Date   

Relay team status

Jon
 

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 and individual course update

Francis Hogle, III
 

Jon,

 

Have you checked Fork Union or the Jr ROTCs?

 

Francis

 

 

 

 

 

From: Quantico_Orienteering_Club@...
Sent: Friday, December 7, 2018 4:27 PM
To: Quantico_Orienteering_Club@...
Subject: [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] Relay and individual course update

 

 

All,

 

We look to be in okay shape in terms of QOC turnout and coverage of the individual courses, although if any orienteer in your household is young enough to be eligible for points on white, yellow, or orange and isn't yet registered, it will make me happy if they do so before Sunday or show up on Sunday and surprise me - it's good either way.

 

Regarding relay teams, I have the makings of 9 QOC teams at the moment, plus one person interested on being on a team but with no prospective teammates yet.  So I wouldn't mind hearing from at least 2 more people who can stick around to run the relay.  More is fine too.

 

A note: if you happen to have approached me verbally some time in the past few weeks about being on a relay team but didn't follow up by email, please do.  My memory isn't Swiss cheese yet but it occasionally drops something so confirming your interest to me in writing might avoid problems.  I'll be sitting down tomorrow, probably late morning, to decide who will be on teams together so reconfirmed and new expressions of relay interest are both still timely.  Thanks and see everyone at Smokey Glenn on Sunday.

 

Jon


Relay and individual course update

Jon
 

All,


We look to be in okay shape in terms of QOC turnout and coverage of the individual courses, although if any orienteer in your household is young enough to be eligible for points on white, yellow, or orange and isn't yet registered, it will make me happy if they do so before Sunday or show up on Sunday and surprise me - it's good either way.


Regarding relay teams, I have the makings of 9 QOC teams at the moment, plus one person interested on being on a team but with no prospective teammates yet.  So I wouldn't mind hearing from at least 2 more people who can stick around to run the relay.  More is fine too.


A note: if you happen to have approached me verbally some time in the past few weeks about being on a relay team but didn't follow up by email, please do.  My memory isn't Swiss cheese yet but it occasionally drops something so confirming your interest to me in writing might avoid problems.  I'll be sitting down tomorrow, probably late morning, to decide who will be on teams together so reconfirmed and new expressions of relay interest are both still timely.  Thanks and see everyone at Smokey Glenn on Sunday.


Jon


Calling All QOC Members: We're Hoping to See You Sunday at Smokey Glen Farm!

Greg Lennon
 

Orienteers of every skill level are encouraged to attend this coming Sunday's (Dec. 9) QOC orienteering event, based out of Smokey Glen Farm (near Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland). While the weather is expected to be quite seasonal, our heated indoor venue will be the place to socialize before, in between, and after the morning - and afternoon - events, and the great terrain and courses will provide fine orienteering too.


Yes, it's the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Champs, with classic courses in the morning (starts from 9am to noon) and a relay race in the afternoon at 1:30pm - we hope you can do at least one race and hopefully both. Our club hopes to win back the Broken Compass Award this year, and since participation is a big part of the overall scoring rubric, we need you to attend! Courses of all levels, from beginner to advanced, are available and even though it's a Champs event our fees will be the same as for local events, so it's a great deal too.


Full event details are on the event webpage, and to guarantee yourself a map head there now to pre-register (no need to pay in advance), and please remember to also click on the link on the event webpage to directly email Jon Torrance your relay leg preference if you're a QOC member ready to have some relay-style fun.


Bring a change of clothes, bring food, and let's win back the Broken Compass!



Mid-Atlantics Relay Team Formation and Individual Course Selection

Jon
 

QOC members,


The Mid-Atlantics are coming up on Sunday so if QOC is to reclaim the Broken Compass we lost when DVOA hosted last year, a good turnout of QOC members for both the classic courses and the relay will be required. I'll be serving as the QOC team coach/captain/coordinator/what have you, so consider the following to be my pre-event instructions and pep talk.


- please note that the event timing will be non-standard, with the start window from 9:00am to noon so we can fit in the relay starting at 1:30pm.


- we're offering online pre-registration with payment in person at the event.  Please make use of this, it will make.things run more smoothly on Sunday.


- if you want to run on a QOC relay team in the afternoon, please email me your vital statistics (name, gender, year of birth, and feelings as to which of the three legs you'd be happy to run) and I'll do my best to put you on a QOC team.  If you have a team already assembled, please send me the vital stats for the whole team.


- I would also appreciate, as much as possible, knowing what individual course QOC members will be running, so I can ensure that we have a reasonably strong and deep QOC contingent on each course. Please send me that along with your relay info or separately. I'll be in touch closer to Sunday if it looks as though it might be desirable  for you to run a different course in order to maximize QOC's points tally.


- regarding course selection, since this event is not just the Mid-Atlantics but also a National Ranking Event, we're trying to minimize possible conflicts between running the course on which one can win the most points and running the course on which one prefers to be ranked nationally with a rule that only people running a course for which they are eligible to be ranked nationally are in the hunt for points on the individual courses.  The practical upshot of this is that QOC would probably prefer most people register for the shortest/easiest course they are eligible to run under the OUSA rules of competition.  You may, of course, choose to run a harder/longer course and still be vying for points, just against stronger expected competition.That said, this only matters if you think you have a shot at being in the top five males or top five females on some course.  If you aren't that speedy an orienteer, register for whatever course will make you happiest.  And if you are fast and skilled but you want to run some course other than the shortest/easiest one for which you're eligible, that's okay. Winning isn't everything. (If you aren't familiar with the OUSA course/class structure and need some guidance as to which courses you're eligible to run, I'm happy to oblige above and beyond the explanation posted on the event page on the QOC web site.)


- a reminder, attendance by club members is part of the Mid-Atlantics scoring, so just by taking part, you will be helping QOC score more points.  However, this is only true if your membership is current.  So, if your membership has lapsed recently and you plan on coming on Sunday, please renew your membership ASAP. OTOH, if your membership has lapsed recently and you won't be able to make it on Sunday, it's optimal to wait until next week to renew your membership.


I think that covers the essentials.  It looks currently as though it may be cold on Sunday but weather conditions will be favorable otherwise so I hope many of you will come out on Sunday for some fine orienteering. Go QOC! Beat DVOA!


Jon Torrance




Parking, Registration & Pre-Registration - three orienteering updates!

Greg Lennon
 

Three quick updates about our next three orienteering events:

  1. Parking for tomorrow's (Saturday's) Little Bennett event will now be in a new location - the Little Bennett golf course parking lot on Prescott Road, off to the right just a short distance before our registration area (which will still be at the 'horse trailer' field in the park). It's a 10 minute or less walk from the parking lot to the field; porta-potties will be near the registration area.
  2. Registration & payment in advance is required for Sunday's event in Prince William Forest. We are using a new registration system for this event, tied in to our membership database, and we've added some FAQs about it to the event webpage.
  3. Pre-registration for next Sunday's (Dec. 9) event, the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Champs, is open now and is the way to guarantee yourself a map for the morning/classic courses. You don't need to pay online (since payment will be collected at the event). We hope to see all QOC members and their friends at this annual event, being held at a great venue (details here), so please pre-register and help our club win back the Broken Compass Award!


Two QOC Orienteering Events This Weekend

Greg Lennon
 

Weather and permits permitting, we will be holding two orienteering events this weekend - in Maryland on Saturday, and in Virginia on Sunday (requiring pre-registration). For both events, a full set of courses, white through blue, will be available, and timing will be standard: start anytime between 11 - 1:30 and be back before 3pm. 

This Saturday (Dec. 1), the rescheduled Little Bennett event (near Clarksburg, MD) will hopefully take place. Register at the event, but please make sure to check the LB event webpage not only for full event details but also for any late-breaking news.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, orienteer in Prince William Forest Park (near Triangle, VA). Due to permit restrictions, you must pre-register online in advance for this event. The registration link and other event details can be found on the PWF event webpage, and we also recommend checking it just before the event for any important updates.

We hope to see you at one or both events!

 


Cancellation of this Sunday's Orienteering Event at Little Bennett

Greg Lennon
 

We are sorry to announce that due to overly soggy conditions, we are forced to cancel this Sunday's (Nov. 18) orienteering event that was to have been held at Little Bennett Regional Park.


We hope to reschedule it soon, but in the meantime, please make sure to mark your calendar to go orienteering both Sunday Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. On Dec. 2, we will be at Prince William Forest Park, and on Dec. 9, QOC will be hosting the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Champs based at Smokey Glen Farm, with classic courses and a relay taking place in the adjacent Seneca Creek State Park. From beginner to advanced, we hope to see all QOC members at this event, so please do plan on attending!



Orienteer at Great Falls This Sunday - If You Register Now

Greg Lennon
 

Registration is still open to attend this Sunday's (Nov. 11) orienteering event in the Great Falls section of the C&O National Historic Park, (near Potomac, MD), but online pre-registration & payment is required for everyone for this event. [There will not be any walk-up registration due to park rules.]


Thanks to course setter Sam Listwak, there are 3 courses (beginner, 2.4k, intermediate 4.5k, and advanced 8.5k) to choose from, and advanced course orienteers who feel they won't complete the 8.5k will have a 5.5k option.


Event timing is *almost* as usual: check-in between 10:45 - 1:15, start anytime between 11 - 1:30, and be back no later than 3pm. Why *almost*? To help you take into account two factors: first, there is a 600 meter walk to the start from the registration area, which itself is a walk from the parking lot, and second, to remind you that  on a colorful Fall Sunday there's often a bit of a line approaching the booth where you pay the National Park entrance fee.


And indeed, sunny weather with a fine incentive to keep moving (brisk temperature!) is in the forecast, so register now and then dress accordingly ... and after your event, don't forget to take advantage of the half-price pizza for all participants, as detailed along with all course details on our event webpage.


So register now, and see you Sunday!




Intermediate/advanced terrain walk at Fountainhead this Saturday

Jon
 

All,


There's no time like the near future to make good on my promise that the terrain walk at Balls Bluff wouldn't be a one-off, so it's on again for this Saturday at Fountainhead. The same plan as at Balls Bluff but with much simpler logistics since registration/start/finish/parking will all be much, much closer together - assemble just before 1pm at the start and we'll walk around the brown course whilst I attempt to transmit, verbally and by demonstration, my accumulated orienteering wisdom. This will involve a fair bit of covering basics in addition to discussion of whatever advanced issues the brown course raises.  Questions about any and all aspects of orienteering will also be entertained.  Participation is recommended for orienteers who have only just begun to attempt orange courses, orienteers who routinely do advanced courses but feel like they don't know it all and would like to pick the brain of an orienteer with past if less so current pretensions to elite status, and everyone in between. Please email me (jon.torrance@...) before Saturday if you'd like to take part - up to ten people may join me, first responding, first served. If this ends up oversubscribed or Saturday isn't convenient for you, don't despair - I anticipate doing this again sometime in January or February and at least once thereafter this season.  Cheers.


Jon


Orienteering Weekend Approaching - Register Now

Greg Lennon
 

Our Fall Orienteering Weekend, with orienteering events taking place this Saturday, Nov. 3 and also Sunday, Nov. 4, is fast approaching! A few brief reminders:

  • If you are 18 or older, your name MUST be on the "Entry" list for Sunday's event on the Quantico Marine Base, and the sign-up deadline is tomorrow (11:59pm Tuesday Oct. 30). Even if you are only going to decide at the last minute whether to actually go, sign up now using our free online form so you'll at least have the option to orienteer on this fine terrain.
  • Course selection and payment will be at each event's registration area (Fountainhead/Saturday and MCBQ/Sunday). Full courses are available both days (beginner through advanced; white through blue).
  • Daylight Savings Time ends Saturday night, so make sure to set your clocks back an hour before Sunday's event!
More event details as well as driving directions are online for Saturday's event and for Sunday's event.

And for those planning ahead, pre-registration is now online (and mandatory, with payment) for next weekend's Great Falls Maryland event, taking place Sunday, Nov. 11. This event usually sells out, so register soon!


Interested in forming a team for "The Stockville" race over November 3/4th weekend

Mark Thomsen
 

Hi Everyone, 

 My name is Mark Thomsen and I've been orienteering for about 1.5 yrs. I'm at most of QOC events thru the year and regularly run the brown course, and finish in the middle of the pack, or higher. Except for this past weekend :( lol...


 That said, I'd like to try something new: a rogaine (e.g. The Stockville)! Turns out, one is coming up next month. Would anybody be interested in joining? We can have up to 4 ppl! 


http://rootstockracing.org/index.php/the-stockville/


Susquehanna Stumble on Sunday/carpooling to same

Jon
 

All,


Most of you have probably noticed on the web site that there is no QOC event this coming weekend because SVO's Susquehanna Stumble will be held on Sunday, at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, in the Michaux State Forest a little bit NW of Gettysburg, PA.  SVO will be offering white, yellow, and orange recreational courses (sign up on the spot, fees as usual) plus the Short Stumble (~7km, $18) and the Long Stumble (~14km, $25).  Mass start for both Stumbles will be at 11am. The deadline to pre-register (by email to whitmore@...)) for the Short and Long Stumble is Thursday; registration on site on Sunday will incur an additional $5 fee.


Since the drive to the venue is meaningfully longer for most of us in and around DC than getting to a typical QOC venue, it seems worth organizing some carpooling.  If you plan on attending and would like to participate in a carpool, please email me no later than Friday evening your name, vehicle status (need a seat/possessing a vehicle with # seats available/happy to drive your own vehicle or ride in another vehicle), and your address and/or a brief description of where you could conveniently pick people up and/or could conveniently join up with a carpool in someone else's vehicle.  I'll do my best to make sensible carpooling arrangements for everyone who contacts me. Cheers and I'll hope to see a strong QOC contingent at the Stumble start line on Sunday morning.


Jon




Intermediate/advanced training tomorrow afternoon at Balls Bluff

Jon
 

It's been a while (more than a season, I think) since I last led a terrain walk but I've decided it's a practiced worth reviving - tomorrow starting at 1pm at Balls Bluff I'll lead a terrain walk around (most if not all of) the brown course with up to 10 individuals joining me (if anyone at all chooses to join me given the short notice).  This is intended as training for people ranging from those just starting to do orange courses up to regular runners of advanced courses less experienced than myself who might benefit from a chance to pick my brain. We'll talk about orienteering technique fundamentals, route choice considerations, and whatever other technical issues in orienteering the course may elicit.  Based on past experience, this is likely to take until ~3pm - we'll cut the course short as needed to make sure we don't overshoot the course closure time by very much, if at all.


If you'd like to take part, please email me to say so before noon tomorrow so I'll know to expect you and assemble at the Edwards Landing pavilion a few minutes before 1pm.  I don't expect, given the short notice, that it will be an issue but if more than 10 people are interested, I'll take the first 10.  I haven't decided when/where yet but I'll try to do this again a few more times this season so it won't be the end of anything, let alone the world, if tomorrow's walk is in fact oversubscribed or tomorrow isn't convenient for you. Cheers.


Jon Torrance


Blue shirt left at Patuxent

Jon
 

With apologies for not saying so sooner, a somewhere in the spectrum between sky blue and royal blue shirt, size large, was found at the end of the Patuxent event two weekends past apparently forgotten in the men's restroom. Since the meet kit and accompanying lost and found had already departed, I took and retain possession of this shirt.  If you think it may be yours, email me - I'll have it with me at Balls Bluff this Sunday or we can arrange for me to return it to its owner at some other forthcoming event. Cheers.


Jon


Orienteer at Patuxent This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

Enjoy some rain-free orienteering this Sunday at Patuxent River Park (Upper Marlboro, MD), where in addition to all classic courses (white through blue), two 'contours-only' training courses will be offered by course setter Craig Shelden.


Register at the event anytime between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be back at the finish no later than 3pm.


Lots of great course details as well as driving directions are now posted on the event webpage, so make sure to check them out and to plan to be there this Sunday!




Zero to Orange course registration deadline

Jon
 

FYI, in case you haven't noticed it on the web site, Bob Turbyfill has arranged another session of his Zero to Orange in 3 Days course, with classroom and in the woods training on Oct. 6-7, this coming weekend at Patuxent, and final exam, written and practicum, at Balls Bluff on Oct. 21 - http://qoc.us.orienteering.org/content/training-course-new. As of last checking, there is room in the course for at least a few more registrants but for Bob's ease in planning, he wants to know who all will be taking part no later than tomorrow.  If you or anyone you know would like a firm grounding in Orienteering 101, that's this course and online registration is live at https://qoc.wufoo.com/forms/q19ys1cy0ebt301/.. Please sign up by tomorrow evening if you'd like to take part.  Bob is expected to offer the course again in the spring but it's a long time until then.


Note: it doesn't say online but typically in the past this course has run, somewhat influenced by park/classroom facility opening times, from fairly early morning to mid-afternoon on each day of instruction.

 


Orienteer - on Bike or on Foot - This Sunday at Lake Accotink

Greg Lennon
 

Plan to orienteer this Sunday, Sept. 23 at Lake Accotink Park (near Springfield, VA), where we hope to offer both mountain bike orienteering courses (weather permitting) and foot orienteering courses (rain or shine).


If the weather is reasonable, the start window for the bike (MTBO) courses will be from 8:30-10am. The start window for the foot courses will be our standard 11am - 1:30pm (with courses closing at 3pm).


Speaking of the foot courses, in addition to classic point-to-point white, yellow, and orange courses, we will debut a special Score-O type of course for advanced (and adventurous intermediate) orienteers, the Thomass event. A Thomass course features a single score-O window, in which everyone has their own handicap based on age/gender/experience, entitling them to skip a certain number of controls. For this event, an (optional) mass start will be offered at noon, with a 11:50am meetup for map distribution and pre-race briefing.


There are plenty more event details as well as driving directions to the McLaren-Sargent Pavilion registration area on the event webpage, so check that page out and plan to have a great time at Lake Accotink this Sunday!

 


Orienteer at Occoquan Park This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

Our club's 2018-2019 season opens this Sunday, September 16, with a classic orienteering event at Occoquan Regional Park (near Lorton, VA). We are glad to be able to say that the current weather forecast calls for a mild day with little to no rain, and we will have beginner through advanced course options (white through blue).


Event timing is our standard: register at the event any time between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start any time between 11am - 1:30pm, and be back before 3pm. Bring friends and family, bring a dog if you wish, and enjoy the new features at this fine local park.


Full event details and driving directions are available via the event webpage.


See you Sunday!



Orienteer at Occoquan Park This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

Our club's 2018-2019 season opens this Sunday, September 16, with a classic orienteering event at Occoquan Regional Park (near Lorton, VA). We are glad to be able to say that the current weather forecast calls for a mild day with little to no rain.


Event timing is our standard: register at the event any time between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start any time between 11am - 1:30pm, and be back before 3pm. Bring friends and family, bring a dog if you wish, and enjoy the new features at this fine local park.


Full event details and driving directions are available via the event webpage.


See you Sunday!