Race rules

GENERAL

1.    All mushers need to sign a declaration that they participate in the race on their own risk. Liability insurance is mandatory.

2.    All musher meetings and price awards are mandatory.

3.    One team consists of one or two mushers and a pool of 12 dogs. The maximum number of dogs is 12. The race organization can limit the team size due to the conditions. Dogs that can no longer run in the team during a stage, must be carried to the finish line inside the sledbag.

TRAIL

4.    The trail is marked with Norway-Trail signs (see picture at the bottom of this page).  Other trails will not be physically closed, so mushers must pay attention to the trail markers. If a team take the wrong trail, the race marshal shall be informed as soon as possible, and immediately after the team crosses the finish line. Taking the wrong trail can lead to time penalty.

5.    Fairness and good sportsmanship shall prevail. When a team is being passed, the overtaken team shall considerable slow down, if possible with the braking pad and not with the claw brake. 
If the overtaking musher requests it; the overtaken team must stop – if at all possible with the braking pad.

6.    Delayed teams to the start will be asked to wait until the chief timer finds a proper time. The original starting time will apply.

EQUIPMENT

7.    The sled shall be equipped with two snowhooks, a sledbag and a braking pad. 
In the sledbag there shall be space for 2 dogs .The braking pad shall be reachable with both heels from the runners and shall be equipped with good functional flap mechanism. In addition the braking pad shall be equipped with nails or chains.

8.    Mandatory gear: bivouac (windproof), first aid kit (provided by NT) and cell phone. Extra stage 4: Head lamp and extra batteries.

DOGS

9.    The minimum starting age of all dogs shall be at least 
18 months by first race day. All dogs must be chipped for identification. Vet-check is mandatory, and all dogs need to have a passport that shows their chip number and vaccinations.

10.   All dogs shall have valid vaccinations against distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. Vaccinations against bordetella and para influenza is highly recommended.

11.    All dogs brought to the race from other countries shall be treated due to the rules of import and have the necessary papers, read here. Papers and passports will be controlled by the race veterinarians. This rule shall also apply for the dogs on the car that’s not racing.

12.    All dogs shall get the best possible care during the race. If a dog shows any signs of a medical condition, the musher shall contact a race veterinarian immediately.

13.    No person is allowed to perform any medical treatment to the dogs without authorization by the chief race veterinarian. Doping is forbidden.

14.    Chief veterinarian has the authority to take a dog out of the race.

RACE MARSHAL & JURY  

15.    Protest must be handed to the judge or the race marshal within 30 minutes after the last team crossed the finish line.

16.    Any protests, violation of any rule, or other problems , will be managed by the race jury. The jury includes the race marshal, judge, chief veterinarian, trail boss, chief timer and one representative from the mushers. Race marshal alone can only give a musher or team a warning without confirming the jury. Time penalty or disqualifications can only be given by the jury.

17.    The race marshal may take a team out of the competition if two consecutive stages are not within 160% of the average time of the first 3 teams.

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