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.
MAP & COURSE NOTES
This area was newly remapped in 2015 to the sprint orienteering international standard, which is optimized for complex urban terrain and has specific symbols for uncrossable features like tall walls and high fences. It’s also wise to study up on buildings, canopies, and passageway symbols. Here’s a quickie guide.
The map is printed at 1:5000 scale and features a variety of terrains: wooded trails, ball fields & play areas, and a complex college campus. Intermediate, JV, Varsity, and both Advanced courses will experience the full variety!
This map was made in summer 2015, which means that the vegetation in winter can be substantially thinner in places. There are also several instances of tiny spur trails off the main trails. These are typically not mapped, as they come and go.
Crossable fences on this map are indeed crossable. In most cases they are railings along sidewalks and covered walkways.
Make sure to verify checkpoint codes! There are 49 control flags out there, some as close together as 30 meters. 21 of those control flags are on the main campus, which is approximately 400m x 250m.
The Varsity and Short Advanced courses will each visit one checkpoint twice.
The Varsity, Short Advanced, and Long Advanced courses may encounter some “No Trespassing” signs on the trails northeast of campus. You can orienteer here; the signs are to deter homeless campsites.