Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Sprint terrain


I regularly run at a little nature park in a little town called Parkville. The park is adjacent to the Park University campus. I don't know if we could get permission to use the area for orienteering, but it would make great sprint terrain.

The park is mostly wooded (and mostly open woods), with a couple of trails. There are a few rock features and some farm ruins. Most of the area is hilly.

The Park University Campus is small. Like most college campuses it has a nice mix of sidewalks, streets and buildings. Like the park, the campus is hilly. The campus is built over some underground storage "caves" that might make for some interesting route choices (though it'd make for some tricky mapping challenges).

The USGS map gives you a sense of the area. The park is mostly under the text "Parkville" and the campus is labeled. I came across a PDF map showing a 5K running course on the campus (note that the course includes about 1 mile of underground terrain).

posted by Michael | 7:45 PM


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