XI International North Hope Stage Sled Dog Race 2017

Dates: February 18-24, 2017
Overall distance: 360km
Race Marshal: Don Lyrek (USA/Norway)
Race judges: Ramon Rojas (Spain), Elena Litvinova (Russia)
Head Vet: Caroline Griffitts (USA)
Vets: Kamil Bakhteyev (Russia), Dmitriy Tokuyev (Russia), Nadezhda Bakhteyeva (Russia), Veronica Devall (USA), Nick Vuckich (USA), Alexandra Lapina (Russia)

Classes:
• 8-10-dog teams (12-dog pool)
• 6-8-dog teams (10-dog pool)
• 2-dog skijoring (3-dog pool)
• 1-4-dog pulka (4-dog pool)
North Hope Light 2017:
• 8-dog teams
• 6-dog teams
• 2-dog skijoring
• 1-dog skijoring

Race Program:
Feb.17 – Mushers Meeting, Bib Draw
Feb.18 – opening ceremony, ceremonial start, Rookie Meeting
Feb.19 – Stage 1 60 km
Feb.20 – Stage 2 70 km
Feb.21 – Stage 3 40 km, Stage 4 40 km (night stage)
Feb.22 – rest day, seminars and presentations
Feb.23 – Stage 5 90 km (unassisted campout checkpoint)
Feb.24 – Stage 6 60 km, closing ceremony and awards.

Also in the race program:
traditionally – ceremonial start along the town streets and charity ride for children, rich program of seminars and presentations, also – gradual increase in distances, new challenging trails, the first ROOKIE MEETING for the North Hope new-comers, introducing a 1-4-dog pulk class, dual starts for skijorers, the awards of the North Hope Cup that sums up the results for both NH events of the 2016-2017 seasoon, delivery the Crystal Snowflake cup trophy, NEW JUNIOR RACING PROGRAM and start of the long-awaited COOPERATION WITH MAJOR EUROPEAN SLED DOG RACES.

WELCOME TO A NEW ROUND OF NORTH HOPE! LET THE NEW ADVENTURE BEGIN!

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