Israel Winter Cup 2014

Friday-Saturday, 12-13 December 2014

Jerusalem Foothills
Competition Day 1  (Friday, 12 December) – Ta’oz
Competition Day 2  (Saturday, 13 December) – Kivrot Hamaccabim

Venues – Getting There  israel-o-winter_2014-map-venues

Competition Courses & Categories
Recreational (on Day 2 only)
Shorty (1.5-2 km)  Boys/Girls
Short (3-4 km) – W13, M13
Gold (2-3 km) – W65, W75, M75, M80
Short+ D (3-5 km) – W21C, W40, W45, W50, W55, W60,
Short+ H (3-5 km) – M50B, M60, M65, M70
Medium A (5-6 km) – M45, M50A
Medium B (5-6 km) – W21B, W35, M21C, M35B
Medium C ((5-6 km) – W15, M15, M50B
Medium+ (6-7 km) – W21A, M17, M21B, M40
Long (7-9 km) – M21A, M35

Start Times
Competition Day 1:  9:00 to 11:00
Competition Day 2:  9:00 to 11:30 (approximate)
Start lists will be published several days prior to event.

Scale 1:7500/1:10,000. Contours 5 meter.
Competition will be held on newly revised maps.
Ta’oz map (2013).
Kivrot HaMaccabim map (2014)

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

50 NIS (approx 10 €) per event, includes SPORTident (SI) 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. Early registration ends 5.12.2014
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
  • Male/female
  • Year of birth
  • Country
  • Club
  • Your SI 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
Neve Ilan Hotel – Tel: 972-3-9190669

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 ISOA invites you to a new orienteering experience.
Come to Israel for a week of O-training and sightseeing, and compete at the Israel Winter Championships.

The Ta’oz map is located within the Yitzkak Rabin Park, which occupies an area of around 15,000 dunam in the Shaar HaGai area. The park consists mainly of planted forests, and gives visitors an opportunity to see a variety of different geographical segments and historical sites that represent the history of the Land of Israel. The park includes areas of woodland where a variety of wildflowers bloom in the winter and spring, terraces bearing traces of ancient agriculture, and sites of historical and archeological interest that provide evidence of continuous Jewish settlement in the area since Biblical times. The remains of a Roman road, Byzantine and Ottoman ruins, and the remnants of comparatively recent settlement – blend to form the varied and interesting landscape of the park.




The Kivrot Hamaccabim map is located within the Ben Shemen Forest, where orienteering events are held throughout the year. Halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Ben Shemen is the largest forest in central Israel, and offers a diversity of hiking routes, bicycle paths, picnic areas, archaeological sites, a profusion of wildflowers in winter and spring. 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.