Post Super Bowl Saturday Bumble at Morven Park

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February 7

The BumbleOur annual Bumble tradition continues with a slight change - we had to shift the date to be a week later. So this year it’s the 3rd (Post) Super Bowl Saturday Bumble, and this year, it's at Morven Park! And to add more fun to the day, the event will be followed by our Winter Meeting and Pot Luck Party (YUM!) Please bring a dish to share and click here for a PDF with more details.

Our course designer & Head Bumble, David Onkst, has once again set up an enjoyable and challenging Mass Start event along with White, Yellow and Orange courses too (PLEASE read the course notes below for important details). The registration (and winter meeting) location will be in the Carriage Museum Meeting Room (back side of the museum; follow signs when walking the ~500 meters from the parking area to the room entrance).

There is plenty of parking in the main lot however there are no “painted lines” so please be thoughtful and park close enough so other visitors have space. There are indoor bathrooms at the parking lot and it’s just a short walk to the museum (which also has bathrooms).

Because of the mass start we will open registration at 10:30am. If you'll be doing the mass start, please be sure to arrive well before noon to avoid a last minute rush (to fill time, you can always visit the Presidentially Pardoned Thanksgiving Turkeys whose pen is about 100 meters away!)

Important notes:

    Carriage Museum Meeting Place
  • Beginners are welcome at this event (just like at 99% of our events!)
  • Those participating on the Pink, Red or Blue course MAY need to have an SI-6 or newer e-punch to hold the high number of controls. These will be provided free-of-charge for those who own their own punch but need an upgrade and for the usual fee for those with no e-punch of their own.
  • Beginner (White, Yellow) and intermediate (Orange) courses will have regular starts from 11:00am to 1:30pm.
  • The advanced (Brown, Green, Red, Blue) courses will have a MASS START at Noon. Please be ready for the PRE-RACE briefing near the start at 11:45am.
  • Red (not Pink) and Blue course runners will need an SI-6 or newer e-punch to hold the high number of controls. These will be provided free-of-charge for those who own their own punch but need an upgrade and for the usual fee for those with no e-punch of their own.
  • Everyone must be out of the woods and back at the registration/finish area by 3:00pm, which is when we will begin picking up the controls.
  • Dogs on leashes are welcome in the park but are NOT allowed in the Carriage Museum meeting room.
  • Know someone who might like to orienteer or hang out at the party but not both? Suggest they go join a Morven Park Tour.
  • Please do NOT walk/run/play on the large lawn directly in front of the Mansion. This area is denoted as out-of-bounds with purple lines on the course maps.
  • Youth and Large Groups:: please contact the Event Director so that we can coordinate pre-registration for your group and work out what your group will bring to the potluck if you are staying for it; the group registration and waiver form is part of the information on our Group Leaders page.
  • Looking forward to seeing you soon! Please feel free to contact the Event Director (link below) with questions.

    Morven Grounds


    Morven Park, Southern Parking Area, Leesburg, VA (Classic w Bumble)

    RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
    Start TimesThere will be a mass start at noon for the Bumble. Beginner and intermediate course runners, though, may start anytime between 11 - 1:30 except for a brief period around noon when it might just be too confusing. Everyone must be back to download no later than 3pm.
    ScheduleSaturday, February 7
    10:30 am - 1:15 pmClassic w Bumble: Registration open
    11:00 am - 1:30 pmClassic w Bumble: White, Yellow, Orange course starts any time in this window
    11:45 amClassic w Bumble: Pre-race briefing for Mass Start
    12:00 pmClassic w Bumble: Bumble Mass Start
    2:00 pmClassic w Bumble: Get this party started on a Saturday ...
    3:00 pmClassic w Bumble: All courses close - everyone to have finished and downloaded
    Event Director:Heidi Onkst
    Course Designer:David Onkst
    Location Details

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    Morven Park
    Southern Parking Area
    Leesburg, VA
    Google Map

    From the south via the Dulles VA-267 Toll Road: at the end of the toll road, take exit 1A on the left to merge onto US-15 South/VA-7 W towards Leesburg/Warrenton. In 2.7 miles, take the VA-7 Business exit towards Leesburg. Turn right onto Market St. Turn left onto Fairview St NW. Turn left onto Old Waterford Rd/State Route 698. In just 0.3 miles, turn right into Morven Park on Southern Planter Ln and follow the road in to the parking/registration area. Please note this lane is two-way.
    Course DetailsClassic w Bumble
    Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
    White 2.43510
    Yellow 3.1458
    Orange 5.46011
    Beige 5.001
    Brown 5.002
    Mint 6.001
    Green 6.002
    Pink 7.001
    Red 7.002
    Blue 9.999
    Green 2 61159
    Course NotesClassic w Bumble

    In addition to the regular beginning and intermediate courses, this event will also have one, single, very unique, “mass start” advanced course. Like last year, all of the advanced courses – Brown, Green, Red and Blue – will be rolled-up into one course/event. If you fear you won’t be able to keep up with the speedsters, don’t worry, there will be several twists to level the playing field.
    In addition to containing regular orienteering course legs, the advanced course will also have 5 windows that contain a number of controls. The windows will vary in size and control density, and each competitor, depending on his or her gender and orienteering level will have a handicap that will determine how many windows he or she must run. The level is based on the normal course he/she runs at local QOC Meets. But due to the open and less technical nature of the park, I encourage some of you to challenge yourself with a higher level course.
    Controls in windows are all labeled with letters; controls in between windows are all labeled with numbers. As per normal window rules, the controls inside each window may be taken in any order the runner decides. Adding another twist, each competitor, depending on his or her handicap, will be able to determine which of the windows he or she wants to run. For example, if the handicap is 3 windows, the competitor can decide which 3 of the 5 windows he or she wants to include. Remember that you must go to all numbered controls though (the ones connecting the windows) in the order they come up, even when you skip a window. Suffice it to say that some windows are very small and only have a few bags, while others are much larger and contain multiple controls. Some are also steeper and/or in the woods, but that does not necessarily mean that that the open areas are better choices.
    Wondering what a "window" on an orienteering course map is? See the diagram below. The key point is that after a mandatory numbered control (in this case, control 2), you can go to the three letter controls (A, B, C) in the boxed area in any order you like, before continuing on to control 6. Part of the fun is figuring out which way will be the quickest.Example of Window

    The handicaps are as follows:
    Bumble Course / Handicap (Number of Windows Required)
    Beige (Brown – F) / 1
    Brown (M) / 1
    Mint (Green – F) / 2
    Green (M) 3
    Pink (Red – F) / 3
    Red (M) / 4
    Blue (M & F) / 5

    The advanced course length for each runner will vary based on his or her handicap and what windows he or she decides to run. Those with the most generous handicap should only have to travel approximately 5-6K, while those with the least favorable handicap might have to run upward of 10K. The rest will fall somewhere in between those distances depending on the choices they make. If racers select the course appropriate for their skill/fitness level, then everyone should conceivably finish at roughly the same time.
    If you can’t make the 12:00pm mass start for some reason you can run the advanced course (according to your handicap) on your own just as long as you are finished by 3:00pm.
    Mass start races provide orienteers with several different and exciting challenges than they normally encounter during regular individual courses (such as following other orienteers). So, we hope you’ll join us at this fun and unique event. Oh, and by the way, for those of you who know a little something about the regular Billygoat traditions, I might just be awarding some style points to someone if I’m so moved. (I like Caps tickets, movie tickets, nice single malts ...)

    Finally, please be sure to check the website closer to the event for additional MAP notes.

    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.