April 30, 2017

Rabbit Creek - run rabbit run

14th Annual Rabbit Creek

Date:  Sunday, May 7
Location:  Rabbit Creek (Murphy, ID)
Score - Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Start:  map handout 10:15am, mass start 10:30am
*Beginner & Advanced Beginner can start later if they are back by 1:30pm
Time Limit: 3 hours
Cost:  Maps $5 junior or $10 adult/team, CTOC members free

This year’s event will be a score course with four levels offered.  You can collect the controls in any order within the specified time limit (three hours). Be aware that you may not be able to collect all of the controls within the time limit so plan accordingly. You will find it is well worth your time to spend a couple of minutes analyzing the map and coming up with a plan before you take off. To discourage going over the time limit there is a large penalty for being late (10 point deduction per minute).

Since there is a mass start people should be back more or less around the same time to enjoy a potluck, bring something to share. We can also discuss planning for the quickly approaching championship meet in June.

Beginner – around 1.0km, 5 controls. A short course on flat ground near the house.
Advanced Beginner – around 2.0km, 10 controls. A larger course with some terrain features to make things more interesting but within sight of the homestead.
Intermediate – around 5.6km, 16 controls.  This course will get you out on a serious sightseeing tour without taking you out to the far corners of the course. 
Advanced - 10.4km, 26 controls. You’ll get most everywhere but not out to every corner. Once again there will be a special bonus prize for anyone who finds our camera and brings it back!

This event is in the Owyhees, land of lizards, wild horses, atv’s, barb wire, rattlesnakes, and great scenic beauty. Be prepared for possible wild weather. Pants/gaiters are recommended on the intermediate/advanced courses for brush and crossing over or under barbed wire. It’s bright out there with little shade so make sure you bring your sunscreen, a hat, and enough water/food to be out in the desert sun for three hours. Don’t forget your compass, it could actually be useful on this course. There will be two water drops on the course but you should still carry water with you in case you don’t find them. We did not see any rattlesnakes last weekend but they are out there so be watchful and listen especially around rock piles. The creek is flowing much higher this year; don’t lose a shoe in the muck. 
Given the variety of courses, the impossibility of printing maps anywhere near the area, and the desire to minimize waste, please RSVP to me no later than Thursday May 4th with your name and intended course choice (and if you want an extra map or two for a larger group.)  My email is mmschuste AT yahoo DOT com.  We will have some blank maps on hand if you don’t let us know you are coming.
Bring your event waiver prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member, they can be printed from the website.

Driving directions: Rabbit Creek - Murphy
From Boise take I-84 west to Nampa (Exit 35). Turn Left and proceed to 3rd Street S (Caldwell Blvd). Turn Left on 3rd Street S (Caldwell Blvd) and proceed to 12th Ave. Turn Right on 12th Ave. Follow 12th Ave. south and it becomes Hwy 45 as it leaves Nampa city limits. Follow Hwy 45 across the Snake River. Soon after crossing the river, bear to the left and it becomes Hwy 78. Follow Hwy 78 to milepost 29. Immediately after passing the "Murphy" city limits sign turn to the Right on "Old Hwy 45" follow this for one block then continue straight and it becomes "Rabbit Creek Road". Follow Rabbit Creek Road for about 5 1/2 miles to J & S Road there is a lone mailbox. Turn Left on J & S Road and follow this road approximately 1 1/2 miles to the house and sign in area.

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