Little Bennett

Get fit, get outside, and have a blast running around the woods at night with a flashlight strapped to your head! It’s “Night-O,” the ultimate wilderness challenge!

QOC ran its annual Night-O in Little Bennett Regional Park on a brisk and clear March night this Saturday. We had 59 starts (individuals or groups) on 4 different courses of varying difficulty and length. For the next few hours they tested their map and compass skills, stamina, and maybe their fear of the dark, by racing around to find the controls our course-setter hid throughout the park – on wooded hilltops, rocky cliffs, stream intersections, odd-looking trees, and sometimes the occasional abandoned piece of vintage farm equipment. It all looks different at night!

The experts made it look easy by logging fast times around 1 hour, while others returned via the proverbial “scenic route.” Either way, all 59 made it back to the finish area later (we’ve never lost anyone yet) telling stories of a great experience.

Thanks to all the club members who volunteered to help run this successful event: Sam, Erica, Richard, Nadim, Mike, John L, John W, Pat, Dan, Mihai, and Valerie.

RouteGadget and WinSplits are now online for this event. Note: There are two RouteGadget entries for this meet, due to the map differences between the first 3 courses (Beginner, Intermediate, and Short Advanced) and the last (Long Advanced).


Course Length: 2 km

Course Climb: 20 m

Number of Controls: 11

1Addie NolanQOC22:25
2Max Ahmed & Peggy DickisonOK24:49
3Max LennonQOC25:17
4Alexis Merka & DasaQOC25:51
5Joey Angeles & Jonah AngelesQOC32:35
6Amy LoudenQOC42:41
7Nicole LennonQOCMP (26:46)


Course Length: 3.9 km

Course Climb: 100 m

Number of Controls: 13

1Mihai SirbuQOC45:50
2Pat McNeillyQOC57:25
3Edward Rangel59:00
4Tom O'Donnell59:29
4Dylan O'DonnellQOC59:29
5Julie KeimSVO62:27
6Guthrie Quill & Zack WarfieldQOC67:05
7Antonio ArancibiaQOC68:48
8Michael Pastore69:08
9Michael LiederQOC69:09
10John WhittyQOC69:20
11Josh Jacobs69:36
12David Connolly76:10
13Andrea BallouQOC80:07
14Michelle SvobodaQOC83:17
15Laudeir GomesQOC89:21
16Jack/Christiana LogansmithQOC92:14
17Andrew Gilliespie & JeremyLoudoun County HS102:15
18David AlexanderQOC131:12
19Harry Oakes & Jessica Oakes136:00
20Ellen Kurland & P. Walker + 1QOC138:09
21Richard BriggsQOC145:59
22Michael Haskell & Jeff Haskell + 6QOC153:01
23Lisa BeckQOCDNF
23Mike NewmanQOCDNF (118:46)

Short Advanced

Course Length: 4.5 km

Course Climb: 130 m

Number of Controls: 16

1Dave HauverQOC48:40
2Dagmar MerkovaQOC65:17
3Jody LandersQOC67:07
4Greg LennonQOC68:05
5Valerie MeyerQOC73:07
6Tom WellsQOC82:22
7John LandersQOC85:57
8Adam Issenberg92:26
9Gary SmithQOC95:43
10Mark Chisamore & Jose Parra95:58
11Eric & Jacob MaylQOC110:21
12Robert BuraczynskiCNYO122:30
13Tom NolanQOCDNF
13Alec ThurmanDNF
13Bill Carruth & Dave HeinrichsQOCDNF
13Kevin LearyDNF (101:02)
13David WeigertQOCDNF (112:21)

Long Advanced

Course Length: 6.8 km

Course Climb: 230 m

Number of Controls: 21

1Ken Walker JrCSU52:21
2Jon TorranceQOC60:33
3Victor LinQOC70:13
4Brian MayerQOC71:43
5Ted GoodQOC72:00
6Jan MerkaQOC82:36
7Nadim AhmedQOC89:17
8Michael Stasiowski113:34

Abbreviations: DNF = did not finish, MP = mispunch, NC = non-competitive (usually 2nd course or course setter/vetter), OT = overtime (more than 3 hours or returned after course closing time).