Race Rules of KALEVALA 2013

1.   Date: 09-16 March 2013
2.   Place: Russia, Republic of Karelia, Kalevala National Region, township Kalevala.
4.   Race Marshal Terry Hinesly (USA, Alaska)
4.1. Assistant of Race Marshall Shumilovskiy Valeriy (Moscow, Russia )
5.   Race Chief Veterinary Caroline Griffits (USA)
5.1. Veterinarians: Dmitriy Tokuev (Kostroma), Bakhteev Kamil (Yaroslavl)
6.   Distance: The whole distance – 440 km. Width of trail 1,5-2 metres. Marking of trail is made according to the IFSS rules.
7.   Itinerary:
  • Race-prologue – 23km (township Kalevala – township Kalevala)
  • Stage 1 – 77km (township Kalevala – township Kalevala, checkpoint at the 35th km)
  • Stage 2 – 60km ( township Kalevala – farm Hiame, the night in farm Hiame)
  • Stage 3 – 65km (farm Hiame – village Voinitca, the night in village Voinitca)
  • Stage 4 – 73km (village Voinitca – township Kalevala)
  • Stage 5 – 71km (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 – 23km (Race – Prologue)
  • 6 dogs – 100km
  • 6-8 dogs – 440 km

Disciplines can be opened in the presence of at least five participants in each discipline and distance.

9.   Quantity of dogs:
9.1. Skijoring 23km: start – not more than 2 dogs, finish – with the same quantity as at start.
9.2. Skijoring 100km: start – not more 2 dogs, finish is possible with 1 dog.
9.3. Skijoring 440km: start – on each stage 1-2 dogs, finish on each stage is possible with 1 dog. For 440km participant must have 2 registered dogs.
9.4. Teams (4 dogs) – 23km (Race-Prologue): start – 4 dogs, finish is possible with not less than 3 dogs.
9.5. Teams (6 dogs) – 23km (Race-Prologue): start – 6 dogs, finish is possible with not less than 5 dogs.
9.6.Teams (6 dogs) – 100km: start – 6 dogs, finish is possible with not less than 5 dogs
9.7.Teams (6-8 dogs) – 440km: start – 6-8 dogs, finish is possible with not less than 5 dogs.
10.   Change of the dogs for the teams on 440 km:
10.1. Teams (6 -8 dogs) have the right to have 2 spare dogs.
10.2. The change is possible only at the places of spending the night at all stages except the 3rd.
10.3. Technical maintenance of replacement of dogs is an exclusive duty of the racer or the official assistant.
11.   Change of the dogs for skijoring on 440 km:
11.1. 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.
11.2. Technical maintenance of replacement or addition of dogs is an exclusive duty of the racer or the official assistant.
12.   Entry fee:
12.1. Teams/440km – 8 000rub (≈ 200 euro)
12.2. Teams/100km – 3 000rub (≈ 75 euro)
12.3. Skijoring/440km – 6 000rub (≈ 150 euro)
12.4. Skijoring/100km – 3 000rub (≈ 75 euro)
12.5. Race-Prologue/23km – 2 000rub (≈ 50 euro)
12.6. Entry fee includes:
  • Registration
  •  Participation in Race
  • Starting number
  • Veterinary check
  • Hay for Stack-out
  • Gala dinner
  • 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 440km distance (farm Hiame (stage 2), village Voinitca (stage 3), farm Haikola (stage 5).
  • Delivery of dog-food and reserve equipment (for 440km distance)

* Regardless of the reasons the sum or a part of sum will not be compensated to the count out musher.
* For assistant and / or accompanying persons racer gala dinner is charged separately: 400 rubles (≈ 10 euro) per person.

13.   Online registration:
13.1. Registration is preliminary. The application forms should be filled at website Application 
13.2. Organizers accept only one application form for one discipline and one distance from one participant.
13.3. Application forms for participation are accepted till the 1st February 2013
14.   Rules for Racers:
14.1. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
14.2. 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.
14.3. The racer has the right to have one official assistant (handler).
14.4. The Racer and his official assistant are obliged to comply with Race Rules, orders and decisions of Race Marshal.
14.5. The Racer must be registered by Organizing Committee within the time specified in Race Program.
14.6. The race is at own risk, and the participant should sign a liability statement during his/her registration. If racer refuses to sign it, he/she will not be admitted to the Race.
14.7. 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.
14.8. 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.
14.9. Racerand(or)officialassistantshould helpthe veterinaryteamatthe inspection of dogs.
15.   Rules for dogs:
15.1. Dogs of any breed are accepted.
15.2. All registered dogs must be at least 18 months old. Age of dog is defined at the day preceding the start of the competition.
15.3. For Russian citizens:
15.3.1. Each dog must be micro chipped
15.3.2. Each dog mush have vet. passports with marks of vaccination against rabies (not earlier than one year and not later than 30 days before the Race)
15.3.3. All dogs must have form №1 except the dogs from Republic of Karelia.
15.4. For foreign citizens:
15.4.1. For each dog should be given international passports with marks of vaccinations.
15.4.2. Each dog should be micro chipped.
15.5. Decisions, the requirements of the veterinaryteamandthe chiefveterinarianare absolute.
15.6. Primaryveterinaryinspection, registration and markingof dogs will be at the time that is specified in Race Program.
15.7. Veterinary controlof dogswill be during the whole race.
15.8. The dog that has not passed veterinary control, registration and marking will not be accepted for the Race.
15.9. 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. Musher must, as fast as possible, notify the Race Marshal or the Race Veterinarian about what has happened. This incident will be under investigation and all necessary procedures.
15.10. 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).
16.   Care of dogs:
16.1. Dogsare placedon thestack-outs. Stack-outs must be just right near the places of placing of racers at all stages.
16.2. Hayforthe stack-outs at all stagesis providedby the organizers.
16.3. Cold and hot water for dogs at all stages is given by organizers in unlimited quantity.
16.4. Dogs are prohibited in the rooms with racers (hotel, house). Dogs are permitted only in technical areas and only in the cage.
16.5. Racer is liable for damage and damage of the property in the places of living during the Race.
16.6. Racer or official assistant independently:
16.6.1. Determines the place of a stack-out, feeding and caring of dogs in designated areas.
16.6.2. Organizes the preparation and distribution of food and water the dogs.
16.7.   Feeding and caring of dogs can be only on the street.
17.   Territory cleaning:
17.1. The racer is obliged to observe cleanliness in places of keeping the dogs (The gear and bags for cleaning the place of stack-out will be provided by the   organizers.)
17.2. Stationary and intermediate stack-outs, including checkpoints, should be removed from the hay, dog excrement and other garbage. Racer or his/her official assistant does the cleaning by themselves.
17.3. Start from the place of the rest is made only after cleaning.
18.   Dogsled equipment:
18.1. The sled with the cargo area of at least 1 m, equipped with braking system and canopy.
18.2. The canopy should provide space for mandatory equipment and place for tired or injured dog.
19. Skijoring equipment:
19.1. All dogs in harnesses should be constantly fastened to the racer alone or pair by towline with the shock-absorber.
19.2. 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.
19.3. Cross-country skis should be safe for dogs, without a metal fringing and sharp details.
20. Mandatory equipment for teams and skijoring:
A mandatory equipment is controlled by the judges before the start of the first stage and at all subsequent stages selectively. All equipment must be in working condition and is compatible with intended use. All these equipment is necessary to ensure safety of the racers, dogs, and third parties in extreme or non-standard situations.
  • Starting number
  • Sleeping bag forteams,emergencyrescueblanket for skijoring
  • A map in scale 1:200 000 will be given by organizers
  • Magnetic compass
  • Sparegloves
  • Warm socks
  • Reserve food for the participant
  • Matches and lighter
  • Axe or long knife
  • Tool kit for repairing, i.e. Multitool
  • Head lamp and batteries
  • 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
  • Leashor chainto evacuatedogsShoes for dogs,at least4 piecesfor each dog
  • Dog booties, at least 4 booties for each dog
  • Reserve dog food (dry food - 0.3 kg, or natural food - 1 kg per one dog)
  • Ware for distribution of food to dogs
  • First aid equipment: adhesive bandage, then select: hemostatic sponge / or hydrogen peroxide
It’s recommended:
  • To have a drink for musher (non-alcoholic)
  • To have sun glasses
  • To have a mobile phone
  • To have warm blankets for shorthaired dogs
  • To have white blankets to protect the dogs from overheating
21.   Check points:
21.1. 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.
21.2. The organization of the maintenance of dogs on check points is carried out according to the given Rules.
22.   Dog food:
22.1. The organizers will provide delivery of dog food and spare equipment for Skijoring at the checkpoints.
22.2. Dog food and spare equipment for Skijoring should be tightly packed and clearly labeled: Name of the participant.
23.   Rules for START:
23.1. At all stages teams will start first.
23.2. The starting order for Race-Prologue will be determined by drawing a lot. The draw will take place at the organizational meeting of 8 March 2013, for each distance and discipline separately.
23.3. Starting order for Race-Prologue:
1: Participants of the Race for 440km
2: Participants of the Race for 100km
3: Participants of the Race for 23km
23.4. Starting order for the first stage will be determined after the Results of Race-Prologue                     
23.4.1. Teams have the reverse start at all stages.
23.4.2. Skijoring has the reverse start at all stages.
    The interval between disciplines is 10 minutes.
24.   Start for teams for all stages:
24.1. Start of team is determined by the front arch of the sled.
24.2. Start is separate.The teams start with a 3 - three - minutes intervalat all stages of the race.
24.3. Measuring the time starts from the scheduled start time.
25.   Start for skijoring for all stages:
25.1. Start of skijoring is determined by the nozzle of the ski.
25.2. Start is separate.Participants start with a 1 - one - minute interval at all stages of the race.
26.   Rules for FINISH:
26.1. Team is finished after the first dog sled crosses the finish line.
26.2. Finish of skijoring is fixed by the nozzle of the ski.
27.   Results:
27.1. 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.
27.2. Total time for participants of 440km it’s the sum of the time of all stages + the time of Race-Prologue.
27.3. The rest time between stages is not counted in Total time.
27.4. The rest time on check points:
  • For teams the rest time is included in Total time;
  • For skijoring the rest time of 20 min not included in Total time.
27.5. The sportsmen who have that have the same total time will share the same place and the following place will not be awarded.
28.   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.
29.   Breaking the Rules:
29.1. Participants of the Race must do the requirements of the Race, follow the instructions of the Race Marshal
29.2. 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.
30.   The Rules of Sleddog race “KALEVALA 2013” are basic. All special or additional moments will be announced by Race Marshal, Chief Veterinarian and the Organizers at the organizational meeting of the Race that will be March 08, 2013.