tastes.

If the roof of the student union is open, the spectating will be grand. The construction was supposed to be finished by the end of October. Still, there are good spectating spots on the concrete benches by the student union.


From Interstate 280 coming from downtown San Francisco, take the Mission St. exit for Daly City, which merges you onto San Jose Ave. Turn right very soon onto Sagamore Street, then after almost a half mile, bear right onto Brotherhood Way, and follow signs for Highway 1 North, making a right onto Junipero Serra Blvd. Those coming from the peninsula on Interstate 280, bear left when it splits with Highway 1 North, taking Highway 1 North, which is briefly called Junipero Serra Blvd. Now, everybody follow these common directions: Stay in the right lane to stay on Junipero Serra Blvd. where it splits with 19th Ave. / Highway 1. Then make a left on Holloway and start looking for parking. If you cross 19th Ave. and get to the edge of campus, you'll encounter parking meters, so park before then. Walk into campus from the corner of 19th Ave. and Holloway and you'll see the registration setup in the lawn area.

Detailed instructions to get to campus are also available at San Francisco State's Parking and Transportation page.

Public Transit:

Take the SF Muni M line, it has a stop at San Francisco State University.

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

San Francisco State University website