Rogaine – Spring 2018 – Jerusalem Hills

 Saturday — March 17, 2018 – Jerusalem Hills

8-hour, 5-hour  and 3-hour events  for runners/hikers
6-hour event for mountain bikers

 עמוד הרוגיין בעברית: Link to HEBREW Rogaine 2018

Israel ROGAINE 2018 was held in the rugged Jerusalem Hills, between Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem in ideal weather conditions. The ROGAINE included 3, 5 and 8-hour events for runners/walkers, and a 6-hour event for mountain bike riders. Event director, Noam Ravid, was also the mapper and course planner (a two-year project!). ASA Tel Aviv orienteering club organized the event. Some 140 teams, totalling over 300 competitors, took part. 

Rogaine_2018_Final_Results – with splits (Excel file)
Rogaine_2018_Final_Results-Points-Ranking  (PDF file)
GPS replay on map –  O-GPS Center (Pavel Levitsky)
Gidi Zorea: Video Clips
Gidi Zorea: PHOTOS (1)  – setting out controls
Gidi Zorea: PHOTOS (2) – competition day
Dalia Ravid: PHOTOS

Updates 8/3

Safety Guidelines – Important information. Be sure to read!

Map Info – 80 square km

GPS Tracking – using mobile phone (Android) application OGPS Center Tracker
Rogaine is event:

Download application from Play Store and install the application on your phone.
Password for registering: 17032018
Activate the app just before start.

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The annual springtime ROGAINE will be held in the forested hills between Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem in central Israel.

What is Rogaining?

Rogaining (Rugged Outdoor Group Adventure Involving Navigation and Endurance)  is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation, in which teams of two to five people visit as many checkpoints (“controls”) as possible within a set time period. The checkpoints are marked on a map given to competitors 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. Traditional and championship rogaines are 24 hours in duration, but shorter rogaines are common. Learn more about rogaining.

Who Can Participate?

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.


Event Site – Map Area – 2018 ROGAINE

The map covers an area of about 80 square kilometers. It is bounded by Highway 38 and Highway 3855 to the west, Highway 395 to the north, Route 375 to the south, and the Kobi-Sataf ridge to the east. Roads 386 and 3866 cross the map from east to west.
The Nahal Soreq river channel runs from east to west, and in the eastern part it splits into Nahal Refa’im. The eastern part of the ROGAINE area is mountainous, with peaks at altitudes of 700 meters above sea level. The western part of the area descends to a height of 200 meter above sea level and contains a number of large quarries.
The area combines planted forests, Mediterranean natural woodlands, fallow lands, and a few cultivated fields and vineyards. There are several rural settlements within the boundaries of the map.

Event Center

Assembly area will be near the Nes Harim agricultural village (moshav).
Directions and parking instructions will be announced at a later date.

Rogaine Israel 2018 – Prize Categories 

Note: Updated Category Information

Age is determined by the difference (in years) between 2018 and competitor’s year of birth.
♦ Open: Men only age 16-49 (no prize eligibility in 3-hour event)
♦ Mixed Open: Men age 16-49 and at least one woman age 16-44 (no prize eligibility in 3-hour event)
♦ Men Age [Youth/Masters]:  Men only, and at least one man age 12-15 or 50+
♦ Mixed Age [“Youth/Masters Mixed”]: At least one woman. At least one man age 50+ or one woman age 45+ or 12-15

Every team must have a competitor at least 16 years old.

In addition, the following age restrictions apply to categories:

  • Foot 3/5 hours – Age 12 and older
  • Foot 8 hours – Age 16-60
  • Bike 6 hours – Age 16-60
  • Ages 12-15 allowed in 3/5-hour events only.
Start Times

Mass start for each event.

Event Map Handout Start Time Limit OT-DSQ
8 hours – Foot 6:30 7:30 15:30 15:45
6 hours – MTBO 8:00 9:00 15:00 15:15
5 hours – Foot 9:10 10:10 15:10 15:25
3 hours – Foot 10:40 11:40 14:40 14:55

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.


Award ceremony at 15:45 for all events.
All competitors registered by 1 March 2018 will receive a ROGAINE 2018 souvenir dri-fit shirt at the end of competition.

Gear Provided by Organizers

Every competitor will receive a map prepared especially for the event; it has a scale of 1:20,000 with 10 meter contours.
Every team member must use a SPORTident (SI) electronic timing chip, as used by competitors at Israel Sport Orienteering Association events. The organizers will loan a chip to anyone in need of one.
Water points will be marked on the map.

Required Gear
  • Every team must carry 2 mobile phones, well charged at the start, whose 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. Locations where drinking water is available will be marked on the map.
  • Every competitor in the bike event must wear a helmet.
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 water stations spread throughout the rogaine area.

38 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. This number appears on the map and on the checkpoint itself. Each checkpoint in the field is also marked by a streamer (flagging tape) labeled with the checkpoint number. Typically the streamer 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 a rate per minute or part thereof. 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  2018, the rules for this event will be the operative ones.

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.
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 IOA forum, and on the Rogaining in Israel Facebook 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, post to the Rogaining in Israel Facebook page (in any language) event page. 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

Early Registration by 31.1.2018 – includes dri-fit shirt
IOA members: 80 NIS
Non-members: 100 NIS

Registration – by 1.3.2018 – includes dri-fit shirt
IOA members: 90 NIS
Non-members: 130 NIS

Late Registration – by 14.3.2018 – no shirt!
IOA members: 90 NIS
Non-members: 130 NIS

Registration from Outside Israel

Competitors from outside Israel are requested to use the Rogaine Registration form on this website.
Payment can be made in cash, in local currency, when you sign in at the event.

Examples of terrain and control locations.