Israel Open Championship 2016

Overall Results – 2-day total  (PDF file)

DAY 2 Results

Day 2 Splits

DAY 1 Results

DAY 1 Splits

START TIMES – Days 1 and 2

Bulletin 2 – 2016 Israel Open WRE

Bulletin 1 – 2016 Israel Open WRE

The 2016 Israel Open Championship venues are all within the Ben Shemen Forest, in the heart of Israel, midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Model Event (Thursday, 18 February) – Neot Kedumum
Note that this competition is not a part of the Israel Championships.
Directions: Neot Kedumim event info page – Google map
Registered Competitors and Start Times:
Times are not final. Actual start times will appear in column at far left.

WRE! Competition Day 1  (Friday, 19 February) – Kivrot Hamaccabim
(Organizer: Emek Hefer club)
Directions: Kivrot Hamaccabim event info page – Google map
Registered competitors and start times:
Times are not final. Actual start times will appear in column at far left.

WRE! Competition Day 2  (Saturday, 20 February) – Ben Shemen Forest
(Organizer: Hasharon club)
Directions: Ben Shemen event info page – Google map
Registered competitors and start times:
Times are not final. Actual start times will appear in column at far left.)

Note: Day 1 and 2 venues on original schedule have been reversed due to logistical issues.

Registration for WRE Classes – EVENTOR
H21A, D21A, H35A
Competition Day 1
Competition Day 2

Registration – Non-WRE Classes
50 NIS (~12 Euro) per event, includes SPORTident card rental
To guarantee your start time and use of an electronic punch, you must register no later than 1 week prior to the event.
To register, complete and submit the REGISTRATION form.



Competition Courses & Classes
Advance registration is required for these courses.
Actual course lengths and number of controls will be published at a later date.

Course Classes
Long (WRE) H21A, H35A
Medium + (WRE) D21A, H21B, H40, H18
Medium A H45, H50A
Medium B D16, H16, H21C,
Medium C D21B, D35, H35B,  M55
Short+ H H50B, H60, H65, H70
Short+ D D21C, D40, D45, D50, D55, D60
Short+ Gold D65, D70, H75, H80, H85
Short A D14, H14
Short B D12, H12

Open Courses & Classes
Advance registration is not required, but strongly encouraged, for these courses.
On-site registration will be permitted, dependent upon weather conditions and/or available start slots. Check event website for updates.

Course Classes
Medium Open Age 16 and older
Short Open Age 14 and older
Short B Open Age 12 and older
Children Open Under age 12

Start Times
Model Event: 12:00 to 14:00
Competition Day 1:  9:00 to 11:00
Competition Day 2:  9:00 to approx. 11:30.
Start lists will be published prior to events.

Some maps will cover new terrain in these familiar areas. Other maps will be recent and thorough revisions, to give competitors the best possible orienteering experience.
Scale 1:7500/1:10,000. Contours 5 meter.

Check out these existing maps from nearby areas to get an idea of the terrain:
Canada Park
Neve Shalom
Tel Tzora

Punching System
All events will be organized using the SPORTident electronic punching system. Competitors who have SI cards can bring and use their own cards.

Every registered participant must sign a waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for each child under 18.

Health & Safety
IOA will provide first-aid at each competition site. Emergency care and major hospitals are within a 15-minute drive from all competition sites. IOA will not bear responsibility related to medical costs for participants.

Anywhere in central Israel is a convenient location for getting to the events.

Inexpensive Accommodations in Israel
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
Overnight Campgrounds – Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Note: most overnight campgrounds are available for large groups only, by reservation.

O-Training and Travel in Israel
The IOA invites you to a new orienteering experience.
Come to Israel for a week of O-training and sightseeing, and compete at the Israel Open Championships.

There are many training maps in close proximity to the competition arenas. Israel is a small country, and nearly all O-maps in Israel are within a driving distance of no more than two hours.

Israel offers a plethora of historical and religious sites, beach resorts, archaeological tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism. The capital Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is a holy city to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Tel Aviv is a cosmopolitan, cultural and financial global city. It was ranked by National Geographic in 2010 as one of the world’s ten best beaches. Israel’s different cultures and religions, its diverse landscapes, the contrasts between cities, and the mixture of European and Middle Eastern culture all combine to give tourist a rich experience.

The Terrain

Ben Shemen Forest

Ben Shemen Forest  is the largest forest in central Israel, located midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It offers a diversity of hiking routes, bicycle paths, picnic areas, archaeological sites, a profusion of wildflowers in winter and spring.

To the east of the Ben Shemen Forest is the new city of Modi’in-Maccabim-Reut, established in the 1990s and already home to some 90 thousand residents. The town’s name commemorates the ancient settlement that thrived here some 2300 years ago. This region was home to the Maccabee family, whose members liberated Judea from Greek occupation and renewed the Jewish worship at the Temple in Jerusalem.



Kivrot Hamaccabim

In the area of Ben Shemen Forest known as Kivrot Hamaccabim (the Tombs of the Maccabees), there is a small hill on top of which are two rows of graves and a small burial cave. Nine tombs are carved in the bedrock. Tradition attributes these graves to the Hasmoneans and the Maccabees of ancient Israel.





Neot Kedumim – literally “the pastures of ancient times” – is a picturesque nature reserve, where visitors can see and experience the Land of the Bible as it was 2000 years ago. Plants and trees, water and agricultural installations, have been cultivated and restored, bringing to life the landscape of ancient Israel.

Orienteering at Neot Kedumim – Jan.2015


The Sprint event of the 2009 Mountain Bike World Orienteering Championshipwas held at Neot Kedumim.

Exceptional Journey to Neot Kedumim