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December 17

Red Bean RunWheaton in WinterWelcome to the Red Bean Run, QOC's last 2011 event, taking place in Wheaton Regional Park on Saturday, Dec. 17. You'll have to come to the event to find out why it's named this!

We will be meeting (indoors) at the Train Station room on the west side of Wheaton park (directions below), and the event will feature beginner (White, Yellow), intermediate (Orange) and advanced (Brown, Green, Red) orienteering courses designed by Dan Quinn. Registration will be from 10:45am to 1:15pm. 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. Dogs on leash are welcome, and Wheaton also has a half-acre fenced-in 'Dog Park', located on the other side of the park.

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.

Meet Director Clinic Meet Directors Clinic: Take your volunteerism to the next level - by finding out what' s involved in being the Meet Director for one of our local events. Now is your chance! Heidi Onkst will host a meet directors clinic from 11:00am to 12:00pm in the Train Station Party Room.

Being a Meet Director is a great experience and a wonderful way to support QOC and your fellow club members. Heidi will cover everything from the basics to the specifics. And, you’ll receive our updated manual (short and easy to follow) to take with you. This will also be a great refresher for our veteran MDs as well. So come join the fun before heading into the Wheaton woods for a great day of orienteering.

Please RSVP to Heidi by Friday, December 16. (If you are interested in learning more but can’t attend, please let Heidi know and we’ll find a time to hold another clinic soon.)

Nearby Attractions:

Brookside in winterBrookside Gardens. Information Line: 301-962-1453. Admission to this 50 acre public garden is free, the Visitors Center is open 10 am. - 5 pm, and there's a miniature train exhibit in the South Conservatory. Note, though - no pets are allowed.

Garden of LightsAnd after dark at Brookside Gardens: The 15th Annual Garden of Lights will have Saturday evening hours from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $25/car, cash only, but if you buy the ticket in advance (i.e. during the day or online) it’s $20. Visitors must drive to the entrance gate. After paying at the gate, visitors drive into the parking lot, park their vehicle, and walk through the light show display. Full details are here.


Wheaton Regional Park, Shorefield Area, Train Station Party Room, Wheaton, MD (Classic Orienteering)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSaturday, December 17
10:45 am - 1:15 pmClassic Orienteering: Registration
11:00 am - 1:30 pmClassic Orienteering: Start Window
3:00 pmClassic Orienteering: Courses Close - All runners to be out of the woods.
Event Director:Elliott Hamilton
Event Director:Philippa Gasnier
Course Setter:Dan Quinn
Location Details

Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering
Wheaton Regional Park
Shorefield Area, Train Station Party Room
Wheaton, MD
Google Map

From I-495 take Exit 31 for Georgia Avenue/MD 97 North. Follow Georgia Avenue north for almost 3 miles, then turn right onto Shorefield Road. Continue on Shorefield Road until you reach the parking area. Registration will be just beyond the south end of the parking lot, in the Train Station Party Room (near the Carousel).
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.5558
Yellow 3.28510
Orange 4.712013
Brown 3.99011
Green 5.513014
Red 7.413519
Course NotesClassic Orienteering

For an explanation of the course color-coding system, please refer to Your First Event.

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 $2/map.

Important Notes
  • At the event, we can only accept payment in cash or check; online, you may use a credit card or PayPal account.
  • Most of our events use electronic timing. We will provide you with an electronic timing chip (aka e-stick, finger dibber, or SI-card) for free if you don't own one. Loaned e-sticks that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee.
  • 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 e-punch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.