National Orienteering Day Event at Lake Accotink Park (Springfield VA) This Sunday

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Come participate in a fun outdoor navigation exercise at Lake Accotink Park this Sunday - all ages and skill levels welcome, with giveaways and randomly awarded prized from National Orienteering Day sponsors.

if you like outdoor games, you'll love orienteering

Have fun learning to navigate through Springfield VA's Lake Accotink Park using a map and compass to get from one trail to another. This is an easy sport to learn, a great team building activity, and ideal for families who enjoy the outdoors. This event is part of the National Orienteering Day, a set of events conducted nationwide in September by Orienteering USA, and giveaways and randomly awarded prizes from event sponsors will be distributed.

Participants don't need to sign up in advance; just show up between 12pm and 2pm this Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Lake Accotink and a Quantico Orienteering Club (QOC) member will help with some tips before the run or hike is started. A variety of courses from beginner through seasoned adventure racer complexity will be available. Participants may come solo or in groups.

Most orienteering events have a small fee to offset the price of land access and the production of the highly detailed maps. Other than bringing the entry fee ($10 per person, or less if in a group or a junior), just wear a smile, clothes suitable for a hike or run in a local park, and if possible, bring a compass. Compasses may also be borrowed from QOC.

For information on Orienteering USA's nationwide events and programs, visit

For detailed information and driving directions for this Sunday's QOC event at Lake Accotink, visit the QOC website at

About QOC: For over 40 years, the nonprofit Quantico Orienteering Club (QOC) has hosted outdoor events in the Mid-Atlantic region suitable for all ages and skill levels. QOC is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals, groups and families enjoy the outdoors through the use of map-based activities and competitions.

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