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January 29

Come see some of the best orienteering terrain in Prince William Forest (National) Park! While winter conditions may prevail for better or worse, course setter Martin Fahrenfield has designed a full set of seven courses well matched to the venue. Dress warmly enough, and be aware that the only pavilion we are allowed to use in this area is an open one.

Footprints in Snow 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.

E-punching will be in use, and (provisional) course details are now posted. The woods are quite open, and depending on weather (and snow/ice conditions) this may be a reasonable place for those contemplating moving up a level in course difficulty. Ask at registration for latest course conditions if you'd like advice on this.

We will be posting more event and course information the week of the event, so check back then, and if you have questions in the meantime, feel free to either contact Event Director Vic Culp or use our Contact Us form.

Additional information:

  • There is a $5 per vehicle entrance fee to this park.
  • Pets entering the park must be on a leash of six feet or less at all times.
  • GPS watches will be available to borrow for the event from Jon Torrance.
  • Ted Good will conduct another Advanced Training session at 10:30am. Topic will be common time wasters and how to avoid them.
  • Ted's Recommended Training Activity at this Venue: This is the best meet to prepare for the U.S. Champs in North Carolina. With that in mind treat this event like it was an A meet. Practice the pre-race preparation covered at the last training session, pick one of the common time wasters at this training and reduce time lost, and focus on proper route choice selection.

Nearby Attraction: The National Museum of the Marine Corps is open from 9am - 5pm everyday, and admission is free to this impressive $60 million structure.


Prince William Forest Park, Pine Grove, Triangle, VA (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.
ScheduleSunday, January 29
10:45 am - 1:15 pmClassic Orienteering: Registration open
11:00 am - 1:30 pmClassic Orienteering: Start window: Start anytime during this time range
3:00 pmClassic Orienteering: Courses Close: All runners must check back in at the Finish by this time
Event Director:Vic Culp
Course Setter:Martin Farenfield
Location Details

Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering
Prince William Forest Park
Pine Grove
Triangle, VA
Google Map

Take I-95 to exit 150 (150B from points north). Head west on Joplin Road (VA-619) and take the second right for the park entrance. The Pine Grove pavilion is on the left just before the Visitor Center.
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.81008
Yellow 2.612510
Orange 3.617013
Brown 3.516012
Green 5.225015
Red 7.226020
Blue 9.731522
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.