Little Bennett

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January 20

Little Bennett treePre-registration is required and will open on Monday, January 15 at 6pm and will close at Noon on Friday 19 January for this Saturday event.

UPDATE as of Jan. 17: DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Full refunds will be processed by this weekend for fees collected to date.

Welcome back to Little Bennett Regional Park, the largest natural area in Montgomery County, with over 3700 acres. Event Director Jane Leggett and Course Setter Mihai Sirbu will have a full set of courses (White through Blue + Beige) for you to enjoy. Course data are provided below. This event will use the southern end of Little Bennett, providing fun off-trail orienteering, so we’re excited to offer this venue.

The parking area for this event is being graciously offered by Cedarbrook Community Church. Registration and porta-potties will be at the Little Bennett Maintenance Area parking lot. This will be our first time shuttling participants to check-in from parking for a Little Bennett event, a 5 – 10 minute shuttle ride, and we expect the bus to make a 15-minute circuit. Please do not park at the maintenance area unless invited to do so by the event director, as the lot is used by police cruisers and there is limited space.

Check in at the maintenance lot will open about 9:45am, and courses will open at 10:00am.

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. We want to make sure of everyone’s safety and status. We expect the last shuttle to leave the maintenance area at 3:15pm.

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 Orienteering Techniques 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!

Volunteer SignUps: If you'd like to help at this event, click here or contact the Event Director.

Post-Event Social incl Free Cookie: After your run, join fellow orienteers at Clarksburg Tavern, located here, just 1.1 miles southwest of Little Bennett. Thanks to manager Jan's generous offer, anyone who comes in with a QOC map gets a free cookie with purchase.

Other Points:

  • QOC will continue to use pre-registration as the ONLY method of signing up for our meets. Day of, on-site registration will only be authorized at the Event Director’s discretion and is subject to a $33 registration fee. Avoid the added cost and register on time.
  • Refunds are paid only in the case of event cancellation.
  • While leashed dogs are technically permitted in the park, they will not be allowed on the shuttle buses.
  • Masks are optional at all locations connected with the event.
  • There is no water on the course. Participants are responsible for their own hydration. A very limited supply of bottled water for emergency use will be on hand with the Meet Director; but it is vital to stay well hydrated. Please come prepared!
  • 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).


Little Bennett Regional Park, Cedarbrook Com. Church Parking (Classic)



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Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSaturday, January 20
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Jane Leggett
Course Designer:Mihai Sirbu
Location Details

Little Bennett Regional Park
Cedarbrook Com. Church Parking
Google Map

From I-270 exit 18, head east on Clarksburg Road which becomes Stringtown Road. Continue northeast across Route 355. After crossing Snowden Farm Parkway, Cedarbrook Community Church will be on your left. Park in the lower lot and look for direction from our volunteers on site.
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Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 1.9307
Yellow 2.44011
Orange 4.1759
Beige 3.8657
Brown 4.8809
Green 5.49010
Red 7.313014
Blue 9.520015
Course NotesClassic

A full set of courses is provided. Some courses have a remote start, you can follow the streamers or your map to it.  There is a single finish control at the end. The woods are mostly open, with some deadfall and low thorns.  Respect the dark green on the map, it is still hard to cross even in winter. Since the terrain is easy, courses are on the long side.

Weather forecast is below freezing, with wind chill in single digits.  Dress in warm layers and cover your head.  It will be cold!

It has rained and snowed in the past weeks, so the water features have water in them.  Unfortunately so have some of the trails, which can be muddy in places. Ice should be expected.

Part of the white and yellow courses are on a road.  It is lightly used.  Employ caution and do not walk on the roadway.  There are plenty of trails, so make sure to turn in the right direction. Advanced courses use existing bridges, you don't have to wade the main creek.

The special marker (black circle) on the map is a pile of rocks, sometimes just a rocky ground area if the rocks have been scattered.

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