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January 2

Greenbelt Park Sign Registration will open at 6pm on Monday, December 27 and will close no later than noon, Saturday, January 1. There will not be any day-of registration.

Happy New Year! and welcome back to QOC’s first event at Greenbelt since 2018. We’ll be using a map updated by Ted Good on courses designed and set by Peggy Dickison.

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:
  • There are no entrance fees for Greenbelt Park.
  • Check-in will be at the Sweetgum picnic area; restrooms will be available nearby. The area is open with little tree cover, so bring appropriate cold and wet weather gear for early January with the average high in low 40s; average low in low-mid-20s
  • Everyone must be out of the woods by 3:00pm, which is when we will begin picking up controls.
  • 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).
  • Pets are permitted in the park but must be leashed at all times.
  • QOC will not issue refunds except in the case of event cancellation. However, if you do decide not to attend after having pre-registered, please use our Contact Us form to let us know.
Large groups - and anyone with questions not answered above or on this website - are encouraged to contact the Event Director.


Greenbelt National Park, Sweetgum Parking, Greenbelt, MD (Classic)

RegistrationRegistration opens at 6pm on Monday, Dec. 27 via this link. Registration will close no later than noon on Saturday Jan. 1.
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, January 2
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:David Rager
Event Director:Reiko Rager
Course Designer:Peggy Dickison
Location Details

Greenbelt National Park
Sweetgum Parking
Greenbelt, MD
Google Map

From the I-495 Beltway (which is also I-95 in this section): Take Exit 23 Route 201 Kenilworth Avenue South (toward Bladensburg). You will soon see the sign for Route 193 Greenbelt Road; veer right to take Route 193 East, and take the left onto Greenbelt Road . (Greenbelt Road is Route 193 and passes over Route 201) The park entrance is a quarter mile further on the right hand side of Greenbelt Road, across from TGI Fridays restaurant and a Marriott Courtyard hotel. Follow the orienteering signs to the parking area (Sweetgum or nearby, depending on which has space).
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.5308
Yellow 2.66510
Orange 514511
Beige 2.8759
Brown 5.217013
Green 618514
Red 7.818016
Blue 927021
Course NotesClassic

(updates: in blue) Welcome back to Greenbelt! We’ve been unable to use Greenbelt Park for several years, for various reasons. Finally, we will be able to run here again! And, even better, the woods seem to be a little nicer than you remember them (or, perhaps I just set awesome courses that avoid the worst areas. Or maybe a little of both). Ted Good has started updating the map, but he hasn’t finished up yet. So the map doesn’t always reflect the more open nature of the woods. I found that the light green and even most middle green was runnable, but I suggest you avoid the dark green “fight.” Areas with vertical green have lower vegetation, sometimes thorny; the wider-spaced green slash I found to be not too bad. You’ll still encounter thorns (nothing like Hoyles Mill though!), but usually the patches are either small or easy to get around. The white woods are generally very nice, and I’ve tried to take advantage of those relatively small areas of open forest. Ted has been taking old rootstocks off the map, and only the bigger/newer ones remain.

As a close-in, well-used park, there are lots of trails. You are likely to come across dog walkers, hikers, and runners on any given trail, so please be careful and courteous. There is one trail that is closed, with caution tape across it at both ends; the bridge on that trail is unusable. The trail is marked with magenta X’s on all courses; please stay off that trail. Crossing the trail is OK.

All courses except the White cross the road that bisects the park and encircles the main parking areas, sometimes several times. Although it isn’t a busy road, you definitely want to check carefully before crossing. Yellow crosses at trail/road crossings only. White crosses a blocked-off access road to a parking lot, and the parking lot itself. There should be no traffic there.

I tried to set the longer courses to have controls and routes through the nicest areas of the park, and to include a longer route-choice leg. You will likely be running on a trail and/or the road for parts of these longer legs, so the course lengths shouldn’t worry you: there will be a fair amount of non-woods running.

The longer courses will run through the campground in the southern part of the park. There aren’t any campers there right now, Part of the campground is open and may have some campers, and you may see a sign that says the road is closed not only to vehicles but also pedestrians. You can safely ignore that sign.

The Blue course has three controls in an un-fieldchecked area. The map is based on lidar and perhaps satellite imagery; I found it to be good enough to use for controls, but remember that vegetation isn’t mapped here (what is shown is from lidar/imagery) and there may be some smaller features missing.

With a lot of rain up to and perhaps on event day, the creeks may be harder to cross than usual, and there definitely will be mud. The trails will be muddy as well. Use caution when crossing any creek (most courses have bridge options; Blue has one double creek crossing that as of Thursday was still easy to cross on a log and a short hop. If that changes, Blue runners will probably get wet(ter).

Some controls are very close together; a White control and an Orange control are especially close. Always check the codes!

Course map scales are likely to be 1:7500 for White, Yellow, Beige and Brown courses and 1:10000 for all other courses.

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