Fountainhead West

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October 23

Fountainhead Pre-registration for this event is required and will open on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6pm and close at noon on Saturday Oct. 22.
There will not be day-of registration.

This orienteering meet is being held at Fountainhead West. Participants will be treated to beautiful rolling hills and the start of fall foliage colors.

Rob Field has put together a full set of classic courses to challenge you on this great terrain. As in the recent past, the start and finish will be at the Kegley House at the end of Wolf Run Shoals Road, but the parking for the Fountainhead West meet is in the parking area across from the entrance to Bull Run Marina on Old Yates Ford Road; a map link is here and also below (in the Location Details section). We will shuttle participants both ways between the parking lot and the start/finish/e-punch/download location at the Kegley House, an approximately 10 minute bus ride. Please keep this in mind when pre-registering for your start window. Also, if starting later in the day, please be sure to be back to the finish prior to 3pm to take the shuttle back to the parking area. Note that masks are optional on the shuttle bus as everywhere else at this event.

For those who may be new to orienteering or who want a refresher on the basics of the sport, QOC is happy to resume beginner training this season.  We will have knowledgeable orienteers on site to provide instruction to those who would like to learn a little about our sport.

In order to access some of the best orienteering terrain in the park, as outlined above, we will be hiring buses and shuttling participants to the remote start area. To help cover the added cost of running the shuttle service, a $5 surcharge will be added per person to the regular meet fee for participants on all courses.

COVID Residual Measures:

  • QOC will continue to use pre-registration as the ONLY method of signing up for our meets. There will be NO day-of, on-site registration. We've decided to do this, not because of the residual COVID threat but because it simplifies administration of our events and reduces the number of volunteers required for each meet. As always, refunds are paid only in the case of event cancellation or if a participant contracts COVID.
  • Masks are optional at all locations connected with the event. Please continue to minimize clustering at and around the check-in, e-punch, start and finish areas.
  • As mentioned above, this season beginner instruction is available to provide an overview of the orienteering basics for newcomers to the sport or those who just want a refresher.
  • We will continue our policy of not providing WATER or food to participants at our events aside from an emergency water for first aid purposes only. So don't forget your canteens/Camelbacks/other hydration arrangements. As with last year there will be eight 15 minute check-in windows followed by two 45 minute windows.
Other points:
  • There will be one port-a-john at the parking area and another at the check-in/start/finish at Kegley House.
  • While leashed dogs are permitted in the park, they will not be allowed on the shuttle buses.
  • 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).
  • Any youth or large groups attending, although you will be pre-registering online, please contact one of the Event Directors (below) to let them know of your plans and numbers for their awareness.


Fountainhead Regional Park, Bull Run Marina, Clifton, VA (Classic)

RegistrationRegistration for this event will open at 6pm on Monday Oct. 17 via this link. Registration will close at noon on Saturday Oct. 22. Pre-registration is mandatory.

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, October 23
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:DennisAndHelen Doherty
Course Designer:Rob Field
Location Details

Fountainhead Regional Park
Bull Run Marina
Clifton, VA
Google Map

From the Fairfax County Parkway, take Burke Lake Rd (Rt 645) west for 4.3 miles. Turn left on Maple Branch Rd, and go 0.8 miles then turn left onto VA 612/643. In 0.6 miles go slightly right to stay on VA 612. In less than 1 mile and before either the marina or the bridge over the Occoquan, turn left into the parking area on the south side of Old Yates Ford Rd.
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Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.2907
Yellow 4.513511
Orange 5.416513
Brown 3.91809
Green 5.821011
Red 8.127013
Blue 9.536016
Course NotesClassic

All courses will cross the Wolf Run creek, with legs set to take advantage of the marked bridge. Trails intersecting smaller streams will typically have a small footbridge, runners taking more adventurous routes will encounter a generally dry park with low water levels (pending any large storms before the event).

The Orange course for this event can be characterized as challenging but fair, so it might not be the best week to move up from Yellow to Orange.

Fountainhead West offers classic QOC spur and reentrant terrain. During streamering the woods still had plenty of vegetation and briars, but are generally open especially west of the Wolf Run creek. Rootstocks as often is the case are not completely up to date, making them difficult to use reliably (and they were not used as control locations). Manmade objects used for controls are often comprised of one or more pieces of large rusted manmade debris. Runners on advanced courses will encounter unmarked deadfall. The blue-blazed Bull Run/Occoquan trail is heavily traveled and maintained but mapped indistinct trails and rides may be extremely subtle and difficult to follow due to downed trees or vegetation.

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.
  • In addition to free on-site beginner instruction if needed, beginners are encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst