2019 Nav-X Challenge @ Wildcat
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019
Location: Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
Event Director: Andrew Peterson (contact)
Course Director: Vicki Woolworth
Courses: 15 & 25km Adventure Run
If you're looking for more advanced navigation, and more off trail running/trekking, check out our Map Trek Event (same place and date)
List of Registered Entrants
Follow this link to an updated list of entrants.
Join us for a trail run like no other in the Berkeley Hills. Navigate the trails using an old school map or new school app. Shortcut off trail if you want, see if we care! (we don't, it's all part of the strategy). Upon returning, enjoy some hearty food and share awesome stories. 15km or 25km options. Affordable at $20-$50. 20% discount if you register by February 17th!
|Time||Long Course - 25km||Short Course - 15km|
|8:00||Event Check-in (and Day of Event Registration)|
New to Adventure Running?
Adventure Running is a “Navigation Sport” that has elements of a few other sports and activities like Trail Running, Fell Running (XC hill running), Hiking, Orienteering and Geo Caching. Adventure Running is a distance based trail race, where you will need to use a map and compass to stay on course, no flagging to guide you. The navigation is not difficult, with courses sticking primarily to trails, but expect some short excursions off trail to snag a checkpoint. There will be checkpoints guiding you from start to finish, and you will use a finger chip to electronically punch each checkpoint to prove you covered the full course. There may be a few route choice options, so understanding the map will be important…and if you really want to challenge yourself, maybe going off trail will prove the quickest route at times? If you feel like you may need a little extra help while out on the course, feel free to bring along an optional GPS app (Gaia, Avenza, Google Maps, etc…).
In short, Adventure Running is “Trail Running with a Twist” for adventurous runners.
Venue / Park Info
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park encompasses 2,427 acres along the Wildcat Creek watershed and the surrounding hills and ridges east of Richmond. Wildcat Canyon is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, looking to enjoy it’s 25miles of trails.
Large coast live oaks, bay laurels, and a scattering of bigleaf maples and madrones grow on the park's east-facing slopes., while north-facing hillsides support some beautiful, nearly pure stands of bay laurel, fringed with coast live oak. Moist chaparral of coyote brush, poison oak, elderberry, snowberry, bracken fern, and blackberry grow in thickets high on the north-facing slopes.
In the gorge of bedrock-cutting Wildcat Creek grows a riparian forest of alder, willow, creek dogwood, and bay laurel. The forest extends the length of Wildcat Creek and part way up the tributaries. The west- and south-facing canyon slopes are covered with introduced annual grasses. A few stands of native bunch grasses persist. There are many native wildflower species, which will hopefully be in spring bloom during our event.
Expect to have get some great views of the surrounding Bay Area as you climb the hills of the park.
About the Map
More info to come soon.
Courses & Divisions
There will be two courses offered:
15km Adventure Run
25km Adventure Run
Participants can compete in the following divisions:
Early fees (20% off) through Feb 17th (via online registration). Regular fee is Feb 18th - Feb 28th (via online registration). Day of Event Registration is cash or check only.
50% discount for Juniors (already calculated in the table below).
Use of e-stick is included in the fee ($0 rental fee in the registration process).
Additional fee to rent a compass ($2).
|Early Registration||Regular Registration||Day of Event Registration|
|Junior (19 & Under)||$16||$23||$18||$25||$20||$28|
Refund policy: 100% refund up to 10 days before event. Future race credit 1-9 days before event. No refunds for no-show.
What to Bring
Wear what you would normally wear for a strenuous run in Northern California. Here are some tips:
Sturdy shoes with a good tread
Long pants or gaiters
Compass (you may rent one for $2)
ePunch (SI stick with 50 control capacity - you may rent one for $5 if you don’t have one)
Pen and maybe a highlighter marker (for marking up your map and making notes)
Water (enough for the time you will be out on the course)
On the go snacks (energy bar, gel, etc.)
Map and Directions