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.
It is important to note that the Hamlin Park map has been drawn to Sprint Standard, which has a different symbol set, especially with respect to trail designation, and is drawn to 1:4000 scale with 5-meter contours.
Elementary, Beginner, Middle School, JV Rookie, and Advanced Beginner Courses: Maps will be printed on Letter Paper, single sided with Magnetic North Parallel to the edge of the paper. (Just like most maps this season).
JV Girls, JV Boys, Intermediate, Varsity, Short Advanced, Intercollegiate, and Long Advanced: Maps will be printed on 11×17 paper single sided with Magnetic North rotated and NOT parallel to the edge of the paper.
In this current update I remapped to reflect the openness of the forest and the proliferation of social trails. Trails have four designations: 2m+ (6+ feet) wide brown, 1.4m brown (4ft), a black dashed line for smaller but well-defined single track and a thin black line for social trails, which are nevertheless very visible. Beginners/Elementary and Adv beginners/middle school/Rookies will stay entirely on the Shorecrest Campus and in the South Park. All other courses will venture into Hamlin Park.
All courses – safety bearing: Any direction (N, S and E in South Park and all directions in Hamlin) will take one to a road. In South Park, a road is with a 100m. In Hamlin 200+m
Courses are very fast and for the advanced courses, hilly, offering cross-country as viable route choices. Thumbing along, and precisely keeping track of one’s location will be especially important. Stop and go technique will not win the day; navigation at full speed will. Control locations in Hamlin are point features only.