PWF Day-O

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March 27
Sunday

Wood BridgeNote: per ARDF.us, this area is embargoed prior to April 6-10 for the 2022 ARDF Championships. As a result, anyone attending this QOC event may not compete in the ARDF Championships.

Pre-registration for this Sunday (day) event is required, opening Monday March 21 at 6pm and closing Friday Mar. 25 at 6pm; there will not be day-of registration.

Quantico Orienteering Club will not host our traditional training weekend this year, but we will hold a night-day combo orienteering weekend at the former training weekend location – Camp 5, also known as Happyland, Prince William Forest Park, VA. The Day-O will be held on March 27. See the separate announcement (here) for the Night-O on March 26.

We will hold registration for the meet in the lodge and you are welcome to change there and leave gear while you run, but due to our COVID precautions, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors, maintain social distance (except for immediate family), and depart as soon as possible after you complete your run. The Day-O on Sunday, will be run as our normal daytime meets with pre-registration and eight 15-minute check-in windows followed by two 45 min windows. We will have the full slate of classic courses (white through blue; detailed notes will be posted soon) for the Day-O.

Parking is limited at the site, so carpooling is strongly recommended (and will save $)! Note that the fee charged for each vehicle has been raised to $20. Although you do not go through the main Park entrance gate to get to Happyland, you are still responsible to pay the entry fee and display the receipt in your parked vehicle. The $20 entrance fee is good for 7 days, so you only need to pay once for the weekend. Since the park office will be closed on Saturday evening, you are encouraged to pay the fee online via this link. (NOTE: the fee for an annual park pass is $35; QOC members may want to consider purchasing an annual pass for this great park.)

Driving directions are also posted below. We will post the parking details as soon as they are available. UPDATE: After entering the road to Camps 2 & 5 road from Route 619, turn right at the T-intersection and follow the road until you see the parking guide who will direct you to the correct parking area.

Be prepared to walk up to 800 meters to the registration area, We will try to get closer-in parking, but parking is tight in that area. We will have parking attendants to assist you in parking.

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

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.
Additional information:
  • 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 Happyland will be open for our event. They are in a separate building. Ask in the Lodge for the location.

Location

Prince William Forest Park, Camp 5 - Happyland, Triangle, VA (Classic)

RegistrationRegistration for this Sunday event opens at 6pm on Monday, March 21 via this link. Registration will close at 6pm on Friday March 25.
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 (as for most events this season).
ScheduleSunday, March 27
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Volunteers
Event Director:Bill Wright
Event Director:Tim McCormick
Course Designer:Francis Hogle
Location Details

Classic
Prince William Forest Park
Camp 5 - Happyland
Triangle, VA
Google Map

From I-95 exit 150B (near Triangle, VA) go west on Joplin Road ~4.5 miles, then turn right and follow the red and white orienteering signs on Mawavi Road. Registration is (usually) in the Dining Hall of Camp 5. More detailed directions available using the Google map link. Note: Mawavi Road is likely to have runners on it - please be careful as you drive in. Please park in lots or where directed by volunteers (otherwise you're likely to get a costly ticket).
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.81108
Yellow 2.711010
Orange 3.215010
Beige 313010
Brown 417014
Green 5.521512
Red 7.831017
Blue 9.640020
Course NotesClassic

All starters will cross the above pictured bridge. Blue, red and green will turn right to their start; all other courses will turn left.

Deadfall is an issue at PWF – as elsewhere. Under the veneer of unmapped deadfall, the green on the map is surprisingly good after almost two decades. Courses were shaped with navigability in mind. PWF has designated certain areas as out of bounds; however, these areas have been extended to include areas made functionally impassible by deadfall where it impacts possible orienteering routes. These areas are marked on your map.

Orange and up will encounter very sparse amounts of greenbriar. Mapped beaver ponds are defunct, largely dry and very visible.

Longer courses will be rewarded with more of the very nice technical terrain at PWF, and may also be attractive to those preparing for the Billygoat in early May. Orange, however, should not consider moving to green, red or blue; but, beige or brown would be OK. For beginners ready to advance to a more difficult course, yellow to orange and white to yellow make sense.

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