CRENSHAW FACTOR RUN
Back in the mid 80's local LA hunters needed some kind of mileage
correction factor for the All Day Hunts. It was common from time to time
for hunters to drive hundreds of miles to the hidden transmitter and have
their mileage separated by a couple of tenths to a couple miles in difference.
Hunters used to have "drive-offs" to determine a winner. Each
car would drive the same stretch of road and whoever had the lowest
mileage correction would be the winner.
Running the Factor
The factor Run starts in front of the El Tarasco Mexican food at
17307 Crenshaw blvd Torrance, CA 90504. As of 03/23/03 it is an
El Tarasco Mexican food. In the past it has been, Winchells Donuts
Pizza Hut Express. Location is on Crenshaw Blvd, approximately 200 feet
south of Artesia, on the west side of the street. An outside
telephone booth was used to line your car up and start your run.
Now one must meticulously align the front bumper of their vehicle
with the southern edge of the building. Also to help identify the location, a
florescent orange stripe is in place. Then you reset
your trip meter or note your odometer setting before departing.
Once you have departed, move quickly to the Number 1 inside lane of
Crenshaw heading Southbound. This is the lane closest to the center of the
street. Continue south and you will soon be climbing up the peninsula. DO
NOT turn at the first Crest Road you see. The first one is the next light
past Pacific Coast Highway and is clearly marked "CREST ROAD, CITY OF
TORRANCE". Continue on up the hill.
At the top of the hill you'll encounter the second Crest Road. This one
is marked by a stop sign.
Pull into the left hand turn lane and up to the limit line. Now mark your
total miles from your trip meter including tenths or from the odometer.
This number will be your Crenshaw Factor.
To quickly recap:
1. Start your run from the corner of the building. Also to
help identify the location, a florescent orange stripe is in place.
2. Get in the left inside lane quickly as possible.
3. Continue South past the first CREST ROAD, CITY OF TORRANCE sign.
4. End your run at the top of the hill. This will be
your second Crest Road with the stop sign.
5. Then tally your
Totaling the Factor
Typical factors will run from 8.6 to 9.4 miles with most averaging
around 9.0. This factor has quickly become the "de facto
standard" for computing final mileage results on all LA area hunts
including the US
Continental Boundary T-Hunts and every Saturday night hunt.
If you hunt outside of LA in such places as Riverside, San Diego, or Santa
Barbara most hunting is done on the first in-first win approach.