The next QOC event (of four before the Chase) will take place this
Sunday, April 17th at Patuxent River Park, MD. Registration and
starts will be offered from noon to 2pm. Courses will close at 4pm.
Meet Director: George Ford
Course Setter: John Stith (with much appreciated input and final
approval from Nadim Ahmed).
Meet Director's Note:
Well it never seems to fail, short handed again, but our wonderful
club members always come through. If you can pitch in for even 30
minutes, please let me (George Ford - gford@...
) know, even if
it is on Sunday.
Patuxent Park has always been a great place for a meet. Facilities
are right next to the start/finish, there is a 100 meter driveway from
the gate to the pavilion and it creates a great "Chariots of Fire"
moment (for the kids, of course) at the finish. For some reason it
always tends to get windy, so bring an extra jacket and maybe a
Frisbee if you plan to mill around afterwards. There's not a cloud in
the forecast and inquires have arrived from as far as San Francisco,
so a good turn out is anticipated.
We will have e-punching again for this meet on courses Orange through
Blue, thanks to the hard work of Valerie Meyer! If you don't own an
e-punch they are $1.00 to rent. NOTE: WE WILL NOT HAVE NOT PRE-DRAWN
MAPS SO ALLOW A FEW MINUTES TO COPY YOUR COURSE. Don't look at your
course while you trace it though - takes the element of surprise away
BLUE (for the first time in 4 years) 10.2 km length 325m climb 21
RED 8.1 km length 270m climb 15 controls
GREEN 5.6 km length 170m climb 14 controls
BROWN 4.0 km length 120m climb 9 controls
ORANGE 4.3 km length 80m climb 12 controls
YELLOW 3.0 km length 10m climb 12 controls
WHITE 2.5 km length 0m climb 10 controls
This year our Patuxent meet features an updated map and new terrain!
Patuxent River Park expanded a few years ago, and Dave Linthicum has
carefully updated the entire map to include the new acreage, new
beaver activity and more. The new map is 1:10,000, a larger scale than
the old 1:15,000 we used in past years. Contours remain at 5 meters.
Brown, Green, Red, and Blue courses use the new portion of the park,
as well as some old favorite areas. Those four courses, as well as
Orange, include stream crossings. Patuxent features wide streams and
few bridges. There are a few logs that can be used to cross the
various streams, but not many. Whether it rains more this week or not,
all the runners using courses from Orange up to Blue should expect to
have to put one foot into a stream from time to time. The stream
crossings are one reason that Orange runners may find some of their
legs particularly challenging.
Driving into Patuxent you will find that the access road is newly
paved, meaning that runners on Orange, Brown, Green, Red, and Blue
courses need to use extra care in crossing these roads during their
runs. The new pavement may lead some drivers to cruise along well
above the posted limit, so please start watching for cars as soon as
you have a roadway in sight.
The White and Yellow courses cross a one-lane road where traffic
should be slow, but these runners also need to use caution. If they
want to spend the time, White, Yellow, and Orange runners may want to
take a moment to visit the boat dock which is mid-way on their
courses, where they can look at the Patuxent River flow by.
Mud is part of the challenge at Patuxent! There are very few spots
that are very muddy, but there are many spots that may be somewhat
muddy. There is also still a good layer of fallen leaves in many
locations. Consider the saturation of the soil on the day of the meet
and consider the level of mud you might expect on different terrains.
The mud will be different on steep inclines than on gradual contours,
different on flat forested areas than on farmed fields, and different
on horse trails than on non-horse trails. Some mapped trails are wide,
while others are not very distinct. Read your map carefully and after
a few legs, you may find yourself adjusting your route choice after
seeing how you are faring on different types of terrain.
There is one specific hazard that Green, Red, and Blue runners must
consider. On the southeastern quadrant of the map is an area mapped as
dangerous because if you run north through the location, you could
fall off a high cliff. And we hate when that happens. Green, Red, and
Blue courses do run north near the location, so take note of the red
grid lines marked as "dangerous" and watch your position carefully
near this spot!
Hopefully it will be as nice as last weekend. Lots of goodies at the
start/finish, HYDRATE! See you there!!!
Directions: From I-95 exit 11, go east on Route 4 then south on US 301
for 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Croom Rd and eventually left again on
Croom Airport Rd. Follow orange and white orienteering signage to
parking and registration.