Turkey Run Ridge

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March 16

PWF MapWelcome to a classic orienteering event in Prince William Forest Park serving as the graduation exercise for this season's Course Setting Clinic participants! They have designed the full set of seven courses (beginner/white through advanced/blue), and are looking forward to hearing your comments afterwards.

Due to quite limited parking near our registration area at Turkey Run, participants will park at the Williams Ball Field and then catch a shuttle bus from the nearby Visitor Center to the registration area (see map). After finishing your course (and downloading your epunch data!), catch the bus back back to the Visitor Center. The Center is a fine place to hang out, and restrooms are nearby as well. The bus will be running about every 15 minutes starting at 10:30am; register from then until 1:15, start anytime between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be back at the Finish area no later than 3pm. The last bus back to the Visitor Center will leave close to 3:15pm.

Orienteering Details: Course stats are posted below. Just who are the hard-working students in this season's Course Setting Clinic, instructed by Francis Hogle? They are: Don Ames, Lydia Andrews, John Baker, Don Fish, Jay Gelman, Kim Jepsen, Bev Richardson, Ben Roberts, Will Schaefer, Craig Shelden and Justin Woodson. They are looking forward to your feedback!

New to orienteering? We will hold beginner clinics continuously during the event; 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 the Event Director so your group can get pre-registered in advance.

PWF Bridge Additional Information:

  • There will be a $5/car entrance fee, unless you have a National Park or PWF annual pass; please have exact change ready to make your entry quicker.
  • If the entrance gatehouse is not manned, you must pay the fee at the Visitor Center (where you'll catch the shuttle bus).
  • Map scale: 1:5000 for white & yellow, 1:10000 for orange and all advanced courses. All maps will be on letter or legal size paper; the blue course spans both sides of the paper.
  • Contour interval for all maps is 5m.
  • Please remember to bring everything you need (including your course registration fees) to go orienteering with you on the shuttle bus!
  • Dogs are welcome in this park but must be kept on leash at all times.

Nearby Attraction: The National Museum of the Marine Corps is open from 9am - 5pm everyday, and admission is free to this impressive $60 million structure.

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, Williams Ballfield (Classic Orienteering)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesStart your course at any time between 11 - 1:30 (and be done no later than 3pm).
ScheduleSunday, March 16
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic Orienteering:
Event Director:Gary Smith
Course Designer:Francis Hogle
Location Details

Classic Orienteering
Prince William Forest Park
Williams Ballfield
Google Map

Prince William Forest Park is located at I-95 Exit 150B (Joplin Rd - Rt 619 West). Stay right as you exit I-95 and as you travel westbound on Joplin Road the park entrance is your second right. Parking will be on Williams Ballfield (follow signs towards the Visitor Center); stay to the right on the park road until you see parking volunteers who will guide you to the field.
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.3909
Yellow 3.41559
Orange 4.915510
Brown 3.51158
Green 4.81609
Red 6.526512
Blue 9.134014
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.