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January 8

Our registration area for this event will be in Pavilion 501, not far from the entry gate house at McKeldin. We made the shift to be closer to the only bathroom facility that will be open in the park. We fully expect that winter will have arrived by the day of the meet, and we will have a fire going in the pavilion grill and some marshmallows available for roasting along with hot chocolate and coffee. We encourage participants to bring left-over holiday treats to share - with the exception of fruit cakes predating the 2011 holiday season. We hope to see lots of folks out to experience McKeldin's hilly terrain and the challenging courses that Mark and Patti Mace have planned.

McKeldin 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 course details are now posted. If you are considering trying a harder level course than usual, you might want to consider it carefully since these courses have a greater amount of climb due to the nature of this terrain. We do anticipate having plenty of water on hand. Also, the QOC library will be on hand, thanks to course setters Mark & Patti Mace, so see them at the event if you'd like to check it out.

Update: Ted Good will be conducting an advanced training session starting at 10:30 and running 15 - 30 minutes. This is informal training, and no pre-registration is needed. If this is your first training then there is a training questionnaire to fill out that will make you think about your orienteering strengths and weaknesses. The session at McKeldin will focus on Pre Race Preparation: Knowing everything you can about the event/course/map before even starting.


Patapsco Valley State Park, McKeldin Area, Shelter 501, Marriottsville, 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.
ScheduleSunday, January 8
10:45 am - 1:15 pmClassic Orienteering: Registration
11:00 am - 1:30 pmClassic Orienteering: Start anytime during this window
3:00 pmClassic Orienteering: Courses Close - all runners to be out of the woods
Event Director:John Landers
Event Director:Jody Landers
Course Designer:Mark Mace
Location Details

Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering
Patapsco Valley State Park
McKeldin Area, Shelter 501
Marriottsville, MD
Google Map

From I-695/I-70 West take I-70 to Marriottsville Rd. (Exit 83). Go North on Marriottsville Rd. for 4 miles to the park entrance on the right. After paying park entrance fees, follow O-signs to shelter #501.

From I-70 East take Rt. 40 (Exit 82, Balt. Natl. Pike) to Marriottsville Rd. Turn left. Park entrance is 5 miles on the right. After paying park entrance fees, follow O-signs to shelter #501.

Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.6758
Yellow 2.81059
Orange 4.113510
Brown 3.81608
Green 5.523515
Red 6.326514
Blue 7.229018
Course NotesClassic Orienteering

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

The terrain and visibility are great at this time of year. The map has been updated. There were some new/changed trails and a few rootstocks added. There are some unmapped “temporary or under construction trails” at the southern part of the park, marked with small colored flags or streamers along the trails.

For Green, Red and Blue runners: Caution - you will have to cross Marriottsville Rd several times. Please watch out for oncoming vehicles. Check your control numbers carefully because some controls are close to others.

For all runners: Do not cross the river. If you do, you are lost.

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.