Champions of the Flyway - Race Principles
Champions of the Flyway is an international bird race that challenges the norm. Its primary purpose is to celebrate the extraordinary miracle of bird migration.
Champions of the Flyway is also a race run for conservation. All teams are competing to raise the greatest amount of conservation funding.
We expect healthy competition but shun suppression. We encourage the sharing of sighting information and, through that, the enabling of all teams to enjoy the maximum number of sightings during the twenty-four hour period.
The prestigious title “Champions of the Flyway” will be awarded to the team recording the highest number of species. In the event of a tie, honours will be shared equally.
Additional awards will be made for several other achievement categories.
“Guardians of the Flyway” – The team raising the most money for the race’s conservation causes.
“Knights of the Flyway” – The team demonstrating the greatest commitment to sharing sightings with others.
“Eye of the Flyway” - Awarded to the photographer providing the best image from the race.
A parallel national race will also be taking place alongide the international event.
“Israeli Champions of the Flyway” - will be awarded to the Israeli team recording the highest number of species.
Champions of the Flyway - Race Playing Field
Champions of the Flyway - Event Itinerary
28 March 2014 - Race Teams arrive at Tel Aviv Airport, pick up their hire cars and drive to the Agamim Hotel in Eilat.
18:00 - Evening birding stroll to the North beach (Optional).
29 March 2014 - Scouting Day 1 – Led by expert local guides Jonathan Meyrav and Yoav Perlman, your first venture into the field will be a full day’s guided tour of the best sites in the Negev and Arava Valley.
30 March 2014 - Scouting Day 2 – race teams explore the course further – from early morning (unguided).
20:00 - All participants gather at the Agamim Hotel for the Champions of the Flyway Opening Reception and Dinner.
31 March 2014 - Scouting Day 3 – race teams continue to recce and plan their routes – from early morning (unguided).
16:00 - Information Swap Meeting – all race teams assemble and share the results of their scouting.
April 1st 2014 - Champions of the Flyway Race Day
00:01 - The race begins
19:00 - The finish line opens
23:59 - The finish line closes - To qualify all teams must submit their checklists by this deadline!
April 2nd 2014
10:00 - Champions of the Flyway Awards Ceremony