Rules MD

  1. Race rules: IFSS and Gold Rush Run.
  2. Every musher have to get familiar with these rules.
  3. All dogs have to be micro chipped and vaccinated (info), age limit 18 months, all breeds allowed.
  4. Mushers have to be insured with sled dog association license.
  5. BGB-hooks are allowed in parking area in race center Tankavaara Gold Village.
  6. Musher must provide a list of dogs with names and micro chip numbers to the registrations office.
  7. Before the race start there is organized a mushers meeting and it is mandatory for every musher. If for unexpected reasons musher has been delayed from mushers meeting, race marshal can evade this rule and musher is obliged to find out the required information before starting in the race.
  8. The trail goes through the “reindeer herding 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.
  9. A driverless team or loose dog may be stopped by anyone.
  10. Unrepairable sled is possible to change during the race, race marshall have to give the permission for changing the sled.
  11. if a musher scratch the race, the race marshall of the competition must be notified immediately. If the scratching occurs on the trail, the musher is responsible for transporting himself and his dogs back to the race center.
  12. Ski poles is allowed in every class.
  13. Start is two minute interval
  14. All shoes with spikes are prohibited.
  15. Lottery of starting order is 27.3.
  16. the veterinarian and vet-corresponding person are 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 proceed with the team, to allow musher to continue the race.
  17. There must not be limping dogs in the team when arriving to the finish line.
  18. Dog who is in the sled bag is part of the team when arriving to the finish line.
  19. Dogs can be in the car/trailer during the night.

MD open class special rules

  1. Race length 3x 45km
  2. At the start of the first day must be at least minimum 8 dogs and maximum 12 dogs.
  3. At the start of the second and third day must be at least minimum 6 dogs.
  4. dogs may be dropped from the team according to the minimum number of dogs in the class, dropped dogs must be notified to the competition staff.

MD6 class special rules

  1. Race length 3x 45km
  2. At the start of the first day must be at least minimum 5 dogs and maximum 6 dogs.
  3. At the start of the second and third day must be at least minimum 4 dogs.
  4. dogs may be dropped from the team according to the minimum number of dogs in the class, dropped dogs must be notified to the competition staff.

Mandatory equipment both class

  • sled must have spike brake and soft-brake
  • two snow-hooks

Dead Dog

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.

Protesting

Protests shall be submitted to the race marshal in writing no later than one hour after reaching the finishing line.

The organizer reserves the right to change the rules, all changes will be announced on the competition’s Facebook site, competitors who have already registered will be notified by e-mail.