Fountainhead West

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January 6

Wolf Run Shoals House

Happy New Year! and welcome back to Fountainhead Regional Park for the first QOC event of 2019 in the fun and challenging terrain of Fountainhead West with a new twist that we hope will make the event even better than it has been before. Victor Lin, our course setter, has designed a full set of courses to help you run off all that roast beef and Yorkshire pudding (course setter comments and stats are now posted below). As with any winter meet, there is always a possibility that weather might impinge on its execution, so continue to check this site as we approach the event date.

Please read the following information carefully as our concept for this Fountainhead West event is modified from what we have done the last two seasons:

First, parking and registration this year will be in the Fountainhead main parking lot at Shelter 1 (NOT at Bull Run Marina parking lot.) We will shuttle participants both ways between the registration site and the start/finish/e-punch/download location, situated at the Kegley House (pictured), which sits at the end of Wolf Run Shoals Road--about a 10 minute bus ride either way.

This arrangement will eliminate the somewhat long and boring run back through a narrow corridor of park land to the finish that orange through blue runners have experienced in the past and allow Victor to make maximum use of this great piece of terrain. In addition, White and Yellow course participants will, unlike last year, have the same start and finish as the Orange-Blue runners, using the shuttles likewise, and, therefore, experience an entirely different piece of terrain at Fountainhead West than in the past.

Two shuttle buses will be on station at the registration point at 10:30am, moving runners back and forth until 3:30pm, and you shouldn't have to wait more than about 12-15 minutes between shuttles. This set-up means that, even more than usual, it will be important to be off the course at 3:00pm to download and then catch the last shuttle departing at 3:15pm to return to the main parking lot. (Please don't forget to download at the e-punch table BEFORE boarding the shuttle!) You should take clothing with you to the Start/Finish to keep warm while waiting for the shuttle—a tarp will be provided.


In order to access some of the best orienteering terrain in the park, as outlined above, we will be hiring vans and shuttling participants to a remote start area. To help cover the added cost of running the shuttle service, a $5 extra surcharge will be added per start (i.e. per individual or per group) to the regular meet fee for participants on all courses.

Event timing is standard: register between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start anytime between 11am - 1:30pm, and be out of the woods by 3:00pm. Full course details and course setter comments are now posted below.

Port-a-johns will be located near the registration site in Shelter 1, in the Main Park. There will also be a port-a-john at the e-punch/start/finish location on Wolf Run Shoals Road.

Newcomers are always welcome, and beginner instruction will be available at all times. An introduction to the course colors and difficulties can be found on our home page, and our volunteers can help you select an appropriate course if you are unsure.

Dogs on leash are welcome.

Any youth or large groups attending, please contact the Event Director so that we can coordinate pre-registration and print sufficient maps for your group; the group registration and waiver form is part of the information on our For Group Leaders page. Wolf Run Shoals Historical Plaque


Fountainhead Regional Park, Main parking area, Fairfax Station, VA (Classic)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesStart any time between the specified times (usually 11am - 1:30pm).
ScheduleSunday, January 6
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:John Organek
Course Designer:Victor Lin
Location Details

Fountainhead Regional Park
Main parking area
Fairfax Station, VA
Google Map

One route among several: Take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Lorton Road (exit 163), go west 2.1 miles (4th stop light) and at the end of the road take a right onto Route 123. Drive 1.3 miles to Hampton Road, then turn left just past the fire station and drive 3 miles to the park entrance on the left.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2658
Yellow 2.1809
Orange 4.511511
Brown 4.515011
Green 6.216512
Red 7.722515
Blue 9.124020
Course NotesClassic

Course notes: The White and Yellow course can use a bridge on the main blue-blazed trail to cross the one small stream found on their course. Orange and advanced course runners will also encounter this small crossable stream early on. Further west, to cross the larger stream (Wolf Run), Orange and advanced course runners should use the marked bridge.

Safety Bearing: Follow the blue-blazed Bull Run/Occoquan trail east to return to the start/finish area at Wolf Run Shoals Rd trailhead. Most ridges have rides or trails that can be followed back the main blue-blazed trail.

Terrain & Map: In the 4+ years since the map was remade, some of the thick forest vegetation has changed to be more open woods, and some areas of undergrowth have grown larger and thicker. Except for the heavily used blue-blazed trail Bull Run/Occoquan, the trails have little foot traffic and are not maintained. In some areas, numerous trees have fallen across trails, making travel slow. Indistinct trails and rides may be subtle or no longer visible.

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.