Israel Open Championship 2018

Israel Orienteering wishes to thank the 64 orienteers from 14 countries who came to Israel to compete at the 2018 Israel Open Championships.

Day 2 Photos – Anave – Dalia Ravid
Day 2 Photos – Anave – Gidi Zorea
Day 2 Video Clips – Anave – Gidi Zorea
Day 1 Photos – Sataf – Gidi Zorea
Day 1 Video Clips – Sataf – Gidi Zorea

Overall Championship Results – 2-day Total (PDF)

Israel Open Championships – Day 2 – Classic
Day 2 – Results
Day 2 – Splits
Day 2 – Lap Combat (split analysis)

Israel Open Championships – Day 1 – Middle Distance
Day 1 – Results
Day 1 – Splits
Day 1 – Lap Combat (split analysis)

Update: Added 22 Feb 2018.  – START LISTS!

Israel Open Championships. Day 1 (Sataf) – Start List
Israel Open Championships. Day 2 (Bet Anave) – Start List

Update: Added 20 Feb 2018.
To help competitors understand the unique terrain and mapping conventions used, there will be a model/warm-up map for Sataf.

Update: Added 19 Feb 2018. 

Transportation: Friday, 23 February.
In Tel Aviv, many roads will be closed off and traffic will be stopped on Friday morning, due to the Tel Aviv Marathon. Plan accordingly. Info at:

Update: Added 18 Feb 2018. 

Sataf – Day 1 – Middle Distance 

The terrain is heavily loaded with landscape details: agricultural terraces, cliffs, ruins, rocks and stones.

To enable better reading of the map, which is also heavily loaded with black landscape information, a special markation is used for agricultural terraces, to differentiate between terraces and cliffs (see example).

In addition, a clear vegetation boundary is marked with a fragmented green line (according to the new standard 2017)

Caution: The cliffs and terraces are sometimes high and impassable. It is recommended to find a bypass road and not to try to climb impassable cliffs/terraces.
In addition, some areas are filled with rubble and it is advisable to move carefully in these areas.

Tip: Singular trees are visible from a distance.

Parking: About 300 meters from assembly area. Only one car from each club will be allowed to enter assembly area. Buses must also park in remote parking lot.

Start: Next to assembly area.

Services: Water, toilets, first aid – in assembly area.

Course Length Climb Controls Winning Time
Category [km] [m]  # [minutes]
H21A/H35A 4.22 100 19 30
H40/21B/18A/D21A 3.66 100 17 32
H45/50A 3.49 90 15 37
H21C/16A/18B/D16A 3.29 90 14 28
H55/35B/D21B/35 3.46 90 18 37
H50B/60/65/70 2.64 70 14 37
D21C/40/45/50/55/60 2.37 70 13 40
H14/16B/D14Q16B 2.41 70 10 35
H12/D12 1.57 50 7 35
H75/80/85/D65/70/75 1.85 60 10 35
Bet Anave – Day 2 – Classic Distance 

Varied terrain – open, semi-open and forested, cultivated fields and olive orchards, with some stone ruins. Undergrowth includes thorns and nettles – leg protection is strongly recommended.
Terrain also includes cliffs and small open pits. Run with caution.

Forbidden Areas:
The competition area includes cultivated fields, which are clearly marked on the map as forbidden to cross. The map has only one mapped trail that can be used to cross the field.
A bedouin encampment is also clearly marked on the map as out-of-bounds.

Parking: Short walk to assembly area. Please park as directed by parking attendants.

Start: Close to assembly area.

Services: Water, toilets, first aid – in assembly area.

Climb: not greater than 3% of course length.

Course Length Controls Winning Time
Category [km] # [minutes]
H21A/H35A 8.87 28 55
H40/21B/18A/D21A 7.65 22 55
H45/50A 6.3 22 55
H21C/16A/18B/D16A 6.1 22 45
H55/35B/D21B/35 6.32 21 55
H50B/60/65/70 4.04 15 45
D21C/40/45/50/55/60 4.03 14 50
H14/16B/D14Q16B 3.35 11 40
H12/D12 1.91 8 35
H75/80/85/D65/70/75 2.5 10 45


Update: Added 18 Feb 2018. 
PROLOGUE Event –  Thursday – 22 Feb 2018

Heftsiba Hadera
Starts 10:00-11:00
A taste of Israel orienteering terrain.


WAZE Driving Instructions  (from mobile phone)

Over 50 foreign competitors from 11 countries have registered for the Israel Open Championships:
 Belgium (4)     Czech Republic (13)    Estonia (2)    Finland (1)
 Germany (2)   Lithuania (6)    Singapore (1)    Switzerland (6)
 Slovakia (11)    Sweden (4)   Ukraine (2).


23 Feb 2018  Sataf.
Jerusalem Hills. Middle Distance – Day 1
WAZE Driving Instructions  (from mobile phone)


24 Feb 2018  Anabe (Anava).
Ben Shemen-Modiin. Middle Distance – Day 2
WAZE Driving Instructions (from mobile phone)



2018 Israel Open Orienteering Championships Venues (click to enlarge)

All competitors from abroad must register by submitting the Registration form.
Registration deadline: 20 February 2017.

Registered Competitors – Sataf

Registered Competitors – Anabe


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 revised, 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)