Rogaine – Spring 2013 – Southern Judean Hills

Friday-Saturday — March 22-23, 2013  — 20:00 to 16:00

ROGAINE Israel – Spring 2013 – Results (Excel file, Hebrew)

ROGAINE Israel – Spring 2013 – Teams (Excel file, Hebrew)

This page has been updated – 15 Mar 2013
♦ Point deductions for late finish
♦ Checkpoint values and marking
♦ Required gear
♦ Safety
♦ Communication
♦ Recommended gear
♦ Forbidden equipment
♦ Respect and good manners
Rogaine Israel 2013 Rules (Hebrew)
Rogaine Israel 2013 Course Planner’s Notes (Hebrew)
Due to time constraints, it is not possible to provide a complete English translation of these documents. Contact the event organizers if you have specific questions about the rules and instructions for the event.

posted 17 Feb 2013
♦ Registration from outside Israel – see below
♦ Transportation assistance – see below
posted 13 Feb 2013
♦ Age restrictions for categories – see below
♦ Map scale: 1:30000
♦ Required minimum of 2 liter of water per competitor at start
♦ Early registration (discounted price) deadline extended to 28 February
♦ Set courses for Foot and Bike have been removed from the program

Start Times
Foot – 16 hours: March 22 at 22:00
Foot – 12 hours: March 23 at 01:30
Foot – 8 hours:  March 23 at 06:30
Bike – 7 hours:  March 23 at 07:20
Foot – 5 hours:  March 23 at 09:15
See below for complete schedule.
What is Rogaining?
Rogaining is a team activity for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Rogaining appeals to all types of outdoor sports enthusiasts – from recreational hikers and bikers, to elite level orienteers, runners, mountain-bikers, and ultra-athletes.
Your challenge and success come from your ability to read the map, to plan a route through as many checkpoints as possible, and to navigate your course within the time limit.
New rogainers are always welcome and organizers are more than happy to help you get started.

ROGAINE stands for Rugged Outdoor Group Adventure Involving Navigation and Endurance.
Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation, in which teams of two to five people visit as many checkpoints (“controls”) as they wish within a set time period. The checkpoints are marked on a map that competitors receive shortly before the start. Checkpoints have different point values, and can be visited in any order, so strategy and route selection are key elements to achieving the highest point score. Teamwork, endurance, competition and an appreciation for the natural environment are features of the sport.
The traditional rogaine is 24 hours in duration, but shorter events are common.
Learn more about rogaining.

Rogaine Israel Spring 2013 is offering 5-hour, 8-hour, 12-hour, and 16-hour events for those on foot, and a 7-hour event for bike riders.

Rogaine Israel Spring 2013 will  take competitors on trails through varying vegetation and terrain with vistas of Mesuah Ridge, Britannia Park, Nahal HaElah and Tel Tzafit. 


Rogaine Categories for Foot and Bike

  • Youth/Masters (Mixed Age) – At least one member of the team must be under age 16 or at least 50 years old.
  • Youth/Masters – Women (Mixed Age Women) – At least one female member of the team under age 16 or at least 50 years old.
  • Open – No age limits.
  • Open Women – No age limits, with at least one female member of the team.

Age is determined by the competitor’s age on January 1, 2013.
Any team with a member under the age of 16 must also have a member at least 18 years old.

In addition, the following age restrictions apply to categories:

  • Foot 5 hours – Age 12 and older
  • Foot 8 hours – Age 15 and older
  • Foot 12 hours – Age 16 to 65
  • Foot 16 hours – Age 16 to 60
  • Bike 7 hours – Age 13 and older

Start Time
Mass start for all competitors at the following times:

Event Sign In Map Handout Start Time Limit OT-DSQ
Rogaine.Foot 5 hours 8:00 8:45 9:15 14:15 14:45
Rogaine.Foot 8 hours 5:00 5:45 6:30 14:30 15:00
Rogaine.Foot 12 hours 0:00 0:30 1:30 13:30 14:00
Rogaine.Foot 16 hours 20:30 21:00 22:00 14:00 14:30
Rogaine.Bike 7 hours 6:00 6:40 7:20 14:20 14:50

Finish Time
All Rogaine competitors must arrive at finish line by the Time Limit hour specified for the event. Rogaine competitors will have penalty points deducted from scores due to late arrival at finish. Arrival after Overtime hour (OT) will result in disqualification.

Prize Categories

Masters Women
Foot 5 hours
Foot 8 hours
Foot 12 hours
Foot 16 hours
Bike 7 hours

Award Ceremony:  15:00

Event Organizer: Israel Sport Orienteering Association

Event Center
The assembly area will be at Mitzpeh Masuah in Britannia Park. Personal gear can be left at the event center, and participants may pass through the assembly area at any time during the event. See map and directions below.

Gear Provided by Organizers
Every competitor will receive a map prepared especially for the event; it has a scale of 1:30,000.
Every team will need one Emit electronic timing card, as used by competitors at Israel Sport Orienteering Association events. The organizers will loan an Emit card to any team in need of one.
Water points will be marked on the map.

The terrain has many deep pits, caves, and cliffs, some of which are not marked on the map. Maintain a high level of alertness when moving off-trail. Do not read the map while moving (especially in darkness) to avoid unforeseen falls, and potentially serious injury.

Required Gear
Every team must carry a mobile phone whose phone number has been registered with the event organizers.
Every competitor in all events must be carrying at least 2.0 liter of water at the start of the event.
All competitors in the 12-hour and 16-hour events must be equipped with a flashlight/headlamp. These competitors will also receive whistles from the event organizers.
Every competitor in the bike event must wear a helmet.

All teams must carry at least two mobile phones, well charged at the start, whose numbers have been registered with the organizers prior to the start.

All teams in the 12-hour or 16-hour events are required to send a text message to one of the phone numbers printed on the map, between 6:00 to 6:30 am., specifying  the exact time the message was sent, the team’s name and general location. For example: “6:04, Team Happy Days, south of station 45.” A confirmation message will be sent within 10 minutes. If you do not received a confirmation, you must call one of the phone numbers on the map.

Recommended Gear
Compass, food, long pants, extra pair of socks, first-aid kit, small pack for carrying gear.

Forbidden Equipment
The use of maps other than those expressly sanctioned by the organizers is prohibited.
The only navigational aids that may be carried on the course are magnetic compasses, watches and copies of the competition map.
Upon receipt of the rogaine map from the organizers, competitors are prohibited from using any other navigational aids, including other maps, aerial photographs, pedometers, altimeters, GPS devices with map-display capabilities, and smartphone applications.
Computers may not be used by competitors for planning their strategy.

During the competition, competitors may use only the food and equipment which they have carried from the start, or have left at the assembly area for later retrieval. No provisions may be cached in advance of the event. Only water may be refilled at any of the 12 water stations spread throughout the rogaine area.

45 checkpoints will be spread across the rogaine area. Checkpoints are marked by orange and white flags (orienteering control markers). Every checkpoint has an electronic timing device with a unique code.

Each checkpoint has a numeric code, which is also its point value, from 31 to 90. This number appears on the map and on the checkpoint itself. Each checkpoint in the field is also marked by yellow flagging tape labeled with the checkpoint number and “Rogaine 2013”. Typically the yellow tape will be visible from a distance while the checkpoint control flag will be slightly hidden (behind a bush or tree) to reduce the chance of theft.

Each team’s score is determined by the total value of the checkpoints visited.
Points are deducted for being overtime, according to the following rate per minute or part thereof.

  • Foot 5 hours – 5 points
  • Foot 8 hours – 8 points
  • Foot 12 hours – 12 points
  • Foot 16 hours – 16 points
  • Bike 7 hours – 7 points

Teams finishing more than thirty minutes late will be considered overtime, and therefore disqualified.

The rules for the event are based on the international rogaining rules. In case of discrepancies between those rules and those defined by the organizers of Israel Rogaine Spring 2013, the rules for this event will be the operative ones.
Israel Rogaine Spring 2013 Rules (Hebrew)

Respect and Good Manners

  • Do not enter areas marked as private or surrounded by high fences. Cross through residential areas only on trails and roads marked on the map.
  • Do not enter buildings, greenhouses and barns.
  • Do not cross agricultural fields, except where trails are marked on the map. It is permissible to walk/ride along the edge or fields, provided no damage is done to crops.
  • Do not cause any damage to agricultural equipment.
  • Do not ride through orchards and vineyards, but only around them.
  • After opening any gate, you must close it. Avoid causing any damage to fences.
  • Do no harm to natural or historical sites – flora and fauna, geological formations, ruins.
  • The water at water stations is for drinking only, and is not to be used for washing or splashing.

Event Site – Map Area
The rogaine map covers an area of about 116 square kilometers.
The area boundaries are Highway 6 to the west, Route 383 to the north, Route 38 to the east (up to Beit Guvrin to the south), and local roads and main trails to the south. Route 353 crosses the map from east to south, and Nahal HaElah crosses from north-east to west. On the eastern side of the map is a relatively high and steep ridge, which slopes gradually to the west. The region has a mix of planted forests, natural Mediterranean woods,  and both fallow and cultivated fields. Several rural villages are within the map.

Check out the magnificent landscape and terrain of Rogaine 2013, as photographed by mapper and event director, Noam Ravid.


Take Route 38 to Mizpeh Mesuah. Directional signs will be posted.
Please drive carefully, and comply with parking attendants’ instructions.

Transportation assistance to foreign competitors:
There is no bus service in Israel on the weekends (Friday afternoon until Saturday evening), so you will not be able to get to/from the event by public transportation. You might consider renting a car.
You can post a notice on the ISOA forum, and on the Rogaine Facebook event page.
Local orienteers are always happy to help in transportation, and it is very likely that someone will offer you a ride. 

Need a Teammate?
If you would like to participate but don’t have a partner, use the Find-A-Teammate form on the rogaine (Hebrew) website, or send an email to Rogaine Teammate. Specify your level of fitness, the category you want to compete in, your ambition (e.g., just for fun, aiming for the podium), and your name and contact details of course.

Entry Fees and Registration
Online registration on the Israel Sport Orienteering Association website.
Early registration:  Ends on 28 February 2013:
60 NIS per person / 40 NIS for ISOA member
Late Registration: 1 March 2013 – 17 March 2013:
90 NIS per person / 70 NIS for ISOA member
A sole ISOA member on a team with 3 or more non-members will be exempt from entry fee.
Optional event shirt (moisture-wicking fabric): Add 30 NIS to entry fee. Specify size (S, M, L, XL)
Registration ends 17 March 2013 at 23:59.

Registration from Outside Israel
Competitors from outside Israel may register by email to: Rogaine Israel Spring 2013
In your email, please include the following information:
– First and last name of each competitor
– Year of birth of each competitor
– Male/Female
– Course: Specify 5-hour, 8-hour, 12-hour, 16-hour, or 7-hr bike
– T-shirt (yes/no). If yes, specify size for each competitor: S, M, L, XL
– Team Name

Payment can be made in cash, in local currency, when you sign in at the event.