Jug Bay

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June 12

Jug Bay The Chase, aka the longest continually running orienteering race in the USA, + Annual Meeting + Potluck Picnic + lots more, as QOC's 2015-2016 Sept - June season comes to a close! Newcomers are welcome - we'll have plenty of challenges, suited for all levels from beginner to advanced.

As is the tradition of this event, there will be a common mass start at High Noon for all courses.

Pre-registration Is Now Closed - register at the event. This event is free to all members who pre-register, and non-members who pre-register get discount member rates. Pre-register here before midnight Friday. You can register at the event between 10:30 - 11:30am at regular event prices.

Sorry, but dogs are not allowed at Jug Bay, for their sake and the sake of numerous traps and food caches used in ongoing studies by the Univ. of MD and the Smithsonian.

Schedule of Events

10:30am - On site registration opens.
11:30am - On site registration closes.
11:33am - Annual Meeting/Voting for Board Members
12:00 - Mass Start for The Chase

So here's how the event will run, at least in theory:

  • We've been asked to repeat this, so here goes: No pets are allowed in the park. No exceptions.
  • Convenient parking is a bit limited so carpooling is encouraged (and in some cases, so are designated drivers!)
  • Please don't wait until the last moment to show up since everyone needs to be registered well in advance of the mass start.
  • The (brief) Annual Meeting and Election of Officers will take place at 11:30 prior to the start of the Chase.
  • Beginner instruction (about orienteering, not, drinking) will take place from 11 - 11:30 (only).
  • All registrations for this event are individual (i.e. there are no group registrations).
  • Each color course includes different loops.
  • Everyone on a given course does their loops in the same order.
  • Maps will be handed out at the starting line; don't look at the side with the squiggly brown lines until the starters gun goes off.
  • You will need to have a cup filled with your "race beverage" of choice in hand; we'll have water, soda, and beer (adults only).
  • The mass start will take place at noon.
  • When the race starts, empty your cup (into you), throw it with style to the ground, turn over and look at your map (that means turn the map over, not, turn your body over), and figure out where to go. Or, just follow someone and hope for the best. Every orienteer does that now and then, so why not here and now?
  • In contrast to most orienteering races, following someone is OK in this race.
  • After finding your controls/checkpoints in the correct order, you'll wind up back at the start area.
  • After that, quaff another cup of your beverage of choice before heading out with your next map.
  • The finish of each loop is just a short way away from the start triangle of the next loop, but all loops start and finish in the same place. The start is just up the hill from the finish. Repeat this process until you’ve completed all your required loops.
  • Time stops when you've quaffed the last drop from your beverage of choice after your last run in to the start/finish area.


​11:33 AM, ​Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Jug Bay Event and Picnic

In addition to the Annual Election of Officers, the membership will vote on a Proposed Revision of the club By-laws. It has been 18 years since the By-laws were last revised and based on the recommendations of a Special By-law Committee and a review by the Board of Directors a revised set of By-laws is being submitted for approval at the General Membership Meeting. A copy of the Proposed Revised By-laws can be downloaded by clicking “Revised By-laws.” A Synopsis of the Proposed Revision is also available to be downloaded by clicking “Synopsis.” A copy of the current club Bylaws can be viewed on the QOC web site, by clicking “Current Bylaws”.

  • General Membership Meeting Agenda
    • Report of the Nominating Committee – Ted Good and David Onkst
    • Club Officers Nominated to Serve for the Event Year June 2016 - June 2017
    • President - Jody Landers
    • Vice President Maryland - Tom Nolan
    • Vice President Virginia - John Baker
    • Secretary - Corinne Porter
    • Treasurer - Vic Culp
  • Adoption of Revised By-laws

Post Chase: Annual Picnic and Awards Ceremony

QOC's 2017 National Event
Recognition of Course Setters/Meet Directors - 2nd half of the season
Club Ranking Winners
Volunteer Award
Door Prize Drawing


QOC provides beverages, desserts and paper goods. Attendees should bring picnic foods to share at this potluck. A charcoal grill is available and BBQing is encouraged. We recommend keeping food in a cooler until after you finish your run.

Please bring water shoes if you want to go into the water because of possible broken glass on the river bottom. And bring your family, chairs to sit on, sun block and bug spray - the mosquitoes may come to picnic too, depending on the weather. Feel free to bring kayaks or canoes if you would like to enjoy the waters of Jug Bay, and launch right from the beach.

Plan now to hang around afterwards for the food and drinks, and to hear about all the great plans for our upcoming Sept. 2016 - June 2017 season!

Meet Notes

NO PETS allowed in the park. No exceptions.
Convenient Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.
As there is a mass start, Registration and parking will be crowded so don’t wait until the last moment to show up.
Registration will need to close on time in order to hold the annual meeting at 11:30.


This event will be a traditional Beverage Chase event (no tricks this year).
Courses are made up of loops. Participants will drink their beverages (water/soda/beer) before and after each loop.

White: One beginner level loop
Yellow: Two beginner level loops
Orange: One intermediate level loop
Long Orange: One intermediate + one beginner loop
Short Advanced: One advanced loop
Medium Advanced: Two advanced loops
Long Advanced: Three advanced loops

There will be just one mass start regardless of the course being done.

Beverage of Choice (specified at registration) will be consumed at the start, finish and in between each loop. Beverages are water, soda, and beer (for adults only). There is a map exchange between loops (or the maps may be back to back in the same map case). Each loop control numbers start at #1 on the map.

Following is allowed at this event but be wary of following anyone who might get lost!


Jug Bay, Caretaker's House Area, Bristol, MD (It's A Party!)

RegistrationAdvance registration is now closed; registration will be available at the event starting at 10:30 and ending at 11:30am.
Start TimesThe start time for everyone at this event is Noon. So no matter what course you are running, arrive in time to register before 11:30 and for the mass start at noon.
ScheduleSunday, June 12
11:00 am - 3:00 pmIt's A Party!:
Event Director:Craig Shelden
Course Designer:Ted Good
Picnic Coordinator:Heidi Onkst
Beverage Pourer:Jody Landers
Location Details

It's A Party!
Jug Bay
Caretaker's House Area
Bristol, MD
Google Map

From the MD. Rt. 4 Capital Beltway exit, head south/east on Rt. 4 for 8 miles (where you cross over U.S. Rt. 301), then 3 more miles south (into Anne Arundel County) on Rt. 4 to the "Plummer Lane" exit. Ignore all "Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary" signs and continue on Plummer Lane (which becomes Pindell Rd.) for 2.0 miles, making a hard right turn at 5 mailboxes. Take the paved "River Farm" road for a mile though the O' map terrain; after the road become dirt, look for parking in the field a bit before the house by Jug Bay.
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
Course DetailsIt's A Party!
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
Short Advanced A2.988
Short Advanced B2.7507
Medium Advanced 5.6513
Long Advanced 7.8817
White 2.9610
Yellow 4.115
Orange 3.8110
Orange Long 515
Course NotesIt's A Party!

Map: scale will be either 1:7500 or 1:10000 with 5m contours.

The terrain is similar to the Patuxent River Park with no point above 100 feet above sea level. There are lots of flat bland areas with scattered marshes.
The woods are generally open and very fast. Map vegetation was last updated in 2011. Minor map updates were made as I was vetting the courses.
The vegetation on the map is more a visual boundary then an actual speed indicator. The lighter green can be run through easily. The darker green tends to be mountain laurel or in some case close together saplings and will slow you down some.
There are unmapped white PVC pipes (1 meter tall) in the woods.
There are sections of broken ground on the map. The broken ground tends to be small bumps less than foot high and you will run right through them.
Respect the out of bounds areas.

Sun: Don’t forget to put on lotion to protect yourself even if it is overcast.
Fields: All fields should be considered rough open even if mapped as open on the map. The big field around the farm has grown a lot in the last few weeks.
Marshes/Streams: All the upland marshes had water in them recently. By Meet time they may be dry. There is no distinct plant growth in the marshes. You can tell the marshes by the compressed leaves and the leaves have a more rotted look to them.
Bugs: Use Bug Spray. The marshes may/may not be dry but there are still plenty of mosquitoes. Keep moving and you will be fine. There are ticks so check yourself after finishing.

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

Special Jug Bay Pricing

At this event, QOC members who pre-register are free (no refunds!), and non-members who pre-register receive discounted member rates. Attendees who register at the event pay regular event prices.

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.
  • 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.