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January 31

Greenbelt Park Sign

UPDATE: This Event Is Now Approved!
Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

Welcome back to Greenbelt National Park, MD, where a full set of eight courses will be offered, courtesy of veteran course designer Sam Listwak; full course stats are now posted below.

Note: This event will be by pre-registration ONLY; click here to register. We are not allowed to offer day-of registration at the event site due to park rules.

Timing: Check-in for pre-registered participants will be from 10:45am to 1:15pm, who may start anytime between 11 - 1:30. 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.

Any youth or large groups attending, please contact the Event Director 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.

Additional information:

  • Parking may be limited due to snow piles; please carpool if possible.
  • Dogs are welcome, so long as they are on a leash at all times.
  • We do have access to full restroom facilities.
  • There are no entrance fees to this park, and parking is also free.
  • Map scales will be 1:5000 for white and yellow courses, and 1:10000 for all other courses.
  • Water will be provided on all courses except white and yellow. Do not drink from the jugs. Use the cups that are provided.
  • Have any questions? Just use our Contact Us form and fire away.


Greenbelt National Park, Sweetgum Parking, Greenbelt, MD (Classic)

RegistrationAdvance registration is required. Click here to register. Click here to see who's already registered.
Start TimesStart anytime between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be back at the Finish to download no later than 3pm.
ScheduleSunday, January 31
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Lydia Andrews
Course Designer:
Location Details

Greenbelt National Park
Sweetgum Parking
Greenbelt, MD
Google Map

From the I-495 Beltway (which is also I-95 in this section): Take Exit 23 Route 201 Kenilworth Avenue South (toward Bladensburg). You will soon see the sign for Route 193 Greenbelt Road; veer right to take Route 193 East, and take the left onto Greenbelt Road . (Greenbelt Road is Route 193 and passes over Route 201) The park entrance is a quarter mile further on the right hand side of Greenbelt Road, across from TGI Fridays restaurant and a Marriott Courtyard hotel. Follow the orienteering signs to the parking area (Sweetgum or nearby, depending on which has space).
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Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.6309
Yellow 1.93011
Orange 3.98015
Beige 3.47011
Brown 4.48014
Green 5.714011
Red 7.115016
Blue 8.617024
Course NotesClassic

Note: the following notes were written pre-snowstorm!
First, comments on the map. I found the map to be very good, the terrain features that are mapped are there and correct. Warning, ALL the rootstocks are mapped, large and small. In fact a special symbol, a brown X with a circle around it is present on the map and represents a rootstock 2.5 m or larger in size - you can’t miss these. If I use a rootstock as a control location (and I do), the rootstock will be one of the larger ones with dirt still present on the rootball. The black Xs on the map when present along a trail are usually permanent benches or signs indicating stops along an exercise trail route. The black circles are usually manhole covers. At this time of the year the vegetation is somewhat less than what is mapped, but not much, i.e. the slash (predominately downed trees) is still there. All the courses from Orange through Blue will experience some degree of the nasty vegetation that Greenbelt so amply offers, but I tried to design the courses such that judicious route choice will substantially mitigate the runner’s actual exposure to these areas. If there is precipitation prior to the meet, expect the streams to be high, the dry ditches wet and lots of unmapped standing water along the courses. Dry crossings (i.e. bridges) of the streams are indicated on the map by the OCAD bridge symbol (parallel lavender lines). Generally the courses were designed to take advantage of these dry crossings. All the courses will either cross the park roads or use the park roads as route choices on some legs. While there is little traffic on these roads, please be careful. The Brown and Blue courses will cross the road leading into the Sweetgum parking lot where people will be driving in and out during the meet, please be careful, look before you run. Finally, the Green, Red and Blue courses will cross the campground area, while most campground loops are closed, there may be some campers present, so please be respectful.

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
  • You must pre-register for this event.
  • Since fees can not be collected at this particular event, if you wish to become a QOC member you should join online in advance 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.
  • Former QOC members who have let their membership lapse pay non-member fees.
  • 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.