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Orienteer This Sunday At Mason Neck

Greg Lennon
 

Sunday's temperatures are now flirting with approaching 70 degrees, so plan to come enjoy orienteering at Mason Neck State Park (near Lorton, VA), on one of Ken Walker's courses (white through blue) this Sunday, March 10.


Timing is standard - but don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour Saturday night for DST - so you can arrive to register between 10:45 - 1:15pm, start between 11 - 1:30pm and be back before 3pm. There is a park entrance fee at this State Park, and for those of you interested in checking out the visiting Northern Alaska tundra swans before or after your orienteering, check out the details on our event webpage.


Approaching Deadline Alert(s) ...


First, this coming Saturday (March 9) is the last day to register for QOC's Junior Training Weekend, held the next weekend (March 13-14) at Prince William Forest Park. Head here for details. Note that the Night-O event on Saturday (3/13) will be a regular public event, open to everyone and without any need to pre-register (webpage here).


Second, this Sunday (March 10) is your last chance to register at discounted rates for QOC's Classic Event, being held April 13-14 on the Quantico Marine Corps Base. A full website discussing this fine event, which includes the 2019 Junior National Championships, is online here and we encourage local orienteers - of all ages - to compete in this national event!



Training weekend regular registration deadline tomorrow; late through Saturday

Jon
 

The training weekend to be held in Prince William Forest Park on March 16-17 is filling up but nowhere near full yet.  Regular pricing of $60 for the whole weekend (less for options to take part only on Saturday or only on Sunday) will be in effect through the end of Tuesday.  After that, the weekend will cost $70 per person until registration closes at midnight on Saturday. There are, knock on wood, no weather events on a scale likely to shut down the whole park in the long range forecast so a repeat of last year's forced cancellation apparently isn't in the offing. If you can spare some or all of that weekend and would like to both get in some early spring season orienteering training and help us do justice to the fabulous meals Florence and helpers will be producing, the time to sign up is now.  Cheers.


Jon Torrance


Orienteer at Cabin John Park This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

With the better weather (comparatively) predicted for earlier rather than later in the day, plan for an adventure orienteering in Cabin John Regional Park this Sunday, March 3. Course setter Don Fish has set beginner through advanced (white through red) courses, and looks forward to hearing your feedback.


Registration will be open from 10:45am to 1:15pm out of Pavilion A (on the N/NE side of the large parking lot); start any time between 11 - 1:30 and be back before 3pm.


Orange course and advanced course runners will cross Tuckerman Blvd twice, punching at mandatory controls on either side of the road. Don't worry about your time crossing the road, since it will be subtracted from your time. In other words, especially given potentially poor road and driving conditions, please be extra safe crossing this busy road.


Full event details (including information about the map advanced runners in particular should read) along with driving directions can be found on our event webpage.


See you Sunday!


 


Register Now For Our 2019 Quantico Classic National Event (Early Bird Deadline is March 3)

Greg Lennon
 

Over the April 13-14 weekend, QOC will be hosting a two-day national orienteering event - the 2019 Quantico Classic and Junior Nationals - and we hope to see all QOC orienteers there! The event will take place on the Quantico Marine Base (near Triangle, VA) on some great orienteering terrain and it's open to all ages and all skill levels.


Early-bird (discounted) registration closes March 3, so now's the time to register and receive the lowest entry fees whether it's for one or both days. We look forward to hosting many orienteers from across the US at this event, and as a local orienteer, we hope you'll offer them some fine competition as well as a warm welcome. Head to the event website at uschamps.org where you'll find full event details and registration links.


Note to non-DOD individuals 18 and older: you will need to fill out the security form after registering for the event - but as a QOC orienteer, you probably already knew that!


Training weekend earlybird deadline

Jon
 

Amid the press of preparing for the upcoming-in-April QOC national event (for which registration is now open), I neglected to get the word out in a timely fashion about the earlybird deadline for the upcoming QOC training weekend (Saturday, March 16- Sunday, March 17).  Due to my distraction, that deadline has now been extended from the end of today to midnight this Friday, March 1. Anyone, of any level of orienteering experience, is welcome to take part. Details and a link to the online registration system are posted at http://qoc.us.orienteering.org/events/2019/3/16/pwf-spring-weekend.

The training weekend will, as usual, include a night orienteering event on the evening of Saturday, March 16, with courses designed by Karla Hulett and Gary Smith. The night-O will, unless the NPS springs a surprise on us, be open to all comers with no pre-registration required, not just to training weekend participants. Course details should be posted soon, pending final park approval of the courses.

I'll hope to see lots of people at the training weekend, and lots more at the night-O. Cheers.

Jon Torrance


CANCELLATION: QOC Manassas event

Greg Lennon
 

Due to park guidance, we have no choice but to cancel this Sunday's orienteering event at Manassas Park.

We have tentatively rescheduled it for Sunday, April 21.

Refunds will also be processed for all those who pre-registered.

Let's hope for more hospitable conditions soon!


Orienteer at Manassas This Sunday*

Greg Lennon
 

We're hoping the weather will cooperate well enough, and the sunshine predicted to arrive eventually this Sunday comes sooner rather than later, so you can enjoy the orienteering courses (white through blue) set at Manassas Battlefield National Park this Sunday, Feb. 24.


*This is an event that due to park regulations requires pre-registration, so head here to register before arriving at the event. 


Please check the event webpage any time after 5pm Saturday before heading out to Manassas in case the park staff rescind our permit due to conditions, but assuming the event is on, timing for everyone who pre-registered will be standard (check in between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and finish before 3pm).


We are hoping this event will take place - and we're also hoping you'll be there along with the sunshine!


Re: Come to the QOC Junior Training Weekend - March 16-17

dagmar merkova
 

So sorry, we can not help, we are at Gatineau,
Dasa and Alexis

On Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 10:11 AM Boris Granovskiy boris.granovskiy@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] <Quantico_Orienteering_Club@... wrote:


Hi all!

Quantico Orienteering and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Junior Team will be hosting a junior training weekend March 16-17 at Prince William Forest National Park just southwest of Washington, DC. The terrain is extremely relevant for the Junior Nationals that will take place in Virginia in April, so this is a great place to prepare for the spring's biggest races!

The training camp includes four training sessions and a night-O. Experienced coaches, including Junior Development Team coach Greg Ahlswede, will lead groups at each skill level. The training will be open to everyone, including adults at any skill level, but the coaching effort will be concentrated on the junior.

Detailed information and links to registration are available here.

Contact me with any questions.

- Boris




Re: Babysitting trade?

honkst2006
 

Hi Boris. Unfortunately, I am helping at registration tomorrow so I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to keep a good eye on Inara. I hope you have found someone to help! Heidi

-----Original Message-----
From: Boris Granovskiy boris.granovskiy@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club]
To: Quantico_Orienteering_Club
Sent: Fri, Feb 15, 2019 5:02 pm
Subject: [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] Babysitting trade?

 
Hi QOC friends!

I am planning on coming to Sunday's event at Wheaton with my two-year-old daughter Inara. I am wondering if someone would be willing to keep an eye on her while I run a course - preferably red, but anything would be great. In exchange, I can offer to watch your kid, do course review, do your math homework, provide federal education policy analysis, or any other goods or services.

Please let me know if you can do that, and what time works best for you. Thank you very much in advance!

- Boris


Babysitting trade?

Boris Granovskiy
 

Hi QOC friends!

I am planning on coming to Sunday's event at Wheaton with my two-year-old daughter Inara. I am wondering if someone would be willing to keep an eye on her while I run a course - preferably red, but anything would be great. In exchange, I can offer to watch your kid, do course review, do your math homework, provide federal education policy analysis, or any other goods or services.

Please let me know if you can do that, and what time works best for you. Thank you very much in advance!

- Boris


Orienteer This Sunday at Wheaton

Greg Lennon
 

Plan to head out to Wheaton Regional Park (Maryland) this coming Sunday, Feb. 17, for a winter orienteering event - veteran course setter Chris Gross has set some fine courses (beginner through advanced; white through red) for you.

Timing is our standard: register indoors in the 'Train Station' meeting room between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be back before 3pm. 

Full course stats and details as well as driving directions are on the event webpage.

And while you're thinking about it, why not pre-register now for *next* Sunday's (Feb. 24) Manassas/VA event? That event does require advance registration (with payment) due to park rules, and registration is open now via the Manassas event webpage for your convenience.

See you in the woods!


Come to the QOC Junior Training Weekend - March 16-17

Boris Granovskiy
 

Hi all!

Quantico Orienteering and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Junior Team will be hosting a junior training weekend March 16-17 at Prince William Forest National Park just southwest of Washington, DC. The terrain is extremely relevant for the Junior Nationals that will take place in Virginia in April, so this is a great place to prepare for the spring's biggest races!

The training camp includes four training sessions and a night-O. Experienced coaches, including Junior Development Team coach Greg Ahlswede, will lead groups at each skill level. The training will be open to everyone, including adults at any skill level, but the coaching effort will be concentrated on the junior.

Detailed information and links to registration are available here.

Contact me with any questions.

- Boris


Orienteer This Saturday: 7th Annual Bumble & Winter Meeting

Greg Lennon
 

This Saturday, Feb. 2, marks our 7th annual Bumble, and we're looking forward to seeing you at Hemlock Overlook Park (near Clifton, VA). We will also hold our Winter Meeting & Pot Luck Party in the Lodge there, so come for Dave Onkst's orienteering courses, enter to win some fine door prizes thanks to REI, and stay for the party organized by Event Director Heidi Onkst!


Because of the need to get advanced orienteers registered in time for the 11:45am race briefing and Noon mass start, registration opens at 10:30am. Registration will stay open until 1:15pm for beginner (white & yellow) and intermediate (orange) orienteers and those advanced orienteers unfortunate enough to miss the Noon mass start.


Beginner and intermediate orienteers may start their course any time between 11 - 1:30. All orienteers (on all courses) must be back by or before 3pm (the party will start sometime after 2pm). We will have not have access to a full kitchen; please bring utensils for any dish you bring. Plug-in warming plates or pots are fine to bring. Alcohol is allowed so feel free to bring your favorite beer or wine; QOC will provide non-alcoholic beverages, cups, utensils and paper goods.The weather is expected to be sunny with temperatures in the mid-40's so keeping food in your car before the meeting will be fine but we will also have access to refrigerators.


Please make sure to read the The Bumble for full event details. Full event and course details, a locator map and map notes - including the explanation of what a Bumble is - and plenty of other information is now posted there.


See you Saturday!


Orienteer Sunday at Patapsco/Catonsville

Greg Lennon
 

This Sunday, Jan. 27, QOC's second event of 2019 will be taking place in Patapsco Valley State Park, based out of the Catonsville CCBC campus. A full set of courses (white through blue) has been set by veteran mapper and course setter Ted Good, and QOC President Jody Landers and Cecilia Landers and their volunteers will be welcoming you as the event co-hosts.


Register any time between 10:45 - 1:15, start between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to finish before 3pm.


Driving directions and full course stats and course setter comments are posted on the event webpage, and especially for advanced orienteers (brown, green, red and blue), we strongly encourage you to read them!



Cabin John Event CANCELLATION

Greg Lennon
 

The one-two punch of a shutdown + a snow forecast has forced us cancel this Sunday's orienteering event, originally scheduled for Greenbelt National Park, then moved to Cabin John Regional Park (and now cancelled). Our next scheduled event is January 27 at Patapsco (near Catonsville).


We'd like to thank all the volunteers who've already put in time wrangling for permits, designing courses and checking out park conditions, and we hope their efforts will be put to good use in the future as we work to reschedule these events (and as we wish the best to all our colleagues impacted by the ongoing federal shutdown).



Orienteer at Fountainhead This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

With reasonable weather predicted for this Sunday, January 6, plan to come out to Fountainhead Regional Park and enjoy your first orienteering event of 2019! A full set of courses, white through blue, has been set by veteran course setter Victor Lin, and to take best advantage of the less-visited western section of the park, we will be running shuttles to the start/finish from the registration area, which will be at the main parking area (Shelter 1).


While allowing for time on both ends for this shuttle, event timing is standard: register between 10:45 - 1:15, start anytime between 11 - 1:30, and definitely be back at the finish to catch the last shuttle back by 3pm.


Additional event details (including the mention of the $5 shuttle surcharge) are on the event webpage, so take a look at it and plan now to be there Sunday!





CANCELLED: Sunday's Patapsco orienteering event to be rescheduled

Greg Lennon
 

Sorry folks, but the rain has exceeded the amounts allowed by the permit rules in force for the Patapsco venue and we are forced to cancel tomorrow's (Sunday Dec. 16) orienteering event at Patapsco/Hilton.


We have tentatively rescheduled the event for January 27.


Stay dry, enjoy the remainder of the year, and we'll see you in the woods in 2019!



Orienteer at Patapsco This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

With a full set of courses designed by Ted Good, who has also updated the map of this fine terrain, event directors Jody & Cecilia Landers invite you to take advantage of your last chance to orienteer at a QOC event this year.


Registration will be near the large parking lot (6) of the Catonsville CCBC campus, and event timing will be standard (start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be back before 3pm).


We do strongly recommend reading the course notes on the event webpage, which also has driving directions as usual, since they mention a stream crossing for all courses except white and there's a very specific note relevant to all advanced course orienteers you'll want to know about in advance! 






Re: Relay team status

Kathleen Lennon
 

Hi Jon,

Matt Stout is now living in the area and will be attending our champs. I'm not sure if he contacted you via Facebook but, it seems he was unable to see our website and therefore not getting a lot of info. He may want to join the relay team. 

Kathleen


On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 12:58 PM, jon.torrance@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club]
wrote:
 

A last update.  We have 11 QOC relay teams currently, made up of the people who have contacted me.  If you contacted me verbally or by email about being on a relay team and don't see your last name in the list below, then I must have dropped the ball somehow - please email me again and I'll see what can be done about putting you on a team even at this late hour. There's also a decent chance someone on a team now will injure themselves tomorrow morning and not feel up to running in the afternoon, so having an orienteer or two in reserve wouldn't be a bad thing.  Anyway, until tomorrow.  See you in the lovely, heated indoor space we're all, given the expected cold tomorrow, ecstatically happy to have for this event, as well as in the woods.


Jon



Current list of last names of QOC relay team members


Ahmed
Aleksiev
Aleksieva
Aleksieva
Camp
Dickey
Dickison
Good
Good
Gross
Heimgartner
Hession
Hession
Jepsen
Lennon
Lennon
Linville
McAleese
Merka
Merka
Merkova
Nolan
Nolan
Onkst
Onkst
Pastel
Seidlova
Silva
Snieckus
Sullens
Tan
Torrance
Weise


Re: Relay team status

Francis Hogle, III
 

Jon,

I’ll do a relay leg.

Francis




On Dec 8, 2018, at 12:57 PM, jon.torrance@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] <Quantico_Orienteering_Club@...> wrote:

 

A last update.  We have 11 QOC relay teams currently, made up of the people who have contacted me.  If you contacted me verbally or by email about being on a relay team and don't see your last name in the list below, then I must have dropped the ball somehow - please email me again and I'll see what can be done about putting you on a team even at this late hour. There's also a decent chance someone on a team now will injure themselves tomorrow morning and not feel up to running in the afternoon, so having an orienteer or two in reserve wouldn't be a bad thing.  Anyway, until tomorrow.  See you in the lovely, heated indoor space we're all, given the expected cold tomorrow, ecstatically happy to have for this event, as well as in the woods.


Jon



Current list of last names of QOC relay team members


Ahmed
Aleksiev
Aleksieva
Aleksieva
Camp
Dickey
Dickison
Good
Good
Gross
Heimgartner
Hession
Hession
Jepsen
Lennon
Lennon
Linville
McAleese
Merka
Merka
Merkova
Nolan
Nolan
Onkst
Onkst
Pastel
Seidlova
Silva
Snieckus
Sullens
Tan
Torrance
Weise