17230 Swanson Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, UPPER MARLBORO, MD
Let the Adventure begin with Outdoor Afro's Orienteering Event - It's the navigation adventure sport!
Attend this event with friends and family, take turns at finding wilderness checkpoints with your map and powers of observation, and share your adventures afterward.
Or challenge yourself, racing against the clock, trying to maintain mental focus while pushing hard physically through demanding terrain.
No advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
This is a family friendly event (Not recommended for infants or those who have trouble navigating various types of terrain) (You will be going through the woods on and off trail)
Things to bring: Compass, Eye glasses, Reuseable Water Bottle, Walking Sticks, Snack Pack, Hat, Gloves, Loose Comfortable Clothing, Waterproof shoes (optional), Picture ID.
Swanson Road Natural Area
Upper Marlboro, MD
DIRECTIONS: From the Washington Beltway, take exit 11 to MD-4 South/Pennsylvania Avenue. After 8 miles, exit onto US-301 North. Drive 3 miles then turn right onto Swanson Road. Stay on Swanson Road, following signs for either "PGRC" or orienteering signs - either will lead you to the parking area for the event. Note: if it makes more sense for you to take US-301 southbound to the park, you can turn left onto Swanson Road - it's the next junction south of Leeland Road, with the right turn being onto Beech Tree Parkway and the left turn, crossing the highway divider, onto Swanson Road.
Team or Group Entries
Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $2. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map.
At the event, we can only accept payment in cash or check; online, you may use a credit card or PayPal account.
If you have access to a smartphone, you may becomhttps://www.meetup.com/Outdoor-Afro-Washington-DC/events/235676165/?action=copy&cta=1e a member at the event by joining online via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional. If you wish to join or renew, we strongly recommend joining (or renewing) online before the event rather than at it to save time and because it's easier.
Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch pay a higher entry fee (see above), which includes the loan of an epunch for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) are usually available for sale at each event as described here.
Former QOC members who have let their membership lapse pay non-member fees.
Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
Please provide collateral (driver's license or car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.