Man and woman with maps.
Photo by Tom Urman

When - completed

This event was held on Sunday, September 15.

Results for 2019

Orienteering Beginners
Orienteering Intermediate
Orienteering Advanced

Photos of the 2019 Competition

See the gallery of orienteering photos taken by our volunteer photographers.


General Rules
Please go here for rules covering all events.

Orienteering Rules
Events will be held in men’s and women’s divisions in 5-year age groups (50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+). Orienteering USA Rules will be used with exceptions and modifications. The Event Host will provide equipment. For questions call 703-987-9070.

A) The Events

  • A Beginner/Advanced Beginner course of approximately 1 to 2.5 kilometers straight distance.
  • An Intermediate Course of approximately 4 to 5.5 kilometers straight distance
  • An Advanced course of approximately 3.8 to 5 kilometers straight distance.
  • Only one orienteering course may be entered per person.

B) Equipment

  • The Event Host will supply orienteering maps (1:5,000 or 1:7,500 Map Scale for the Beginner/Advanced Beginner Course and 1: 7,500 or 1:10,000 Map Scale for the Intermediate and Advanced Courses), epunches (electronic timing devices), if used, and compasses. Competitors may use their own equipment.
  • GPS units with visual displays are not permitted.
  • Any other equipment may be carried provided it is not used for navigation or communication.
  • There will be drinking water and drinking cups provided on the course.
  • Control descriptions will be provided in English on both courses and international symbols on the Advanced Course.

C) General

  • This is an individual event.
  • Competitors will be released onto the course in 2 or more minute intervals.
  • Competitors must visit checkpoints (controls) in sequential order. No controls may be skipped.
  • Any route is permissible between checkpoints, except private property and out of bounds areas shall not be entered.
  • Obvious following an other competitor is discouraged.
  • There will be no overtime designation (there is no maximum time limit for completing the course). However, for security reasons, every competitor must finish by 3:00 p.m. even if he/she has not finished the course. 

D) Declaring Winners

  • Medals will we awarded and competitors will be ranked according to best times in each age and gender group and course category.
  • In the event that not all controls are visited, winners will be based on the number of sequential controls from the start.
  • Medals will be awarded following the competition.

Which course is for me?


Choose this novice course if you are just beginning to orienteer and have had little or no experience. Before starting you should know:

  • how to interpret map symbols and colors (legend).
  • how to orient the map to North using a compass and/or land features.
  • what are the basic objectives (rules) of orienteering competition.
  • what to do when hopelessly lost (how to user a "safety bearing").

This course is designed to introduce you to, and give you experience in:

  • following land features ("handrails" such as trails, roads and streams)
  • learning to relate the map to features on the ground
  • judging the distance between control locations
  • gaining self-confidence in map reading

Advanced Beginner

Choose this beginner course if you have had some experience with orienteering and are quite comfortable with the beginner course, or have done a lot of hiking using topographical maps. Before starting you should know:

  • everything listed for the white course above
  • how to read contour lines
  • how to select and follow a "handrail"
  • how to select and use an "attack point"
  • how to interpret a scale and judge rough distance
  • how to take a rough compass bearing
  • how to select a route choice (safer vs. shorter)
  • how to "recover" from an error by backtracking to last known point

This course is designed to introduce you to, and give you experience in:

  • following handrails to an attack point (rather than to the control)
  • taking a bearing from the attack point to the control
  • judging fine distance between the attack point and the control
  • selecting between simple route choices
  • recognizing "collecting features" and "catching features"
  • reading and interpreting contours
  • recovering using attack points and maps features

Intermediate Level

Choose this intermediate course if you are moderately experienced with orienteering, you have mastered the beginner courses and been very comfortable with them. Before starting you should know:

  • everything listed for the beginner courses
  • how to navigate with or without a "handrail"
  • how to select and use "collecting features" and "catching features"
  • how to "aim off"
  • how to "simplify" a map
  • how to follow a compass bearing
  • how to recognize and avoid "parallel errors"
  • how to read IOF control descriptions

This course is designed to introduce you to, and give you experience in:

  • how to navigate cross-country with confidence
  • make route choices (according to your personal strengths and weaknesses)
  • recovering from "parallel errors" and other mistakes
  • fine map reading while traveling
  • visualization of contours
  • judging physical challenges and pacing yourself

Advanced Level

Choose this competitive level course if you are an experienced orienteer and have done several orange courses with confidence. Before starting you should know:

  • everything listed for the other courses
  • how to "pace count"
  • advanced techniques such as attacking from above, contouring, thumbing your map, red light, yellow light, green light
  • how to evaluate your own physical and orienteering skills
  • extensive recovery techniques

This course is designed to give you experience in:

  • pacing yourself (physically)
  • recognizing the challenges presented to you by the course setter
  • perfecting your orienteering skills
  • discrimination of mapping details