Smokey Glen

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February 5

Pre-registration for this **Saturday** event is required, opening Monday January 31 at 6pm and closing *Friday* Feb. 4 at 12 noon; there will not be day-of registration.

Bumble 2021 Welcome to the 10th Annual Bumble! This will be the first time that the Bumble has returned to a venue that it has previously used. Everyone loved this park, so it seemed like the logical place to celebrate a decade of Bumbles.

This year’s Bumble is comprised of all new controls, save one; in other words, 26 of the Bumble’s 27 controls are new and were not previously used during the 2020 Bumble two years ago! And, because you are already familiar with the woods and know how open and fast they are, this should be a LOT of FUN!!!!

The Bumble is a cool (no pun intended) winter event with courses for all skill levels. Come out and enjoy a great day in the woods at Seneca Creek/Smokey Glen Farm. Nadim Ahmed’s map is excellent! The woods are open and the climb is gradual, not excessive. Although the approximate course lengths are a little longer than normal, the woods are open and fast, and there is not a lot of climb. So go ahead and go big with confidence!

We will have a mass start for the Bumble at 12:00 pm, for those who want to participate. For those who are running the Bumble (which is the advanced courses equivalent to beige – blue) and are not comfortable with a mass start, please sign up for one of the other start time windows. Mass starters are welcome to check in any time after 10:15am (but must register online for the 11:45-12:15 Mass Start window). You are welcome to stay in the pavilion to get ready BUT EVERYONE IN THE PAVILION MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES.

Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that everyone participating in the MASS START please walk to the start wearing a mask, AND, begin the race with a mask on, AND, leave it on until you are a reasonable distance from your fellow competitors. The Omicron variant is highly contagious, and we should respect each other’s health—THANK YOU!

We will also have fun yellow, white, and oranges courses available too! Registration and downloading will be in the LOWER PAVILION of Smokey Glen Farm, which is a warm, indoor building with restrooms. And there is plenty of parking.

PLEASE read ALL meet and course notes for important details!

Meet Notes:

  • The detailed Bumble course notes are linked below (and here) as a PDF document - make sure to read them!
  • White, Yellow, and Orange courses will have regular check-in/start windows from 9:45am to 1:15pm (yes, WYO are welcome to register for the 11:45-12:15pm window). The WYO start location (which is separate from the advanced/Bumble start location) will be near the lower pavilion.
  • Advanced (Bumble) courses will have a MASS START at NOON. Please be ready for PRE-RACE briefing at 11:45am at the Start location (~500 meters from lower pavilion). PLEASE follow streamers that will take you through the woods and across Riffle Road.
  • Clothing drop available for mass start; clothes will be returned for pick up in Lower Pavilion.
  • Everyone must be out of the woods by 3:00pm, which is when we will begin picking up controls.
  • NO spikes allowed in the Pavilion.
  • NO dogs allowed on Smokey Glen Farm property; please leave furry friends at home.
  • Restrooms available in Pavilion, but PLEASE do not come in with muddy shoes.
  • Bumble prizes awarded (mass start only):
    • First male and first female competitors to cross the finish, regardless of course.
    • Fastest male competitor on Blue and fastest female competitor on Red.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon! Please feel free to contact the Event Director with questions.

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.


Seneca Creek State Park, Smokey Glen Farm, Gaithersburg, MD (Bumble)

RegistrationRegistration for this *Saturday* event opens at 6pm on Monday, Jan. 31 via this link. Registration will close no later than noon on Friday Feb. 4.
Who's registered? Check by clicking here. Sorting by column is possible too - just click on the column name.

Start Times15 minute check-in windows will be available for all courses, however, all advanced orienteers are encouraged to select the 11:45-12:15 special window for the Bumble Mass Start.
ScheduleSaturday, February 5
10:00 am - 3:00 pmBumble:
Event Director:David Onkst
Event Director:Heidi Onkst
Course Designer:David Onkst
Course Designer:Heidi Onkst
Location Details

Seneca Creek State Park
Smokey Glen Farm
Gaithersburg, MD
Google Map

From the North on I-270 (driving South):
Take exit 15A-15B to merge onto Maryland 118 south (Germantown Rd.) toward Germantown. Continue on Maryland 118 for 5.3 miles. Turn left onto Riffle Ford Rd. Continue for 2.3 miles. Smokey Glen Farm is on the left.

From the South on I-270 (driving North):
Take Exit 6B to merge onto Maryland 28 (Montgomery Ave.) Continue on Maryland 28 for 6.2 miles. Turn right onto Riffle Ford Rd. Continue for 0.7 miles. Smokey Glen Farm is on the right.

Course DetailsBumble
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.83510
Yellow 2.1409
Orange 4.61207
Beige 3.1407
Brown 4.97512
Green 7.814517
Red 10.919022
Blue 13.823027
Course NotesBumble

Click Here to read, download and/or print this year's Bumble course notes!

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