Fountainhead Central

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November 14

FountainheadPre-registration is required and will open Monday Nov. 8 at 6pm; 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--some of QOC's best terrain.

Course setter Gary Smith and assistant course setter Justin Green have designed a full set of classic courses (details below). Check in and map pick-up will be at the pavilion next to the main parking lot, and the E-punch team will set up in its customary location in the shack at the end of the parking lot.

We will also be offering an approximately 2-3 km, five-control "Fox-O" radio-direction-finding orienteering course at Fountainhead Central, a perfect complement to your classic course for those who would like to try a new orienteering experience. Click here for more details.

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

COVID Risk Reduction Protocols:

As with all 2021-2022 QOC events, this event requires pre-registration via the link below. QOC’s COVID risk reduction protocols, as also enumerated somewhat here, are in effect. Please read these guidelines carefully. Key points:

  • PROPERLY WORN MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED at all times when near registration, epunch and any other areas or queues where volunteers and/or participants are congregating.
  • No water will be provided. Provide for your own hydration needs before, during, and after the event.
  • 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.
  • There will be eight 15 minute check-in windows followed by two 45min windows (as for most QOC events this season).
Other points:
  • The size of start teams (groups of individuals orienteering together with one e-punch) on a course must be no more than four (4) individuals (juniors and adults combined).
  • Port-a-johns will be on site.
  • Pets are permitted in the park but must be on the leash at all times.
  • You're Invited! QOC veteran Sidney Sachs will host a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Nov 16th at 8pm to review selected FHC course legs and analyze the routes various orienteers took. Please contact Sid Sachs for the invite link.


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

RegistrationRegistration for this event will open at 6pm on Monday Nov. 8 via this link. Registration will close no later than Noon on Saturday Nov. 13.
Who's registered? Check by clicking here. Sorting by column is possible too - just click on the column name.

Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSunday, November 14
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Matthew Knight
Course Designer:Gary Smith
Course Designer:Justin Green
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 2.41157
Yellow 2.614510
Orange 4.117512
Brown 3.821010
Green 5.426011
Red 7.939016
Blue 8.244018
Course NotesClassic

Fountainhead Regional Park is one of QOC's premier orienteering venues. The woods are generally very open and runnable. The terrain is relatively steep, so the courses tend to have more climb than normal for QOC events. For this reason, the courses are shorter than average. Because of the steep and complex terrain, we do not recommend moving up to a more difficult course than normal for this event.

Due to the fall leaf drop, the trails may be difficult to see when crossing them, but they are relatively easy to follow. There hasn't been much rain lately, so the park is relatively dry and creek crossings will be easy. The map is generally accurate, although there has been new deadfall and some deterioration of mapped knolls and rootstocks. Also, some of the mapped rocks are very small.

Entry Fees

Individual 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.
  • 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