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November 3

Fountainhead Welcome to QOC's Fall Orienteering Weekend. On the weekend of 3-4 November, we will be offering back-to-back local events in two great orienteering locations. We will be at Fountainhead Central, some of the best orienteering terrain that QOC has to offer, on Saturday, November 3rd. Then, the following day, Sunday, November 4th, we return to the excellent, open woodland of Hangman Tree Road-Landing Zone (LZ) Canary on Marine Corps Base Quantico, newly mapped last year for the national meet. (Registering to get on Base is required for Quantico.) So mark your calendar for two consecutive days of great navigating through prime, open woods at the best time of year!

Discover Fountainhead Regional Park with some of the most well defined terrain features in Virginia. Come enjoy a full set of courses in this classic QOC terrain, courtesy of a team of course setters. The full range of courses from white (beginner) through blue (advanced) will be available.

No preregistration is needed, and event timing will be as follows: registration will be open from 10:45am - 1:15pm, you can start anytime between 11am - 1:30pm, and everyone must be out of the woods by 3:00pm.

As usual, youth groups and other large groups planning to attend this event should use the information on our Group Leaders page for group registration and include the waiver form.

Additional information:

  • The nearby mountain bike course may be open dependent weather, so bring your bike and get a great ride before or after running an orienteering course. In case of rain, call the trail hotline at 703-250-9124 to check on status.
  • Carpooling is encouraged as a courtesy to other park users.
  • Dogs on leash are welcome.
  • GPS watch loaner program continues, for anyone interested in trying one out. See Jon Torrance at the event.
  • FYI: at this time of year, the miniature golf course and the marina are closed.
  • Don't forget that this is the weekend when clocks go back one hour (between Saturday and Sunday)!
Feel free to use our Contact Us form if you have any questions!


Fountainhead Regional Park, Main parking area, Clifton, VA (Classic)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesStart any time between the specified times (usually 11am - 1:30pm).
ScheduleSaturday, November 3
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Rick Oliver
Course Designer:Francis Hogle
Location Details

Fountainhead Regional Park
Main parking area
Clifton, VA
Google Map

One route among several: Take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Lorton Road (exit 163), go west 2.1 miles (4th stop light) and at the end of the road take a right onto Route 123. Drive 1.3 miles to Hampton Road, then turn left just past the fire station and drive 3 miles to the park entrance on the left.
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.