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September 30

Ready for some fine orienteering? Meadowood's ready for you, and a full set of 7 courses, from beginner to advanced, will be offered. The map has been updated since there are several new trails since the last time QOC visited this area. Meadowood Woods

New to orienteering? We will hold beginner clinics continuously as needed during both events; just tell the friendly folks at registration if you'd like to be in one and they'll take care of you. Also, make sure to check out our Your First Event and For Beginners webpages, and if they don't answer any question you have, just use our Contact Us form and ask away!

Group Leaders: please see our For Group Leaders webpage and then contact this event's Director (Dan Do) so we can get your group registered in advance.

For this event, please note the following:

  • Parking/Carpooling: parking at this venue is limited and the omens plus group pre-registrations suggest we'll see a strong turnout. Carpooling is therefore strongly encouraged, so strongly, in fact, that we'll be raffling off two $50 REI gift cards, generously donated by REI in celebration of the October 5-7 grand opening of their new Woodbridge location. To be eligible for the raffle, you must come to the event in a vehicle containing at least three orienteers (or walk, bike or take public transit to the event or volunteer at the event). Look for the raffle list at registration and add your name if you're eligible. The winners will be randomly selected once the start window closes. Update: on reflection, relying entirely on carpooling with no backup plan to avoid having to turn people away in case it proves insufficient seems unwise. We're therefore going to reserve the parking by registration for volunteers, groups/carpools and non-members of QOC (since they're more likely to be caught by surprise by the last minute complication of our parking plan). Others will be directed to park at nearby Gunston Elementary School. There they can either form ad hoc carpools and return or walk to the event through the park. The walking route, of ~1.3km starting from the south end of the school parking lot will be marked with a combination of pink signs, streamers and surveyors flags.
  • GROUP LEADERS: Please pre-register your group following the guidelines on our 'For Group Leaders' webpage and via the form mentioned in the Registration section (on that webpage). Email the information directly to this event's Meet Director or use our Contact Us form.
  • Popular Offering!: QOC members interested in borrowing (at no cost) a Garmin 205 GPS-watch to record their routes should see Jon Torrance at the registration table. We'll even enter your route into RouteGadget for you!
  • ALL COURSES: Participants MUST stay out of fenced horse pastures; those areas are closed to the general public. Participants MUST stop if they encounter a horse on trails until the rider indicates that it is safe to pass. Please WALK if you see a horse in the distance so it doesn't spook.
  • Dogs are welcome. All dogs must be on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet.
  • Please respect park boundaries and posted signs should you run across them.
  • zpizza Post-Race MeetUp Special! ZPIZZA is offering all orienteers your choice of a free chocolate chip cookie or brownie with any order of $10 or more this Sunday afternoon; use code "QOC" or just wave your Meadowood map. Known for their menu featuring healthy sandwiches, salads and gluten-free pizza, and rated highly by plenty of QOC orienteers. Located (here) just east of the I-95/Lorton exit 163. There's also a Quizno's and a Starbucks next door if that's more your style.


    Meadowood SRMA, West parking area, Lorton, 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, September 30
    10:45 am - 1:15 pmClassic Orienteering: Registration window
    11:00 am - 1:30 pmClassic Orienteering: Start window
    3:00 pmClassic Orienteering: Course closure
    Event Director:Dan Do
    Course Designer:Sidney Sachs
    Location Details

    Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering
    Meadowood SRMA
    West parking area
    Lorton, VA
    Google Map

    From I-95 southbound, take exit 163 at Lorton, then take a left at the bottom of the ramps onto Lorton Rd. Travel approximately .2 miles to Lorton Market Street, and take a right. Continue approximately .6 miles to Gunston Cove Rd. and continue straight at the stop sign. Continue .4 miles to Rt. 1, and straight through the traffic light onto Gunston Rd. Go about .7 miles on Gunston Rd. to Old Colchester Rd., take a right and continue another .7 miles to our trailhead at 10207 Old Colchester Rd.

    From I-95 northbound, take US 1 exit. At the first street, about .25 miles, right onto Hassett Street. At the end of the street (about .2 miles) turn left onto Old Colchester Road. The trailhead would be on the right in about .3 miles.

    Do not park in the small parking lot near Old Colchester Road. At the gate into the park, we would have someone to tell you where to park. Car pool if you can since we may have only 50 parking spaces!!

    Note: I-95 can be slow. If you coming from Maryland on the Wilson Bridge, you may use Telegraph Road South. At US 1, continue straight and the road become Old Colchester Road. The first stop sign is Gunston Road. If you are coming from the west, one can take the Fairfax County Parkway to either 123 or Hooes Road. South to Silverbrook. Left turn and go to Lorton Road. Left and follow the top directions above.

    Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
    Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
    White 2.1508
    Yellow 2.98212
    Orange 3.613711
    Brown 3.712210
    Green 5.519013
    Red 6.822114
    Blue 8.723618
    Course NotesClassic Orienteering

    Map scales vary by course. Beginner course maps are at scale 1:5000 (White) and 1:7500 (Yellow). All intermediate and advanced maps are at 1:10,000. Contour interval for all maps is 15 feet.

    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 $2. 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.