Balls Bluff

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October 21

Balls Bluff

QOC is returning to Ball's Bluff Regional Park for the first time since December, 2016, and, as it happens, our meet is scheduled for the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, fought on October 21st, 1861.

Given that October 21st also marks the 213th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, it is fitting that the event is generously being hosted by the cadets of the Loudoun County Public Schools Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) who will be stepping up to fill all the volunteer positions for the event. QOC's Tom Strat is designing a full set of classic courses for the meet.

Our registration site will be in the pavilion of the very small Edwards Landing Municipal Park, which abuts the south end of Balls Bluff, so make sure to read the driving and parking directions. Please do not park in the minuscule Edwards Landing Park parking lot unless you are a meet volunteer, nor on Powhatan Court, the narrow cul-de-sac immediately outside of Edwards Landing Park or on any of the other cul-de-sacs in the area.

Parking for participants arriving in cars is on the wider, nearby through-streets between Edwards Landing and Battlefield Parkway--Hunton Place, Graywood Way, Wood Edge Drive and Tinsman Drive. Please be sure not to block any driveways. Click here for an overview map, showing our registration area in the lower right corner and the roads on which you may park. Note that we are NOT running a shuttle from the nearby elementary school this year as has been done in the past. It's all park-and-walk. There will be parking space for organizational buses at Ball's Bluff Elementary School after the buses drop off runners near the entrance to Edwards Landing Park, but group leaders coming by bus should contact the meet director for further coordination. Portable toilets will be on site.

Ball's Bluff has undergone restoration over the last several years to more accurately reflect its 1861 condition, and attendees will have the opportunity of touring the battlefield area and the associated National Cemetery above the Potomac River. Free Battlefield tours are conducted by expert volunteer tour guides from the group, Friends of Ball's Bluff, every Saturday and Sunday at 11AM and 1PM from early April through the end of November, so orienteers can take part in a guided tour out of the park main parking lot (not Edwards Landing) either before or after they run their courses. Tours include about one mile of walking on woodland trails and last from one to two hours. Those wishing to take tours on their own may pick up a brochure at the visitor's kiosk in the main parking lot.

Any youth or large groups attending, please contact the Event Director so that we can coordinate pre-registration for your group; the group registration and waiver form is part of the information on our Group Leaders page.


Balls Bluff Regional Park, Edwards Landing Pavilion, Leesburg, VA (Classic)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesStart any time between the specified times (usually 11am - 1:30pm).
ScheduleSunday, October 21
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Bill Johns
Course Designer:Tom Strat
Location Details

Balls Bluff Regional Park
Edwards Landing Pavilion
Leesburg, VA
Google Map

Take the Dulles Toll Road or Rt. 7 to the Rt. 15 by-pass in Leesburg. Turn right for about a mile to Battlefield Parkway and then turn right. Balls Bluff Elementary School will be on the right after 0.7 miles. (Some Marylanders may want to use White's Ferry).

Directions to Edwards Landing from the school: From Battlefield Parkway southbound, turn left near the south end of the school to go east on Hunton Place for 0.3 miles, then turn right at the intersection with Graywood Way/Woods Edge Drive and go 0.1 miles before turning left on Powhatan Ct. The entrance to the small Edwards Landing parking area is on the right side of the turnaround circle. Note to those walking: it's just 0.6 miles, but please be especially careful crossing Battlefield Parkway. Click here for an overview map.

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
Epunch Owner $5 $5 $10 $5
Epunch Borrower $10 $5 $15 $10

Team or Group Entries

Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $2. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map.

Important Notes
  • If you wish to become a QOC member you should join online in advance via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional.
  • Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch pay a higher entry fee (see above), which includes the loan of an epunch for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) can be purchased from online vendors as described here.
  • Former QOC members who have let their membership lapse pay non-member fees.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (driver's license or car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.