Friday-Saturday, 24-25 February 2012
This year over 50 foreign competitors will join over 400 local orienteers at the 2-day Israel Open Championship. We have received registrations from Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Latvia and Estonia. The most competitive category will be M50, as usual. But we also expect tough battles in M21A, M15 and F45.
The two venues offer two very different types of terrain, and each day will require a different style of orienteering.
Competition Day 1 (Friday, 24 February) – Neve Shalom
Competition Day 2 (Saturday, 25 February) – Masuah
Update Day 1: Neve Shalom:
Take Route 44 to Mizpeh Harel, between Harel and Taoz villages.
(Do not take road to Neve Shalom village!)
Access to the assembly area is from the south only. Please park in available space alongside the road as you arrive. There is no parking beyond the assembly area.
Warm Up – The assembly area is within the map. Use the area south of the assembly area for warm-up. Do not go into areas to the north, east or west of the assembly are.
Spectator Leg – All courses will have a shared control, followed by a leg of 120 meter on a path, to a spectator/water control.
Start and Finish – Close to the assembly area. Take care to follow streamers and avoid crossing into the finish path.
Update Day 2: Masuah:
Take Route 38 to Serigim/Leon village, then Route 353 towards Agur village. Access to the assembly area is about 2 km past Serigim/Leon . Turn left off road. Parking along right side of trail road only.
Start – 500 meters west of the assembly area.
Spectator Leg – All courses include a spectator leg/control.
Competition Courses & Categories
Recreational (on Day 2 only)
Shorty (1.5-2 km) Boys/Girls
Short (3-4 km) – F13, M13
Short+ Women (3.5 km) – F15, F21C, F40, F45, F50, F55, F60,
Short+ B Women (2.5-3 km) – F65, F75
Short+ Men (3.5 km) – M55, M60, M65, M70, M75, M80
Medium A (5-6 km) – F21B, F35, M45, M50
Medium B (5-6 km) – M15, M21C, M35B
Medium+ (6-7 km) – F21A, M17, M21B, M40
Long (7-9 km) – M21A, M35
Competition Day 1: (24 February) 9:00 to approx. 11:30
Competition Day 2: (25 February) 9:00 to approx. 11:30.
Starts will be divided into 3 periods. When registering, competitors can request early, middle or late start.
Late: 10:45 and later
Anyone requesting a time change on the day of competition will be slotted into the late period only.
Start lists will be published several days prior to event.
Both days of competition will be held on NEW maps, produced by Czech mapper Petr Matula. Scale 1:10,000. Contours 5 meter.
Check out these existing maps from nearby areas to get an idea of the terrain:
Tel Tzora map
Tel Azeka map
Tel Azeka South (Leon/Sarigim) map
50 NIS per event, includes EMIT card rental
To guarantee your start time and use of an electronic punch, you must register no later than 4 days prior to the event. Early registration ends 19.2.2011
Online registration is not available in English.
To register, contact Ziv Noiman at: ISOA Info/Registration
For each participant, please provide the following information:
- First name, last name
- Year of birth
- Your EMIT card number OR request to rent
- Email address or other contact information
Every registered participant must sign a waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for each child under 18.
Health & Safety
ISOA will provide first-aid at each competition site. Emergency care and major hospitals are within a 30-minute drive from all competition sites. ISOA will not bear responsibility related to medical costs for participants.
Places to stay near the championship venues:
B&B Kibbutz Tzora – Tel: 972-2-990-8562, 972-50-727-2059
Neve Shalom Hotel – Tel: 972-2-999-3030
Moshav Shoresh (Green Mountain) Country Lodging
Kibbutz Harel Country Lodging
Neve Ilan Hotel
Inexpensive Accommodations in Israel
Overnight Campgrounds – Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Note: most overnight campgrounds are available for large groups only, by reservation.
Israel Youth Hostel Association
Network of guesthouses and youth hostels throughout Israel.
Field Schools – Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI).
Hostel accommodations throughout Israel
Israel Hostels (ILH) – Independent Travelers’ Accommodation
February Festival – O Training and Travel in Israel
The ISOA invites you to a new orienteering experience.
Come to Israel for a week of O-training and sightseeing, and compete at the annual 2-day Israel Open Championship.
Click an image and view a slideshow of typical terrain.