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October 15

Wheaton Train Pre-registration is required and will open on Monday, October 9 at 6pm and will close at Noon Saturday October 14. There will be no day-of registration.

Quantico Orienteering Club is pleased to announce our return Wheaton Regional Park! Wheaton is a forested park in suburban Maryland boasting numerous outdoor and recreational activities within its 536 acres.

Our outdoor site for this year’s event is Shelter H, accessed from the same parking lot off Shorefield Drive as the Train Station Party Room.

We will be offering a set of fun and challenging courses (White through Red, including Beige), courtesy of course designers Glenn Pastel and Addie Nolan. Course notes and stats for all 7 courses will be posted soon.

Free Beginner Instruction will be offered, but please reach out to the Event Director if you have a group, so we can plan accordingly. Also, make sure to check out our Your First Event and For Beginners webpages. Beginners are also encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst. If they don’t answer any remaining questions you have, just use our Contact Form and ask.

Junior Training: The first junior training event of our 2023-2024 season will be held from 10-11am at this event. Several mini-courses with 3-4 controls will be set up around the start area, and Junior Training instructors will be present to discuss them with participants. No additional registration (or fee) is needed beyond regular event registration.

Youth Group Leaders: Please see our For Group Leaders page if you are leading a youth or large group – even though you will be pre-registering online. Please contact the Event Director to make them aware of your plans and numbers.

Volunteer SignUps: If you'd like to help out at this event please contact the Event Director.

Check in will open about 9:45am and courses will open at 10:00am. Everyone must be out of the woods and back at the registration/finish area by 3:00pm when we will begin picking up the controls. Allow yourself time to get back to the registration area and download regardless of whether you have finished. We want to make sure of everyone’s safety and status.

Post-Event Social: If you wish, after you finish your course stop by the Stained Glass Pub and grab a bite to eat with fellow orienteers. SGP is located here, just a 6 minute drive (1.3 miles) northwest of Wheaton Park.


  • 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. Refunds are paid only in the case of event cancellation.
  • Masks are optional at all locations connected with the event.
  • As mentioned above, beginner instruction has resumed to provide an overview of orienteering basics for newcomers to the sport or those who just want a refresher.
  • There is no water on the course. Participants are responsible for their own hydration need before, during and after their courses.
  • There will be no food offered by QOC.
  • Bring appropriate clothing for weather conditions.
  • 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).
  • Restrooms are available at this site, next to the Train Station Party Room.
  • Pets are permitted in the park but must be leashed at all times.


Wheaton Regional Park, Shorefield Area, Shelter H, Wheaton, MD (Classic)

RegistrationRegistration for this event opens at 6pm on Monday Oct. 9 via this link. Registration will close at 12 noon on Saturday Oct. 14 (the day before the event). Pre-registration is mandatory.

Who's registered? Check by clicking here. Sorting by column is possible too - click on the column name.

Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSunday, October 15
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Sharmagh Yepremian
Course Designer:Glenn Pastel
Course Designer:Addie Nolan
Location Details

Wheaton Regional Park
Shorefield Area, Shelter H
Wheaton, MD
Google Map

From I-495 take Exit 31 for Georgia Avenue/MD 97 North. Follow Georgia Avenue north for almost 3 miles, then turn right onto Shorefield Road. Continue on Shorefield Road until you reach the parking area. Registration/check-in will be near Pavilion H.
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.5306
Yellow 2.56013
Orange 4.310512
Beige 3.5608
Brown 4.110010
Green 5.416015
Red 7.320019
Course NotesClassic

Welcome orienteers! There are plenty of new trails to appreciate and pass through at Wheaton this year. Changes to the trails have been captured on the map but changes to vegetation boundaries and root stocks are still on-going. We tried to keep most routes out of the worst parts of the park but please expect additional deadfall and new growth to slow you down in unexpected areas in the woods. Gaiters or additional leg protection are highly recommended for areas in the middle of the park. We hope you enjoy the courses!

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 the at-event beginner instruction, beginners are encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst