• Central Park Dr
  • Kensington, CA, 94708
  • United States

2019 Nav-X Adventure Run @ Wildcat

UPDATE: COURSE SETTER NOTES - CLICK HERE

Quick Info

  • 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.

Event Summary

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!

Schedule

Time Long Course - 25km Short Course - 15km
8:00 Event Check-in (and Day of Event Registration)
8:45 Event Briefing
9:00 Mass Start
11:00 Awards
12:00 Awards
14:00 Courses Closed

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

The two maps used for this event have important differences. One is an up-to-date ISOM standard orienteering map (Tilden) of a well visited park, and one is older (Wildcat) with basic vegetation, trails, fences, water features and contours (lots of them) in a park frequented by more cows than people. Both have 5 m contours, but Tilden will be printed at 1:10000 and Wildcat at 1:15000, so watch your step (counting) when you switch between the two.

Green on the Wildcat map can mean anything from open forest to dense thickets. While the latter can be extremely difficult to cross, remember that cows can get pretty thirsty, and if there is water in the middle of the dense vegetation, cows will find a way and so can you if you follow the hoof prints. For control descriptions I have used "road" for paved (asphalt) and "trail" for gravel or dirt.

Courses & Divisions

There will be two courses offered:

  • 15km Adventure Run

  • 25km Adventure Run

Participants can compete in the following divisions:

  • Open Female

  • Open Male

Price

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
Course Length 15km 25km 15km 25km 15km 25km
Junior (19 & Under) $16 $23 $18 $25 $20 $28
Adult (20+) $28 $40 $32 $45 $35 $50

Refund Policy

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

  • Visor hat

  • 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

 

There are two main ways to reach the Big Leaf Picnic Area, as well as a public transit option. Carpooling and public transit is always appreciated, this is a busy urban park.

From CA-24:

Take the Fish Ranch Road Exit (Exit 7A if headed E or W on CA-24), head W on Fish Ranch Road 0.7 mi, Right on Grizzly Peak Blvd 5.3 mi, Right on Wildcat Canyon Rd and immediate left onto Canon Dr, 0.4 mi to right on Central Park Dr, Big Leaf is on the left and parking both sides of the road. For additional parking turn left at Lone Oak Rd.

From I-80:

Take exit 13-A for Buchanan St toward Albany, turn right onto Buchanan St and continue for 0.5mi, continue on Marin Ave for 1.6mi. At The Circle, continue straight to stay on Marin Ave for 0.3mi, turn left onto Spruce St for 0.9mi, continue straight onto Wildcat Canyon Rd. Turn left onto Canon Dr immediately, for 0.4mi. Turn right onto Central Park Dr, Big Leaf is on the right, and parking is available on both sides of the road. There is additional parking at the end of Lone Oak Rd.

Public Transit:

Take 67 Bus from Berkeley Bart Station, bus will stop across from the Picnic Area after turning onto Central Park Dr from Canon Dr. Bus picks up at Big Leaf, and can also be caught at Spruce and Wildcat. (Here is a downloadable copy of public transit info)

Stop
Allston Way & Shattuck Av Spruce St & Grizzly Peak Blvd
08:12am 08:24am
08:42am 08:54am
09:12am 09:24am
09:42am 09:54am