Patapsco Granite

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December 13

For QOC's last event of 2014, we return to the fine terrain that hosted the 2009 Ran-it-Granite national orienteering meet. Beginner through advanced (white through blue) courses will be offered thanks to course setter Peggy Dickison. Course setter notes are now posted below, as well as course stats (as for climb, Peggy says it is "enough"). Register anytime between 10:45am - 1:15, start between 11 - 1:30, and be sure to check back in no later than 3pm.

If you will be bringing a large group (youth or otherwise), please contact Event co-Director Jody Landers 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.

Granite Additional information:

  • Note that this is a *Saturday* event.
  • Parking will be in the large lot of the St. Alphonsus Rodriguez church parking lot.
  • Registration will be in the nearby field.
  • Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash at all times.
  • There are no entrance or parking fees at this venue.
  • GPS watches will be available for loan from Jon Torrance for those who wish to track their routes.
  • Have any questions? Just use our handy Contact Us form.

Players Bar and Grill Post-Race MeetUp Special! The nearby Players Bar & Grill is offering all orienteers who show their map a 15% discount on purchases. It's both kid friendly and beer friendly - not a common combination! And it's less than 10 minutes from our event, in the Waverly Woods Shopping Center near I-70 and Marriottsville Road (directions are here).

Nearby attractions: Historic Ellicott City offers plenty to see and do, including a French market, a bistro, a coffee shop, a hot dog & ice cream shop, two brewery pub/restaurants as well as the Ellicott City Station of the B&O Railroad Museum, which on Dec. 13 & 14, hosts a Candy Land weekend as part of their 'Magical Holiday Express' offerings.


Patapsco Valley State Park, Granite Area, Woodstock, MD (Classic)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time between 11 - 1:30. Make sure to allow enough time to be finished by 3pm.
ScheduleSaturday, December 13
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:John Landers
Event Director:Jody Landers
Course Designer:Peggy Dickison
Location Details

Patapsco Valley State Park
Granite Area
Woodstock, MD
Google Map

Park in the large parking lot to the south of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church on Old Court Rd. From the Marriottsville Rd exit of I-70, go north on Marriottsville just 0.8 miles and then turn right on Old Frederick Rd (Rt 99). Go east 0.8 miles, then turn left (north) on Woodstock Rd. In 2 miles the church will be on your left, after Woodstock Rd has changed its name to Old Court Rd.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.910
Yellow 2.510
Orange 4.510
Brown 4.110
Green 5.112
Red 6.613
Blue 9.318
Course NotesClassic

The woods are mostly white on the map, and that is true on the ground as well. There are some areas of thorny bushes, but they are easily avoided. In the warmer months much of the forest is thick with the invasive wavy leaf basketgrass, making it a bit harder to run through. The plant is still around, but now it is yellowed and low to the ground. In a few places you may still have trouble seeing your feet or get your feet caught in them, but for the most part they are not a worry. None of the invasives are shown on the map in any way.

The map has not been updated, and you may find a few minor vegetation differences or even a new trail. This shouldn’t adversely affect you. Many of the point features are quite small, and the rootstocks (green ‘x’s) are out of date: the ones on the map are often worn down, stripped of their dirt, while new ones not on the map are large and obvious. I suggest not navigating by the rootstocks!

Granite is unusual for Quantico terrain in that there is an area with a lot of rocks (granite, I’m guessing ;-). You’ll have to take care to read the boulders and cliffs, not something we’re used to! Across the pipeline cut the terrain is more typical QOC ridge and valley. There are also some overgrown fields with signs of human habitation. The fields have high grasses that at this time of year are beaten down, but are still slower to get through than the woods. Visibility in the fields is very good.

The White and Yellow courses both go off trail. These courses follow a stream. You do not need to be right next to the stream, just close enough to see it or know it’s there. Depending on which side of the stream you go on, competitors may have to bash through some downfall. There isn’t a great deal and it’s not too hard. Consider it training for the harder courses! These courses will also pass a large water-filled quarry. Please, swimming is not allowed.

The trails are apt to be muddy, and most courses will cross a stream or two. You may therefore get your feet wet. The streams are all shallow, however, and you may be able to find rocks to get you across dry. The smaller trails often have a lot of leaves on them; while they’re easy to follow, you might cross one without noticing it. The leaves can also be slippery, especially on slopes.

The Orange course might be a bit on the difficult side for Orange (perhaps not the meet to move up from Yellow). It shouldn’t be too hard for the thoughtful Orange runner who pays attention to the contours, trails, and vegetation.

Have fun and enjoy the much nicer weather than we had last time we ran here!
Peggy Dickison

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.