Patuxent River Park

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November 14

Meet Director Mike Newman and Course Setter Jon Torrance are pleased to announce that:

  • All courses will be offered (White through Blue)
  • E-punching will be used on all courses
  • Registration will be near the barn, and heated restrooms with running water are nearby
  • Dogs are allowed but must be on leash at all time
Update: courses will be as follows - White 3.1km 8 controls 25m climb Yellow 3.8km 9 controls 45m climb Orange 4.9km 9 controls 140m climb Brown 4.8km 11 controls 160m climb Green 6.9km 10 controls 185m climb Red 8.8km 16 controls 225m climb Blue 12.0km 14 controls 315m climb White and Yellow maps will be printed at 1:7,500; all other courses at 1:10,000. Yes, a bit longer than usual for some of the courses but the expectation is that the woods will be quite open, even more after leaf off than they were during the course setting process, and the speeds consequently high. The map is, thanks to frequent updates courtesy of Dave Linthicum and the non-inclusion of rootstocks, in very good shape. The main thing to be careful of is reliance on the mapping of vegetation in some of the large flat areas above the stream valleys that provide most of the terrain's topographic detail. On the map in general, light green is quite runnable, medium green noticeably less so. The danger lies in believing that you'll be able to navigate across flat areas of light green speckled with patches of medium green by using the latter as collecting features. Perhaps the medium green will stand out from the light green better after leaf off than it did a few weeks ago but navigating across such areas by compass is still probably the way to go.


Patuxent River Park, Barn parking area, Upper Marlboro, MD (Classic Courses)

ScheduleSunday, November 14
11:00 am - 1:00 pmClassic Courses: Start Window
Location Details

Classic Courses
Patuxent River Park
Barn parking area
Upper Marlboro, MD
Google Map

From the MD. Rt. 4 Capital Beltway exit, head south/east on Rt. 4 for 3 miles. Exit onto Woodyard Rd (Rt. 223) south. Immediately turn left at the light onto Osbourne Rd. After 3 miles you'll reach a traffic light and a junction with US Rt. 301. Turn left on 301 then immediately turn right at the next light onto Croom Rd. (Rt. 382). Signs for Patuxent River Park begin at this turn. After 3.5 miles, turn left on Croom Airport Road and continue for 2 miles to the park entrance, passing the junction with Duvall Rd. on the way. At the park entrance, continue straight towards the Group Camp Area (do not turn left towards the park's visitor center). Turn right onto the driveway leading to a barn and picnic pavilion when you reach a large field on the right hand side of the road. The parking, registration, start and finish areas are shown below on the arena map.

Alternatively, from the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 11A, (Pennsylvania Ave), Route 4 east for 8 miles. Take Route 301 south for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Croom Station Road and continue for 1.6 miles. Turn left on Croom Road (Route 382) and proceed for 1.5 miles. Turn left on Croom Airport Road and proceed to the park entrance as described above.

From the junction of Route 50 and Route 301, take Route 301 south for 15 miles. Turn left onto Croom Station Road and go 3.5 miles before turning left again onto Croom Airport Road. Follow it to the park entrance and proceed as described above.
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Course DetailsClassic Courses
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls