Greenbelt National Park

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January 23

QOC's meet this coming Sunday, Jan. 23 will be at Greenbelt National Park, MD. A full set of seven courses will be offered, courtesy of course setter Peggy Dickison.

Registration will take place at the Sweetgum parking area. Since we expect the Sweetgum parking area to fill up, later arrivals will be directed to one of two overflow parking lots that are within a 400m walk of the main (Sweetgum) area; click here for an overview map you can print and bring with you. Registration will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Everyone must be out of the woods and back at the registration/finish area by 3:00pm, which is when we will begin picking up the controls.

New Online Registration now in place! Primarily due to Greenbelt-specific regulations, we would like as many participants as possible to register and pay ONLINE by 8am on SUNDAY using our Greenbelt Registration Pop-Up Form. Bring your confirmation email to the event; it will show if you paid online (by credit card or PayPal), or what you should bring as a check or cash to put in an envelope at the event. We will not be able to make change. SI-card owners who have paid online or at the event can head out after receiving their map (and clearing and checking their dibber). If you have problems or questions with this (new) online registration system, send us an email via the Contact Form; and if you don't register by Saturday evening, no worries - just show up with exact change at the event anyway.

Any youth or large groups attending, please contact the Meet 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.

Course Notes (length in km, climb in m, # controls):

Greenbelt Park SignWhite (beginner): 1.7 k, 30 m, 9 c
Yellow (beginner): 2.6 k, 45 m, 11 c
Orange (intermediate): 4.8 k, 135 m, 11 c
Brown (advanced): 3.1 k, 80 m, 8 c
Green (advanced): 4.9 k, 140 m, 11 c
Red (advanced): 6.3 k, 175 m, 16 c
Blue (advanced): 8.2 k, 220 m, 19 c


Greenbelt National Park, Sweetgum Parking, Greenbelt, MD (Classic Courses)

RegistrationAdvance registration requested of everyone, but not required.
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSunday, January 23
11:00 am - 1:00 pmClassic Courses: Start Window
Event Director:Tom Nolan
Course Setter:Peggy Dickison
Location Details

Classic Courses
Greenbelt National Park
Sweetgum Parking
Greenbelt, MD
Google Map

From the I-495 Beltway (which is also I-95 in this section): Take Exit 23 Route 201 Kenilworth Avenue South (toward Bladensburg). You will soon see the sign for Route 193 Greenbelt Road; veer right to take Route 193 East, and take the left onto Greenbelt Road . (Greenbelt Road is Route 193 and passes over Route 201) The park entrance is a quarter mile further on the right hand side of Greenbelt Road, across from TGI Fridays restaurant and a Marriott Courtyard hotel. Follow the orienteering signs to the parking area (Sweetgum or nearby, depending on which has space).
Course DetailsClassic Courses
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.7309
Yellow 2.64511
Orange 4.813511
Brown 3.1808
Green 4.914011
Red 6.317516
Blue 8.222019
Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Non-Member: $10/adult, $6/junior (under 21 years old)

Member: $6/adult, $4/junior (under 21 years old)

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 $4. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $4/map.

Important Notes
  • We can only accept cash or checks as payment.
  • On courses using electronic timestamping, the club will provide you with an electronic passport or e-stick at no additional cost or you may choose to use your own. Loaned e-sticks that are lost will require a $40 replacement fee.
  • Compasses are available; $15 replacement fee if lost.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available.