Little Bennett

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December 1

Friday pm update: event is on, and we look forward to seeing you! Note parking change below.

Little Bennett tree

Welcome to our orienteering event at Little Bennett Park (near Clarksburg, MD). A full set of 7 courses will be available (2 beginner, 1 intermediate, and 4 advanced; details below), along with free beginner instruction as usual.

Event timing will be standard: check-in at the event any time between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be back no later than 3pm, when the controls will be picked up.

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 notes:

  • Dogs on leash are welcome.
  • Map scales will be 1:5000 for white and yellow, 1:7500 for orange and brown, and 1:10000 for all other courses.
  • Additional course details are posted below and we do recommend you read them!
  • Parking will be at the nearby golf course, and there will be a 550 meter walk from there to the registration area.


Little Bennett Regional Park, Prescott Rd Parking Area, Clarksburg, MD (Classic)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesStart any time between the specified times (usually 11am - 1:30pm).
ScheduleSaturday, December 1
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Allison Brown
Event Director:Boris Granovskiy
Course Designer:Boris Granovskiy
Course Designer:Allison Brown
Location Details

Little Bennett Regional Park
Prescott Rd Parking Area
Clarksburg, MD
Google Map

Take I-270 to Rt.121, exiting east/north towards Clarksburg (not Boyds); make sure to stay on Rt 121 (Clarksburg Rd) soon after exiting. In ~4.2 miles, turn left at Lewisdale Rd, then after 0.7 miles, turn left onto Prescott Rd and continue 0.8 miles to the large field on the left.
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Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.32012
Yellow 2.63011
Orange 3.512511
Brown 3.713010
Green 6.118512
Red 7.623016
Blue 9.935021
Course NotesClassic

Welcome to the Prescott Road parking area of Little Bennett Park! This park has sections of woods with rather unpleasant vegetation, and all courses have been designed in such a way as to minimize the encounters with this vegetation. Definitely stay away from areas shown with the darker shades of green, as well as rough open areas with green slash.

There are two start locations: Start 1(White, Yellow, and Orange courses) is less than 100m from the parking area. Start 2 (Brown, Green, Red, and Blue) is about 350m away from parking along a trail. In order to get runners past some of the unpleasant terrain in the beginning of the courses, all advanced courses have a trail leg from start to 1. We recommend sticking to the trail on this leg, but if you want to chance a shortcut, good luck!

The map shows several bridge crossings of Little Bennett creek using the purple overprint bridge symbol. These are not mandatory crossings: you can cross wherever you want, but use the bridges if you want to stay dry. The road in the southeast part of the map for the advanced courses and the campground are out of bounds and are marked on the map with purple X’s (road) purple out-of-bounds lines (campground).

Rootstocks shown on the map are somewhat outdated. No controls are placed on rootstocks, and individual rootstocks should not be used for precise navigation. However, clumps of rootstocks shown on the map are very visible in terrain and can be used for rough navigation.

Natural rock features, such as rocks and cliffs, are generally very small (often less than 50cm in height.) However, they tend to be quite distinct in the otherwise rockless terrain. Man-made rock features, such as cairns and stone walls, are generally distinct if shown on the map, though may be in various states of disrepair and overgrowth.

We hope that you enjoy the courses that were designed to bring competitors into the nicest bits of terrain whenever possible. And remember – avoid dark green and use appropriate leg cover to protect yourself from various briars and thorns.

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
  • 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) can be purchased from online vendors 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.