Fountainhead

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March 31
Saturday

FountainheadNote New Date!

Come enjoy a full set of courses in this classic QOC terrain, courtesy of Course Designer Dave Hauver. Course details are now posted below. No preregistration is needed, and event timing will be as follows: registration will be open from 10:45am - 1:15pm, you can start anytime between 11am - 1:30pm, and everyone must be out of the woods by 3:00pm. The registration and start will be at the north end of the (main) parking lot; please minimize disturbing the (other) group at the south end.

As usual, youth groups and other large groups planning to attend this event should contact the Event Director in advance 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.

Additional information:

  • Boat rentals (canoe, kayak, and jon boat) are available to enjoy Occoquan Reservoir; details are here.
  • While it's very, very far from a PGA Classic, the miniature golf course on the south side of the parking lot we use is open and costs just $2.
  • The adjacent mountain bike course is expected to be open (weather dependent), so bring your bike and get a great ride before or after running an orienteering course. PDF map via this page. In case of rain, call the trail hotline at 703-250-9124 to check on status.
  • Carpooling is encouraged as a courtesy to other park users.
  • Dogs on leash are welcome.
  • Ticks are now out, so check yourself after your run. For a good description of local tick types, head to Fairfax County's Common Ticks webpage.
  • White through Green maps are 8.5x11 in size, while Red and Blue are 8.5x11; the scale for the white and yellow maps is 1:5,000 and 1:10,000 for all other courses.
  • Thumb compass loaner program continues, for anyone interested in trying one out. See Dave Hauver at the event.
  • Feel free to use our Contact Us form if you have any questions!

Location

Fountainhead Regional Park, Main parking area, Fairfax Station, 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.
ScheduleSaturday, March 31
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic Orienteering:
Volunteers
Course Setter:Dave Hauver
Location Details

Classic Orienteering
Fountainhead Regional Park
Main parking area
Fairfax Station, VA
Google Map

One route among several: Take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Lorton Road (exit 163), go west 2.1 miles (4th stop light) and at the end of the road take a right onto Route 123. Drive 1.3 miles to Hampton Road, then turn left just past the fire station and drive 3 miles to the park entrance on the left.
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.7907
Yellow 2.31209
Orange 3.819011
Brown 3.41808
Green 4.927011
Red 738013
Blue 8.740016
Course NotesClassic Orienteering

The woods are still quite open and runnable. The area used for these courses is fairly compact, and as is typical for Fountainhead, not flat by any means.

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
  • 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.