Jug Bay

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June 4

Jug Bay The Chase, known far and wide as the longest continually running orienteering race in the USA, returns once again along with our Annual Meeting & Potluck Picnic, as QOC's 2016-2017 Sept - June season comes to a close! Newcomers are welcome, and there will be courses 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.

This event is free to all members who pre-register, and non-members who pre-register get discount member rates. Pre-registration is now open - click here to register. [Want to become a member? Info here.] Although somewhat discouraged just to save volunteer effort at this fine event, you can also register at the event between 10:30 - 11:30am, albeit 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.
11:35am - 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.


​11:35 AM, ​Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Jug Bay Event and Picnic

  • General Membership Meeting Agenda
    • Report of the Nominating Committee – Heidi and David Onkst
    • Club Officers Nominated to Serve for the Event Year June 2017 - June 2018
    • President - Jody Landers
    • Vice President Maryland - Tom Nolan
    • Vice President Virginia - John Baker
    • Secretary - Karla Hulett
    • Treasurer - Vic Culp

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


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.

New: If someone has a grill that can easily be brought to the event and used, please contact event director Iva Zicha (email link below). Also, if someone is experienced with using a drone to get good aerial footage, this mass start event is a good place to for it!

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. 2017 - June 2018 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 "color-appropriate" loops. Each course has at least one (mandatory!) beverage stop in between loops. Participants will drink their beverages (water/soda/beer) before and after each loop.

White: Two loops
Yellow: Two loops
Orange: Two loops
Short Advanced:Two loops
Medium Advanced: Two loops
Long Advanced: Three 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 (The Chase)

RegistrationPre-registration is now open - click here - and is *strongly encouraged* to guarantee you a map (and to speed up checking in)!
Start TimesMass Start is the name of the game for The Chase ...
ScheduleSunday, June 4
11:00 am - 4:00 pmThe Chase:
Event Director:Iva Zicha
Course Designer:Peggy Dickison
Location Details

The Chase
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 DetailsThe Chase
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
Short Advanced 3.57515
Medium Advanced 5.315020
Long Advanced 7.720529
White 1.93012
Yellow 2.53014
Orange 4.37515
Course NotesThe Chase

[Course notes will be posted just before registration opens.]

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. [Want to become a member? Info here.]

Team or Group Entries (are normally welcome, but this is a fun event meant for everyone to do solo)

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.