- 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.
- 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.
- Limited and sport class: if the sled is damaged beyond repair, it’s allowed to replace the sled before next day start, the replacing must be approved by the race marshal.
- 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.
Open class special rules:
- Start is one minute interval, time adjustment in checkpoints.
- Lottery of starting order is 28.3.
- Two-way communication machines (cellphones, smartwatch etc.) are not allowed to use unless in possible emergency situation. It’s allowed and recommended to take the cellphone on the trail, but musher can use cellphone only in emergency situation. Using two-way communication machines besides emergency situation will result 4 hours time penalty.
- All equipments what are packed in to the sled in start of the race, have to carry in the sled through the whole trail in to the finish line. Besides dog food and booties, drop off any equipments anywhere during the race is not allowed. Before the start equipments will be checked and written down and all same equipments have to be in the sled in the finish line. Breaking this rule will result 4 hours time penalty.
- Outside assistance is not allowed. Breaking this rule will result 4 hours time penalty.
- Changing the sled during the race is not possible.
- 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.
- Breaking the rules race marshal can assess warning, time penalty or disqualify.
- Race has two checkpoints and one dog-drop place about 50km before finish line.
- mandatory layover total 8hours + time adjustment have to keep in checkpoints.
- legs are about 75km – 115km – 140km.
- Musher have to check in to both checkpoints.
- Dog who is in the sled bag is part of the team unless musher wants to drop the dog out of the team.
- Cold water and one bale of stray per one team is served in the checkpoints, musher have to clean the straw, booties and dog waste in the trash bag before leaving the checkpoint. If musher rest between checkpoints, musher have to carry all litter in the sled to the next checkpoint. 4 hours time penalty will be assessed by littering.
- All maintenance, care and feeding of dogs will be done only by that team’s musher. Breaking this rule will result 4 hours time penalty.
- Mushers can’t help each others maintenance, care or feeding of dogs, and it’s not allowed to borrow/receive each others equipments/dog food. Braking this rule will result 4 hours time penalty.
- A driverless team or loose dog may be stopped by anyone.
- Dogs can be dropped of at checkpoints. Race officials must be notified immediately of the dogs that are dropped from the team. Musher has to give at least 1kg dog food for dropped dog unless the handler take the dog immediately. Musher who don’t have handler can drop dogs to the checkpoint and dogs will be delivered to the race center.
- Handlers can access to the checkpoints, but it’s not allowed to help the musher.
- A handler can take care of dropped dogs. Place where to pick up dropped dogs will be inform to the handlers.
- Food drop is allowed in first checkpoint. It’s allowed to deliver only dog food in first checkpoit, no any other equipments.
- Depot sacks are not in use in the checkpoints. All equipments what musher need in the race must be packed in to the sled at the start.
- 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.
Limited and sport class
- There is an assigned place for the dogs at the race center.
- Dogs are allowed to be in the trailer or car over the night that have proper ventilation.
- Dogs can be dropped from the team before second day start, notice class minimum team size. The race officials must be notified of the dogs that are dropped from the team.
Limited and sport class:
- the sled must have spike breaks and break mat
- two snow hooks, one snow hook is enough in sport class
- four booties per dog, in use or in the sled bag
- dog food at least 300g per dog at the start
- one extra harness
- one gangline with two backlines
- two snow hooks
- windproof extreme survival bag OR bivak
- first aid equipments
- at the start: 8 booties per dog
- at the start: 1kg dog food per dog
Also recommend (NOT mandatory)
- winter sleeping bag, min 2kg
- a functional water cooker and pot capable of heating a minimum of a 0,5 liter of water per dog
- coats for dogs
- food for musher
- snow shovel
- garbage bag
- extra set of clothing: underwear, jacket, trousers, winter boots
- extra harnesses
- extra gangline with backlines and necklines
- magnetic compass
- axe or knife with 20cm blade
- head lamp and batteries
- extra pair of sled runner plastics
- tools for fixing sled
- light stick / signal flare, to be carried in pocket of musher
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€.