Race Rules

XII International North Hope Stage Sled Dog Race 2018 for the benefit of children

RACE RULES

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Concept, goals and objectives: popularization and development of sled dog sport in Russia; enhancing international relationships in sled dog sport; healthy lifestyle promotion; eco-mindedness promotion; bringing younger generation into the sport; bringing up a generation of physically, psychologically and morally healthy generation of young people whose life principles are based on respect for people and love for nature; developing the region; putting on an event combining a serious sport status, rich educational program and a good charity cause.
The race is organized by the North Hope Sled Dog Center, existing on the basis of an orthodox parish and is a part of the Sled Dogs Helping Children Project. Money earned at the race go into implementation and development of the kids programs of the center, helping the social orphan asylum and the physically challenged children community of Neya and Neya region.
I. Requirements for participants
1. Entries
The entry forms must be filled at the official Race website at http://race.nordhope.info/en/zayavka-2 and will be accepted till January 25, 2018. All the fields of the form are mandatory for filling.
The entry form must be supplied with a photo of a musher and a filled Identification List. Mushers signing up for a purebred division must send the scans of the pedigrees the organizers’ email welcome@nordhope.info
The entries are confirmed only after a 100% entry fee prepay.
2. Fees.
a. Teams 340 km – 200 euro
b. Teams 170 km – 100 euro
c. Skijoring, pulka 340 km – 100 euro
d. Skijoring 170 km – 50 euro
e. Juniors – free of charge
Accommodation and food for guests:
Lodging: 700 rub/person/day
Food: 800 rub/person/day
3. Payment terms
a. All the fees must be paid in full on the Organizers’ account or via Paypal to paypal.me/olchipp . In case of disqualification or withdrawal the starting fee is not refunded.
b. The Organizer reserves the right to reject any entry.
c. Receipt of the entry fee will constitute the musher’s intent to enter the race and further acknowledgements that the musher agrees to comply with each and every rule stated.

4. Mushers. Entry requirements.
a. To enter the race a musher must be over 18 years of age, sign up before Jan.25, 2018, register on arrival and pay all the fees in full.
b. A handler is mandatory for all mushers of the teams for the main event.
c. Every participant must bring the flag of the country he is representing.
d. An experienced musher of under 18 years of age may apply to enter the race in writing to waive the minimum age rule. Application must include written consent from parent or guardian, a paper proving the absence of medical contraindications. The participant’s birth certificate must be attached.
e. Mushers conduct. Common sense and good sportsmanship, humane treatment of animals and respect for people shall prevail. All mushers shall use civil conduct and act in a sportsmanlike manner throughout the race.
f. All mushers shall be responsible for the conduct of their dogs, crew and themselves when in the race area or on the trail.
g. A musher shall pack out all garbage when in the race area or on the trail. Littering is prohibited and violation of this rule may result in a penalty or other disciplinary measures from Race Officials and Organizers.
h. Abusive treatment of any dog or person is prohibited.
If the Race Marshal determines that driver, handler or team conduct at any time of the race is detrimental to the sport/race concept, the team may be disqualified without any refunds and asked to leave the Race site with or without a preliminary talk and with or without giving a reason.
Positive attitude and good sense of humor are appreciated.
5. Dogs. Entry requirements.
It is the intent of this race, its officials, sponsors, and supporters, that dog care be the most important aspect of the race.
To enter the race:
a. All dog breeds are eligible over 18 months of age for both 340 km and 170 km distance. The age of the dog is determined on the day preceding the race start.
b. All dogs entered in the Race shall have veterinary documents proving the annual booster (Leptospirosis, Distemper, Rabies, Enteritis, Parvo) within the last 12 months and not less than a month before the Race. Deworming shall be performed not earlier than 3 months before the Race start and not later than 3 weeks before the Race start.
c. Dogs that have passed the Vet Check upon arrival.
All dogs must pass the Veterinary Check upon arrival and present the vet passports with required information including dogs not running the race.
d. Dogs aggressive to people or other dogs shall not be allowed to enter the race
e. Dogs with obvious signs of vitamins deficiency, exhaustion, malnutrition, injuries or other factors causing pain or discomfort on movement, or in any other ways putting at risk health of the dog, other dogs and people shall not be allowed at the Race
f. Pregnant dogs or dogs suffering from epilepsy shall not be allowed at the Race.
g. All dogs running in purebred class must have a valid pedigree issues by any association recognized by FCI. All dogs running in purebred class must have a microchip or a readable permanent mark.
Not complying with one or several conditions mentioned above may result in a dog being not allowed to run the race or being withdrawn.
The Head Vet and the Race Marshal may withdraw a dog from the Race for a cause.
6. Sled Dog Equipment
A musher must be responsible for providing his team with all the necessary equipment. All the equipment must be approved by the Race Marshal and be available for checking before and after each stage of the Race, and also on the trail on demand of the Race Officials.
a. General requirements:
i. All dogs’ harnesses must be in good condition and be padded around the neck and chest areas in accordance with the size and conformation of the dog. Any type suitable for running dogs is eligible but must be approved by the Race Marshal.
ii. All the dogs must have soft collars not leading to suffocation.
iii. Muzzles, collars and other accessories that can potentially lead to choking shall be prohibited.
iv. Chain lines are prohibited.
v.  Cable necklines are prohibited.
vi. All the dogs must be harnessed in single or double file.
vii. All dogs shall be fastened to the tow-line with a neck-line and a tug-line with the exception of the leader(s) who may run without a neck-line.
viii. A musher must have enough booties for each dog, minimum 4 booties per dog. All the booties must be in good condition and well-sized.
b. Teams
i. A sled shall be equipped with an adequate brake capable of keeping a team in place, a snow-hook, a brush-bow, a Cargo bed and a sled bag providing enough space for hauling mandatory gear in addition to a tired or injured dog. An adequate rubber drag mat is recommended. It is mandatory for 8-10 dog class teams to have two snow-hooks. It is highly recommended for 6-8 dog teams and 8-dog teams to have two snow-hooks. It is mandatory for all team classes to have two snow-hooks for Stage 5.
ii. Any type of the sled meeting the requirements mentioned above and suitable for running dogs is eligible but must be approved by the Race Marshal.
iii. A snub line may be carried on the sled but it shall not be used in any other manner than to tie down and hold the sled.
iv. A sled must be capable of carrying all mandatory gear and 1-2 tired/injured dogs. A judge can ask to demonstrate the sled capacity at the equipment check.
c. Skijoring
i. The gang-line shall be attached to a skijorer by a hip-belt. The belt shall have an open hook or a quick release connection (panic-snap) in order to make it easy to release the line.
ii. Only cross-country skis non-dangerous for dog(s) and without steel edges are eligible.
d. Pulka
i. All dogs shall be harnessed in single or double files.
ii. The pulka shall be connected with one or two solid shafts to the dog (s) so that it is not possible for the pulka or sled to overrun a harnessed dog(s).
iii. The pulka shall be constructed in such a way that the runners do not create any risk of harming the dog(s).
iv. The pulka shall be equipped with the possibility of fastening the load securely.
v. The pulka shall be equipped with an adequate hand brake.
vi. The pulka shall be supplied with a shock-absorbing snub-line.
vii. The snub-line shall be attached to the driver by a hip belt with an open hook or any other quick-release connection for emergency release of the line.
viii. Only cross-country skis without steel edges or sharp tips, non-dangerous for the dogs can be used. The skis must be approved by the Race Marshal.

e. Repair and replacement of equipment.
i. Every musher must be responsible for providing himself with enough repair tools that he considers may be needed for repairing equipment out on the trail (in addition to the mandatory gear).
ii. Replacement of equipment after the start of the stage is prohibited. A musher must be able to make repairs on the trail and finish the stage.
iii. At the Unassisted Overnight Checkpoint (see Part 15) broken equipment can be replaced only if the Race Marshal proves the equipment to be broken beyond repair and arranges for a replacement.
7. Mandatory gear for sled teams and pulka teams.
No participant can start a stage or leave the safety point without any of the following items.
a. First Aid Kit (iodine, bandage, antibiotic ointment)
b. Food for each dog on a team: minimum 300 grams of dry food or 0.5 kg of meat
c. Food for the musher
d. Appropriate cold weather clothing (insulated coat, mittens, socks) on him or in the sled bag.
e. Sleeping bag
f. Matches or lighter (water-proof)
g. Knife
h. Cable-cutters (if have cable gangline)
i. Working head-lamp (with spare set of batteries)
j. Working cell-phone (with telephone numbers of the organizers saved in it)
k. Snubline or leash
l. Dog booties (minimum 1 set per dog)
m. Spare harnesses (minimum 2 for teams)
n. Trail map
o. Number Bib
p. Axe (only for Stages 5 and 6 of the main event)
q. a present from a kid
All the equipment must be approved by the Race Marshal or his authorized assistant.
All participants shall have a full list of the mandatory gear at the stage finish except the expendables: food for the dogs, food for the musher and booties.
In pulka class the equipment can be distributed between the pulka and the backpack/rucksack of the driver at the driver’s discretion.

8. Mandatory gear for skijoring
No participant can start a stage or leave the safety point without any of the following items.
a. First Aid Kit (iodine, bandage, antibiotic ointment)
b. Food for each dog on a team: minimum 300 grams of dry food or 0.5 kg of meat
c. Food for the musher
d. Appropriate cold weather clothing (insulated coat, mittens, socks)
e. Matches or lighter (in a water-proof package)
f. Knife
g. Working head-lamp (with spare set of batteries)
h. Working cell-phone (with telephone numbers of the organizers saved in it)
i. Spare harnesses (minimum 1 for teams)
j. Snubline or leash
k. Dog booties (minimum 1 set per dog)
l. Trail map
m. Number Bib
n. a present from a kid
The Race Marshal may change or eliminate some of these requirements for some stages.
All participants shall have a full list of the mandatory gear except the expendables: food for the dogs, food for the musher and booties.
All the equipment must be approved by the Race Marshal or his authorized assistant.

II. Pre-Race Procedures
1. Arrival at the race site, accommodation
a. On arrival the participants must pay the fees, provide veterinary documents for all of his dogs and have their dogs checked by the veterinarians.
b. On arrival, the accommodation of mushers, handlers and dog-teams is arranged by the Organizers.
c. On arrival all the teams’ dogs (including the dogs present at the event but not running the race) must pass mandatory vet check based on the results of which the dogs are either allowed or not allowed to be present at the race site. This rule spreads on the dogs of handlers and supporters as well.
d. Mushers, handlers and guests will be provided with 3 substantial meals a day (at the expense of participants/guests) in the places of their temporary residence.
e. The dogs are accommodated on the stake-outs outdoors (the straw is provided by the Organizers) or in the crates indoors upon approval of the Organizers and room-mates.
f. The participants feed their dogs at their expanse with the food brought with them. The bowls for feeding dogs are not provided.
g. Loose dogs are prohibited on the territory of the center and along the trail. Violation of this rule may result in penalties.
h. Loose dogs are prohibited in the places of mushers’ temporary stay. A dog must be put on a leash as soon as it leaves the room of its temporary stay.
i. All participants and their team members must clean the rooms before departure. Organizers can require a deposit from the people who violated this rules previously.
j. All participants must leave the stake-out area clean before departure. Cleaning must include picking up after dogs, packing litter and hay and putting it in a designated container. Organizers can require a deposit from the people who violated this rules previously.
k. All participants and guest must pick up after dogs on the North Hope Center territory. Organizers can require a deposit from the people who violated this rules previously.
2. Mushers meeting
a. All participants must be present at mandatory Mushers Meeting (exact time and place will be announced by the Organizers). A participant that is not present at the Mushers Meeting shall not be allowed at the Race.
b. At the mandatory Mushers Meeting each musher gets a Musher’s Package consisting of a number bib, trail map, race program, a list of Race Officials and volunteers with contact information, a set of race rules and may include informational or advertising materials from Organizers or Sponsors.
c. A musher without a bib is not allowed to start the Race. A musher is required to carry his/her bib over the whole period of the Race (at starting line, on the trail, at finish line and probably at the awarding ceremony). The musher must wear the bib in a visible manner.
d. The starting order for the ceremonial start will be determined by a drawing and kept for Stage 1 of the race.
e. The starting order for of all the next stages (except Stage 6) will be reversed and will be determined by the time result of the previous stage: the slowest team must be the first to start.
f. On Stage 5 the finishing order is kept as the starting order for Stage 6. The time of a team starts as soon as their mandatory rest time finishes. A musher can stay at the checkpoint longer than the mandatory layover on his own free will, however his times will be already started.
3. Vet check
a. The pre-race vet check will be performed by the Head Vet and the vet team before the race start (the exact time and date will be announced by the Organizers not later than 3 days before the race start).
b. All the teams should be available for the vet check at a certain time in certain place. A dog that was not checked is not allowed to run the Race.
c. The Race is following the list of prohibited medications and methods issued by the IFSS ADC.
Over a period of the Race (from the first musher’s meeting to the finish of the last stage) no oral, topical or injectable drug which can suppress the signs of illness or injury may be used on a dog. No other drugs or artificial means may be used to drive a dog or cause a dog to perform or attempt to perform beyond its natural ability.

Prohibited And Controlled List
• Anabolic Steroids such as nandrolone or Equipoise
• Analgesics (prescriptive and non-prescriptive) – such as codeine, opiates
• Anesthetics – general or local, such as lidocaine, ketamine, propofol
• Antihistamines – such as diphenhydramine
• Anti-inflammatory drugs including but not limited to:
• Corticosteroids such as prednisone, dexamethasone, cortisone and others
• Antiprostaglandins such as Banamine
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Rimadyl
• Salicylates – topical and oral, such as aspirin
• DMSO
• Bronchodilators such as theophylline
• Stimulants such as caffeine
• Cough Suppressants such as dextromethorphan
• Diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix)
• Muscle Relaxants such as methocarbamol
• Tranquilizers such as acepromazine
• Cardiac stimulants and anticholinergics such as atropine and digoxin
• Erythropoietin (EPO)
d. A musher is not allowed to give his dogs any medicine without informing the Head Vet throughout the Race. The Vet Team may subject the dogs to drug-testing at any point of the Race. If blood or urine testing of a dog reveals any of the prohibited drugs in the dog, the team and musher shall be disqualified.
e. Race veterinarians may utilize any of the listed drugs or other prohibited drugs necessary to maintain a dog’s health. However, such dogs will be withdrawn from the Race.
f. ANY injections on dogs are banned during the race. A dog given an injection is withdrawn from the race. Concealing the fact of injection will cause penalties or disqualification of the musher.
g. The Head Vet and the vet team will be providing vet check at the start, finish and on the trail and will be available in non-racing time providing vet assistance throughout the Race.
h. Mushers shall fulfill all requirements of veterinarians considering dog care and maintenance, and give assistance in examining and treating the dogs.
i. The Head Vet or Race Marshal may not allow a dog to run the Race for a cause.
j. The Head Vet or Race Marshal may pull a dog out of the team for a certain stage or stages for a cause. After rest and recovery a dog that was pulled out can be put back on the team to continue the race on approval of the Head Vet and the Race Marshal. If a dog is put back on the team without the approval of the Head Vet it may cause penalties or disqualification of the musher.
k. Throughout the race it is ONLY AN AUTHORIZED RACE VET from the official race vet team who can provide examination, treatment or recommendations on the health of the dogs. Otherwise, the Race Organizers and Race Officials relieve themselves of responsibility for the condition of the dogs. Receiving vet assistance from an unauthorized race vet may cause penalties or disqualification of the musher.
l. A musher must inform the Race Vet of all the medications, supplements and vitamins given to the dogs during or before the race.
m. All food and water must be ingested voluntarily by the dog without physical or medical intervention. Force feeding, syringing water and using appetite stimulants is strictly prohibited.
4. Dogs Identification
a. During the primary Pre-Race Vet-Check all the dogs will be marked. The technique of marking will be announced at the mandatory mushers meeting
b. Only marked dogs are allowed to run the Race.
c. The dogs running in the pure-bred class will have their microchips scanned or marks verified.
5. Equipment Check
a. Mushers, teams, sleds and pulkas with all the mandatory gear must be at the starting place available for equipment check 1 hour before the race start except otherwise specified in the Race program or announced at the mushers meeting. Equipment check must be over with not later than 6 minutes before the scheduled race start.
b. General or random equipment check will be performed on demand of the Race Marshal before every stage that will be announced at the mushers meeting.
c. Teams must be available for inspection on the Race Marshal’s demand at any time of the Race.
d. All the equipment must be approved by the Race Marshal or the assigned Equipment Inspector.

6. Rookie Meeting
On February 1oth (exact time and place will be announced at the Mushers Meeting on Feb.9th) Rookie Meeting will be held. The meeting is mandatory for North Hope new-comers (for both main event and Light race) and is open for everyone. The absence of the rookie from the Rookie Meeting may result in his disqualification from the race or other penalties being issued. The subjects covered at the meeting will include basic veterinary questions like feeding during the race, recovery and massage, treating basic injuries and common health problems at the race, first veterinary help, etc; equipment; recommendations on the unassisted campout checkpoint and many more. The meeting will be held by top-notch veterinarians and experienced mushers from all over the world, so it’s highly recommended for attendance for everyone.
III. Start. Finish. Running the course.
1. Musher.
There will be one musher per team only and that musher must complete the entire competition. In case of the change of a musher the representative of the team must inform the Organizers not later than 2 hours before the opening ceremony (the change can be done to a person who was present at the mushers meeting). Changing the musher during the race is prohibited.
2. Number of dogs:
• 8-10 dog teams (12-dog pool): a musher can run any 8, 9 or 10 dogs from the 12-dog pool each stage. Minimum 8 dogs at the start, minimum 8 dogs at the finish.
• 6-8 dog teams (10-dog pool): a musher can run any 6, 7 or 8 dogs from the 10-dog pool each stage. Minimum 6 dogs at the start, minimum 6 dogs at the finish.
• 8-dog teams (Light Race): minimum 6 dogs at the start of Stage 1, all the next stages: minimum 5 dogs (in harness) at the start, minimum 5 dogs (in harness) at the finish.
• 6-dog teams (Light Race): minimum 5 dogs at the start of Stage 1, all the next stages: minimum 4 dogs (in harness) at the start, minimum 4 dogs (in harness) at the finish.
• 2-dog skijoring (3-dog pool): a skijorer can run any 1-2 dogs from the 3-dog pool each stage. 2 dogs at the start of Stage 1, all the following stages 1-dog start is allowed. If a skijorer starts with 2 dogs, finish is allowed with 1 dog only if the vet team proves the reason of dropping a dog on the trail was an emergency and put the dog’s health and life to risk.
• 1-4-dog pulka (5-dog pool): a pulka team can consist of any 1-4 dogs from the 5-dog pool each stage. 2 dogs at the start of Stage 1, all the following stages 1-dog start is allowed. Finish is allowed with 1 dog.
• 2-dog skijoring (Light Race): 2 dogs at the start of Stage 1, all the next stages starting and finishing with 1 dog is allowed.
• 1-dog skijoring (Light Race): race start and finish with not more than 1 dog.

The Race Marshal may reduce the size of any team determined to be too large for the designated driver.
3. Switching dogs
a. In case of switching a dog before the opening ceremony a representative of the team must inform the Organizer not later than 2 hours before the race start (a dog can be switched for another dog only if the latter was checked and marked by the vets as required).
b. A dog may not be switched or added into the team after the race start. Switching dogs from one team to another is prohibited.
c. IMPORTANT: Before each stage it is allowed to let a dog skip one or several stages and then be put back on the team for the next stages. Number of dogs on the team must be not less than the allowed minimum.
4. Start
a. The Race is a single start event for teams.
b. The Race is a dual start event for skijoring and pulka teams.
c. The start of the sled or pulka team is determined by the brush-bow of the sled/pulka crossing the starting line. The sled/pulka must be fixed in position at the starting line by the time the starting signal goes off. The start of a skijoring team is determined by the tips of the skis.
d. Teams: The starting interval is 2 minutes for all stages of the race except Stage 6, unless otherwise announced at the mushers meeting.
e. Skijoring & Pulka: the starts are dual, the The starting interval is 2 minutes for all stages of the race except Stage 6, unless otherwise announced at the mushers meeting.
Race Organizers and the Race Marshal reserve the right to change the starting intervals depending on weather conditions, conditions of the trail, experience and number of participants which will be announced in advance.
f. The judge at the starting chute announces– “30 seconds to start; – “10 seconds to start”; 5 seconds before the start the judge begins to count down “5-4-3-2-1”, which is immediately followed by a starting signal. A false start (during the countdown) will result in a 10-second penalty.
g. A musher that is late for his official start or can’t leave the starting chute in half of the starting interval must start at the end of his class. If a musher is late at his second start he can be withdrawn from the Race.
h. The starting order of the first stage will be determined by a drawing at the mushers meeting. The starting order of all the next stages (except Stage 6) will be reversed and will be determined by the time result of the previous stage: the slowest team must be the first to start.
i. Only official handlers and race-relates personnel are allowed to at the starting chute and can give assistance to the mushers in the starting chute without any penalties paid to the musher. It’s only within the starting chute where official handlers are allowed to give assistance to the mushers. After the start of their musher they must immediately leave the starting chute. The number of official handlers at the starting chute can be limited by the Race Marshal.
j. If a musher can’t leave the starting chute or interferes with the progress of the teams starting after him, or in case of a potentially dangerous situation putting any dogs/mushers/race officials/spectators, etc to risk, the Race Marshal or Judge may allowed outside assistance for safety reasons. This may cause penalties paid to the musher. If the situation can’t be solved for a long time or repeats several times the musher can
5. Finish, result
a. The official team’s finish is determined by the nose of the first dog crossing the finish line. If a loose team is finishing, the finish time will be recorded when the musher crosses the line after the team.
b. The overall time result of the stage is comprised of total elapsed time on the trail from the start to crossing the finishing line, including time penalties (if any).
c. The finishing order is retained and is the reverse starting order for the next stage.
6. Race Trail, Race Route and Race Distance
a. Overall race distance is comprised of total distances of all the race stages.
b. Actual mileage of the stage may inconsiderably differ from nominal mileage. Actual mileage will be announced at the mushers meeting before the stage.
c. Race trail map will be included in the Musher’s Packet and handed out to mushers at the mushers meeting.
d. The width of the race trail is 2 m minimum.
e. The elevation difference is not over 10m.
f. The approximate proportion of forest and open trail sections is 70:30
g. Trail marking: the race trail is marked with red flags 5cmx5cm, the amount of marking depends onthe section of the race route but will not be sparser than every 100m
h. Signs:
i. Red round – turning sign. Used at all intersections and crossings involving turns. The sign shall be placed about 20 meters ahead of the point in question at the same side of the trail as to which the teams shall turn.
ii. Blue square – straight ahead or confirmation sign. Used to indicate the correct trail after a crossing or turn or/and at intersections or crossings when the trail is going straight through. In the first case shall be placed about 20 m after the crossing,and should be visible when approaching the point in question in the second case – 20 m before the poin in question. May be placed on either side of the trail.
iii. Yellow triangle – caution sign. Indicate portions of the trail where slow, cautious passage is recommended, e.g. steep downhill, really sharp turns, icy spots. Shall be placed about 20 meters ahead of the caution point or area. The end of the caution area shall be indicated with one yellow marker with a diagonal red or black cross. May be placed on either side of the trail.
iv. Other signs: there will be mileage signs placed every 5 km of the race trail – red numbers on white background.
The race organizers reserve the right to introduce additional signs or a substitute to the existing ones which will be announced at the musher’s meeting.
i. Trail Blocking: blockings shall be used at potentially confusing trail crossings in addition to the signs and markers.
j. Night heats: in addition to the trail marking described above, each or most markers shall be equipped with light-reflecting material.
k. Every 10 km along the race route there will be a safety point with a trail steward and radio or cell-phone connection with the Race HQ.
l. The course can be changed for safety reasons according to weather conditions or other major force. Mushers will be informed about the change well in advance.
m. The trail details and the method of trail marking will be announced at the mushers meeting.
7. Running the course.
a. A musher runs the race trail, specified by the Race Committee (the overall race route is comprised of total routes of all the race stages).
b. A musher that doesn’t finish a race stage must be withdrawn from the Race but can be allowed to continue the race out of competition if approved by the Race Marshal.
c. A musher can stand on the runners of the sled, pedal or run.
d. Attaching oneself to the sled is prohibited and may cause penalties or disqualification of the musher.
e. All dogs of the team must be harnessed throughout each stage. The dogs without harnesses must be hauled in a sled bag.
f. Teams inadvertently leaving the course must regain the course at the point at which it was left.
g. A musher may not be accompanied by or accept assistance from any motorized vehicle that gives help to the musher (except when recovering a loose dog or driverless team).
h. A musher that loses his team/dog must regain control of it as soon as possible. He must accept any outside help to catch and return the team/dog. Refusal to accept assistance can cause disqualification of the musher of the lost team/dog.
i. In case of a lost team, the team will not be penalized if the musher regains control of the team, provided that the team and musher complete the entire race trail and comply with in the rules, including check point requirements.
j. Passenger transportation is prohibited during the race except for the cases of emergency.
k. All mushers can receive assistance from the race-related personnel and Race Officials at the specified points on the trail, defined by the Race Marshal (additional information will be announced at the musher meeting).
l. Mushers running a race can help each other in ways allowed by the race rules.
m. Everyone is encouraged to stop and secure a driverless team or loose dog that includes tying down a loose team/dog by anyone. Outside help is limited to holding a sled except when a loose/driverless team/dog creates danger for itself, other teams or people.
n. A musher may require a 15 m distance between his team and a team following behind him if no other agreement has been set between the mushers except passing or No Man’s Land.
o. If a team leaves the marked trail, a musher must return it to the place where it happened. If it is unrealizable but doesn’t cause missing the mandatory check points, shortening or easing the passing of the race trail, he reaches the next check point and informs a judge on the trail about an incident. In this case, a musher gets a time penalty – 3% from the overall time result at the stage).
p. If a musher shortens the route he is automatically disqualified.
q. A musher is allowed to accept assistance from the race-related personnel and Race Officials at the specified points on the trail, defined by the Race Marshal (additional information will be announced at the musher meeting). A musher is not allowed to accept outside assistance not specified by the Race Marshal for all the race participants at the mushers meeting).
r. If there are any grounds for withdrawal or disqualification of a musher, a judge informs him about that. The musher may continue the progress of the Race, investigation of the violation will be performed after the finish of the stage.
s. A disqualified or scratched musher must officially report the case of his disqualification/withdrawal/scratchon at the nearest safety point or checkpoint and give way to all the teams for the rest of the stage trail.
t. A case when a musher can not reach the nearest safety or checkpoint without outside assistance is considered a case of emergency.
u. If stopping on the trail, the teams must be completely off the trail if at all possible.
v. When stopped on the trail, pack out all garbage. Littering the trail, places of stops and check-points is prohibited.
w. If at discretion of the Race Marshal a team is non-competitive, it can be withdrawn from the race.
8. Passing.
a. When a team driver intends to pass another team, the driver of a faster team shall call “trail” to get an immediate right of way upon demand. The overtaken team must relinquish the trail and assist the passing team when necessary. On request a musher of the passed team must slow down and hold his dogs in place to let the overtaking team pass.
b. Once a team has been passed it may continue moving forward yet shall not re-pass until at least two (2) minutes or 400 m. At any lesser interval if both drivers are in agreement.
c. After the pass has been completed the musher of the passed team doesn’t need to hold his dogs if the other musher stops or goes off the trail before the distance or time interval mentioned above.
d. No team shall have the right of way in “no right of way finish zone” which is 800 m to the finishing chute and on certain parts of the trail upon decision of the Race Officials and Race Organizers. Both cases will be marked with special signs and announced at the mushers meeting before the start of the stage.
9. Stopping on the trail.
When stopped on the trail, adequate room must be allowed for teams past and assistance given if necessary. Every effort should be made to get completely off the trail while stopped. Pack out all garbage. Littering the trail, off the trail in places of stops and at safety and check-points is prohibited.
10. Feeding dogs on the trail.
If snacking dogs on the trail the team must be completely off the trail, if at all possible. An honest effort should be made to keep the trail clean of food or debris.
11. Dogs substitution on the trail is prohibited.
After the stage start, the line-up of the team may not be changed. A musher must finish the stage with the same team line-up as he started with except case of emergency.
12. Hauling dogs in a sled bag.
A tired or injured dog shall be hauled in a sled bag, however the musher may not allow any of his/her dogs be hauled by another team except for the cases of emergency. Dogs must be hauled in a humane fashion. No loose dogs are allowed on the trail. Hooking the dog behind the sled is prohibited.
13. Dropping dogs on the trail
Dropping dogs at the safety points or anywhere out on the trail is prohibited throughout the race except cases of emergency. A tired or inconsiderably injured dog must be bagged and carried to the finish line. Otherwise the musher will be withdrawn. In case of an emergency a dog can be dropped at a safety point or transported to the race headquarters where it will get the necessary vet care. In this case a dog is out of the race and a musher can get a penalty.
14. Safety points
a. For providing safety for the participants and controlling their progress there will be safety points organized on the trail.
b. For providing safety and allowed outside assistance and controlling the participants’ progress along the trail there will be trail stewards available out on the trail and trail checkers at the safety points. Some safety points will be equipped with the radio connection with the Race headquarters.
c. The number and places of the safety points will be announced at the mushers meeting.
d. A musher can stop at the safety point on his own free will, on decision of the vet or a doctor on the trail to rest and recover, however, the time spent at the safety point won’t be extracted from his elapsed time result.
e. If a musher enters a safety point running less dogs than stated in the rules, he will be disqualified by the Race Marshal.
15. Unassisted Mandatory Layover/Checkpoint
Between Stages 5 (80 km) and 6 (50 km) there will be an Unassisted Overnight Checkpoint with a mandatory rest for all race participants where they will have to spend set up a camp, take care of their dogs and spend the night there. After the overnight mandatory rest mushers will be able to continue their progress along the final section of the race route at a set starting time that will be announced at the mushers meeting.
Checking in and out: There will be a mandatory rest required at the Checkpoint for all race participants.
i. The Race Marshal or Head Vet reserve a right to make a musher stay longer at the Checkpoint for the reasons of his or his dogs safety. Additional resting time will not be extracted from his time result. Refusal to follow the RM’s instructions will result in disqualification.
ii. Each musher or skijorer must check in and out with the same number of dogs in the team or in sled. Dog drop at the Checkpoint is prohibited (except cases of emergency and dogs withdrawn by HV, with musher receiving a penalty).
iii. Each musher or skijorer must check in and out with all items of mandatory gear in the sled.
iv. Each musher or skijorer is responsible for reporting a dog in the bag to the Judges or Vets.
b. Assistance
i. Outside Assistance: participants may not accept any outside assistance other than that officially allowed by the Race Rules and Race Marshal for every race participant.
ii. Official Handlers: handlers are not allowed at the Checkpoint, rendering assistance to the mushers is prohibited. Presence of handlers at the Checkpoint and rendering assistance not specified in the Race Rules can result in 1 hour penalty or withdrawal.
iii. Allowed Assistance of Handlers:
• Replacement of equipment: replacement equipment broken beyond repair upon decision of the Race Marshal.
• Transporting a dog/dogs/ a team: in the event of a dog withdrawn by the HV or the RM, the RM will arrange the handler to transport the dog/dogs/team to the Race Headquarters.
iv. Mushers’ Assistance To Each Other: mushers may help each other in appropriate ways that are not prohibited by the Race Rules. A musher must give assistance to another musher in an emergency.
• Mushers may not accept any outside assistance in dog care.
• Every musher must have a full set of required gear at his disposal
• Every musher is responsible for providing himself and his dogs with adequate equipment required for a safe overnight in the wilderness in conditions of extreme cold temperatures.
• Mushers may share additional equipment and tools. Exception to this rule applies for the living quarters of the skijorers provided by the organizers. (See point C).
v. Cases of Emergency: in a situation when a musher’s or a dog’s health, well-being or life is in threatening danger any help is acceptable.
c. Accommodation Of Dogs And Mushers:
i. Race Organizers provide mushers and their dogs with:
• parking zone
• hay (it will NOT be the respinsibility of Checkpoint Personnel to deliver straw),
• water,
• big bonfire,
• 1 meal for the mushers
• a heated tent for skijorers
ii. Mushers are responsible for providing themselves and their dogs with adequate equipment and accommodate themselves either in the tent or in the sled.
iii. Skijorers are accommodated in a tent provided by the Race Organizers. Skijorers are allowed to bring their dogs in for the night but they have to be taken of when picketed outside. The dogs can be in the tent only under the supervision. In case of damaging the Race Organizers’ property, there can be a time or monetary penalty paid to the participant. In case a dog damages another skijorer’s property, the latter can make an official claim to the Race Marshal that can cause a penalty being paid to the skijored whose dog has done the damage. Unmanageable and aggressive dogs must be picketed outside or be accommodated together with the skijorer in the tent dropped for him.
iv. All equipment that a musher uses (except the allowed drop bags for skijorers) must be carried in the sled.
v. Dogs of all types will be accommodated in equal conditions provided by Race Organizers. All mushers running short-coated dogs are responsible for providing their dogs with adequate equipment suitable for winter campout to ensure their health and well-being.
vi. If the RM or HV considers that a dog is not properly cared for at the Checkpoint or its health and well-being is in threatening danger the dog can be withdrawn and then get proper care from the Vet team, that will result a penalty imposed on the musher.
vii. If the RM or HV considers that a whole team is not being properely cared for, the musher can be withdrawn.
viii. Musher’s behaviour and actions must not interfere with the rest of other mushers, their dogs, race officials or volunteers. Violating this rule will result in a penalty or disqualification.
ix. For safety reasons it is highly recommended for the mushers to carry a tent for severe weather conditions and emergency cases. If the Race Marshal or Head Vet consider that a musher or a team is not supplied with adequate equipment for the campout which puts their health and well-being to risk, the team can be withdrawn from the race.
x. The wood will be provided only for the race volunteers to keep the common bonfire in. A musher can start his own fire using his own resources.
d. Food for dogs and mushers:
i. Mushers are responsible for providing their dogs with necessary food. Race Organizers will not make arrangement for food supply and distribution.
ii. Race Organizers provide water for dogs and mushers.
iii. Race Organizers arrange 1 meal for each musher.
iv. The participants must eat at the campfire. Taking food, drink and hot water away from the campfire is prohibited.
e. Littering.
i. All gear, litter, food debris and straw must be picked up by the mushers and taken to the designated area before leaving the checkpoint. The campsite of each team will be examined by the race officials, penalties can be imposed on completion.
ii. In case two mushers share a campsite and/or living quarters, all of them are responsible for the camping spot. In case of littering the penalties will be imposed on both mushers.
f. Mushers conduct:
Boisterous behaviour around other teams, race officials or volunteers is strictly prohibited. Violating this rule can result in penalties or disqualification.
g. Drop bags – skijoring and pulka
i. Bag dropping will be arranged for the skijorers and pulka drivers.
ii. Recommended type of container for drop bag use is a thick woven plastic bag. Race Organizers waive responsibility for safety and integrity of any other types of bags. Plastic bags are not accepted.
iii. The drop bags should not exceed 10 kg each for skijorers and 7 kg each for pulka drivers.
iv. Spare skis can not be dropped.
v. The bags must be clearly marked with a musher’s number and taken to a designated area at a specified time before the start of the stage (the time and place will be announced at the Musher’s meeting).
vi. Musher is responsible for picking up his drop bag upon arrival at the Checkpoint. It is not responsibility of Checkpoint Personnel to deliver drop bags to a musher’s camp spot.
h. List of recommended items for the campout:
i. a second snow-hook
ii. a stake-out (or a regular gangline if cabled)
iii. dog food (including the mandatory dog food to have at the start next morning)
iv. container for heating/boiling water (a metal bucket or a pot)
v. a cooker, gas/kerosene stove or any other adequate device for heating/boiling water (ATTENTION: each musher must be responsible for heating or boiling water at the bon-fire or using the gear brought with him in the sled or dropped for skijorers)
vi. a ladle/scoop
vii. a sleeping bag adequate for winter camping
viii. a sleeping mat
ix. a tent
x. additional winter clothing for a musher
xi. supplements for dogs
xii. wrist-wraps
xiii. blankets
xiv. a drop line or a leash
xv. foot ointment
xvi. massage oil
i. Mandatory rest.
Upon decision of the musher the team may rest longer, however it’s time will be started after his individual starting time. The Race Marshal or Head Vet can make the musher stay longer if they decide that the team didn’t get enough rest.
j. Start of Stage 6.
Teams will be starting in direct order in the format of a relay race. The starting time is fixed. See point i for details.
k. Checkpoint Personnel:
i. The representative/-s of the judges, vets and volunteers team will be working at the Checkpoint.
ii. Two-way radio and cellular phone connection with the Race Headquarters will be arranged at the Checkpoint.
iii. Snow-machine and automobile connection with the Race Headquarters will be arranged at the Checkpoint.
Every musher is responsible for providing himself and his dogs with adequate winter gear suitable for camping out in severe weather conditions.
16. Dog death on the trail
a. In case of death of a dog on the trail, there will be a medical investigation to diagnose the cause of the death. If necessary, the vet team will perform the necropsy.
b. In case of death of a dog on the trail, a musher shall haul the dog in the sled to the nearest safety or checkpoint, inform the judge about it and complete a report on the dog’s death. All dogs’ deaths will be treated as a priority, with every effort being made to determine the cause of death in a thorough and reliable manner. If necessary, the veterinarian may perform a necropsy.

The musher has a right to be present at the necropsy. The musher must stay at the safety or check-point until the cause of death is diagnosed (if he is then allowed to continue the Race, this period is not to be used as a penalty).
c. Dog deaths resulting in disqualification are:
i. signs of cruel, inhumane and abusive treatment (even if it is not the cause of a dog’s death);
ii. heat stress or hypothermia being the cause of the death;
iii. dehydration being the cause of the death;
iv. musher will be disqualified if he/she was advised by an official Race Vet or Race Judge to drop or haul the dog at a previous safety or check-point, but opted not to do so.
d. Regardless of the cause of a dog’s death a musher will be disqualified if he conceals the fact of his dog’s death.
IV. Race Officials. Penalties.
1. The Race Marshal.
The Race Marshal is responsible for following the Race rules and all the aspects of the Race from the mandatory mushers meeting and till the end of the awarding and closing ceremony. All decisions of the Race Marshal must be considered final. The Race Marshal may introduce changes into the Race rules or Race program during the course of the event if he considers this a necessity.
The Race Marshal may withdraw a dog/team from the Race for a cause.
2. The Head Race Vet.
The Head Vet will be available throughout the race supervising the work of the vet team, controlling the condition of the dogs and their treatment, giving recommendations on dog care.
The Head Vet may withdraw a dog/team from the Race for a reason.
All the decision of the Head Vet on dogs health must be considered final.
3. Penalties, disqualification:
A musher must follow the instructions of the Race Officials and accept their decisions.
a. A verbal warning may be issued by any race official for first time and minor violation.
b. A verbal warning may be issued for minor violation not giving a musher an unfair advantage over other mushers.
c. The disqualification may be issued by the Race Marshal:
i. in case of deliberate rule infractions that give a musher an unfair advantage over other mushers;
ii. in case of a recurring verbal warning for a similar violation;
iii. in case of recurring verbal warnings revealing a musher’s inability or unwillingness to fulfill the Rules requirements;
iv. in case of pushing a dog beyond the limits;
v. in case of not covering the official race trail;
vi. in case of deliberately letting the dogs loose during the Race.
d. The disqualification must be issued by the Race Marshal:
i. in case of animal abuse;
ii. in case of disrespectful treatment of the Race Officials, organizers, volunteers, mushers, handlers, spectators or anyone involved;
iii. in case of being late at re-start;
iv. in case of deliberately creating obstacles for another team to progress;
v. in case of deliberate shortening of the race route for the purpose of taking advantage over the other mushers;
vi. in case of drinking alcohol and/or undue behavior during the race.
4. Protests, appeals
a. The protests can be presented in written and oral form.
b. The protests must be proved and substantiated with alius evidence.
c. Late protests shall not be considered.
d. Only the members of the appeal board shall be involved in the consideration of an appeal or protest. The process of appeal/protest consideration is quarterbacked by the Race Marshal.
e. Terms of appeal:
i. appeals pertaining to entries refusals – before the drawing;
ii. appeals pertaining the trail condition – within 15 minutes after the official check-up of the trail;
iii. appeals pertaining the actions of a competitor or a race official during the course of the stage – within 30 minutes after the finish of the stage;
iv. appeals pertaining the decisions of the Race Officials and time results – within 15 minutes after announcing the preliminary results.
V. Awards
1. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners are awarded with medals, certificates, and prizes from the organizers and sponsors.
2. Absence from the awarding ceremony may result in disqualification or forfeiture of winnings. In exceptional cases any other representative of the team may substitute for the musher at the awarding ceremony but he is not allowed to take place on the pedestal.
VI. Additional program within the frameworks of the Race
The Race Organizers can provide a number of side events within the program of the Race. Some of them will be mandatory for all Race participants, others – optional. Attendance in some of the side events will be included in the entry fee while others may require additional fees for in case of attending. The list of additional events will be specified in the Race Program and announced at the mushers meeting.
It’s the Race Organizers’ earnest request that the participant take active part in charity and other events for children, and presentations from the sponsors within the program of the Race. The first are the reason of our existence, the latter – the means of it. The first need us, the latter are needed by us.
Thank you.

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