Sprints at University of Maryland this Sunday
- Come explore the University of Maryland's College Park campus as part
of QOC's third Campus-O! QOC will be co-sponsoring an event this
Sunday, May 7, 2006 on the University of Maryland campus at College
Park, MD. The University's Terrapin Trail Club will host the event;
Mike Newman will act as meet director. Registration and starts will
run from 12 Noon to 2 pm.
John Blaisdell set this year's courses. He has provided two Sprint
(short) courses, which have been registered as part of Peter Gagarin's
official 2006 Sprint Series. For more information about the Sprint
Series, go to http://www.petergagarin.org/2006ss/schedule.html
Registration and starts will be open from noon to 2pm near the tennis
courts on the west side of Cole Field House. See directions below.
There will be orienteering signage to help you find registration.
Restrooms are available around the campus, but not in the Field House
this year. Running shoes are recommended given the civilized (paved)
terrain. Please, no spikes inside any buildings. There will be an
immense number of free parking spaces available in the parking lots
slightly further west. Map fees will be as usual - $6 for members, $10
for non-members, but only $4 for U of MD students regardless of
membership status. Runners may run either or both courses for the one
fee. Maps will be pre-printed.
E-punching will be available for this event.
Course Notes for College Park
This event features not typical orienteering terrain, but typical
college campus terrain--buildings, lawns, sidewalks. There are roads
and pedestrians and distractions. But you will find an unusual set of
challenges using the fascinating map produced by Messrs. Benetis,
Torrance, and Lennon, where the usual orienteering symbols are applied
to this civilized area.
There are two sprint courses set for today; you may do either or both.
The A course is significantly easier than the B course. The A course
might double as a campus tour, passing most of the points of interest
on the main campus of the University of Maryland through generally
manicured areas. The B course traverses what wild areas still remain
around campus, with some tall grass and a few thorns on one or two
legs, even a stream you can fall into if you insist on ignoring the
The control placements are generally very easy, with the exception of
a couple on the B course which are at orange level difficulty.
However, the controls will be hung very low, on the ground in some
cases, in order not to attract unwanted attention from the multitudes.
The controls will not be hidden, but you may need to navigate to the
precise location before seeing the flags. The control descriptions may
be more useful than usual because there are many features within the
While everything on the map is in the terrain, not every possible
feature is mapped. In particular, the mapped lone trees are generally
distinctly larger than surrounding trees, but there is some variation
across the map. Not all fences and "stone" (i.e., brick) walls are
mapped, especially when they are extensions of buildings or have no
impact on mobility. The mapped rocks are small but distinct. Light
gray areas of buildings indicate archways and porticoes which you may
pass through. Dark gray buildings are inaccessible even if you happen
to find an unlocked door. Contour lines are rather difficult to
distinguish from pathways on the map but they are useful for
navigation only in a few areas anyway. A modest number of manmade
objects are mapped; they will be obvious when you see them and it
would be a pity to spoil all the surprises.
Be careful of traffic. Both A and B courses cross numerous roadways.
The busiest single road crossing is on the B course between controls 2
and 3, but you should remain aware throughout the courses.
Please respect the out-of-bounds areas; they are very carefully
defined and you may go along their edges without concern.
Course A: 3.00 km, 30m climb, 13 controls
Course B: 3.19 km, 20m climb, 13 controls
From Baltimore: I-95 S, at the Capital Beltway (I-495) take exit for
Rt. 1 south (to College Park). Travel about 2 miles south on Rt. 1 and
make right on Campus Drive (enter University of Maryland). Take Campus
Drive for about 0.5 miles, pass Stamp Student Union building and
continue straight (exit from Campus Drive). In about 0.2 miles there
will be plenty of parking lots. Park there. Registration will be by
the tennis courts, on the west side of Cole Field House.
From Washington DC downtown: Take Rt. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) north to
College Park. Make left on Campus Drive in College Park city. Take
Campus Drive for about 0.5 miles, pass Stamp Student Union building
and continue straight (exit from Campus Drive). In about 0.2 miles
there will be plenty of parking lots. Park there. Registration will be
by the tennis courts, on the west side of Cole Field House.
From Beltway: Travel to exit 25 and get on Rt. 1 heading south. Then
travel about 2 miles south on Rt. 1 and make right on Campus Drive
(enter University of Maryland). Take Campus Drive for about 0.5 miles,
pass Stamp Student Union building and continue straight (exit from
Campus Drive). In about 0.2 miles there will be plenty of parking
lots. Park there. Registration will be by the tennis courts, on the
west side of Cole Field House.