Course designer(s): Peter Golde
- Beginner: 2 loops: 1.5k/5c + 1.5k/5c = 3.0k, 10c, <10m climb
- Intermediate: 2 loops: 2.6k/7c + 2.3k/6c = 4.8k, 13c, <20m climb
- Short Advanced: 3 loops: 2.3k/7c + 2.4k/7c + 1.5k/5c = 6.3k, 19c, ~40m climb
- Long Advanced: 3 loops: 2.9k/8c + 2.8k/9c + 3.2k/9c = 9.0k, 26c, ~80m climb
Individual Relay (Motala) Course/Class Assignments for Ultimate points
If you want to earn Ultimate points, check the table below to see which category you should sign up for. Find your age class in the left column, then follow the row across to the right until you find the dark orange cell. That is your “assigned” category.
For example, if you’re a female 16 or under, your Ultimate age class is F-16 and, for this event, is assigned to the Intermediate course. If you are up for a more challenging course, you can also earn points in F-18 on the Short Advanced course, or F-20 or F-21+ on the Long Advanced course. Just keep in mind that other courses are more difficult, both navigationally and physically. Also keep in mind that you’ll be earning points only in the class you sign up for.
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.
Yes, the distances are quite a bit longer than normal! However, these courses have been set to be very flat, open, and fast (long advanced has one steep uphill climb, however). Along with the mass start, I expect very fast per-K times. The park hasn’t changed much since we last used it, and the courses for the most stick to the flattish open grassland with scattered trees. There is the occasional blackberry vine, though, so if you don’t have leg cover you could get a nasty scratch or two. There is a building under construction in the campus area that is marked with the usual purple hatching.
Navigation tips: unlike some maps, there is a very distinct difference between open, rough open, and rough open with scattered trees; this can help while navigating. The form lines also are quite accurate and helpful in the flat parts.
All courses are a “motala” – a single-person race comprised of multiple loops. Beginning and Intermediate have two loops, A and B. Short and Long Advanced have three loops each, A, B, and C. When you check in, you will be given a loop order that you will run, for example, BCA or CAB. Remember your loop order so that you run your loops correctly! You might want to bring some clear tape to combine your course descriptions in the correct order.
Everyone on a particular course will begin at the same time in a mass start. Once you finish your first loop, punch the transition control in the start/finish/map area, drop your first loop map, take the CORRECT map for your next loop, and go!
Be sure to be on time to make the start.