What time will the Friday race start? Do I need to travel on Thursday?
Will there be childcare options available?
First start on Friday is at 1:30 pm, and last start is likely around 5 pm. Courses close at 6 pm.
It takes a bit more than an hour to drive to the parking area from San Jose airport. Then there is packet pickup, a shuttle to the start, and warm-up - so you will need at least about 2 hours after you leave the airport.
Add 10 to 15 minutes if coming from San Francisco International Airport.
Add 30 minutes if coming from Oakland International Airport.
Based on the above and a quick glance at airline schedules, it is possible to leave New York on Friday morning and make it ok, for $132 one-way.
We are working on child care options for you.
Great info, Gavin; thank you!
I vote for leaving from Seattle, ledusledus. Much more pleasant flight. :-)
Thanks, Gavin! Time to start working logistics...how much school will we miss this time? This school thing is really interfering with the important stuff in life (ie playing in the woods).
Roundtrip SEA-SJC Friday morning/Sunday evening is $109 with Delta right now, which I think is the lowest I've ever seen from Seattle to anywhere in the Bay Area.
Not sure where New York came from
School starts on sixth, no childcare needed for me this time.
For planning flights home on Sunday, it's important to remember that traffic leaving the coast for San Jose and points north can be really heavy. You'll be going on a twisty four-lane highway filled with beach traffic. Expect at least 55 minutes.
Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) may be an option for some people. It's about 1:15 to Big Basin, 55 minutes from Cabrillo College. There are flights from LA, Vegas, Denver, SF, San Diego, and Phoenix. Sorry, no Seattle.
When is the last start on Sunday?
Too early to say, but the plan is to have the Sprint Relay after the individual Sprint competition. There will also be an NRE Trail-O. So the individual sprints should finish early.
Just booked our tickets. We'll have to fly Thursday to arrive in time to participate in the Middle on Friday. Latest flight out of SJC on Sunday we could take and still make it to the east coast (BOS) by around midnight was 2:00PM.
I figure missing 2 days of school is probably enough. Missing the freedom of our gap year adventures!
What about start times on Saturday? I'm not sure I can skip work Fri and am looking into flying early Sat morning, but don't know how early would be early enough...
Saturday start times are 10:00 to 12:30.
AliC are you still in Portland? There's an Alaska Airlines flight leaving PDX at 6:30 am arriving SFO at 8:20 am, which should be fine. United also has one at the same time. On SWA you could go to Oakland and leave at 6 am.
Oh great, glad to hear those would be early enough! Thanks!
Any recommendations on accommodation
We don't have an event hotel yet; I'm not sure what the plans are.
Locals are usually not the right people for hotel recommendations, but I can tell you that you should be looking for locations in Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Scotts Valley, or Santa Cruz. Booking sites seem to want to suggest Los Gatos and points north, which are over the hill. I do know that the historic Brookdale Lodge has recently reopened, if you want to splurge a bit. Big Basin has tent cabins if you want to rough it a bit.
It appears big Basin tent cabins are all booked for that weekend -- except for the ones labeled ADA.
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