Jug Bay

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June 2

Jug Bay The Beverage Chase + Annual Meeting + lots more, as our 2012-2013 official Sept - June season comes to a close! Newcomers are welcome - we'll have plenty of challenges, suited for all levels from beginner to advanced.

Courses are made up of loops. There are 4 loops, which in various combinations form the 6 available courses (1 beginner/white, 1 intermediate/orange, and 4 advanced; see below). There will be just one mass start regardless of the course being done. Beverage of Choice (specified at registration) will be consumed at the start, finish and in between each loop. Beverages are water, soda, and beer (beer is for adults only). Following is allowed at this event but be aware there are forked controls. Advance online pre-registration is now open via this link closed, so anyone not registered needs to register at the event.

Procedure for all participants: Everyone needs to be registered well in advance of noon. Don't look at your first map until the starters gun goes off. You will also need to have a cup filled with your race beverage of choice in hand; we'll have water, soda, and beer. When the race starts, empty your cup, throw it to the ground, turn over and look at your map, and figure out where to go. In contrast to most orienteering races, following someone is OK in this race (but be aware there are forked controls). After finding your controls/checkpoints in the correct order, you'll wind up back at the start area, where you'll need to quaff another cup of your beverage of choice before heading out with your next map. After you complete your loop, if you have more loops repeat the process. Time stops when you've quaffed the last cup of your beverage of choice after your last run in to the start/finish area.

Loop Details:
White: 2.74km, 20m climb, 10 controls. Beginner-oriented.
Loop 1: 2.67km, 85m climb, 4 controls. An advanced level loop.
Loop 2: 4.02km, 60m climb, 7 controls. An advanced level loop.
Loop 3: 1.3km, 15m climb, 6 controls. Intermediate (orange) level.

Which courses have which loops?
White Course: White loop (only).
Intermediate Course: White loop + Loop 3.
Short Advanced: Loop 2 (only).
Medium Advanced: Loop 1 + Loop 2.
Long Advanced: Loop 1 + Loop 2 + Loop 3.
Black (see explanation): Black 1/2/3

Silly Course Which reminds us to mention: Sorry, but dogs are not allowed at Jug Bay, for their sake and the sake of numerous traps and food caches used in ongoing studies by the Univ. of MD and the Smithsonian.

Black course: The black course is only available to experienced advanced runners and is only available for the long course. It is similar to the advanced course in loops but with some different control locations. The black course is a compilation of all too often seen unfair or misleading things course setters do. It can include anything such as using dubious control locations or improper control descriptions (not to give too much away). There is one absolute rule for the black course: NO WHINING, WHINGING OR WHIMPERING.

More event details may be posted later, but feel free to use our Contact Us form with questions in the meantime.

Additional details about activities to be posted later.


10:30 am Registration opens
11:30 am Registration closes
11:30 am Annual Meeting
12:00 Mass Start for ‘The Chase’
Beverages for your selection: Beer, Soda, or Water


Recognition of Course Setters/Meet Directors
Club Ranking Winners
Volunteer Award

QOC will provide beverages, desserts and paper goods. People should bring picnic foods to share. Grills will be available and BBQing is encouraged! Some canoes or kayaks may be available, but don't bring your own since technically this is not a public launch area. Wading into the water to cool off, with some foot covering OK to sink into mud, is a tradition too!

Other notes:

  • Yes, this event is FREE for pre-registered QOC members! Non-members get the member discount if they pre-register (and pay online). Anyone who pays and/or registers at the event pays full price.
  • We've been asked to repeat this, so here goes: No pets are allowed in the park. No exceptions.
  • Convenient parking is a bit limited so carpooling is encouraged (and in some cases, so are designated drivers!)
  • Please don't wait until the last moment to show up since everyone needs to be registered in advance of the mass start.


Jug Bay, Caretaker's House Area, Bristol, MD (Mass Start & Mass Party!)

RegistrationAdvance online pre-registration is now open! closed; registration will take place at the event for anyone who didn't pre-register, at regular entry fee prices.
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSunday, June 2
11:15 am - 3:00 pmMass Start & Mass Party!:
Event Director:Mike Newman
Course Setter:Ted Good
Beverage Pourer:Jody Landers
Beverage Pourer:John Landers
Location Details

Mass Start & Mass Party!
Jug Bay
Caretaker's House Area
Bristol, MD
Google Map

From the MD. Rt. 4 Capital Beltway exit, head south/east on Rt. 4 for 8 miles (where you cross over U.S. Rt. 301), then 3 more miles south (into Anne Arundel County) on Rt. 4 to the "Plummer Lane" exit. Ignore all "Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary" signs and continue on Plummer Lane (which becomes Pindell Rd.) for 2.0 miles, making a hard right turn at 5 mailboxes. Take the paved "River Farm" road for a mile though the O' map terrain; after the road become dirt, look for parking in the field a bit before the house by Jug Bay.
Course DetailsMass Start & Mass Party!
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
Intermediate 4.0535
Short Advanced 460
Medium Advanced 6.7145
Long Advanced 8160
White 2.920
Black 8.48160
Course NotesMass Start & Mass Party!

Map: 1:7500 (most likely) with 5m contours for all courses.
The terrain is similar to Patuxent River Park, with no point above 100 feet above sea level. There are lots of flat bland areas with scattered marshes. The woods are generally open and very fast. Even the green areas aren’t too bad. Map vegetation was last updated in 2011.
Sun: Don’t forget to put on lotion to protect yourself even if it is overcast.
Fields: All fields should be considered rough open even if mapped as open on the map. The big field around the farm has grown a lot in the last few weeks.
Marshes/Streams: All the upland marshes had water in them recently. By Meet time they may be dry. There is no distinct plant growth in the marshes. You can tell the marshes by the compressed leaves and the leaves have a more rotted look to them.
Bugs: Wear Bug Spray. The marshes may be dry but there are still plenty of mosquitoes. Keep moving and you will be fine. I haven’t seen any ticks this year but they probably saw me.

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.