Special rules for Pasvik Trail (word)
AND MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
The race is judged
according to the Long Distance Rules (LR) of the Norwegian Sled Dog
Racing Association (NHF), and the special rules applying to Pasvik
Trail. All mushers must have read and acknowledge the rules. The LR
can be obtained from NHF. at http://www.sleddog.no/
Pasvik Trail has in addition to LR established the following rules
and policies that will apply to the race
Open class and 8-dog
class Pasvik Trail will be open for all dog mushers.Open class has no
upper limit * but there has to be minimum of 9 dogs at the starting
line. At the finish line an open class team have to have a minimum of
6 dogs. An 8-dog class team will have a limit on 8 dogs or a minimum
of 6 at the starting line and a minimum of 5 dogs at the finish line.
board of Pasviktrail can limit the number om dogs in open class
because of weather/snowconditions
dog participating in Pasvik Trail has to be micro chipped.
Start: The teams starts with a 1 - one
- minute interval. Open class fisrt. Teams that have signed up after
the first deadline will start in the sign up order last in its own
class. If two teams have signed up late, but on the same date, there
will be a draw.
Participants can be made to display sponsors’ advertisements either
on their clothing or their sled and dogs, according to Pasvik Trail
Public roads: Mushers are not allowed
to use public roads on any part of the trail except where Pasvik
Trail has marked the trail to follow roads. Information will be given
at the drivers meeting.
Checkpoints:Mushers must personally
sign in and out at checkpoint Vaggatem and Neiden No
help is allowed with the team at the checkpoints from handlers (exept
se mark 11)
has a 10-hours retingpot. And is
to be taken out in whole minutes at Vaggatem and/or at Neiden.
Differences in race times will be evened out at Neiden.
Vaggatem and Neiden
Food drop bags:
sacks can be delivered by handlers on both checkpoints
depot sacks MUST be marked with the musher’s name, and are to be
placed where detailed. Depot sacks may be checked by the TD,
race leader or checkpoint official.
Depot sacks can only contains: Doog food, Snow hooks, Dog blankets,
blankets, batteries, dog booties, wrist warmers, foot and leg
ointments for dogs - sled plastic - fuel for cooker
Care of dogs:
All care of dog, gear and feeding of dogs must be done only by the
musher in the designated holding area at the checkpoint. Only cold
water from a designated area at checkpoint can be brought to the sled
by the musher to be used for preparing dog food. Cold water can be
fetched in a plastic bucket or container, or something alike. Mushers
are not allowed to bring their coolers or similar gear out of the
Handlers or other than the musher allowed to prepare the dog food
Help / assistance:
No help is allowed with the team at the checkpoints. The only
assistance allowed is getting help handling the team in and out of
checkpoint. Unless other is decides by the checkpoint official/Race
At checkpoint dogs are not allowed in houses, dog boxes or something
alike, exempt are a medical examination or treatment by race
veterinarians. Musher and dogs can use his/hers own tent that has
been in the sled from the start.
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 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 TD, 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 TD,
the race marshal or the race veterinarian. The musher may be
disqualified if an inspection of the dog shows that the musher has
mistreated the dog or otherwise is due to the death of the dog. The
musher may also be disqualified if he/ she at a former checkpoint
have got an instruction in writing from the race officials to leave
the dog behind. The musher may also be disqualified if the death is
due to dehydration or hypothermia. The finish line in Kirkenes is
also considered as checkpoints in such cases. If autopsy is needed
the musher will not be charged.
Dogs can be dropped at any of the checkpoints. Dropped dog will be
notified to the Race Officials at the checkpoint. Any dropped dog
must be left with 2 pounds of dog food unless the dog straight away
is taken over by the mushers handlers.
Any outside assistance at checkpoint and aid not according to the
rules can result in disqualification of the musher.
Harness and Cables:
A musher must have cable in the towline
Change of sled:
If a sled is damaged beyond repair, it may be replaced if approved by
race marshal, race judge or race official. Except for this the musher
may only receive an empty sled two times during the race
is marked and would be informed at the mushers meeting
all times, each musher must have with them the following items.
Random checks of equipment may be made both at checkpoints and out on
the race trail.
items that are lost or damaged can be replaced from the depot bag or
from the mushers support team. Any replacement of mandatory items
must first be approved by via a race marshal, judge or checkpoint
official. (Exception: Items such as used dog booties, batteries,
rubbish sack and fuel for the water cooker/primus. These can be
replaced as necessary from the depot bag or from the support team.)
and maps. A map with the trail marked on it can be bought at the
sleeping bag (minimum 2 kg).
survival bag (windproof). This must weigh at least 1200 grams.
(Alternative to extreme survival bag: tent)
cooker with capacity for ½ litre water per dog in the team. And ½
litre liquid fuel
clothing (trousers, jacket and boots).
or long knife.
torch and batteries.
booties per dog (either in the sled or in use).
stick or signal flare that can be used in an emergency, such that
the race arrangers can find the location. This item is to be carried
in the pocket, on the musher’s person.
food rations for the musher for 24 hours. (minimum 1/2 kg)
or chain for use on dropdogs, min 40cm long. Lengths of gangline or
necklines with wire core can also be used. Atleast 3 wire or chain
in limited class. In open class; atleast 1 for each dog left over 6
dogs.Thats mean if u start with 16 dogs you must have 10 wires or
emergency food per dog, sealed by the race arranger and which
should, under normal circumstances, arrive unused at the finishline.
Pasvik trail also goes trough some"reindeer territory". Dog
teams must be under total control and never be let loose from the
team during the race.
in writing, must be given to race officials no later than 30 min
after last team has crossed the finish line. A fee of: NOK 50, -
must follow the protest.
dog in sled when arriving a checkpoint, is considered in the team
unless the musher wants to drop the dog.
musher scratching from the race has to report to Pasvik Trail as
soon as possible.
the mandatory mushers meeting the mushers must deliver at The Race