Turkey Run Ridge PWFP

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February 24

Prince William RootstockCome see some of the best orienteering terrain in Prince William Forest (National) Park! Course setter Karla Hulett has designed a full set of seven courses well matched to the venue, and starting from one of the less commonly used areas as well. And the photo at right? Epunch Guru Valerie Meyer near a prize-winning Prince William Forest rootstock ... maybe one that will have a control behind it ... or maybe not!

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 below. The woods are quite open, and depending on weather 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 Ryan Hanna or use our Contact Us form.

Additional information:

  • There is a $5 per vehicle entrance fee to this park, payable at the Visitor Center if there's no one in the entrance kiosk.
  • Parking will be just beyond the Visitor Center to the East on Telegraph Rd. Two shuttle vans will be running continuously to take people to and from the Registration/Finish at Turkey Run. The pickup area will be marked with signage. Please allow an extra 15 minutes on both ends for this (short) ride.
  • 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.
Wegmans Post-Race MeetUp Venue: The nearby Wegman's in Woodbridge welcomes all orienteers patronizing their Market Cafe Sunday afternoon after our event. Check out the reviews and especially the photos on Yelp to see just how popular (and large) this place is. Located (here) just two exits north on I-95 from our event, their Market Cafe upstairs offers an enormous selection of foods (plus free WiFi). It's a fine place to hang out and discuss your routes, so bring your map in with you!


Prince William Forest Park, Telegraph Rd Parking Area (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, February 24
10:45 am - 1:15 pmClassic Orienteering: Registration window
11:00 am - 1:30 pmClassic Orienteering: Start window
3:00 pmClassic Orienteering: Courses close
Meet Director:Ryan Hanna
Course Designer:Karla Hulett
Location Details

Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering
Prince William Forest Park
Telegraph Rd Parking Area
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. Follow signs towards the Visitor Center, then head just east of the Visitor Center to the parking area.
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.4709
Yellow 37512
Orange 4.417013
Brown 4.61409
Green 6.32559
Red 7.121511
Blue 9.430014
Course NotesClassic Orienteering

The majority of the courses are designed to offer route choices between the South Fork of Quantico Creek and Quantico Creek. The woods are open and very runnable and most likely you won’t get your feet wet. Some runners will encounter noticeable deadfall from the recent storms but the affected areas are still very passable. Mapped root stocks are about 5 years old so expect about 4 years worth of unmapped rootstocks.

For those ready to step up to the next course level, this would be a good time occasion to do so. The map is in good shape and the controls will be hung high and highly visible in the terrain.

Orange and above courses cross Scenic Drive. Please be careful crossing the road. Yellow and White runners will navigate near the parking area. Drivers and Runners please both use caution.

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.