Combat Village

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January 11

MCBQ Sign up is now closed.

Update Jan. 8: With the rescheduling of last weekend's event to later in the month, this event is now our first for 2015. Course setter John Baker has designed seven fine courses for this popular location. The weather forecast for Sunday is currently calling for a sunny and clear day but with a high of only 38 degrees, so dress appropriately and bring warm clothes to change into after your run.

Note to those with a valid CAC or military ID: signing up in advance was optional, since you are already authorized to enter the Base ... and you qualify for member (discounted) registration rates, so make sure to tell the registration volunteers that when you pay for your course. Note to everyone else: That means you must have signed up by 6pm Sunday, Jan. 4, unless you have a military or CAC ID.

In terms of timing, allow 10 - 15 minutes to drive on base, and a few minutes to go through the Entrance; registration at our event site will be as usual from 10:45am - 1:15pm, start anytime between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be back at the Finish to download no later than 3pm.

If you correctly submitted all of the requested information, all entered names will eventually be on the 'Approved to Enter the Base' list ... and if not, not. Signing up to enter the Base is free and non-binding. Note that while all adults must provide their Social Security Number, birth date and place of birth (city/state if US-born, just country if not born in the US), the public list of attendees only shows participant names.

On the day of the event, once inside the Base, participants will head to the Registration/Start/Finish area where they can choose their course and pay the usual QOC event/registration fee. Courses will be the full set from white/beginner through blue/advanced.

Youth groups and large groups: please contact us before January 2 with a spreadsheet containing the information requested above (including SSN for adults, but just name and place of birth if non-US for under 18's) for each person in your group, and we will add it to the Sentry Gate list. To get maps and costs pre-arranged, email in the standard group registration and waiver form as indicated on our Group Leaders page before the event. That form will be used for the actual course registration, and you can pay the corresponding (group) registration fee at the event site.

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. Upstairs there's also the Tun Tavern, styled after the original one in Philly, and open from 11 - 4.

Have any questions? Just use our handy Contact Us form.

Required Disclaimer: This event is not an official event of, and is not endorsed or sponsored by the Federal Government, Department of Defense, United States Marine Corps, or Marine Corps Base Quantico. QOC is a non-federal entity. It is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components, and it has no governmental status.


Quantico Marine Corps Base (MCBQ), Combat Village (Classic)

RegistrationEveryone (unless they have a military or CAC ID) planning to attend this event must have signed up in advance. Sign up is now closed.
Start TimesYou may start your course any time between 11 - 1:30.
ScheduleSunday, January 11
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Mark Becker
Course Designer:John Baker
Location Details

Quantico Marine Corps Base (MCBQ)
Combat Village
Google Map

Near the Stafford/Prince William County line, take I-95 Exit 148. Go west as you exit the interstate, and proceed about 1.3 miles on Russell Rd/MCB-1 to the guard station (after the traffic light). You will need to show government-issued photo ID there, and say that you are attending QOC's orienteering event. Only pre-registered participants will be allowed on base. Once through the gates, follow QOC signs to the event area. You may not drive on any other roads. A directional map in PDF format to LZ Peregrine (our registration area) is available here.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 37010
Yellow 3.710511
Orange 4.71159
Brown 4.61457
Green 5.21558
Red 7.42209
Blue 929513
Course NotesClassic

**Please consider the weather, your fitness level and lack of familiarity with the Marine Corps Base Quantico Training Areas when selecting a course
** DO NOT enter any buildings. Courses cover many former homesteads. Foundations are unstable, and all buildings are likely infested with reptiles, birds and small mammals. Marked and unmarked graves are present near many ruined areas; several cemetaries are shown on map
- While this excellent terrain is very similar to other nearby QOC venues, the lack of extensive trail networks, and recent logging and clearing activities requires that orienteers pay close attention to terrrain and non-manmade point features for navigation. Several marked trails/paths are overgrown, and many indistinct trails exist that are not featured on the map. Areas mapped as green feature briars, holly and other undergrowth, while some areas of white include stands of loblolly pine saplings, which will limit visibility and speed, and several recently cleared areas that may may be overgrown with grasses, briars and saplings
- Water courses are all crossable without wading, including Blue and Red advance courses that will cross the South Fork of Quantico Creek, though scouting near course line may be required to identify 1-2 step crossings. Low areas near streams and marshes will likely be softening up by Sunday afternoon
- A special feature on our map, a small traingle with a dot in the center, represents permanent land navigation markers, used by the Marine Corps and others for training. These are generally ammunition boxes mounted to a post appx 1.5 m high, painted either red or yellow. There are newer markers in the field that are not marked, and several mapped markers that have removed

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.