Rosaryville

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December 19
Sunday

Rosaryville

Pre-registration is required and will open Monday Dec. 13 at 6pm (and close at noon on Sat. Dec. 18). There will not be day-of registration.

Come out and enjoy a great selection of classic courses designed by Mike Dvorsky and set by he and his wife Pam. Please see the course notes below for an explanation of the wider selection of beginner level courses being offered. This may be the ideal time to test your skill and try a longer beginner level course. We will be registering and starting from the Pavilion Picnic area, Pavilion #1.

After the event, use our updated RouteGadget software to enter your routes to all controls, and then compare your way to the way others went. The user interface is now tablet- and smartphone- friendly as well as Java-free. Event maps and split times for all participants are usually online within a day of the event.

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).
Additional Information:
  • 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 kept on a secure leash at all times.
Have questions? Feel free to use our Contact form anytime!

Location

Rosaryville State Park, Pavilion parking area, Rosaryville, MD (Classic)

RegistrationPre-registration is required and will open Monday Dec. 13 at 6pm via this link. Registration will close no later than Noon on Saturday Dec. 18.
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, December 19
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Volunteers
Event Director:Jody Landers
Event Director:Cecilia Landers
Course Designer:Mike Dvorsky
Course Designer:Pam Dvorsky
Location Details

Classic
Rosaryville State Park
Pavilion parking area
Rosaryville, MD
Google Map

From I-495 exit 11A, head east on Rt 4 (Penn. Ave) for 3 miles. Turn right on Woodyard Rd/MD-223, then quickly move left to turn left on Marlboro Pike. After 2.8 miles, turn right on Crain Hwy/Rt-301 S, then take the first right on W. Marlton Ave into the Park. Follow O'signs within the park.

Park Entrance Fees: $3/vehicle in-state, $5 out-of-state; $10 small bus; $20 school/charter bus

Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.6459
Yellow 3.21009
Long Yellow 4.410011
Orange 4.510011
Long Orange 6.110012
Beige 3.811011
Brown 5.412512
Green 712516
Red 8.315017
Blue 9.815518
Course NotesClassic

The courses are a bit longer than normal and more plentiful because these same courses are being used for the NJROTC regional championships, which is scheduled the day before QOC’s meet. If you are feeling confident on the Yellow or Orange course, but not sure if your ready to move up to the next harder course, try the longer version of the course you are comfortable on: Yellow Long or Orange Long. They are good half-steps before you move to a harder course like Orange or Brown. Due to the health restrictions posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, there will NOT be any drinking water stops on any of the courses.

OF SPECIAL NOTE IS ON-GOING NATURAL GAS PIPE LAYING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT THAT IS BEING LAID ALONG THE POWER LINECORRIDOR RUNNING NORTH-SOUTH FOR THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE PARK. THERE ARE ONLY THREE POINTS THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO CROSS THE POWER LINE CORRIDOR. THESE ARE DESIGNATED AS MANDATORY CROSSING POINTS AND ARE CLEARLY MARKED ON THE MAP. ALL COURSES ARE DESIGNED SO THAT YOU HAVE NO REASON TO CROSS THE POWER LINE CORRIDOR ANYWHERE EXCEPT AT THE MANDATORY CROSSING POINTS. THE TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION ROAD UNDER THE POWER LINES, EXCEPT FOR THE MANDATORY CROSSING POINTS, IS OUT-OF-BOUNDS AND IS SO MARKED ON THE MAPS.

Rosaryville is a beautiful State Park with several distinct micro-climates and flora zones; ranging from an area we nick-named “Jurassic Park”, to complex trail networks, to fern filled valleys, to impassable overgrown thickets, to open forests. Rosaryville offers as wide a range of terrain as we have seen in a single park. In general, you will see a significant range of runnability at Rosaryville. There are pockets that are dense with vines, briars and saplings that will make passage extremely difficult, if you are not on a trail, yet 10 yards away it could be open and runnable woods. This entire park is a complex trail-rich environment with horse, mountain bike and hiking trails. Years ago, this was royal hunting grounds which became a farmland community. Evidence of old buildings, barns, roads, and old trash dumps can be found throughout the park. Old roads are generally marked as Rides. Trash dumps (old cars, refrigerators, farm implements, etc.) are marked with a black X. There are many large rootstocks in the woods, but none are marked on the map and none are used for controls. Do not rely on rootstocks for navigation. In the central area of the park is Mount Airy Mansion, which dates back to the mid-1700’s and is part of the park. It is rented out for special occasions and the grounds are open to the public. It is OK to use the trails and roads in this area. Generally, the area of woods just outside the Mount Airy grounds is thick with vegetation so trails are the best option through that area.

The terrain is classic ridge and valley, with broad, flat ridges and deeply incised watercourses. Along the streams are many side reentrants. Climb in this park is mild to moderate, except around streams where embankments tend to be very steep. Marshy areas and reentrants may be bone dry or boot sucking mud depending on the amount of rain we get during the week prior to the meet.

You will probably encounter horse riders and mountain bikers during your run. Some horses startle easily if they don’t know you are there. Please step to the side of the trail and let the horses pass you. Try not to run by a horse or come up from behind them. Mountain bikers will usually slow down as they approach you and call out which side they want to pass you on. Again, just step off the trail momentarily while they pass you. Being courteous is the key!

All trails are accurately shown on the map and are generally in good condition, though all trails are covered with fallen leaves and can be more difficult to see this time of year, especially the indistinct trails. The mountain bike trails are very distinct and smooth, where the horse trails often are beaten up and muddy. If there is recent heavy rain, many flat areas and trails will be wet, muddy and marshy. Please make sure to tighten your orienteering shoes or you might lose them in the mud. If you are on an indistinct trail, you can follow it fairly well if you pay attention, but if you run across it, you may not notice it.

Lastly there are hundreds of streamer flags of every color in the rainbow hanging throughout the park marking who knows what. They have nothing to do with our orienteering and should be ignored. Enjoy!

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.
  • 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