Urban Wild
Roundup

"Peninsula Peak to Bay"
Palo Alto, Saturday, April 30, 2011

groupall rounded up!

wunderlich
fern gully a.k.a. Wunderlich

gp2go team go!

foothillsoak-studded foothills

stanfordhigher learning institution

downtown Palo Altodowntown Palo Alto

the baythe bay

return to terraloco home

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I had a dream. Send people from the Skyline to the Bay. That is, Skyline Blvd, the ridgeline, down through the redwood forests, all the way to the bay. An epic journey from top to bottom. I heard great reports from the participants about the locations and scenery.

I learned a lot from this event. There were lots of challenges to making it work, and it didn't all work as intended. It's just so far from the peak to the bay, and all the courses got stretched to make them fun and enjoyable and start and finish at a good location. For example, some GPS tracks on the 10k were 16k, and the long duathlon was a total of 56k for the first finishers, Team Dart-Nuun, with the bike being 30k. One 5k team went 5 miles. There were some life circumstances that made this difficult to get right, but I also think it would have been hard no matter what to achieve all the goals.

And the teams persevered. Some trudged through the extra distance, and some felt like they were getting a bit more bang for their buck. We had a diverse crowd - families, orienteers, AR pros, work buddies. One participant was in town from Georgia, and teams came from as far as Sacramento and Petaluma. The weather was golden.

A big thank you to all participants. I loved sharing these courses with you, they were a joy to design, and I hope you are recovering speedily. I'm planning on a future, more accurate edition of the Peninsula Peak to Bay in another area.

Thank You

Dennis Wilkinson did a fabulous job vetting the course and helping me make the questions and answers crystal clear. He was also a great friendly face helping with registration. Vladimir Gusiatnikov "manned the fort" while I went with the 25k folks to the remote start and prepped the goodie bags from Zombie Runner. Thanks to Zombie Runner for providing the nice swag bags and prizes - hats, zombie dolls, and gift certificates. Ben Legg watched the bikes at the bike stop and gave out refreshments to the 25k participants. Steve Haas also helped man the fort. Pam Noyer from Huddart Park was super nice and helpful with the event changes that had to happen. And Jerry Berkson from Palo Alto High School helped us have a convenient event center.

Results - Categorized

5k Adventure
ME

5k Junior
Megan Love, Jemma (shadowed by Robin Love) 1:30:12

5k Family
Ga-Hoole - Dana Shibley, Zoe Shibley 2:19:32

5k Mixed Masters
Roamers - Melissa Davids, Greg Davids, Claire Kaymon, Sue Kaymon, Lindsey Goosherst, Tracey Scott 1:34:29

5k Masters Women
Judy & Silva - Judy Koehler, Silva Sheppard 1:37:51
Team Wasabi - Blithe Brandon, Cynthia Corral 2:01:00

10k Family
Adventure Dog - Scott Sawyer, Kelly Sawyer, Davin Clark 3:36:20

10k Masters Mixed
Surfpup - Stew Hintz, Patty Hintz 2:50:50

10k Masters Women
RoJo - Rosemary Johnson 3:48:54

10k Masters Men
Chupacabra - Mark Blair 2:28:25
Team Origami - Jeff Lanam 3:54:26

10k Open Mixed
Piggly Wiggly - Garrett Herfkens, Kate Kosco 2:03:43
Vamsi's Knee - Mary Low, Nigel Gulstone, Won Rhee 2:35:15

10k Open Women
Sarah Staatz 1:51:03
Mey Febriana 3:28:23

10k Open Men
Pivot - Darren Don 2:10:35
Damon - Damon Ward 2:07:48 (one missed answer)

25k Foot Masters Men
Greg Favor - 4:49:00

25k Duathlon Adventure
Kathy Giori
Nick Giori
S-express - Sergey Frolov

25k Duathlon Short Masters Women
Team Lite - Lisa Tracy, Terri Hunt - 5:04:35

25k Duathlon Short Open Mixed
Smulé - Scott Bonds, Catherine Sheu, Lisa Dusseault, Turner Kirk 4:15:05 GPS track 1 and GPS track 2

25k Duathlon Masters Men
SLG - Steve Gregg 4:52:00 (transition split 2:41:00)

25k Duathlon Open Men
Dart-Nuun - Ryan Van Gorder, Kyle Peter 3:36:36 (transition split 1:57:58)
GPS track
Wolfpack of One - Alvin Chen 5:16:27 (transition split 2:27:23)

Results - Overall

5k
Megan Love, Jemma (shadowed by Robin Love) 1:30:12
Roamers - Melissa Davids, Greg Davids, Claire Kaymon, Sue Kaymon, Lindsey Goosherst, Tracey Scott 1:34:29
Judy & Silva - Judy Koehler, Silva Sheppard 1:37:51
Team Wasabi - Blithe Brandon, Cynthia Corral 2:01:00
Ga-Hoole - Dana Shibley, Zoe Shibley 2:19:32

10k
Sarah Staatz 1:51:03
Piggly Wiggly - Garrett Herfkens, Kate Kosco 2:03:43
Pivot - Darren Don 2:10:35
Chupacabra - Mark Blair 2:28:25
Vamsi's Knee - Mary Low, Nigel Gulstone, Won Rhee 2:35:15
Surfpup - Stew Hintz, Patty Hintz 2:50:50
Mey Febriana 3:28:23
Adventure Dog - Scott Sawyer, Kelly Sawyer, Davin Clark 3:36:20
RoJo - Rosemary Johnson 3:48:54
Team Origami - Jeff Lanam 3:54:26
Damon - Damon Ward 2:07:48 (one missed answer)

25k Foot
Greg Favor - 4:49:00

25k Duathlon Short
Smulé - Scott Bonds, Catherine Sheu, Lisa Dusseault, Turner Kirk 4:15:05
GPS track 1 and GPS track 2
Team Lite - Lisa Tracy, Terri Hunt - 5:04:35

25k Duathlon
Dart-Nuun - Ryan Van Gorder, Kyle Peter 3:36:36 (transition split 1:57:58)
GPS track
SLG - Steve Gregg 4:52:00 (transition split 2:41:00)
Wolfpack of One - Alvin Chen 5:16:27 (transition split 2:27:23)

Event update 4/28:

Our course vetter Dennis Wilkinson enjoyed himself a lot, and he lives in the area and already knows it well. So get ready for some fun this Saturday!

Dennis and I have compiled some top 10 tips for your planning and preparation:
1. Doing either the 10k or 25k duathlon? Road bike or road bike tires most definitely. No dirt.
2. In the parks, stay on the trails at all times. We do not have any permission from any agency for off-trail use. However, this does not apply to city parks and college campuses with, like, grassy areas. Only in the "hilly parks" must you absolutely stay on the trail.
3. On the 25k in Huddart, there are a few trail sections with poison oak just off the trail. If you're not running on the edge of the trail and brushing random plants, you will be okay. Products like Tecnu or everyday dishwashing liquid soap can remove the oil if you happen to touch some of it. No poison oak at all on the 5 or 10k courses.
4. A compass could be helpful! You won't get lost on these maps, you'll run into something familiar, but going diagonally across a flat arboretum could be aided by a compass bearing.
5. On the maps, look for tunnels, bridges, and little red arrows that show where you can go "off road" between streets to take shortcuts, or the little red arrows lead you into tunnels.
6. All courses use different maps with different scales and slightly different "interfaces," although all are pretty straightforward to use. Show up early, and you get to spend more time studying your maps, which are given out when you register on-site.
7. If you want to be an "overall" winner on the 10k, you might not want to enter the duathlon category... all the "college campus" checkpoints are on foot, then you can get your bike and do the Palo Alto downtown checkpoints with it... foot participants don't have to go back to the high school to get a bike, and will save some distance.
8. Purple lines on the maps mean out of bounds, and also there are some roads with sections that are unsafe for passing on foot or bike (like Oregon Expressway underneath Alma St.) which are marked on the map.
9. Course lengths - they play out a little longer for the 5k (which is more like 5k point to point) and the 10k. The 10k duathlon is a little longer than the foot 10k because you have to go back to the high school. For the 25k foot, it's around 25k in distance, but you don't go all the way to the bay. The 25k bike duathlon does go to the bay and is significantly over 25k in total distance - about 35k in all, but the majority of it is biking.
10. Be careful in traffic! Always be vigilant, and never read the map when crossing streets or intersections.

And just a reminder to the 25k duathlon bikers - you'll need to leave the house a little earlier than the others (25k foot soldiers, and all 5 and 10k folks just show up at the high school between 8:45 and 9:30.) If you're doing the 25k with the aid of a bike, you must drop it off at the Greer Rd. bike drop in Woodside between 8:00 and 8:45, then get over to Palo Alto High School and register. At the bike drop, a person will watch the bikes and give you snacks and drinks when you finish the Huddart trek course.

Event update 4/18: 25 km remote start moved to Huddart Park (instead of Wunderlich.) Find out more.

Original Announcement

Enjoy a 5, 10, or 25 km map adventure trek to find interesting checkpoints!

On the 25 km course, find your way from Skyline Blvd. through Huddart Park down to the bay! Both the 10 km and 25 km courses visit the oak-studded foothills and the Stanford campus. All courses including the 5 km explore the wonders of "old Palo Alto" - downtown and "Professorville." Awesome views and interesting spots will abound!

All of the courses may be done on foot. The 25 km and 10 km courses offer a "bike duathlon" option - and these duathlon courses are the only ones to make it all the way to the bay. The duathlon courses span 25 km and 10 km as the crow flies; the foot versions of the 25 km and 10 km courses will be measured as the actual distance likely to be traveled on foot. Actual duathlon distances will be posted after the course design and testing is finished in early April.

The registration point and finish for all courses will be at Palo Alto High School. The 5 and 10 km courses will start at the high school. The 25 km course will have a remote start on Skyline Blvd., and a chartered bus will transport participants there from the registration site. For 25 km duathlon participants only, there will be a remote bike drop at or near the entrance to Huddart Park - you will need to lock your bike there no later than 8:45 A.M., and it will be tended to by an event official. The course aid stations with food and drink will be at the bottom of Huddart Park and at the registration site, so bring the appropriate food and water supply.

Event Schedule:

8:00 Bike drop open, 25k duathlon course, end of Greer Road, Woodside
8:45 Registration open, maps available
9:40 Registration closes
9:45 Course briefing, all courses
10:00 Start at registration site for 5, 10 km courses, bus leaves to remote start with 25 km participants
3:00 All courses close

Team Categories

Everybody's on a team of 1 to 5 people. Sign up ahead of time or at the event individually; you will register your team the day of the event. So, teams do not sign up ahead of time, but every individual on the team who wants a reduced entry price should sign up online ahead of time.

Every team will be in one of four categories: Junior - all participants under 18; Masters - average age of participants is 40 or more; Family - mix of juniors and non-juniors; everybody else is Open.

There will be award certificates for the top three teams in each category on each course.

So how does this work?

Please be registered by 9:40 so we can start on time. Maps are available at the opening of registration, so the earlier you get there, the earlier you can see the course checkpoint locations and start planning your route. You can leave non-valuable items at the registration area, which will be monitored by event staff. You're also allowed to leave stuff like car keys if they're put in a sealed "lunch bag" type thing clearly labeled with your full name.

15 minutes before the 10:00 mass start there will be a course briefing with information that will be helpful to you in completing the course. You'll receive an event "passport" for marking checkpoints.

You can get the checkpoints in any order, and finding the best route or tour to get them all is an interesting part of the challenge. If you're using a bike in the duathlon category, the checkpoints will be divided into multiple sets - some, you will get on foot, and the others, you are allowed to use your bicycle to find them.

At checkpoints, you will answer a multiple choice question about a recognizable map feature, or you will find an orange and white marker and use its attached hole puncher to mark a punch pattern on your event passport. To place in the event, you need to correctly mark all checkpoints on your passport.

There will be water and snacks available at the start and finish and, for the 25 km participants, at an aid station out on the course. If this might not be enough for you, consider bringing your own water and energy snacks to carry with you.

What will I need?

  • Comfortable clothes for moving around.
  • Comfortable shoes good on trails and pavement.
  • Head cover, and apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
  • A pen or pencil (or two) to mark answers on your Q & A sheet.
  • Biking gear - duathlon participants only: Helmet and bike lock are mandatory.

Optional gear:

  • Compass: it's not necessary, but could help you reorient your map if you're disoriented.
  • GPS logger: it might be fun to record your route, but don't use it to aid your navigation. That's why you have a map!
  • Mobile phone
  • Food, energy snacks, and water, in case you might need to refuel in between aid stops.

Hazards

  • Traffic: many major roads will be crossed. Please observe the rules of pedestrian safety, and don't read the map while crossing roads.

Cost and Registration:

signup online by April 24
signup online by April 28
event day signup
Adults, per person
5 km = $10
10 km = $15
25 km = $30
5 km = $15
10 km = $20,
25 km = $35
5 km = $20,
10 km = $30,
25 km = $45
Students and juniors, per person
5 km = $5
10 km = $7
25 km = $15
5 km = $7
10 km = $10
25 km = $20

When you signup online, you are not committing to show up or pay, but you guarantee yourself a lower price if you sign up by April 24 or 28. Online signups help us prepare for the event. We'd rather be overprepared, and we encourage you to sign up ahead of time if you have any interest in attending.

Remote Start for 25 km course:

If you are doing the whole course on foot, just go straight to the event center at Palo Alto High School, and you will be bused to the remote start from there starting at 10:00.

If you are using your bike on the 25 km course (in the duathlon category) then you will need to drop off your bike at Huddart Park by 8:45 A.M. to allow you time to get back to Palo Alto High School and register. The bike drop is open at 8:00. A volunteer will be stationed there to watch your bike. You will use Greer Road to drop it off at a "side entrance" to Huddart. You are then responsible for your own transportation to Palo Alto High School where you will register. Then at 10:00 you will board the bus to go back to Huddart and start. You cannot leave any vehicles on Greer Rd. There is no parking there. Drop off bikes only.

Directions to Greer Road dropoff site:
From Interstate 280, exit at Woodside Road / Highway 84 and head west up into the hills through the old Woodside. You will travel 1.6 miles on Highway 84 until you reach Kings Mountain Rd. Turn right at King's Mountain Road, and head 0.8 miles and turn right on a minor road called Greer Road. (If you reach the main entrance to Huddart Park, you've went too far!) Go down Greer Road about 0.4 miles and there will be a fenced gate on your left that leads into Huddart Park. A volunteer will be stationed there to park your bike.

Directions back to Palo Alto High School:
Go back to Interstate 280 and head south one exit to Sand Hill Rd. Head east towards the bay and Palo Alto, Stanford University when exiting. Take Sand Hill Road all the way to El Camino Real and turn right. After about a mile, you'll reach Embarcadero Rd., turn left onto Embarcadero, then make an immediate right into the Palo Alto High School parking lot.

Directions:

Palo Alto High School's address is 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

From U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto, take the Embarcadero Road exit, and follow the signs to go west towards Stanford University. After about 2 miles, the Town and Country Shopping center will be on your right, and the high school on your left. Turn left to go into the high school parking lot. If you reach El Camino Real, you've gone too far, make a U-turn back onto Embarcadero and make an immediate right into the high school parking lot.

Public Transit

From the Palo Alto Caltrain station you can walk or bike about half a mile east on the Embarcadero bike path to get to the high school, which is just across Embarcadero Road from the Town and Country Shopping Center, or take El Camino Real east to the intersectionwith Embarcadero Road.

The VTA 22 bus has a stop by the intersection of Embarcadero Road and El Camino Real. The 522 also runs on El Camino, but the nearest stop is the Palo Alto Caltrain station.

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