Little Bennett

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April 3

Little Bennett tree Pre-registration for this event is required, opening Monday March 28 at 6pm and closing Sat. April 2 at noon; there will not be day-of registration.

Welcome back to Little Bennett Regional Park, the largest natural area in Montgomery County with over 3700 acres. Event Director Iva Zicha and Course Setter Mihai Sirbu will have a full set of courses (White through Blue) for you to enjoy. Look for detailed course notes below.

Parking, registration, and porta-potties will be at the Prescott Road Horse Trailer Parking area.

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:
  • Any large groups planning to attend the event or anyone with questions please contact the Event Director.
  • There are no pavilions or park shelters at this registration/parking area.
  • 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).
  • Port-a-johns will be located at parking area.
  • Pets are permitted in the park but must be leashed at all times.
  • You're Invited! QOC veteran Sidney Sachs will host a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 5 at 8pm to review selected course legs and analyze the routes various orienteers took. Please contact Sidney Sachs for the invite link.


Little Bennett Regional Park, Prescott Rd Parking Area, Clarksburg, MD (Classic)

RegistrationRegistration for this Sunday event opens at 6pm on Monday, March 28 via this link. Registration will close at noon on Saturday April 2.
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, April 3
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Iva Zicha
Course Designer:Mihai Sirbu
Location Details

Little Bennett Regional Park
Prescott Rd Parking Area
Clarksburg, MD
Google Map

Take I-270 to Rt.121, exiting east/north towards Clarksburg (not Boyds); make sure to stay on Rt 121 (Clarksburg Rd) soon after exiting. In ~4.2 miles, turn left at Lewisdale Rd, then after 0.7 miles, turn left onto Prescott Rd and continue 0.8 miles to the large field on the left.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.1308
Yellow 2.2359
Orange 3.61008
Brown 3.61206
Green 6.11408
Red 7.61709
Blue 1020011
Course NotesClassic

The woods are mostly open with good sight lines and some easy attack points for advanced controls. As such the advanced courses are on the longer side with fewer controls and physical climbs on the direct routes.

New thorn growth exists in the green mapped areas; please respect them. On orange, red and blue one control will be in greener areas, patience is advised.

Rootstocks have changed on the map, with newer ones potentially unmapped. Use them at your risk for navigation, but no controls have been set on them. The special symbol, a black circle, marks a cairn (stack of stones).

The courses take advantage of existing bridges where available.

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