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March 19

Wheaton in WinterWelcome back to Wheaton Park! We will be offering a full set of courses, thanks for course setter Mihai Sirbu. Course notes and stats for all *8* courses are now posted below.

Timing will be standard: Registration will be from 10:45am to 1:15pm, start any time 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. Note that the registration/start area being used this time is near the "Train Station".

Intermediate/Advanced Training: Intermediate and up orienteers are invited to training sessions at this event. The types and times are as follows: 1pm - precision pace counting; 1:30pm - precision compass use; 2pm - route choice. Look for Mihai near the registration table a bit before each of those times, and feel free to join one or more of these sessions.

Any youth or large groups attending, please contact the Meet 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:

  • 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.
  • Have any questions? Just use our Contact Us form and fire away.
Post-Event Meet-Up! Event Director Florence Tan is encouraging orienteers to head to the Full Key restaurant after the event is over. They don't serve alcohol but there is a liquor store next door and you are allowed to bring alcohol. Located here ~7 minutes away from Wheaton Park, the Full Key is a very fine "Hong Kong" style restaurant (Yelp review here). Please let Florence Tan if interested so she can have a count of the numbers for reservations. Florence suggests arriving by 5:15pm and that we order and eat our meal family-style.


Wheaton Regional Park, Shorefield Area, Train Station Party Room, Wheaton, MD (Classic)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSunday, March 19
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Florence Tan
Course Designer:Mihai Sirbu
Location Details

Wheaton Regional Park
Shorefield Area, Train Station Party Room
Wheaton, MD
Google Map

From I-495 take Exit 31 for Georgia Avenue/MD 97 North. Follow Georgia Avenue north for almost 3 miles, then turn right onto Shorefield Road. Continue on Shorefield Road until you reach the parking area. Registration will be just beyond the south end of the parking lot, in the Train Station Party Room (near the Carousel).
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.2357
Yellow 2.7507
Orange 3.3709
Beige 3.3858
Brown 411010
Green 614014
Red 7.117516
Blue 9.421016
Course NotesClassic

A full set of courses (white-blue, including beige) have been set in a small urban park. Woods are open, navigation is fairly easy, courses are flat and on the longer side for each level. Be ready to run, and run hard if you want to stay ahead of the pack.

Most controls have close attack points (due to the park size), so this would be a good time to move up a level.

Root stocks on the map are old, so they have been avoided as markers.

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.