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Maps By Mitch

Run for the Diamonds

November 4, 2011

Welcome to "Maps By Mitch". A "blog" of sorts to highlight various maps and the techniques used to create them. I hope to have a new "map" posted on a monthly basis.

Every year on Thanksgiving Day, thousands of people crowd the streets of Berwick, Pennsylvania to watch or take part in the annual Run for the Diamonds.  The Run for the Diamonds is a nine mile race that began in 1908 with only 13 male participants, as women were not permitted to race at that time.  Since then, the Run for the Diamonds has grown in popularity with more than 1,985 runners participating in 2009. The race starts and ends on Market Street and after about two, flat, miles the course takes a turn up a very challenging hill.  Once at the top, the course levels out, turns south and begins to decend back towards the finish.  In 1980 Pete Plitzger set the record for this course with a time of 43:21.  As a reward for completing the challenging course, the first place man and woman recieve diamonds, hence the name, Run for the Diamonds!

The map below is a representation of the Run for the Diamonds and it demonstrates the changes in elevation throughout the course.

Update 11.10.11:  I forgot to include how the contours were generated, which were a large part of the cartography for this map.  The Commonwealth produced two-foot contour data that I used to create this map.  This interval would have been too dense for the map.  Tim created a quick application to assist in selecting out only those contours needed for the map.  I only wanted to display contours every 10 feet rather than every two feet.  Below is the C# code and user interface created to seamlessly work with ArcMap, the GIS software we utilize.  This tool enabled me to submit the beginning and ending elevation and at what contour interval to select.

Click on the map for a PDF (4.3 MB).


11/7/2011 11:40:57 AM
I enjoy maps by Mitch - I like the elevation details and the timeliness of this one.

12/1/2011 5:52:33 AM
I'd venture that this atcrile has saved me more time than any other.

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