Turkey Run NightO

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December 10

Night Orienteering Pre-registration is required for this event, opening Monday, Dec. 5 at 6pm and closing Friday Dec. 9 at 6pm.
There will be no night-of, at-event registration.

Welcome to the Turkey Run Ridge area of Prince William Forest Park, a new location for a QOC Night-O event!

We decided it was time for a change after a doing the Night-O at the Happyland area of Prince William Forest for several seasons in a row. So, longtime QOC course setter Vido Aleksiev is christening this Night-O venue with a great set of beginner, intermediate, short advanced, and long advanced courses. [For Sunday's daytime courses, see the separate announcement here.]

We will not have check-in windows for the Night-O, as we do for day meets, but the requirement for pre-registration and pre-payment is otherwise the same. Start your course any time between 7:30 - 9:00pm, and be absolutely sure to be back before 10:30pm. Course details for the 4 courses (1 beginner, 1 intermediate, 2 advanced - short and long) will be posted below. Please allow yourself time to drive to the park and complete your course. Traffic on I-95 can be unpredictable.

We have rented all the Turkey Run campground sites, so there will be no need to avoid any occupied areas as you run your courses. Parking will be in the Turkey Run parking lot and in the parking spaces allotted to each camping area. Check-in will be immediately adjacent to the parking lot. When you turn into the Turkey Run entrance road, look for a parking volunteer wearing a reflective vest for precise directions on where to go. For a locator graphic, click here.

Parking is limited at the site, so carpooling is recommended (and will save $). Per-vehicle park entry fee is $20; if the pay station at the entrance is not manned, entry fees can be paid at the park HQ before driving out to the check-in site at Turkey Run or via the NPS app at this link. (NOTE: the fee is $35 for an annual PWF park pass or $80 for an annual "America the Beautiful" U.S. National Parks pass; QOC members may want to consider purchasing an annual pass for this great park. Seniors, current or former members of the US Armed Forces and some other categories of park users are entitled to free and/or discounted passes for the entire National Park System; see this link for details.)

Groups of 8 or more: although you will be pre-registering online and orienteering in groups of 4 or less, for her awareness please let the Event Director know of your plans and participant numbers.

QOC does not provide or rent headlamps. You must acquire and bring your own. And don't forget to check your batteries!

Also keep in mind:

  • QOC will continue to use pre-registration as the ONLY method of sign-up for our events. There will be NO day-of, or in this case, night-of, on-site registration. We've decided to do this, not because of the residual COVID threat, but because it simplifies event administration and reduces the number of volunteers required. As always, refunds are paid only in 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.
  • 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.
  • There are no check-in windows for night-O, but navigating in the dark can be challenging so please allow yourself enough time to drive to the park and complete your course.

Additional Information:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Dogs are welcome in this park but must be kept on leash at all times.
  • The rest rooms at Turkey Run Ridge will be open for our event--one adjacent to the parking lot and the other at the far end of the campground.


Prince William Forest Park, Turkey Run (Night-O)

RegistrationAdvance registration is required. Registration will open Monday, Dec. 5 at 6pm and will close *Friday* Dec. 9 at 6pm.
Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSaturday, December 10
7:00 pm - 11:00 pmNight-O:
Event Director:Laura Linville
Course Designer:Vido Aleksiev
Location Details

Prince William Forest Park
Turkey Run
Google Map

Take I-95 to exit 150 (150B from points north). Head west on Joplin Road (VA-619) and take the second right for the park entrance. Turn left 0.5 miles from the park entrance, onto Scenic Drive. Bear left at the split in the drive following signs for the Turkey Run Education Center, then turn right at the sign shortly after the split for the Turkey Run Education Center & Campground. Driving time inside the park is ~15 minutes.
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