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Howard County's First


In Memory of Amir Zur z"l


Sunday, May 19, 2024 • 1:30 PM

at the CCBC Catonsville campus • 800 S Rolling Road


What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is the sport of navigation, using a highly detailed map. Whether you’re an experienced hiker, competitive runner, or just a family or group out for an activity in a park, this sport helps you improve your navigation each time. Orienteering can gradually build your map-reading skills from exploring a local city park full of bvious structures to navigating remote terrain with few, if any, man-made features.  On orienteering maps, a course consists of a triangle, circles, a double circle and sometimes connecting lines all in purple. The triangle is the start. The double circle is the finish. All the circles in between are checkpoints. Numbered orange and white flags are placed in the terrain to show you that you have reached the correct location. At each checkpoint you will register that you found the correct location. You may use any route you want between checkpoints. For all participants, the structure of an event is a safety function. At the end of the event, the number of returnees needs to match the number who started, so always check in with the finish line volunteers, even if you don’t complete your course. This keeps the sport safe and fun. Orienteering events are timed. If you’re a runner, running against the clock is a familiar experience, but orienteering provides added challenges of a staggered start and deciding where your own course goes as you are running. And if you’re a non-runner, automatic timing from control to control provides a way to measure your navigational effectiveness across routes and compare later with others who made different choices. Good route choice often beats raw speed.

How the Event Works

In our competition, participants can sign up for one of two heats — Singles or Group.


• Perfect for families

• Great for people who are doing Orienteering for the first time

• For people who don’t want to be very competitive, or those who want to move a bit more slowly

• Groups can include 2-4 people, and each group needs to include at least one teen or adult (12+)



• For people who want to be competitive

• Great for those comfortable running most of — if not all of — the course


About Amir 

Cpt. Amir Zur, 23, a paramedic in the elite Sayeret Matkal unit, fell in battle while attempting to “save and free” Kibbutz Kfar Aza on October 7. Amir was a joyous child, an exceptional pupil and an accomplished pianist. Amir was an avid orienteerer from childhood, and an outstanding orienteering athlete in both spirit and achievement. He was a member of the Emek Hefer Orienteering Club, and a proud member of the National Youth Team. He competed at the European Youth Orienteering Championships in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Amir was a great friend to his teammates and to all who knew him. His remarkable talents led him to become a national navigation champion. Amir was a combat officer and paramedic in an elite army unit (Sayeret Matkal). He completed the officer’s course with highest distinction. Amir achieved every goal he set for himself while remaining incredibly modest. His legacy will forever serve as a source of strength, inspiring faith in humanity's capacity for goodness.

 Amir is the youngest of four children born to parents Yaniv and Esther Zur, who were both raised on kibbutzim in the Negev that their parents — some who fled Nazi Europe — helped found.


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