I have been asked to measure the course for the high school regional in our area. I'm looking for any advice or suggestions on how to go about this. My plan for it is shown below.
1) Ask the RD to paint the course line before I measure the course.
2) Ask for a course map ahead.
3) Check with google earth to make sure the course distance will be close, and that there is enough room at the start to adjust the length as necessary.
4) Create a 300-meter cal course on the grass to use for calibration.
5) Ride the cal course multiple times.
6) Measure the course from finish to start following the painted line.
7) Establish the start line based on the measurement.
8) Mention to the RD that the flags should be placed X-feet to the inside of the painted line on turns.
I will probably not bother to measure the course twice or do a post-cal(unless there is a big change in weather).
Keep in mind this is not a USATF certification.
One thing I know is that the rules(guidelines?) for cross country courses are not the same as for road courses.
I believe the measurement is not along the SPR, but rather, the runners must stay within X feet of the center line of the course. So on turns they can be X-feet inside the white line. But the course is measured on the white line.
Is all this true?
Does anyone have a link to cross country course measuring rules or guidelines?
Does anyone have any other suggestions or comments?