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Event Summary

Spring Runoff Day 14/25/09 11:00 AMPine Hill
Spring Runoff Day 24/26/09 9:00 AMPine Hill

A-meet: The Spring Runoff

Update 4/28/09: Photos from: Alexei Azarov Stefan Slutsky Alex Jospe

Update 4/27/09: Overall Results

Update 4/23/09: Start Times Posted! (here too)

Update 4/14/09: Added course lengths

               csu presents
                   The Spring Runoff
April 25-26, 2009
                              The Middlesex Fells Reservation
                                  Medford and Stoneham, MA

The Middlesex Fells is an 8 sq km forest only about 6 miles from downtown Boston. It is not often that a major US orienteering event takes place so close to a major city.Take this opportunity to visit Boston, check out its historic sites, and try out its great restaurants, especially the seafood places. Registration Friday evening is only 11 miles from Logan Airport, and after Sunday's event, the airport is only 8 miles away. Manchester NH Airport, which may offer cheaper fares, is only about 40 miles away

The Pine Hill map was originally made for a 2-day B meet in 1981. It was updated for one day of the 6-day Northeast O-fest in 1984, and revised again in 1991. It was remapped and and extended last fall by Vladimir Zherdev, and now covers about 4 sq km. The scale is 1:10,000, with 2.5 m contours

The forest is typical northeast glaciated terrain, very detailed, with lots of rock, small marshes, many trails, and in April, numerous vernal pools. There are many hills, but they typically pose no more than 20 m of climb.

All standard USOF courses and classes will be offered The format of the competition is a 2-day classic event, except for those in M21+ and F21+. Those two classes will have a classic-length course on Sunday, but, on Saturday, they will have a 2-race middle distance competition, with a qualifying race in the morning, and A and B finals in the afternoon.


Register online (start list | alternate url for start list)

Course Information

Saturday Classic Sat Middle Semi-Final Sat Middle Final Sunday Classic
Blue  - 4.3km, 12c, +95m 5.8km, 17c, +150m 9.8km, 28c
Red 6.6km, 20c, +185m 3.7km, 10c, +90m 5.0km, 14c, +130m 7.1km, 22c
Green X 6.1km, 19c, +170m 5.4km, 18c
Green Y 6.1km, 19c, +170m 5.5km, 18c
Brown 4.2km, 15c, +85m 4.7km, 17c
Orange 3.8km, 10cp, +95m 3.7km, 16c
Yellow 3.3km, 15c, +60m 3.0km, 16c
White 2.2km, 11c, +30m 1.9km, 11c

Register by mail: print the USOF Standard Entry Form, fill it out and mail, with a check made out to CSU, Inc for the fees to
        Larry Berman
        23 Fayette St
        Cambridge MA 02139-1111

Entry fees per day - Net fees for USOF/COF/IOF members after discount are shown in parentheses)
mail-in reg postmark by:  4/10  4/17  after 4/17
online reg by: (your waiver/check may be postmarked the following day) 4/14 4/21 after 4/21
Adults (21 yrs & up on Dec. 31, 2009)  $23 ($20)  $33($30)  $43($40)
Juniors (20 yrs & below on Dec. 31, 2009) $15.50($14) $22.50($21) $29.50($28)

Electronic punching
We will use electronic punching with the Sportident system. Participants may rent an epunch for $2 per day if they do not have one of their own.

Babysitting: Will be available both days during the meet. Cost is $5 per hour/child, $10 deposit required; maximum charge per family $20/day. We will make every effort to accommodate parents with split start times, if requested.

Please indicate the number and ages of the children on your registration form. Please provide warm clothes, toys and snacks for your children. Child care will be provided on-site in an enclosed tent or under an open canopy, while parents are competing.

Recreational Courses Will be available on W,Y and O. Register at meet site. Entry fee $3 for 12 and under, $5 all others Recreational orienteers will also use SI epunching; rentals avilable for $2. Extra maps $3

String Course will be available at no charge.

Preview Map: A copy of the 1991 version of the Pine Hill map is available for $4 including postage. This version does not include the new terrain added by Vladimir Zherdev; it will be new for everyone

Event Schedule

Friday April 24, 6 pm - 10 pm: Registration packets may be picked up at the Red Roof Inn, 19 Commerce Way, in Woburn MA, about 4 miles from Day 1.

Saturday April 25
    9 am:
   11 am: first starts for all classes
    3 pm: F21+ and M21+ A and B finals

Sunday April 26
    9 am: first starts for all classes.
    2 pm: Awards


Friday evening check-in: From Rte I-95 north of Boston, going east (clockwise), take Exit 36; at the end of the ramp, turn L on Washington St for 0.2 miles, turn L on Mishawum Rd for 0.2 miles, turn R on Commerce Way; Red Roof Inn is about 0.2 miles on the right. From I-93, take I-95S (actually going west) to Exit 36; at the bottom of the ramp, go straight across Mishawum Rd onto Commerce Way; Red Roof Inn is about 0.2 miles on the right.

Day 1: From the North take I-93 to Exit 35; the assembly area is right at the bottom of the ramp. From the South Take I-93 to Exit 34; at the traffic light go left on N Border Rd for about 0.3 mi; turn left and go under the highway to Fallon Rd.

Day 2: . The Day 2 assembly area is at Medford HS, 489 Winthrop St (Rte 38), Medford, at the SW end of the map. From the North: Take exit 33 from I-93, then take the first (sharp) right to S Border Rd, go 0.3 miles and turn left on Gouvernor St, go 0.4 miles and turn right on Lawrence Rd, go 0.6 miles to Winthrop St, turn R and go 0.3 miles to HS. From the South: Leave I-93 at exit 33, go around the circle over the highway, then take the first right, and follow as above.

View Location Map


Meet HQ: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Red Roof Inn, 19 Commerce Way, Woburn MA 01801. The rate per room is $74.99 + tax. When contacting them, refer to CSU. This block will be available until April 10.
As of 3/30, there are rooms available through their website for $63/night + tax.

Other Lodging (With approximate rates)
COMFORT INN ($81) - 14 Hill St Woburn, right near Montvale Ave just W of I-93 exit 36

HILTON ($80) -2 Forbes Rd Woburn. off Washington St, about 0.5 mi S of I-93, 1.1 mi N of Montvale Ave

BEST WESTERN ($198) ( - 1 Rainin Rd Woburn, off Montvale Ave between I-93 exit 36 and Washington St

MARRIOTT ($74) ( - 240 Mishawum Rd Woburn (W of exit 36 from I-95)


PANERA BREAD - 296 Mishawum Rd, Woburn, across the street from the Red Roof Inn, open at 6:30 am

MCDONALDS - Next door to Panera Bread, open at 5:00 am

BICKFORDS - 333 Montvale Ave, Woburn. just W of I-93 exit 36, open at 6:30 am

MCDONALDS - 325 Montvale Ave, Woburn, near Bickfords, open 5:00 am

There are also a couple of Dunkin Donuts, about 0.5 mi S down Washington St, on the way to Montvale Ave.

BERTUCCI'S - 17 Commerce Way, Woburn, most convenient, close to the Red Roof Inn.

POLCARI'S ( - 309 Montvale Ave Woburn 781-938-1900

LEGAL SEA FOODS ( - Great Sea food. They have many locations around the Boston area. Closest one is at the Burlington Mall, about 5 mi W on I-95

NO NAME RESTAURANT - 15 Fish Pier Boston 617-423-2705 Like Legal, great sea food.

DURGIN PARK - ( Old New England style cooking, 340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl Boston (obviously right near Faneuil Hall)

HILLTOP STEAK HOUSE ( - If red meat is your thing. 855 Broadway (Rte 1) Saugus. Go E on I-95 to Rte 1, then about 3 mi S.

Nearby Medford has many different kinds of restaurants, and almost any ethnic food (Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Ethiopian, Brazilian, etc) is available in the Boston Area

Meet Officials

Meet Directors
        Larry Berman
        Michael Commons
        Sara Mae Berman   617-868-7416
Course Setters
        Day 1: Alexei Azarov (White/Yellow by Michael Commons)
        Day 2: Brendan Shields
Start Leader
        Clem McGrath
Finish Leader
        Lori Huberman
Epunching Leader
        Ross Smith
Medical Officer
        Jeff Schapiro
        Ken Walker Jr

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