I have a client wanting a put a 5k course on about 40 acres of land. Half of that is a baseball stadium, the rest is parking lot and a short service road that does not go around the stadium. I see no alternative to creating multiple out and back segments (spurs) or run circles around the parking lot. I measured it point to point but considering the creation of 180* semi-circle turns instead of the single point. BTW, there are 6 total.
I would appreciate any feedback for the following questions:
Q1: Given the availability of at 20-foot-wide area, curb to curb, what would you consider the optimum value for the radius to the outer perimeter of the cone arc?
Q2: If I map the course with single point turns, and provide detail on a supplemental page for an option to convert one or all the points to semi-circle turns, will this pass muster? Has anyone done this on a certification before? The client has an experienced timer and course setup manager so I feel confident it will be set up correctly either way.
Q3: Is it worth it? Even a small semi-circle turn would make for smoother turns and a better experience given there are several. As for safety, I have seen runners slip and pile up going around a single cone. Maybe a 10-foot-wide semi-circle would be safer. Any thoughts?