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.
Welcome to Winter League 2021-22!
Magnuson Park in early November can be beautiful and dry or beautiful and soggy beyond belief. Be prepared for possible wet conditions. We hope you enjoy exploring everything the mostly flat park has to offer — from grassy lakeside promenades to twisty-turny forest singletrack to a complex web of trails and vegetation in open, wild fields.
· Many of the courses traverse a shallow ditch full of apples near the start. Please don’t roll an ankle or fall while you’re getting your head into the map.
· Blackberries: They are nasty and somewhat widespread; dress accordingly and watch out if you venture off-trail. Courses have been designed so travel through blackberries shouldn’t be necessary, but be aware.
· Deadfall: Recent windstorms have left many downed trees and branches throughout the park. If you encounter a fallen tree on a mapped trail you may need to poke around for a way through.
· Road safety: Some courses may cross active roads and parking lots – please cross carefully. If you follow a road, use trails or the shoulder to stay out of the way of traffic.
· Map notes: Area mapped as rough open land (tan / light orange) ranges from unmowed grass to bumpy, pitted land with tufts of vegetation. Dark orange is reserved for mowed/manicured grassy areas.
· Forbidden routes & out of bounds areas: Two trails in the south-central part of the map are marked as forbidden routes with purple Xs – these trails are closed by the park and are not to be used. They were taped off when the designers last visited, but don’t depend on the tape being there for navigation. Violating out of bounds or forbidden route markings is disqualifying and threatens our ability to use Magnuson Park for future events.
· New plantings / Ecologically sensitive areas: Revegetation is an ongoing effort in Magnuson Park. Large new plantings have been marked out of bounds on the map. Outside of these areas, if you encounter fresh mulch, plants with ribbons / flagging, or other signs of recent planting, consider going around. At the very least use caution to avoid trampling plants and eroding freshly worked ground. The same applies to marshy areas and other areas prone to erosion.
· PS: A line completely across the park is kept clear of vegetation to allow one to see all the way from one side to the other – more than 1060 meters. See if you can find this feature on your map – and guess why someone went to the effort of cutting trenches in hills to make this possible!