Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Forest-X is, in the simplest sense, a trail race. There is a start, a finish, and a marked path to guide competitors from one to the other.
Unlike other races, you don't have to follow the marked path. If you study the course ahead of time, plan your route, and run with confidence, you will be able to find clever ways to get ahead of the pack.
In other words, Forest-X is a trail race where you can outsmart the competition. The only requirement is that every racer visit 10 checkpoints marked along the route in sequential order. Every racer will be provided with a map at the start, indicating where along the course each checkpoint is. Of course, for those just looking to get out and do a 5 or 10km race, it is always fine to ignore shortcuts, follow the marked route, and run as hard as you can.
Forest-X is a 5km or 10km race (10km is 2 laps) with 10 checkpoints along the route. Prior to the start, each participant will receive a timing chip and a map which shows the marked route, location of the 10 checkpoints, and additional detail for the surrounding terrain (such as trails, contours, and vegetation information).
While reading and using the map is not mandatory, participants who combine their physical strengths with their map-reading and route planning abilities will have a significant advantage over the competition. But be warned—trying to get too clever might result in taking a wrong turn or becoming lost!
The 5km loop will still be marked with hanging streamers for those participants who choose not to risk shortcuts, and some difficult intersections will be marked off with streamer tape to help clarify the intended route.
At each of the 10 checkpoints there will be an orange and white flag on a metal stand with a little blue box on top. Participants will need to place their timing chip on top of the blue box (specifically over a hole in the blue box), and wait until the box flashes and they hear a beep—this process takes about 1 second if you're quick.
While reading and using the map is not mandatory, participants who combine their physical strengths with their route-planning abilities will have a significant advantage over the competition.
As long as participants visit all 10 checkpoints in order, it does not matter how they choose to get there (so long as they avoid out-of-bounds areas marked on the map). Crossing streamer tape is totally allowed.
Date: Saturday, November 18th
Check-in/Registration: 10:00 am
Start: 11:00 am
We recommend participants arrive early to check-in, and to receive their maps and timing pieces.
For the November 18th race, parking and check-in will be located at Long Pond Parking in Middlesex Fells. Once again, parking is limited, so be sure to arrive early if you want a spot, or better yet, CARPOOL!
Seriously, though. Try to carpool. Parking can fill up quickly on the weekends.
Individual Race: $25
Individual Race: $20
Awards will be given to the top male and female runners in the regular and junior categories. Prizes TBD.
This event will be organized by Ethan Childs, from Navigation Games. The course was designed by a Navigation Games youth employee, and CRLS student, Keegan Harkavy.
This Forest-X event is being held to help raise money for Navigation Games. NG is a non-profit in Cambridge dedicated to teaching children how to read maps, work as a team, make decisions, and act independently, all through the sport of orienteering. The money from Forest-X races will help fund Navigation Games' effort to establish orienteering as a sport is several local communities.
For more information about Forest-X, Navigation Games, or orienteering, please call Ethan Childs at (802)324-8982, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up today, discounted entry if you sign up for both 2017 Forest-X events! Entry fees are discounted for Juniors (18 and under).
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