Morven Park

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November 3

Morven GroundsWelcome to the first ever day-orienteering event at this unique venue! This webpage describes the traditional beginner (white and yellow), intermediate (orange) and advanced (green) courses that course setter Sam Listwak has designed and that will be offered during our usual start window. [To minimize confusion, the "other event" - the Cowboy Relay - being held together with this event now has it's own webpage here.] Curious what the terrain looks like? Take a ride around courtesy of the YouTube video below, and imagine running through both these fields and the woods you see off to the sides! [Things speed up after the first minute...]

Update: Course details are now posted below.

New Feature! This event will be run out of 'Cafe Morven'; after you download your results, plan on buying some food or a drink, and enjoy the apres-orienteering atmosphere. Want to see the menu? Click here.

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.

And in terms of additional information:

  • A National Register Historic Property, Morven Park was for 40 years the home of Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis. Now a private park, more than 100,000 people visit it each year, primarily for it's equestrian center and courses, museums, historic gardens, sports fields and festivals (like this one).
  • There will not be an entrance fee.
  • Tours of the Governors Mansion will be available from noon - 4pm (last admittance 3pm); details here.
  • The course will be set almost entirely in the less steep, open field areas, but there's also an area with big (bus size!) rocks.
  • For these classic courses (W, Y, O, G), the start window is the traditional 11 - 1:30. Please register between 10:45 - 1:15, and be off the courses by 3pm. Don't forget to set your clocks back late Saturday night!
  • Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.
  • Large and/or youth groups must contact us in advance if interested in attending.
  • Driving from Maryland? Consider using the relatively close White's Ferry crossing.
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Morven Park, Sports Field Parking, Leesburg, VA (Classic Orienteering)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time between 11am - 1:30pm [making sure to be back no later than 3pm] if you are doing a classic white, yellow, orange or green course. Reminder - set your clocks back 1 hour late Saturday night, or you'll arrive at this event too early!
ScheduleSunday, November 3
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic Orienteering:
Event Director:Jeremy Gillespie
Course Designer:Sam Listwak
Location Details

Classic Orienteering
Morven Park
Sports Field Parking
Leesburg, VA
Google Map

From most directions to the south: Take the Leesburg By-Pass (Rt 15) around Leesburg, then go North on the Rt 15 By-Pass to just beyond the turnback to Business 15. Turn left on Tutt Lane (Rt 740). Continue 1/2 mile to the Morven Park entrance on the left.
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.23011
Yellow 3.45013
Orange 4.15016
Green 5.87018
Course NotesClassic Orienteering

The park consists of open fields separated by tree lines. Running is generally very fast and easy, climb is minimal and control locations may be a bit tricky, but not overly technical. Please respect any areas marked on the map as out of bounds. These generally tend to be fenced horse corrals. DO NOT CLIMB THE FENCES SURROUNDING THESE CORRALS, PLEASE TREAT THESE FENCES AS UNCROSSABLE AND DO NOT ENTER THE CORRALS. If a route is indicated that crosses these fences, it is intended as a route choice option to make the runner go around the fences using a route that they feel is the most efficient. There are numerous black X’s marked on the map (i.e. man-made objects), which are, in almost all cases, horse jumps or obstacles. Only the permanent ones are mapped. However, you, as a runner, will encounter other unmapped temporary jumps scattered throughout the park. The park changes the location of these other temporary jumps on a frequent basis and they are not mapped. You will have to just ignore their existence. The trails mapped through the green vegetation areas do exist and will offer route choice options.

Map Parameters: 5m contour interval. Scale will be 1:7500 for white, yellow & orange, and it will be 1:10,000 for the green course map.

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
Epunch Owner $5 $5 $10 $5
Epunch Borrower $10 $5 $15 $10

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.
  • You may become a member at the event or by joining online via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional.
  • Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch pay a higher entry fee (see above), which includes the loan of an epunch for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) are usually available for sale at each event as described here.
  • 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 epunch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.