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February 24

General Jeb Stuart

QOC invites you to the historic Stuart's Hill section of Manassas National Battlefield Park once again! Stuart's Hill terrain is more open, with large fields rare for our venues but also with woods of all degrees of runnability. Event timing is our standard: register any time between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be back before 3pm. Note that pre-registration is required for this event and is now open (click here).

Because of possible weather complications, please check this webpage again no later than Saturday for any status updates about this event.

Course lengths are now posted below along with course comments. For those of you thinking of moving up a level, this is probably a good event to go for it, since the park is fairly flat and constrained, so you may enjoy running on a course that is a bit longer than your usual.

Youth groups or other large groups planning to attend this event: make sure to let the Event Director know in advance about your group so that we can coordinate pre-registration for your group; the group registration and waiver form is part of the information on our Group Leaders page.

Nearby Attraction: The park's Henry Hill Visitor Center, located at 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA, will be open from 8:30am - 5pm, and it's free. This museum has both static and dynamic displays, plus a 45 minute movie ('Manassas: End of Innocence') focusing on the Civil War battles that took place here, including over the terrain covered by our orienteering courses.

Please note the following about this park:

  • Good news! This national park no longer charges any entrance fee.
  • Climbing on cannons and monuments is not allowed.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash.
  • Hunting for relics is strictly forbidden.


Manassas National Battlefield Park, Stuart's Hill, Manassas, VA (Classic)

RegistrationPre-registration is required and is now open: Click Here to register.
Start TimesStart any time between the specified times (usually 11am - 1:30pm).
ScheduleSunday, February 24
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Daniel Heimgartner
Course Setter:Tavia Sullens
Course Designer:Gavin Weise
Location Details

Manassas National Battlefield Park
Stuart's Hill
Manassas, VA
Google Map

Take I-66 to Exit 47 in Manassas. Go South on Sudley Road (route 234). After a short distance, turn right onto Balls Ford Road (route 621). Proceed ~2 miles, then turn right onto Groveton Road (route 622). Go North ~1 mile to the picnic area entrance on the left.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.6458
Yellow 3.34510
Orange 4.47015
Beige 3.71008
Brown 4.77512
Green 67515
Red 7.411018
Blue 8.716019
Course NotesClassic

A full set of courses will be on offer – White through Blue. The minimal climb and vast open spaces make this an ideal park to run up a level. Efforts were made to create some new legs and control locations from previous years; however, many will still be familiar as the park only presents so many options, especially for longer advanced courses. The deadfall is quite heavy in some areas and expanding – some areas of the park were avoided to keep runners out of these areas, although not completely.

Only a few updates have been made to the previously updated map from 2018. Runners will find the open fields vary in the grass height with some areas no longer being mowed; however, they are generally runnable at least in winter. Rootstocks continue to evolve (both new unmapped ones and mapped but decayed ones) and are therefore not not used as control features nor really recommended as attackpoints, etc. The wet areas continue to spread – some of this has been reflected on the map but certainly not all. Runners on most courses can expect to get wet...

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
Epunch Owner $5 $5 $10 $5
Epunch Borrower $10 $5 $15 $10

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.

Important Notes
  • If you wish to become a QOC member you should join online in advance via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional.
  • 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) can be purchased from online vendors 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.