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.
Putney Woods has some areas that are “runnable” but most areas have either heavy undergrowth or have a lot of fallen trees and debris, which often makes the trails the most attractive route choice.
Off-trail choices are allowed in Putney Woods except for areas marked as private property on the map where one must stay on the trails.
At this time of the year, the dense forest gets darker early in the afternoon, so please start earlier in the morning, if possible, so that you will finish before course closure at 2:30 pm, which is greatly appreciated by the control pickup team.
Some courses, for example, the Varsity course, are somewhat longer than the typical winning time window; another reason to start as early as possible. Coaches, please adjust your team line up accordingly.
The northern part of the map does not have a distinct border, and is adjacent to Saratoga Woods park, making it possible to end up off the map. Safety bearing is south-west.
The controls are close together in some areas so check that the feature and the control code match your course.
A green circle on the map is a stump and it is represented by a circle on the control description. A brown X on the map is a rootstock and it is represented by an X in a circle on the control description.
Enjoy these courses!
Dave Tallent and Ing Uhlin