Lake Needwood

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April 18

Glen Artney streamPre-registration is required and WILL open on Monday, April 12 at 6pm

Welcome back to Lake Needwood! This will be our ninth event at this beautiful lakeside park, nestled within the 1,800 acre Rock Creek Regional Park. On offer is a full slate of beginner through advanced courses (white through blue), and course stats and course setter comments are now posted below.

This Sunday event requires online pre-registration, and we will open registration at 6pm on Monday, April 12. QOC’s COVID risk reduction protocols, as also enumerated here, will be 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.

Other points:

  • PROPERLY WORN MASKS ARE REQUIRED at all times when near registration and epunch areas and their volunteers. Per CDC guidelines, this applies to everyone, whether or not you have been vaccinated.
  • We encourage everyone to download and use any or even all of the DC, Maryland and Virginia COVID exposure notification apps.
  • Dogs are permitted at this event but must be leashed at all times.
  • 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). Unregistered "tag-alongs" are not allowed (other than babies or toddlers). Any youth or large groups attending, although you will be pre-registering online, please contact the Event Director of your plans and numbers for their awareness.
  • 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
  • Location

    Lake Needwood, Circle Parking Area, Derwood, MD (Classic)

    RegistrationPre-registration for this event will open at 6pm on Monday April 12 via this link. Registration will close no later than 6pm Sat. April 17 (the night before the event).
    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 1:15-1:30pm. Each window will be limited to 15 or 45 "starts" (solo individuals or groups).
    ScheduleSunday, April 18
    10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
    Event Director:Dagmar (Dasa) Merkova
    Course Designer:Mihai Sirbu
    Location Details

    Lake Needwood
    Circle Parking Area
    Derwood, MD
    Google Map

    Get to Avery Rd from either Norbeck Rd (Rt 28) or Muncaster Mill Rd (Rt 115). From Avery Rd, turn onto Needwood Lake Dr, go 0.3 miles, then turn left on Beach Dr. The first right then leads to Needwood Lake Circle, and by continuing to follow QOC signs you should be led to the pavilion/shelter in use for the event, most likely towards the S end of the lake.
    Course DetailsClassic
    Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
    White 2.3608
    Yellow 2.6758
    Orange 5.919011
    Brown 4.61158
    Green 5.818010
    Red 6.918511
    Blue 8.822016
    Course NotesClassic

    Woods are open and quite runnable; it's a pleasure to be outdoors. Steep hills are on the menu for orange and above - smart routes and cleats are recommended.

    The meet includes the newly mapped Red Gate Park in the SW of the map. Detailed mapping and an interesting terrain (former golf course) awaits - thank you Nadim. Orange, Green, Red and Blue will pay a visit.

    Red and Blue will be feet wet. I have streamered a creek crossing below the route 28 bridge which is marked on the map. Any other wet crossings of the main creek which is running N-S through the map are not recommended.

    Rootstocks are old and unevenly mapped. Use for navigation at your own risk. No controls have been placed on them. If things work before the meet, Nadim will remove them all from the base map.

    Almost all advanced courses will cross busy highways. Pay attention while crossing! Don't even dream of using the narrow and busy roads as a route choice.

    Please be civilized and obey the out of bounds markers around the residential areas.

    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.
    • 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.