Wheaton

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February 17
Sunday

Wheaton in WinterWelcome back to Wheaton Park! We will be offering beginner through advanced courses (white through red), thanks for course setter Chris Gross, and course notes and details 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".

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.

For those of you thinking of moving up a level, this is probably a good event to do so. The park is fairly flat and constrained, so you may enjoy running on a course that is a bit longer than your usual.

Location

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

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesStart any time between the specified times (usually 11am - 1:30pm).
ScheduleSunday, February 17
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Volunteers
Event Director:Mike Newman
Course Designer:Chris Gross
Location Details

Classic
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 2.5509
Yellow 3.3607
Orange 4.510510
Brown 3.6858
Green 5.415012
Red 7.718516
Course NotesClassic

The woods at Wheaton offer good visibility this time of year, and the woods are runnable, though occasionally the running is slow. The dense trail network means navigation is generally a bit easier than some of our other maps. The courses have been designed to maximize route choice options and reward those options that make minimal use of trails. The Yellow and Orange courses each have several legs that will reward careful route planning and more advanced navigation, while also offering safer routes. Please respect the out-of-bounds areas, including the botanical garden, which will be clearly denoted on the map.

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.