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November 15


Pre-registration is required and will open Monday Nov. 9 at noon; there is NO day-of registration.

Come out and enjoy a full set of courses in this classic fall orienteering event at Fountainhead Regional Park in Clifton, Virginia (course stats and course setter comments are posted below). This event requires on-line pre-registration which will open on Monday, 9 November at 12 noon. QOC’s COVID risk reduction protocols, as also enumerated here, are in effect. Please read these guidelines carefully, particularly keeping in mind the need for participants to bring their own water for all their hydration needs before, during, and after their runs/walks.

When you arrive, the map pick-up will be at the pavilion next to the main parking lot. The start, finish and download are all nearby (but appropriately distanced to avoid clusters of people). Please make an effort to click and move on from these sites as consideration to others.

The start location for beginner courses will be separate from the advanced courses to minimize contact. Beginner courses will start just north of the main parking lot, advanced courses will start across the street from the mini golf area where the e-punch registration will be located.

Any youth or large groups attending, although you will be pre-registering online, please let the Event Director know of your plans and numbers for his situational awareness.

Other points:

  • PROPERLY WORN MASKS ARE REQUIRED at all times when near registration and epunch areas and their volunteers.
  • Water will not provided in accordance with QOC COVID-19 risk reduction policies. Please plan for your own hydration needs before, during, and after your run/walk.
  • Pets are permitted in the park but must be on the leash at all times.
  • Port-a-johns will be on site.
  • The size of start teams (groups of individuals orienteering together with one e-punch) on acourse must be no more than four (4) individuals (juniors and adults combined).
  • There is no planned, on-site beginner instruction, but beginners are encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst.


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

RegistrationAdvance pre-registration (with payment) is required via this link. Registration will close no later than 6pm Saturday Nov 14 (the night before the event). NOTE: This event has reached its maximum capacity, so unless there are cancellations, it is SOLD OUT.
Who's registered? Check by clicking here. Sorting by column is possible too - just click on the column name.
Start TimesParticipants will register in advance for a specified 15 or 45 minute check-in window (including map pick-up), starting at 9:45am until the final window from 12:45-1:30pm. Each window will be limited to 15 or 45 "starts" (solo individuals or groups).
ScheduleSunday, November 15
10:00 am - 12:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:DennisAndHelen Doherty
Course Designer:Andrew Komm
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.
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.81057
Yellow 2.41308
Orange 4.216512
Brown 3.414511
Green 4.921513
Red 7.326518
Blue 928522
Course NotesClassic

The park is quite hilly and is a favorite location for mountain biking and trail running. Runners should be aware that there is a moderate amount of bike traffic on the trails they will be using, although bikers generally know that the trails north and west of the parking lot are dual-use and ride with caution.

Starts will be on opposite ends of the main parking lot so that the white-yellow-orange and advanced course starts have some separation; finish will be located near the covered pavilion.

Adjustments have been made to update the vegetation to better reflect the current reality, but there are still many unmapped areas of light green vegetation and unmapped point features such as root stocks, small pits and knolls. As is common with parks in this region, there are more root stocks present on the ground than what are mapped. All root stocks that are used as control locations are obvious on the ground and are mapped appropriately.

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
$10 $5 $20 $5

Group Entries

Participants are welcome to orienteer together as a group (up to the maximum for that event; usually 4). Each member of a group is charged their individual rate as shown above, up to a group total of $30 (maximum), and each receives a map. A group receives one epunch. Individuals or groups desiring to compete on a second course after completing their first can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map subject to approval at the event by the Event Director.

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 will be loaned one 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 (such as car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • Please note that normally there are no refunds (unless we cancel the event).
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table. While COVID-19 policies are in effect, please check out instructional videos online such as those mentioned above in lieu of in-person/at-event instruction.