What hoops did the organisers have to jump through to get permission for the event?
I don't know - ask them. Obviously City of Melbourne but I would have thought at least some of the places we went would have been private property, unless it's part of the deal of the Docklands development that everything outside a building is public space?
We had permission from Melbourne City Council, and the shopping centre. There were a couple of places i was nervous of putting controls in case they were private so tended to attach to street furniture/ council owned sculptures. Anything publicly accessible i assumed you could run through.
Sydney would definitely work super well, you could possibly even join existing sprint maps to make a bigger urban map.
Sounds a great effort. Maybe if anyone is feeling brave enough we can try to organise one in Sydney as well.
There's a lot of precedent of European races in major cities so i think that probably helped.
Was wondering about the shopping centre (and quite surprised they gave us permission). I wasn't game to run down the escalator.
Is that because it was going upwards at the time?
Surprisingly the escalators I ran up and down were going in the correct directions at the time.
I organized a sprint training in Brno, Czech Republic for the US/CAN contingent before WOC in 2008 (without flags but still useful) where several runners commented that the best route for one of the legs was into a shopping centre, down the escalators and out on the other side.
What did the other leg do while it was waiting?
I think there's a rule in navigation races that states you have to stay together.
tRicky - you don't always follow that rule.
Time to leg it tiny toes...
At a Sydney Summer series event at Shepherd's Bay last year, I saw several people use the lift to access the railway overpass bridge. I used the stairs....
I can think of a couple of spots on Sunday where there would have been lift options, too (but they would have been slower than the stairs, even walking).