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Discussion: Event notes for stage 5

in: CalOFest 2023 (Jul 17–30, 2023 - San Francisco, CA, US)

Jul 20, 2023 12:46 AM # 
evancuster:
There is a bad link for the event notes of stage 5. Just goes back to the main pagevv
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Jul 20, 2023 12:55 AM # 
smaclean:
I think the link gets put up before the notes..they should be coming soon...
Jul 20, 2023 3:18 PM # 
gordhun:
Is it true that the Stage 5 Arena is close by an area that shares its name with a multi-medalist at the recent orienteering world championships? Got to be a photo-op there.
Jul 21, 2023 3:34 AM # 
geof:
Still no notes for Stage 5. Ant idea when they will be coming. Unfortunately too late to print them now.
Jul 21, 2023 3:42 PM # 
geof:
Notes now there, thanks.
Jul 22, 2023 5:15 AM # 
Tundra/Desert:
The distances from bus drop-off to the arena and then to starts, or, for IOF categories, to quarantine instead of the arena, are entirely inconsistent in meet notes for Stage 5 vs. https://cal-o-fest.com/stage_05. E.g. 1.3 km to quarantine in the notes vs. 3.0 km on the webpage. Which are correct?

(not an idle question; if the distances are correct on the webpage, I don't think we're going, 7.8 km of parking-bus-arena-start-F10-arena-bus-parking is both more than what my doctor allows for me and what Beatrice can enjoy at 31 °C)
Jul 22, 2023 5:42 AM # 
mikeminium:
Take an early bus??
Hoping that my math is bad and that I’m seeing a potential problem that doesn’t really happen:
Looking at the bus schedule for the middle distance:
From the first bus at 7:45 to the last one at 11:05 (before the drivers take an extended lunch break - there is then a 1:20 gap with no buses), if every bus runs at full 56 person capacity, they can transport 616 people over that entire time period. Including recreational, there are 438 people registered for the middle. Add in a few non competing parents and kids, event workers, etc, and that’s not a whole lot of margin - if the first two or three buses aren’t running full, there may be congestion later. I’d suggest being prepared for significant queues. This might also become a problem for the return to Northstar if too many people wait around for later buses.
Jul 22, 2023 6:11 AM # 
bill3:
The walking distances are now much less than they were previously. We just learned that the buses will take people very close to the arena, saving a mile walk from original highway drop off.
Jul 22, 2023 6:23 AM # 
feet:
Great news! So what are the updated distances (for quarantine and for regular?)
Jul 22, 2023 3:08 PM # 
mikeminium:
Buses seem to be running on time. 8:05 was full, but nobody left in queue.
Jul 22, 2023 5:14 PM # 
Tundra/Desert:
On the 10:25 bus, 20% full, on Swiss schedule. 21 °C
Jul 23, 2023 12:53 AM # 
JanetT:
We were fortunate to have shade to wait in for the bus back to Northstar.
Jul 23, 2023 1:34 AM # 
Tundra/Desert:
The wait to go back for us, perhaps the worst-timed wait, was exactly 40 minutes (third bus). Not bad. Has been worse.
Jul 23, 2023 1:38 AM # 
Tundra/Desert:
FWIW, I was told this is one of the four bus drivers. Ours (a different person) runs Spartan and his son used to ski-O.

The surveillance video of the crash and the bus is out there, too gory for me to link to. On that day Beatrice and I were scheduled to camp within a couple miles of the crash site, but having done Nav-X GPS the day before at 100 Lakes and having inhaled more wildfire smoke than she was happy with, we decided to go back to SF. Child not traumatized against air travel for the rest of her life, fortunately.

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