Israel Open Championship 2018

23-24 February 2018


23 Feb 2018  Sataf. Jerusalem Hills. WRE Event. Middle Distance – Day 1
24 Feb 2018  Anabe. Ben Shemen-Modiin. Middle Distance – Day 2

Venues – Getting There

2018 Israel Open Orienteering Championships Venues (click to enlarge)

All competitors from abroad must register by submitting the Registration form.

Elite class competitors from both Israel and abroad (H21E, D21E) must also register for the WRE event through EVENTOR. (Note: Eventor registration not yet open.)

For WRE and non-WRE, the entry fee per event is 50 NIS (12 Euro), and includes SPORTident card rental.

Once you have registered, payment can be made in the following ways:
Prior to events – Payment by credit card, by contacting the IOA office.
At venue – Payment in cash, in Israeli shekels (NIS), at cashier desk.

WRE registration deadline: 12 February 2017.
IOC registration deadline: 20 February 2017.


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

Open Courses
Recreational (family) course – Day 2 only. On-site registration available, dependent upon weather conditions. Check event website for updates.

Start Times
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 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.

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
Abraham Hostels – Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth locations

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.


Sataf is situated on the western edge of Jerusalem, and slopes steeply toward the Soreq riverbed. Sataf contains ancient agricultural terraces dating back to the time of the ancient Israelites. There are two main springs in the forest, which water the vineyards and olive groves. (Photos: Dalia Ravid)

Anabe – open and forested areas, olive groves, cactus thickets and historic ruins. (Photos: Gidi Zorea)