How are courses measured?
Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from control to control. Unless you have wings, you will travel farther than this distance! Courses are measured in kilometers, so a good rule of thumb is to simply round up to miles to estimate how far you will go. So in a 5 kilometer race, you’ll likely travel up to 5 miles.
**IMPORTANT MAP INFO **
On the Hamlin map North is not orientated to the top of the sheet of paper. We could not fit the map on the paper if we did this. The thick red line is North on the map as usual and the blue North lines point to the red line. Participants will have to turn the map to the left to have it actually oriented North.
Winter League #2 is a wonderful blend of hilly terrain in Hamlin Park, the campus areas of Kellogg Middle School and Shorecrest High School and the trails of South Woods Park. Hamlin Park and South Woods Park are patches of urban forest with a varied history. Named for the Hamlin family who homesteaded the area in the 1800s, the land was logged, developed as a naval hospital, and later transferred to the state. The schools and community rallied to save the property from development in the ‘90s, and Shoreline purchased the land for the parks in 2007.
The forest is mature and mixed, with varied terrain and both native and invasive undergrowth.
There is an out of bounds restoration area in Hamlin Park west of the baseball fields. There will be a restoration work crew in the north of the park on Saturday. Please do not interfere with their work.
The high school track is also out of bounds so plan your routes accordingly.
The South Woods has a large number of controls, so be sure to check the control number before you punch.
The Beginner/Elementary course has more controls than usual, however, they are spaced closely and designed to ensure our newest orienteers know they are headed in the right direction.
Middle and JV level courses are an exciting mix of sprint terrain and forest running, making route choice around buildings and fences important.
Varsity includes longer forested legs which create route choice challenges in complex trail networks. Thumbing is critical here.
Long advanced includes a map flip.
As always, come prepared, enjoy your run and remember to download.