Race Rules "KALEVALA 2014"

1. Dates: 09 – 16 March 2014

2. Place: Russia, Republic of Karelia, Kalevala National Region, township Kalevala.

Website http://huskygo.karelia.ru

3. General provisions:
3.1. The race is performed according to the schedule of sportive events in Karelia Republic for 2014
3.2. The race is performed according to these provisions and rules of International Federation of Sleddog Sports IFSS.
3.3. Operational moments concerning the race are to be announced by Race Marshall, Chief Veterinarian and Organizational Team during the meeting pointed in the race schedule.

4. Distance:
The whole distance – 440 km. Width of trail 1,5-2 metres. Marking of trail is made according to the IFSS rules.

5. Itinerary:
09 March 2014 Race-prologue – 23km (township Kalevala – township Kalevala)
10 March 2014 Stage 1 – 77km (township Kalevala – township Kalevala)
11 March 2014 Stage 2 ≈ 65km (township Kalevala – village Voinitca, the night in village Voinitca)
12 March 2014 Stage 3 ≈ 111km (village Voinitca – township Kalevala)
15 March 2014 Stage 4 ≈ 75km (township Kalevala – Haikola, the night in village Haikola)
16 March 2014 Stage 5 ≈ 75km (village Haikola – township Kalevala)
Note: Race arrangers reserve to themselves the right to change the race route and distance depending on weather, ice conditions and any other vis major.

6. Disciplines and distances:
6.1. Skijoring

  • 1-2dogs – 23 km (Race-Prologue)
  • 1-2 dogs – 100 km
  • 2 dogs – 440 km

6.2. Sleds:

  • 6 dogs – 23 km (Race-Prologue);
  • 6 dogs – 100km;
  • 6-8 dogs + 2 (two) reserved – 440 km.

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

7. Quantity of dogs:
7.1. Skijoring:
7.1. 1. Skijoring 23km: start – not more than 2 dogs, finish – with the same quantity as when starting.
7.1.2. Skijoring 100km: start – not more 2 dogs, finish is possible with 1 dog.
7.1.3. 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.
7.2. Sleds:
7.2.1. Sleds 6 dogs – 23km (Race-Prologue): start 6 dogs, finish not less than 5 dogs;
7.2.2. Sleds 6 dogs – 100 km: start 6 dogs,  finish not less than 5dogs;
7.2.3. Sleds 6-8 dogs – 440 km: start 6-8 dogs, finish not less than 5dogs.

8. Changing dogs an the distance of 440 km:
8.1. Skijoring:
8.1.1. Racers are obliged to register 2 dogs minimum.
8.1.2. Start is possible with one dog at any stage.
8.1.3. Changing or adding dogs at the start of the next stages is possible only at the points of stationary overnights at all stages (Kalevala, Voinica, Haikola)
8.1.4. Technical details of changing or adding dogs is to be provided entirely by the musher or his official assistant.
8.2. Sleds:
8.2.1. Sleds 6-8 dogs + 2 (two) reserved.
8.2.2. Changing dogs is possible only at the points of stationary overnights at all stages (Kalevala, Voinica, Haikola).
8.2.3. Technical details of changing or adding dogs is to be provided entirely by the musher or his official assistant.

9. Prices (entry fee):
9.1. Race- prologue/23km– 3 000 rub.
9.2. Skijoring/100km– 4 000 rub.
9.3. Skijoring/440km– 8 000 rub.
9.4. Sleds/100km– 5 000 rub.
9.5. Sleds/440km– 11 000 rub.
The price is valid through February 10th, 2014.
9.6. The price includes:
9.6.1. registration;
9.6.2. participating in the Race;
9.6.3. bib number;
9.6.4. veterinary check;
9.6.5. hay  for stake-outs;
9.6.6. banquet (pointed in the schedule);
9.6.7. checkpoints (CP) at all stages (warm water for dogs, tea/coffee, snack for mushers), except Race-prologue; accomodation, dinner, sauna, breakfast at the overnight points at the self-supported tracks for 440 km distance (village Voinica, village Haikola);
*The entry fee can not be refund under any circumstances.
*For assistants or the party the banquet should be payed separately with the price 400 rub per person.

10. Online registration:
10.1. Registration is preliminary. The mushers should use the registration form on the official website Application
10.2. One musher can register only for one discipline  and one distance.
10.3. Registration is opened till February 1, 2014. By popular request we've extended the registration time up to the February 8th 2014
10.4. The application will automatically go to the unified accomodation booking system (for accomidating the musher and the party, noted in the registration form)
10.5. All applications done after February 01, 2014 will be  considered individually. The entry fee will raise by half.
10.6. Foreign participants can pay start fee at Kalevala village, both by cash or by card VISA International, MasterCard International, (Visa, Visa electron, Master card, Maestro etc.)

11. Admission requirements:
11.1. A musher should be over 18 y.o.
11.2. Mushers younger 18 y.o. can participate only on prologue race for  the distance of 23 km. They need to provide the written permission of their parents or tutors.
11.3. A musher can have only one official assistant.
11.4. A musher and his assistant are obliged to follow the Provisions, Race rules and decisions of the Race Marshall.
11.5. A musher is obliged to register in a organizational committee, pointed in the race schedule.
11.6. When registering, a musher should prove that he understands the risks of participating by signing the document describing the risks. One can not participate without  this sign.
11.7. A musher is obliged to have a bib number, provided by the race organizational team.
This number should be on a musher all race long (at all the ceremonies, while moving at a route, at the checkpoints) and should be seen well. Without bib number a musher can not start at any stage.

12. Musher behavior: In all actions mushers should follow the common sense and should behave like sportsmen.
12.1. All the participants (mushers and assistants) are personally responsible for keeping their own goods safely.
12.2. A musher and (or) assistant should  render assistance to the veterinarian team while examining dogs.
12.3. A musher and (or) assistant should be present at all organizational meetings.
12.4. A musher is responsible for his dogs' behavior, himself and his assistants and a party's behavior both at te territory or at the routes.

13. Dogs admission requirements:
13.1. Any breed can participate.
13.2. The age of dogs should be over 18 months. The age is defined by the day before the race start.
13.3. For Russian citizens:
13.3.1. Each dog should have a microCHIP
13.3.2. All dogs should have vet. passports with a rabies vaccination notes (not before the year ago and not less than 30 days before the race).
13.3.3. All dogs should have the certificates N1.
13.4. For foreigners:
13.4.1. Each dog should have the international passport with vaccination notes.;
13.4.2. Each dog should have a microCHIP.
13.5. All the decisions of the chief veterinarian are not to be discussed.
13.6. The primary inspection, registration and the marking of dogs are performed at the time noted in the race schedule.
13.7. The vet. control will be performed during all race.
13.8. You can not use a dog, which hasn't been examined and registered.

14. Dogs accomodation:
14.1. Dogs are accomodated at the stake-outs area. Stake-out are made near the mushers overnights at each stage of the race;
14.2. Hay for stake-out is provided by the organizational team (1 pocket for each dog);
14.3. Cold and hot water for dogs are provided by organizational team at each stage unlimited;
14.4. Accomodation of the dogs in the hotels or houses for mushers is restricted. It can be done only in technical  rooms and only in a mushers' cages.
14.5. A musher is responsible for any property damage at the places of accomodation.
14.6. A musher or his assistant should take care themselves about the following:
14.6.1. organize stake-out, feeding and grooming their dogs at the proper places;
14.6.2. organize preparing and giving the food and water to their dogs.
14.7. Feeding and grooming are to be done only outside or at the technical rooms.

15. Dog walking and cleaning the territory:
15.1. Dog walking is restricted at the common areas - children's playgrounds, kindergardens, schools,  sport facilities, shops, medical facilities, administrative buildings, etc. Violation of these bans is the subject to fines according to the law of Karelia Republic (administrative violations, Chapter 2 point 2.3)
15.2. Dog walking is permitted at the special places, defined by the organizational team.
15.2.1. A musher is obliged to keep clean the places of dog walk and accomodation places. The organization team provides bags for cleaning stake-outs.
15.2.2. Stationary and transitional stake-out, including checkpoints, should be cleaned from the hay, dog’s turd and other waste. The cleaning is to be made by mushers or their assistants.
15.2.3. Start from the transitional resting places  is possible only after cleaning the stake-out.
15.3. Violation of these bans the musher get the time penalty, defined by the Race Marshall (minimum 30 min, maximum 2 hours).

16. Transitional resting points and overnights:
16.1. Organizational team provides the accomodation and the meals for mushers at the second stage in Voinica vilage, and at the 5th stage – at Haikola village.
16.2. Dogs management at the transitional points is performed according to the chapters 14 and 15 of the current provisions.
16.3. Dogs food and all sports equipment delivery is performed by official assistant. In emergency or vis major cases the organizational team could assist.

17. Equipment for sleds and skijoring:
All equipment should meet the criteria of IFSS.
17.1. For sleds check Chapter 2, p.41, of the Race Rules IFSS
17.2. For skijoring check Chapter 3, p.49, of the Race Rules IFSS

18. Equipment replacement:
18.1. Equipment replacement is permitted only at the overnight places (Kalevala, Voinica, Haikola).
18.2. Technical backup of replacement is a musher or his assistant's responsibility.

19. Equipment required for sleds and skijoring:
Presence of the required equipment is randomly checked by the judges before start and after finish at all the stages.
All the equipment should be in working condition and usable for the intended purpose. All the equipment mentioned is necessary for security of a musher, dogs and other parties in emergency or extreme situations.
19.1. bib number;
19.2. sleeping bag for sleds; emergency recovery blanket for skijoring;
19.3. route map (1:200 000) provided by the organizators;
19.4. reserved mitts (gloves);
19.5. warm socks;
19.6. reserved nutrition for a musher;
19.7. matches or a lighter;
19.8. an axe or a hunting knife;
19.9. head light and reserved batteries;
19.10. for dogs accomodation at the transitional checkpoints and overnight places:
- string or chains for sleds,
- dog-lead and (or) chains for skijoring;
19.11. reserved harness, 2 for sleds, 1 for skijoring;
19.12. dog-lead or a chain for dog's evacuation;
19.13. «dog Booties» for dogs,  4 per one minimum;
19.14. repairing ointment for dogs' paws;
19.15. reserved nutrition for dogs (dry food - 0,3 kg, or natural food - 1 kg per  one dog);
19.16. ware for distribution of food to dogs;
19.17. medical first-aid kit: adhesive medical bandage; also one of the following: Hemostatic collagen sponge /or brilliant green/ hydric dioxide;
19.18. Recommended:

  • to have a repair kit (like Multitool);
  • to have a magnet compass;
  • to have a beverage for a musher (non-alcoholic);
  • to have a sunglasses;
  • to have a mobile phone;
  • to have warm clothes for dogs;
  • to have white clothes for dogs to protect them  from overheating;

20. Checkpoint:
20.1. There are Checkpoints at all stages except the «Prologue race (23 km)».
20.2. The checkpoint zone is marked.
20.3. Only mushers, judges, veterinaries, organizators and volunteers are authorized to enter the zone.
20.5. A musher can ask for help only the checkpoints staff and only in holding dogs.
20.4. Equipment replacement is restricted in the checkpoint zone.
20.6. A dog,  eliminated by a musher, veterinarian or Marshall will be evacuated from the checkpoint zone and will be given to a musher's assistant.
20.6.1. Eliminated dog is not competing anymore.
20.7. The time spent at the checkpoint (whatever the reason is) will be  counted in the result timing.

21. Start at each stage:
21.1. Sleds start first at each stage.
21.2. The order of start at the prologue – race is defined by drawing.
The drawing will be made at the organizational meeting at 08 March 2014, for each distance and discipline separately.
21.3. The start order at the prologue-race:
21.3.1. First – 440 km race participants; 
21.3.2. Second – 100 km race participants;
21.3.3. Third –23 km race participants.
Start of sleds – separate.
Start skijoring – double.
21.4. Results of the prologue-race define the start order for the first stage.
21.4.1. Sleds. Reverse start at all stages, separate.
21.4.2. Skijoring. Reverse start at all stages, separate.
The break between participants will be said at the organizational meeting.

22. AWARDS/Results:
22.1. The prize fund is 1000000 rub
22.2. The winner of the race is a participant with the best timing, as a sum of a passing time for all stages, including possible penalties.
22.3. The results of the prologue race are counted in a final timing of the 440 km distance.
22.4. The resting time between stages is not counted at the final results.
22.5. The time spent at the checkpoints is counted at the final results.
22.6. If a few mushers have the equal timing, they share the corresponding place and divide the prize by equal parts, the next place will not be awarded.

23. Security:
23.1. Organizators are providing 2 groups of snowmobiles with a satellite-link communication before the first and after the last musher.
23.2. Organizators are providing transport at the checkpoints.

24. Breaking rules:
24.1. All participants are obliged to follow these provisions and race rules, meet the Marshall requirements. Otherwise, the disciplinary measures will follow. Check Chapter 5, p. 31 of the IFSS Race rules
24.2. A participant can object the breaking rules to the Marshall or race authorities, verbally or in writing, during one hour after finishing the stage, where the breaking rules happened.