- Race rules: IFSS and Gold Rush Run.
- Every musher have to know these rules.
- All dogs have to be micro chipped and vaccinated, age limit 18 month, all breeds allowed.
- Mushers have to be insured with sled dog association license.
- Dogs on the starting line minimum 8 dogs and maximum 16 dogs.
- Musher must deliver at the registration office a list of the dogs with names and chip numbers.
- Before the race is mushers meeting and it’s mandatory for every musher. If unexpected reasons musher has been delayed for mushers meeting, race marshal can evade this rule and musher is obliged to find out the required information before start.
- The trail goes through the “reindeer territory”, dog team must be in complete control and never be let loose during the race. A musher who has been noticed with a loose dog/dogs, will be disqualified from the race. The musher will be held responsible for any damages caused by his/her dog/dogs.
- If musher scratch the race it must be reported to the race marshal as soon as possible. He/she is responsible for their own transportation, plus that of their dogs and equipment from the trail.
- Ski poles is allowed in every class.
- Start is two minute interval, time adjustment is in Kuukkelilampi -checkpoint.
- Lottery of starting order is 15.1.
- Unrepairable sled is possible to change during the race, race marshall have to give the permission for making change.
- Limping dogs in the team is not allowed when arriving to the checkpoints.
- the veterinarian and vet-corresponding person is allowed to check a dog/team at any point of the race if there is any reason to suspect that the dog/team is not able to continue the race. Head veterinarian together with race marshal is allowed to order to take the dog off the team / disqualify the team if the team is not able to continue the race. Veterinarian can also instruct how to procede with the team, that musher is allowed to continue the race.
- Race has five checkpoints.
- mandatory layover total 9hours + time adjustment.
- legs are about 75km – 110km – 80km – 80km – 50km – 120km.
- Musher have to check in all checkpoints.
- Kuukkelilampi, Nellim 1 and Nellim 2 are manned checkpoints. Roiro and Veskoniemi are hospitality -stops.
- Dog who is in the sled bag is part of the team unless musher wants to drop the dog out of the team.
- Depot -sacks are in use Kuukkelilampi, Nellim 1 and Nellim 2 -checkpoints. Musher is responsible transportation of depot -sacks to checkpoints and away from the checkpoints.
- Cold water and one bale of stray per one team is served in the checkpoints. Musher / handler have to clean the straw, booties and dog waste in the trash bag when leaving the checkpoint. If musher rest on the trail between checkpoints, musher have to carry all straw and litter in the sled to the next checkpoint / finis line.
- Handlers are allowed to checkpoints Kuukkelilampi, Nellim 1 and Nellim 2. Handlers can help the team to resting place but it’s not allowed to help the musher to take care of the dogs.
- All maintenance, care and feeding of dogs will be done only by that team’s musher.
- A driverless team or loose dog may be stopped by anyone.
- Dogs can be dropped of at checkpoints Kuukkelilampi, Nellim 1, Nellim 2 and Veskoniemi. Race officials must be notified immediately of the dogs that are dropped from the team. It’s not possible to drop the dogs in Roiro -hospitality stop.
- In last leg has a dog-drop -place in Kuutuantie -crossroad, about 70km before the finish line.
- A handler can take care of dropped dogs. Place where to pick up dropped dogs will be inform to the handlers.
- checkpoints have lean-to or similar shelter where mushers can rest. Mushers is responsible for their own sleeping bag.
- Scratching must be happened in to the checkpoint.
- If musher scratch on the trail and can’t continue the race, race staff will come to pick up after the race / after 24h the last point of contact.
- GPS (trail is possible to load before the race)
- Snow shovel
- Winter sleeping bag, min 2kg, rated minimum -30C
- First aid equipments
- Extreme winter clothing with reflectors
- Extra clothes: underlayer, overlayer, socks and winter shoes
- 8 booties / dog, including what is in use
- Head light and batteries
- Light stick and signal pen (one have to be on the pocket of the trousers)
- Min 40cm wire or chain for dropped dogs, at least one according to the minimum number of dogs in the class. When resting, the entire team should be attached to an assembly main line with wire or chain from the collar.
- Reserve food for the dogs for at least 500 grams per dog, packed separately, sealed by the organizer and under normal circumstances to be brought unused to the finish line. If reserve food has to be used, it must be reported to the race officials immediately at the next checkpoint.
- Reserve food for the musher at least 500g.
- Cooker, minimum 0,5L / dog.
- Garbage bag.
- Extreme wind bag, min 1,2kg OR alternatively tent and regular windbag.
Depot-sack can include example:
- Snow hooks
- Coats for the dogs
- Wrist warmers
- Ointments and liniments
- Runner plastics
- Fuel for cooker
If a dog dies between checkpoints, the dog must be carried to the next checkpoint or to the last passed checkpoint. The dog must be carried in the sled and be properly covered upon arrival at the checkpoint. After checking in the musher must, as fast as possible, notify the race organizer, the race marshal or the race veterinarian of the death. The musher is only permitted to continue the race if permission is granted by the the race marshal and/or the race veterinarian. The musher may be disqualified from racing if an inspection of the dog determines that the musher has mistreated the dog or otherwise caused the death of the dog. The musher may also be disqualified he/she received written instruction at a previous checkpoint from the race officials to leave the dog behind, unless the death is due to other causes. The musher may also be disqualified if the death is due to dehydration or hypothermia. The musher will not be charged if an autopsy is required.
Protests shall be submitted to the race marshal in writing no later than one hour after reaching the finishing line. The protest submission fee is 100€.