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Reminder - pre-registration is required

VMeyer9085
 

Just a reminder - pre-payment via pre-registration is required for the event in Prince William Forest Park tomorrow, January 5.

Valerie


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Reminder: Orienteer in Prince William Forest This Sunday (Register Now)
When: Sunday, 5 January 2020, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York
Where:Turkey Run Ridge, Prince William Forest, 5475 Turkey Run Rd, Triangle, VA 22172
Organizer: QOC
Description: Welcome to QOC's first event of 2020! This year, for the first time, we will be parking right at Turkey Run Ridge in the parking lot and camping areas. Please drive directly there, following QOC signage, and to save spaces, carpool if possible.

We are required to have pre-registration for this event, so if you haven't already, please register and pay now using the online form available through our event webpage. You'll find full course details for the seven courses there as well, which have been set to take advantage of the fine woods around and especially south of Turkey Run.

Please note that although the park increased its entrance fees to $20 on January 1, they have agreed to maintain the $15 fee for our event. If the pay station at the park entrance is unmanned, pay the entry fee at the park HQ (Visitors Center) before driving out to the registration site at Turkey Run Ridge. By the way, given that an annual park pass costs $35, QOC members might consider buying an annual pass for this great park; seniors (age 62 or over) can buy an annual pass good nationwide for $20 or a lifetime pass for $80. For even more info, including driving directions, head to the event webpage.

See you Sunday!

Upcoming Event: Orienteer in Prince William Forest This Sunday (Register Now) - Sun, 01/05/2020 11:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Orienteer in Prince William Forest This Sunday (Register Now)

When: Sunday, 5 January 2020, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Turkey Run Ridge, Prince William Forest, 5475 Turkey Run Rd, Triangle, VA 22172

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Organizer: QOC

Description: Welcome to QOC's first event of 2020! This year, for the first time, we will be parking right at Turkey Run Ridge in the parking lot and camping areas. Please drive directly there, following QOC signage, and to save spaces, carpool if possible.

We are required to have pre-registration for this event, so if you haven't already, please register and pay now using the online form available through our event webpage. You'll find full course details for the seven courses there as well, which have been set to take advantage of the fine woods around and especially south of Turkey Run.

Please note that although the park increased its entrance fees to $20 on January 1, they have agreed to maintain the $15 fee for our event. If the pay station at the park entrance is unmanned, pay the entry fee at the park HQ (Visitors Center) before driving out to the registration site at Turkey Run Ridge. By the way, given that an annual park pass costs $35, QOC members might consider buying an annual pass for this great park; seniors (age 62 or over) can buy an annual pass good nationwide for $20 or a lifetime pass for $80. For even more info, including driving directions, head to the event webpage.

See you Sunday!

[OUSA-ClubNet] OUSA Competitive Awards Voting

Boris Granovskiy
 

Hi QOC friends,

When you have a moment, go in and vote for the top candidates for OUSA's 2019 Competitive Awards. You can learn about the program here and vote for the nominees here.

All club members are eligible to vote. Note that QOC's own Joe Barrett is nominated in the Comet of the Year category!

- Boris

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Voting is open!  Go to the following link to cast your vote:
Please share the link with your clubmates...all OUSA and club members are eligible.
Linda Kohn

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Introductory online Karttapullautin class this Sunday and again in January

Jon
 

All,

I've talked in the past about someday putting together a clinic on how to make orienteering basemaps. Someday may yet come but while we await it, US Team Member Greg Ahlswede is offering an online introductory clinic covering some of the same ground I would cover, specifically how to use the software Karttapullautin to generate as close as possible to usable orienteering maps directly from LiDAR data with no or minimal human editing, this Sunday at 5pm and again on January 12.  I forget what online software he'll be using but this will be one of those deals where you share the screen of his computer and a voice connection via your computer to help you follow along.  If that's of interest, the link to signup for this Sunday's clinic is https://forms.gle/KsTwBhv9XafX4wLt6

Jon

Mason Neck Brown Course Review Discussion

Aaron Linville
 

Thanks to everyone who participated in Brown corse review at Mason Neck. For those who couldn’t make it, I’ve compiled some of the discussion items and put them together with some select tracks that were uploaded to Route Gadget and put them into a PDF available at the QOC website (link below). Thanks to the 41 runners who took the time to upload their routes (and you still can if you haven’t yet done so!)

https://www.qocweb.org/sites/default/files/MasonNeck2019_12_08_BrownCourseReview.pdf

V/r,
Aaron

Upcoming Event: Orienteer at Patapsco Avalon This Sunday - Sun, 12/15/2019 11:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Orienteer at Patapsco Avalon This Sunday

When: Sunday, 15 December 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:6115 River Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075

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Organizer: John & JP Landers

Description: Welcome to QOC's last event of 2019, featuring a full set of classic courses (white/beginner through blue/advanced) courses, courtesy of course setters Boris Granovskiy and Joe Barrett. This event will be based out the Avalon shelter at Patapsco Valley State Park.

Full event and course details are available via the event webpage - and due to wet ground-related regulations, make sure to check that page Sunday morning before starting your drive to check that we will be allowed to hold this event!

Upcoming Event: Orienteer at Mason Neck Park This Sunday - Sun, 12/08/2019 11:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Orienteer at Mason Neck Park This Sunday

When: Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:7301 High Point Rd, Lorton, VA

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Organizer: Laura Linville

Description: Come enjoy Mason Neck State Park's flat terrain this Sunday, on one of the seven classic courses (white through blue). Timing is our standard: register at the event between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be back before 3pm. 

This is a very kid (and dog) friendly park - there's a playground next to our registration area, and the park has three scheduled nature programs for kids and their families. Full details about these and of course your orienteering options are on the event webpage.

See you Sunday!

Upcoming Event: Orienteer on the National Mall This Sunday - Sun, 12/01/2019 10:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Orienteer on the National Mall This Sunday

When: Sunday, 1 December 2019, 10:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:National Mall, 12th & Jefferson St., Washington DC

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Organizer: Karla Hulett

Description: QOC's National Mall City Race this coming Sunday, Dec. 1, is the very first event we've ever officially held around the Mall, and we hope you'll come and try it! This event does require pre-registration, so please register (and pay) now. Registration will close Saturday at 5pm.

The event format is a Score-O, consisting of about 35 locations where you'll need to find the answer to mark on your scoresheet. You can do the event completely on foot, or if you choose, "mechanically assisted" (e.g. using a scooter, bike, etc). You can decide that at the start; note that you must start between 10am - noon, and be done no later than 3pm. 

Full event details are on the event webpage, including the all important registration links!

Upcoming Event: Orienteer at Hemlock Park This Sunday - Sun, 11/24/2019 11:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Orienteer at Hemlock Park This Sunday

When: Sunday, 24 November 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, 13220 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124

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Organizer: Dennis Doherty

Description:

Come orienteer this Sunday at Hemlock Regional Park (near Clifton, VA), where you'll have your choice of orienteering courses (beginner through advanced; white through blue) and most likely a partly sunny day and a fine temperature for running! Full course details and course setter comments can be found on the event webpage. No pre-registration is needed for this event, and event timing is standard (register between 10:45 - 1:15, start anytime between 10:45 - 1:30, and be done by 3pm).

This event is also the venue for this year's course setter training course. Our course setter students, Tavia Sullens, Paul Morris, Rob Field, and Mark Thomsen, have designed and set these classic courses under the tutelage of Andrew Komm. Please feel free to provide them with feedback when you are done with your course. Also, please don't forget to drive carefully on Yates Ford Rd and due to limited parking, carpool if possible.

See you Sunday!

Upcoming Event: Orienteer at Patuxent Park This Sunday - Sun, 11/17/2019 11:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Orienteer at Patuxent Park This Sunday

When: Sunday, 17 November 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Patuxent River Park, Croom Airport Rd, Upper Marlboro MD

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Organizer: Jody Landers jodylanders3@...

Description: With recreational courses (white, yellow and orange; i.e. beginner and intermediate) available for walk-up registration at the event, and with this year's (advanced) Stumble courses - which require pre-registration - Patuxent park will be busy with lots of orienteering this Sunday, and we hope you'll be there!

The mass start for the Stumble will be at 11am, and you must register before 5pm Saturday; timing for the rec course participants will be as usual (start any time between 10:45 - 1:15). All orienteers need to be back by 3pm.

Full event details are on the event webpage, and remember to register now if you're planning to run either Stumble course!

Upcoming Event: Orienteer at Balls Bluff This Sunday - Sun, 11/10/2019 11:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Orienteer at Balls Bluff This Sunday

When: Sunday, 10 November 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:901 Powhatan Ct NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

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Organizer: Bill Johns bill.johns@...

Description:

Hosted by the cadets of the Loudoun County Public Schools Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), this event will be based out of the Edwards Landing area of Balls Bluff Regional Park (near Leesburg VA). QOC's Patrick Farley is designing a full set of classic courses (white through blue), and full course details and course setter comments are on the event webpage.
 
Parking: Please do not park in the tiny Edwards Landing Park parking lot unless you are a meet volunteer, nor on Powhatan Court, the nearby narrow cul-de-sac. We prefer that you park at Ball's Bluff Elementary School; from 10:30am - 3:30pm, there will be a shuttle bus running from there to the Edwards Landing registration area.

See you Sunday!

Re: Mid-Atlantics registration deadline tonight

David Onkst
 

Opps, Jon.  Sorry I'm just now getting back to you about this, but I'm happy to run a relay, as long as my knee has blown up too badly by then.  So, put me where you need me.

Thanks,

Dave


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Subject: [QOC] Mid-Atlantics registration deadline tonight

QOC members,

A reminder - SVO has requested that people pre-register for Sunday's Mid-Atlantic Championships no later than today and isn't guaranteeing a map will be available for anyone who doesn't meet that deadline.  There's no need to pay until you show up on Sunday and no penalty for not showing, so if there's any chance of your making it to the event, please register today.  When I checked earlier today, DVOA was slightly ahead of us in the number of members registered, so given their smaller membership, they're definitely beating us handily in the points for participation unless that turns around.

By contrast, you can take your time to contact me about running in the relay - just based on the visible registration data, less than a quarter of the QOC members who plan on running in the relay have done so to date, either to tell me about the team they've put together or to tell me they'd like me to assign them to a team. While I'd appreciate if everyone doesn't wait until the last minute, it's okay to put that off until Saturday.  Thanks.

Jon Torrance, QOC Mid-Atlantics Coordinator

Mid-Atlantics registration deadline tonight

Jon
 

QOC members,

A reminder - SVO has requested that people pre-register for Sunday's Mid-Atlantic Championships no later than today and isn't guaranteeing a map will be available for anyone who doesn't meet that deadline.  There's no need to pay until you show up on Sunday and no penalty for not showing, so if there's any chance of your making it to the event, please register today.  When I checked earlier today, DVOA was slightly ahead of us in the number of members registered, so given their smaller membership, they're definitely beating us handily in the points for participation unless that turns around.

By contrast, you can take your time to contact me about running in the relay - just based on the visible registration data, less than a quarter of the QOC members who plan on running in the relay have done so to date, either to tell me about the team they've put together or to tell me they'd like me to assign them to a team. While I'd appreciate if everyone doesn't wait until the last minute, it's okay to put that off until Saturday.  Thanks.

Jon Torrance, QOC Mid-Atlantics Coordinator

Mid-Atlantic Champs: This Sunday!

Greg Lennon
 

With a sunny Fall day forecast for this Sunday (Nov. 3), register now to attend the Mid-Atlantic Champs and help QOC regain the Broken Compass Award!

While hosted this year by SVO at Pine Grove Furnace State Park (PA) SVO, you can read about the classic and relay courses and then register via SVO's website at http://www.furlong47.com/svo/midatlantics.html. SVO is offering online pre-registration, but with payment at the event. You should register by tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 31) to guarantee getting a map.

QOC has also chartered a bus which will board orienteers at 4 stops in VA and MD on its way to the event, and there are a few seats left before it fills up. Just head to the QOC webpage for this event and click the bus link to see the schedule and reserve a seat.

The Mid-Atlantics Champs is always a close contest and your presence definitely helps QOC, so we hope to see you there!

Mid-Atlantics relay teams, etc

Jon
 

QOC members,

This coming Sunday, November 3, SVO will be hosting the Mid-Atlantics Championsips at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, in the MIchaux State Forest near Gettysburg, PA, giving QOC a chance to reclaim the Broken Compass trophy DVOA held on to last year when we hosted the event.  The event will also be a National Ranking Event, with the individual courses counting towards the OUSA national rankings system. Details, including a PDF of the last used version of the map for the event, are on the SVO web site at http://www.furlong47.com/svo/midatlantics.html

The club scoring will be very similar to what was in place last year, with points for turnout by each club, for results on the individual courses, and for results in the relay race that will be run after the individual courses. Some notes regarding taking part, what course you should run, and forming relay teams:

- SVO is offering online pre-registration, with payment to occur at the event. You should register by this Thursday, Oct 31, to guarantee yourself a map for an individual course. Note: as far as I can tell, there is no reason not to register even if you aren't sure if you'll be able to attend, so if your weekend schedule is uncertain, go ahead and register anyway. I"m sure SVO anticipates having a few unused maps at the end of the day.

- when it comes to selecting the course to run as an individual, the overriding principle is, as always, to run the course you'll enjoy most.  That said, since the event is an NRE, the Mid-Atlantics scoring will be based only on the results of orienteers who are running either the shortest/easiest course they would assuming US citizenship or permanent residency, be eligible to win awards in at a US National Championships or a longer/harder course. QOC members young and older should therefore consider running the course appropriate for their gender and age under US rules, even if they normally run a longer/harder course, and save some energy for the relay.  Or, counterintuitively, for a few people it may make sense to run up to a longer/harder course where there may be less competition and therefore points to be won just for finishing (this is most likely to be true for a woman confident of being able to finish a red course without going overtime but not of being one of the top female finishers on green or brown). Regardless, please register for what makes the most sense for you. You will be helping QOC in the points just by showing up.

- the relay will be a handicapped format featuring 9, 6, and 3 point teams, with a mass start for the 9 point teams followed by chasing mass starts for the 6 and 3 point teams, i.e. the same format we offered for the relay last year and in years past when QOC has hosted.  Feel free to form a QOC 3, 6, or 9 point team made up of your friends or family but if you'd like to run on a QOC relay team but don't have teammates lined up already, see below.

I will be serving once more as the QOC Team Coordinator. Please therefore email me by no later than 6pm on Saturday, though the earlier the better, if you will be attending, would like to run on a relay team, and want me to set you up with teammates. Please also email me if you will be forming a QOC team yourself and tell me who will be on it and whether it will be a 3, 6, or 9 point team, since that will inform my decisions regarding team formation.  I would also appreciate knowing what individual course any QOC member who will be attending plans on running since it is desirable, as much as possible, to make sure we have some strong competitors, both male and female, on every course. Please include the age and gender of each individual orienteer you email me about - this will help me both ensure relay teams have at least the intended number of points so we hedge our bets in the relay and understand who all are likely contenders for points on all the individual courses.

I'll close by noting two things:

- the forecast is currently for sun and cool temps in the MIchaux State Forest next Sunday
- there is still plenty of space on the bus QOC is chartering to go to this event.  Details and registration for seats are at https://www.qocweb.org/events/2019/11/3/midatlantic-champs

Cheers and I'll hope to see a bus full of fellow QOC members next Sunday morning, and many more at the event.

Jon Torrance

News About 3 Upcoming Orienteering Events

Greg Lennon
 

While there isn't a QOC event this weekend, there are *three* news items for you to be aware of ... so in chronological order:

  1. Registration is still open for next weekend's (Sunday Oct. 27) QOC event at Great Falls, MD, and the Fall colors should be peaking in this classic venue. This event requires pre-registration (no walk-ups are allowed), and it has sold out for the last 5 years, so why not register now via the event webpage?
  2. Just a week later, on Sunday Nov. 3, the Mid-Atlantic Champs event will take place at Pine Grove Furnace State Park (PA). We will have a 55-pax charter bus heading up there (reserve your seat via the event webpage), and we hope as many QOC members as possible will attend this event to help us win back the Broken Compass Award!
  3. The week following our Nov. 10 event at Balls Bluff, the annual Stumble event will take place. This year, it will be at Patuxent River Park, on Sunday Nov. 17. Registration is now open for the Long and Short Stumble courses (but there's no need to register for the recreational courses, white/yellow/orange, which will also be available). Full event details are here.
Enjoy the Fall orienteering in our great outdoors!

Upcoming Event: Orienteer at Gunston Hall This Sunday - Sun, 10/13/2019 11:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Orienteer at Gunston Hall This Sunday

When: Sunday, 13 October 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-04:00) America/New York

Where:​​​​​10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck VA 22079

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Organizer: James Chaplin jhchaplin@...

Description: With fine Fall weather predicted for this Sunday, come enjoy orienteering at Gunston Hall, located east of Lorton, VA in a historic part of the Mason Neck peninsula.

Event timing is standard, and six courses (beginner through advanced; white through red) will be available. Two reminders: this event has a $5 surcharge, which includes a Tour of Gunston Hall, and, for those interested in a training opportunity, there will be a (free) guided terrain walk geared to improving skills of intermediate orienteers. Full event details and driving directions can be found on the event webpage.

See you Sunday!

Re: Intermediate terrain walk at Gunston Hall this Sunday

Chuck Ferguson
 

Jon,
   When we are doing terrain walks now for our NJROTC classes, we are stressing keeping the map oriented by using the terrain around you.  Most can orient the map with a compass but all should know both processes. You may already do this.  
Chuck

19, at 19:42, Jon <jon.torrance@...> wrote:

All,

As I have in seasons past, I plan on leading some instructional terrain walks this season. I've been thinking about how these work and have decided it might be more productive if I offered separate intermediate and advanced level terrain walks.  The first one this season, this Sunday at Gunston Hall, assuming there's demand, will therefore be an intermediate level walk, aimed at people who feel like they have mastered yellow courses and are ready to try orange courses, people who are currently doing orange courses but don't feel as though they've mastered them yet, and anyone in between. We'll walk around a short course made up of the controls in the woods for the day's event and do our best to discuss the whole set of skills and techniques needed for intermediate level orienteering as they apply to that course. If you'd like to take part, please email me to say so and plan on getting to the event early so you can be done your usual course and assembled at registration by 12:55pm.  The walk will hopefully begin promptly at 1:00pm and take up most if not all of the time until courses close at 3pm. Cheers.

Jon Torrance

P.S. I expect to offer an another, advanced level terrain walk before year's end, at an event yet to be selected.

Intermediate terrain walk at Gunston Hall this Sunday

Jon
 

All,

As I have in seasons past, I plan on leading some instructional terrain walks this season. I've been thinking about how these work and have decided it might be more productive if I offered separate intermediate and advanced level terrain walks.  The first one this season, this Sunday at Gunston Hall, assuming there's demand, will therefore be an intermediate level walk, aimed at people who feel like they have mastered yellow courses and are ready to try orange courses, people who are currently doing orange courses but don't feel as though they've mastered them yet, and anyone in between. We'll walk around a short course made up of the controls in the woods for the day's event and do our best to discuss the whole set of skills and techniques needed for intermediate level orienteering as they apply to that course. If you'd like to take part, please email me to say so and plan on getting to the event early so you can be done your usual course and assembled at registration by 12:55pm.  The walk will hopefully begin promptly at 1:00pm and take up most if not all of the time until courses close at 3pm. Cheers.

Jon Torrance

P.S. I expect to offer an another, advanced level terrain walk before year's end, at an event yet to be selected.

Re: Upcoming Event: Orienteer at Swanson Rd This Sunday - Sun, 09/29/2019 11:00am-3:00pm #cal-reminder

dagmar merkova
 

Boris, we are in Oiho, returning morning, but if we are coming on time I can help. I can give you an update when we wiill  be closer.

Dasa

On Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 3:18 PM Boris Granovskiy <boris.granovskiy@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I will be attending tomorrow's QOC event at Swanson Road with my 2.5-year-old daughter Inara. I am wondering if anyone is able or willing to watch her while I run a course, either before or after I take her out on White. I am happy to trade babysitting or pay. Thanks in advance!

- Boris


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Reminder: Orienteer at Swanson Rd This Sunday

When: Sunday, 29 September 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm, (GMT-04:00) America/New York

Where:17110 Swanson Rd Spur, Upper Marlboro, MD

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Organizer: Dave Levine ddlevine@...

Description: With warm sunny weather predicted for this Sunday, come enjoy orienteering in the Swanson Road Natural Area (Upper Marlboro, MD), a part of the Patuxent River park system.

Event timing is standard, and a full set of seven courses (beginner through advanced) will be available. Course setter Craig Shelden has updated the map and for the first time is offering a Blue course in this park; full event details and very useful course setter comments along with driving directions can be found on the event webpage.

See you Sunday!