Wheaton

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January 30
Sunday

Pre-registration is required, opening Monday January 24th at 6pm and closing Saturday Jan. 29 at 12 noon; there will not be day-of registration.

Pine Lake

Welcome back to Wheaton Regional Park! Wheaton is a forested park in suburban Maryland boasting numerous outdoor and recreational activities within it 536 acres. Our outdoor site for this year’s event is Shelter H, accessed from the same parking lot off Shorefield Drive as the Train Station Party Room.

We will be offering a set of fun and challenging courses (White through Red, with a short advanced Beige), courtesy of course designers Ken Walker Jr. and Samantha Walker. Course notes and stats for all 7 courses are posted below.

As usual, everyone must be out of the woods and back at the registration/finish area by 3:00pm when we will begin picking up controls. Remember to download at our e-punch station even if you did not finish. We want to make sure of everyone’s safety and status.

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.
Other points:
  • Pets are allowed but must be on leash at all times.
  • There will be eight 15 minute check-in windows followed by two 45min windows (as for most QOC events this season).
Also, if you're new to orienteering, make sure to check out our Your First Event and For Beginners web pages, and if they don’t answer any remaining questions you have, just use our Contact Form and ask away!

Location

Wheaton Regional Park, Shorefield Area, Shelter H, Wheaton, MD (Classic)

RegistrationRegistration opens at 6pm on Monday, Jan. 24 via this link. Registration will close no later than noon on Saturday Jan. 29.
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 30
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Volunteers
Event Director:Florence Tan
Course Designer:Ken Walker, Jr
Course Designer:Samantha Walker
Location Details

Classic
Wheaton Regional Park
Shorefield Area, Shelter H
Wheaton, MD
Google Map

From I-495 take Exit 31 for Georgia Avenue/MD 97 North. Follow Georgia Avenue north for almost 3 miles, then turn right onto Shorefield Road. Continue on Shorefield Road until you reach the parking area. Registration/check-in will be near Pavilion H.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.34510
Yellow 2.8208
Orange 4.910011
Beige 3.16510
Brown 4.512012
Green 6.215513
Red 7.719018
Course NotesClassic

Wheaton is a relatively small and easy park, and courses are not long, so this would be a good event to run up a level.

In general mapped vegetation areas are reliable, but many areas of the park that are still mapped as open are greening some with spreading wineberry vines. Not as nasty as greenbriar, but worth having good leg protection for.

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