Turkey Run

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December 17

Turkey RunPre-registration is required for this event, opening Monday, Dec. 11 at 6pm and closing Saturday Dec. 16 at 12 noon.
There will be no day-of registration.

Welcome to the Turkey Run Ridge area of Prince William Forest Park for our second orienteering event of this weekend--our Sunday Day O. (See the separate announcement here for the Night-O on December 16.)

Course setter Patrick Farley has designed a full set of classic courses for your enjoyment. Our O events this weekend are taking place on a newly remapped portion of the Turkey Run area map with courses running mostly east of the campground in the direction of the North Branch of Quantico Creek and its tributaries.

Because of ongoing construction to update the sewage infrastructure at Turkey Run currently scheduled to go all the way through the month of December, the campground is closed to camping. However, the parking capacity of the campgrounds, as well as the small parking lot, is almost fully available, allowing our orienteering event to go on. The main rest rooms adjacent to the Turkey Run Ridge parking lot are available for our event.

There may also be some orange construction barrier fencing still in place around the campground. This obstacle will not seriously impede any of the administrative functions of the event. And the course setter has taken it into account in his course design. The impassable area is marked on all course maps, while the course lines, where appropriate, will guide runners around any hazard.

Parking will be in the Turkey Run Ridge parking lot and in the parking spaces allotted to each camping area. Check-in will be in the small conference room building just adjacent to the gate leading to Old Blacktop Road. When you turn in to the Turkey Run entrance road, look for a parking volunteer wearing a reflective vest for precise directions on where to go. A locator graphic is here.

Parking is somewhat limited at the site, so carpooling is encouraged (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 available at 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, either at a park office or a local REI. Seniors, current or former members of the US Armed Forces, and some other categories of park users are entitled to a free passes for the entire National Park System. See this link for details.)

Volunteer SignUps: If you'd like to help out at this event contact the event director (click on his name, listed below).

Post-event Social: After your run, grab a bite to eat with fellow orienteers at the Panera Bread in Dumfries, located here, just 8 miles north of the park.

JROTC units who are planning to come by bus, please contact the Event Director to let him know how many buses you would like to bring. There is limited bus parking space at Turkey Run Ridge, but we will have access to a remote parking area where buses can wait during the event.

Keep in mind:

  • All participants must pre-register; there is no day-of registration.
  • No food items will be provided.
  • Participants are responsible for meeting all their own hydration needs before, during and after their courses.
  • As always, please be off the course no later than 3pm and remember to download at our e-punch station even if you did not finish.
  • Beginner's instruction will be available.
  • For those new to orienteering, make sure to check out our Your First Event and Orienteering Techniques For Beginners webpages, and if they don't answer any question you have, just use our Contact Form and ask.
  • Group Leaders (of larger groups): please contact the Event Director so they are aware of your plans.
  • The main restrooms at Turkey Run will be open for use.
  • Dogs are allowed in the park but must be on the leash at all times.


Prince William Forest Park, Turkey Run (Classic)

RegistrationRegistration for this event opens at 6pm on Monday Dec. 11 via this link. Registration will close at 12 noon on Saturday Dec. 16 (the day before the event). Pre-registration is mandatory.

Who's Registered? Check by clicking here.

Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSunday, December 17
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:John Baker
Course Designer:Patrick Farley
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.
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.812513
Yellow 3.512515
Orange 5.322011
Beige 4.22159
Brown 4.923010
Green 6.736012
Red 7.637512
Blue 9.545017
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