Race Rules of "KALEVALA 2012"

1.      Date: 09-16 March 2012
2.      Place: Russia, Republic of Karelia, Kalevala National Region, township Kalevala.
3.      Website: http://huskygo.karelia.ru
5.      Race Marshal - Terry Hinesly (USA).
6.      Distance:
6.1. The whole distance – 440 km
6.2. Width of trail 1,5-2 metres
6.3. Marking of trail is made according to the IFSS rules.
7.      Itinerary:
  • Race-prologue – 23 km (township Kalevala – township Kalevala)
  • Stage 1 – 77 km (township Kalevala – township Kalevala, checkpoint at the 35th km)
  • Stage 2 – 60 km ( township Kalevala – farm Hiame, the night in farm Hiame)
  • Stage 3 – 65 km (farm Hiame – village Voinitca, the night in village Voinitca)
  • Stage 4 – 73 km (village Voinitca – township Kalevala)
  • Stage 5 – 71 km (township Kalevala – farm Haikola, the night in village Haikola)
  • Stage 6 – 71 km (farm Haikola – township Kalevala)
NOTE: Organizers have the right to change the itinerary and distance of the Race.
8.      Disciplines and distances

8.1. Skijoring
  • 1-2dogs – 23 km (Race-Prologue)
  • 1-2 dogs – 100 km
  • 2 dogs – 440 km
8.2. Teams
  • 4 dogs – 23 km (Race-Prologue)
  • 6 dogs – 23 km (Race – Prologue)
  • 6-8 dogs – 440 km
8.3. Disciplines can be opened in the presence of at least three participants in each discipline and distance.
9.      Awards: 
9.1.Cash money prize will be distributed between participants in places and disciplines/distances (except participants of race-prologue)

9.2. 1stPlace:
  • Teams / 440 km - 230 000 rub (~ 5500 euro)
  • Skijoring / 440 km - 110 000 rub (~ 2600 euro)
  • Skijoring / 100 km - 15 000 rub (~ 350 euro)
9.3.  2ndPlace:
  • Teams / 440 km - 150 000 rub (~ 3500 euro)
  • Skijoring / 440 km - 75 000 rub (~ 1800 euro)
  • Skijoring / 100 km - 10 000 rub (~ 240 euro)
9.4.  3rdPlace:
  • Teams / 440 km - 70 000 rub (~ 1700 euro)
  • Skijoring / 440 km - 40 000 rub (~ 950 euro)
  • Skijoring / 100 km - 5 000 rub (~ 120 euro)
9.5.Participants of the Race-Prologue will be awarded by the prizes from the sponsors and organizers
9.6.All participants of Race "KALEVALA 2012" will be awarded by Diplomas and memorable prizes
10.      Quantity of dogs:
10.1.   Skijoring for 23 km: start - not more than 2 dogs, finish - with the same quantity as at start.
10.2.   Skijoring for 100 km: start – not more 2 dogs, finish is possible with 1 dog.
10.3.   Skijoring for 440 km: start – on each stage 1-2 dogs, finish on each stage is possible with 1 dog. For 440 km distance participant must have 2 registered dogs.
10.4.   Dogsleds (4 dogs) – 23 km (Race-Prologue): start – 4 dogs, finish is possible with not less than 3 dogs.
10.5.   Dogsleds (6 dogs) – 23 km (Race-Prologue): start – 6 dogs, finish is possible with not less than 5 dogs.
10.6.   Dogsleds (6 – 8 dogs) – 440 km: start – 6-8 dogs, finish is possible with not less than 5 dogs.
11.      Change of the dogs for the teams on 440 km:
11.1.   Dogsleds (6 -8 dogs) have the right to have 2 spare dogs.
11.2.   The change is possible only at the places of spending the night at all stages except the 3rd.
11.3.   Technical maintenance of replacement of dogs is an exclusive duty of the racer or the official assistant.
12.      Change of the dogs for skijoring on 440 km:
12.1.   Racer is obliged to have 2 registered dogs. It’s possible to start on 1 dog at any stage. The change of the dogs or addition the second dog during the race is possible only at the places of spending the night at all stages except the 3rd.
12.2.   Technical maintenance of replacement or addition of dogs is an exclusive duty of the racer or the official assistant.
13.      Entry fee:
13.1.   Dogsleds / 440 km – 7 000rub (~ 165 euro)
13.2.   Skijoring / 440 km – 5 000rub (~ 120 euro)
13.3.   Skijoring / 100 km – 2 500rub (~ 60 euro)
13.4.   Race-Prologue / 23 km – 1 000rub (~ 25 euro)
13.5.   Entry fee includes:
  • Participation in Race
  • Starting number
  • Veterinary check
  • Hay for Stack-out
  • Check point for all stages (warm water for dogs, tea/coffee, snacks for participants etc.), except the Race-Prologue.
  • Accommodation, dinner, steam bath, breakfast at places of spending the night for the 440 km distance (farm Hiame (stage 2), village Voinitca (stage 3), farm Haikola (stage 5)).
  • Delivery of dog-food and reserve equipment (for 440 km distance)
14.     Entry info:
14.1.   Registration is preliminary. The application forms should  be filled on website
14.2.   Application forms for participation are accepted till the 1st February 2012
14.3.   Organizers accept only one application form for one discipline and one distance from one participant.
15.     Rules for Racers:
15.1.   Participants must be at least 18 years old.
15.2.   The racers younger than 18 years old can take part only in Race-Prologue on 23km and only if they have a written permission of their parents or custodial parents.
15.3.   The racer has the right to have one official assistant (handler).
15.4.   The Racer and his official assistant are obliged to comply with Race Rules, orders and decisions of Race Marshal, Veterinarian of Race and Organizing Committee.
15.5.   The Racer must be registered by Organizing Committee within the time specified in Race Program.
15.6.   The race is at own risk, and the entrant should sign a liability statement during his/her registration. If racer refuses to sign it, he/she will not be admitted to the Race.
15.7.   Racer is obliged to have on himself (herself) a starting number. Starting number is given by organizers. During all race (at the opening ceremony and closing ceremony, at the movement on a trail, on check points, at the rewarding ceremony) starting number on a racer should be clearly visible. Without starting number the participant will not be admitted to start at any stage of race.
15.8.   Participants (racer and his (her) official assistant) bear personal responsibility for safety and maintenance of safety the property and the property of the third parties.
15.9.   Racerand (or) officialassistantshould helpthe veterinaryteamatthe inspection of dogs.
16.     Rules for dogs:
16.1.   Dogs of any breed are accepted.
16.2.   All registered dogs must be at least 18 months old. Age of dog if defined on the day preceding the start of the competition.
16.3.   For Russian citizens:
  • All dogs must have an inquiry (form №1) and vet.passport with marks of vaccination against rabies (not earlier than one year and not later than 30 days before the Race)
16.4.   For foreign citizens:
  • For every dog should be giveninternational passportswith marks of vaccinations.
  • Every participating dog has to be micro chipped.
16.5.   Decisions, the requirements of the veterinaryteamandthe chiefveterinarianare absolute.
16.6.   Primaryveterinaryinspection, registration and markingof dogs will be at the time that is specified in Race Program.
16.7.   Veterinary controlof dogswill be carried outduring the whole race.
16.8.   The dog that has not passed veterinary control, registration and marking will not be accepted for the Race.
16.9.   If a dog dies between two checkpoints, the dog has to be carried to the next checkpoint or the musher can return to the former checkpoint. The dog’s body must be carried in the sled and be properly covered up when arriving at the checkpoint. Having checked in the musher must, as fast as possible, notify the Race Marshal or the Race Veterinarian about what has happened. The musher is not allowed to continue the race unless permission is given by the Race Marshal or the Race Veterinarian.
16.10.  The musher may be disqualified if:
  • There are traces ofbeatings,inhumaneand cruel treatment ofanimal(even if thebeatingwas not the maincause ofdeath)
  • Reason of death is heatstroke.
  • Reason of death is dehydration.
  • If the musher at a former checkpoint has got an instruction in writing from the race officials to leave the dog behind and he did not do it.
  • The musher concealed the fact of the death of his/her dog (for whatever reason).
17.     Care of dogs:
17.1.   Dogsare placedon thestack-outs. Stack-outs must be just right near the places of placing of racers at all stages.
17.2.   Hayforthe stack-outs at all stagesis providedby the organizers.
17.3.   Cold and hot water for dogs at all stages is given by organizers in unlimited quantity.
17.4.   Dogs are prohibited in the rooms with racers (hotel, house). Dogs are permitted only in technical areas and only in the cage.
17.5.   Racer is liable for damage and damage of the property in the places of living during the Race.
17.6.   Racer or official assistant independently:
  • Determines the place of a stack-out, feeding and caring of dogs in designated areas.
  • Organizes the preparation and distribution of food and water the dogs.
17.7.   Feeding and caring of dogs can be only on the street.
18.     Territory cleaning:
18.1.   The racer is obliged to observe cleanliness in places of keeping the dogs.
18.2.   The gear and bags for cleaning the place of stack-out will be provided by the   organizers.
18.3.   Stationary and intermediate stack-outs, including checkpoints, should be removed from the hay, dog excrement and other garbage. Racer or his/her official assistant do the cleaning by themselves.
18.4.   Start from the place of the rest is made only after cleaning.
19.     Dogsled equipment:
19.1.   The sled with the cargo area of at least 1 m, equipped with braking system and canopy.
19.2.   The canopy should provide space for mandatory equipment and place for tired or injured dog.
20.     Skijoring equipment:
20.1.   All dogs in harnesses should be constantly fastened to the racer alone or pair by means of towline with the shock-absorber.
20.2.   The length of towline with the shock-absorber in the stretched form should be a minimum of 2,5 m, but not more 3,5 m.
20.3.   Cross-country skis should be safe for dogs, without a metal fringing and sharp details.
21.     Mandatory equipment for dogsleds and skijoring:
21.1.   All equipment will be checked by judges before start for the 1st, 2nd and 5th stages.
  • Starting number
  • Sleeping bag
  • A map in scale 1:200 000
  • Magnetic compass
  • Stack-out for dogs on the check point (for teams), dog lead for skijoring.
  • Spare harnesses: not less than 2 for teams, not less than 1 second for skijoring
  • Dog lead
  • Shoes for dogs,at least4 piecesfor each dog.
  • Healingointmentfordogspaws
  • Sparegloves, warm socks
  • Reserve food and drink for the participant
  • Reserve food for dogs
  • Matches and lighter
  • Axe or long knife
  • Tool kit for repairing
  • Head lamp and batteries
  • Mobile phoneandcharger
  • Ware for distribution of food to dogs
  • First aid equipment
  • Sun glasses
  • It’s strictly recommended to the shorthaired dog owners to have warm blankets
  • It is recommended to have white blankets to protect the dogs from overheating in the sun
  • Printing edition of the folk art of the country, region or a nationality which are represented by the racer
22.     Check points:
22.1.   The organizers will provide accommodation and meal for participants on the second stage at the farm of Hiame, the third stage in the village Voinitca, the fifth stage in the farm Haikola.
22.2.   The organization of the maintenance of dogs on check points is carried out according to the given Rules.
23.     Dog food:
23.1.   The organizers will provide delivery of dog food and spare equipment for Skijoring at the checkpoints.
23.2.   Dog food and spare equipment for Skijoring should be tightly packed and clearly labeled: Name of the participant.
24.     Rules for START:
24.1.   At all stages  teams will start first.
24.2.   The starting order for Race-Prologue will be determined by drawing a lot.
24.3.   The drawing for each distance and discipline is carried out separately.
24.4.   The starting order for Race-prologue:
  • 1 - Participants of the Race for 440 km
  • 2 - Participants of the Race for 100 km
  • 3 - Participants of the Race for 23 km
24.5.   Starting order for the first stage will be determined after the Results of Race-Prologue
24.6.   Dogsleds have the reverse start at all stages.
24.7.   Skijoring has the reverse start at all stages.
24.8.   The interval between disciplines is 10 minutes.
25.     Start for teams for all stages:
25.1.   Start of team is determined by the front arch of the sled.
25.2.   Start is separate.The teams start with a 3 - three - minutes intervalat all stages of the race.
25.3.   Measuring the time starts from the scheduled start time.
26.     Start for skijoring for all stages:
26.1.   Start of skijoring is determined by the nozzle of the ski.
26.2.   Start is separate.Participants start with a 1 - one - minute interval at all stages of the race.
27.     Rules for FINISH:
27.1.   Finish of teams is fixed by the front arch of the sled.
27.2.   Finish of skijoring is fixed by the nozzle of the ski.
28.     Results:
28.1.   The winner of the Race will be the participant who has shown the least time in his/her discipline taking into account possible penalty time on the sum of all stages of the Race.
28.2.   Total time for participants of 440 km it’s the sum of the time of all stages + the time of Race-Prologue.
28.3.   The rest time between stages is not counted in Total time.
28.4.   The rest time on check points:
  • For teams the rest time is included in Total time;
  • For skijoring the rest time is not included in Total time. There is a mandatory rest for 20 min.
28.5.   The sleds that have the same total time will share the same place and the following place will not be awarded.
29.     Safety:
  • Organizers provide two groups of snowmobiles with satellite communication ahead of racers and after the last one.
  • Organizers provide the transport at the checkpoints.
30.     Breaking the Rules:
30.1.   Participants of the Race must do the requirements of the Race, follow the instructions of the Race Marshal, the chief veterinarian and representatives of the organizing committee.
30.2.   The racer must report about breaking the Rules to a Race Marshal orally or in written form within one hour after the end of the stage where was the breaking.
31.     The Rules of Sleddog race “KALEVALA 2012” are basic. The detailed plan of the Rules will be published at the official site of the Race not later than 60 days before the start. All special or additional moments will be announced by Race Marshal, Chief Veterinarian and the Organizers at the organizational meeting of the Race.