Prince William Forest Classic Day Event

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February 28

PWF Wood BridgeOur PWF Weekend concludes with a regular day event open to all, followed by the QOC Winter Meeting & Potluck, also not only open to all and offering day-of "at event" registration, but also where we hope to see you!

The Orienteering: a complete set of courses (including beginner, intermediate and advanced courses), with details posted below. In case you are wondering, these courses are completely independent of the Night-O courses and don't share controls. Event timing will be our standard: register any time between 10:45 - 1:15, start between 11 - 1:30, and be done in time for our Winter Meeting or at least by 3pm.

PARKING UPDATE: Please be aware that the the popularity of our training weekend is putting a severe strain on the available parking. Please carpool if possible. Do not park on the park roads themselves (or you'll get a ticket). When arriving at the event, please follow the instructions of any parking volunteer and give yourself enough time to walk from what could be a quite remote parking area.

Starting at around 2pm, the QOC Winter Meeting and Potluck will take place. Come celebrate many of our recent volunteers and hear about upcoming events, activities and opportunities. Even if you're not running, come for the party. Please bring your favorite dish/lunch food to share. There is a refrigerator for our use, as well as a stove if you need to heat up your food (just be sure to bring your own cooking dishes/pots). You can also bring crock pots. QOC will provide paper goods, non-alcoholic drinks, and desserts. And of course we'll recognize volunteers and have some cool door prizes (must be present to win!).

And if you're interested in staying overnight Saturday in the group cabins (whether or not you run the Night-O on Saturday night), make sure to register in advance - see the details on the Training Weekend webpage.
PWF Potluck


Prince William Forest Park, Camp 5 - Happyland, Triangle, VA (Day-O)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesStart any time between 11am - 1:30pm.
ScheduleSunday, February 28
11:00 am - 3:00 pmDay-O:
Course Designer:Jon Torrance
Location Details

Prince William Forest Park
Camp 5 - Happyland
Triangle, VA
Google Map

From I-95 exit 150B (near Triangle, VA) go west on Joplin Road ~4.5 miles, then turn right and follow the red and white orienteering signs on Mawavi Road. Registration is (usually) in the Dining Hall of Camp 5. More detailed directions available using the Google map link. Note: Mawavi Road is likely to have runners on it - please be careful as you drive in. Please park in lots or where directed by volunteers (otherwise you're likely to get a costly ticket).
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
Course DetailsDay-O
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.911510
Yellow 312010
Orange 5.21557
Brown 4.81558
Green 61809
Red 82459
Blue 10.735511
Course NotesDay-O

Map scale is 1:7,500 for white and yellow, 1:10,000 for all other courses. All courses share a start adjacent to the dining hall. White and yellow also finish there. All other courses have a remote finish perhaps 600m away. After punching the finish, walk or jog east along the trail to the bridge over the creek, cross, and continue following the most prominent trail up to the cabin camp. Don't forget to download in the dining hall.

White and yellow stay in or near Cabin Camps 2 and 5. All other courses head out for a tour of varying length of the western part of Prince William Forest Park, excluding the area occupied by Saturday's night-O. This is some of QOC's most technically interesting terrain. Runnability and visibility are usually good in winter but there are thicker areas, usually consisting of the normal mix of evergreen species for the area, that are still fairly accurately shown on the map. Although you may encounter some unmapped new deadfall and some areas of dense though not impenetrable saplings in the woods to the west of the west side of the park's Scenic Loop Drive, where a forest fire occurred approximately a decade ago. The terrain is generally less steep than the night-O terrain and other steeper areas in the center of the park so estimated climb numbers aren't specially high.

The orange and advanced courses all cross the south fork of Quantico Creek north of Cabin Camps 2 and 5. Attempting such a crossing at random, or based purely on the original map, is likely to result in getting your feet quite wet. The brown course has been designed so that an obvious mapped bridge is the logical crossing point. For the benefit of participants on the other courses, easier crossing points of the creek have been marked on the map using the magenta crossing point symbol. Such points will feature either a log crossable by a reasonably surefooted orienteer or a shallow area where a crossing can be made with two or three running steps in water approximately ankle deep. You are advised to go to the westmost such indicated crossing point that looks like a sensible route choice and, if it doesn't suit you, to proceed eastwards until you find a crossing point that does. If none of them are your cup of tea, I apologize for your loss of time and you'll eventually fetch up at the bridge the brown course relies on.

Jon Torrance

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.
  • If you have access to a smartphone, you may become a member at the event by joining online via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional. If you wish to join or renew, we strongly recommend joining (or renewing) online before the event rather than at it to save time and because it's easier.
  • 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.