RULES FOR THE FEMUND RACE 2014 
We reserve the right to make any changes. Revised rules of 08.08.2013. Translation. Norwegian version is final

 

Time limit for passing through checkpoint Tolga: 

Tolga checkpoint will close on Tuesday 4 February at 12.00PM (midnight). Participants who have not passed through the checkpoint by this deadline will automatically be disqualified from the race. 

 

Special rules for Femundløpet 2014

Special rules for Femundløpet are in addition to the rules for long distance of the Norwegian Sleddog Federation (rules only in Norwegian). 

Content:

1.0 Race Description for Femundløpet
1.1 General
1.2 Race Committee
1.3 Race Management
1.3.1 Race Manager
1.3.2 Race Coordinators  
1.3.3 Technical Delegates (TD)
1.3.4 Jury
1.3.5 Chief veterinarian
1.3.6 Trail veterinarians

2.0 Dogs
2.1 Veterinary examination
2.2 Marking of the dogs
2.3 Veterinary booklet

3.0 Participants
3.1 Obligation to know the rules
3.2 Participation at own risk
3.3 Mandatory musher meeting
3.4 Mushers who drop-out from the race
3.5 Age
3.6 Search actions
3.7 Advertising
3.8 Start number bibs

4.0 Race rules
4.1 Number of dogs in the team
4.2 Qualification for rookies
4.3 Treatment of dogs
4.4 Doping
4.5 Dropping of dogs
4.6 Start
4.7 Driving rules
4.8 Outside assistance
4.9 Time alignment
4.10 Mandatory rests
4.11 Checkpoints
4.12 Caring and feeding of dogs
4.13 Expired dog
4.14 Mandatory equipment
4.15 No Man's Land
4.16 Reindeer
4.17 Littering 

 

1.0 Race Description for Femundløpet

1.1 General
The Femund Race shall be an international long distance race.

The Femund Race shall be an offer to both the breadth and the elite of long distance mushing. All participants are equally important and shall receive the same level of service throughout the race.

The Femund Race shall have a particular focus on animal welfare.

The Femund Race may limit the number of participants.

The Femund Race is a long distance race that measures the skills and strategies of the dog team and the musher, without any outside assistance other than that which the organizer has decided.

The Femund Race has as its overall goal that each participant has full responsibility for any dispositions made for that team during the race, for these decisions to always be in the best interest of the team and the musher, and for these to also at the same time be sufficient for the whole team to be able to handle all situations that may arise during the race.

1.2 Race Committee

The Femund Race Committee is appointed by the organizer and consists of:

  • General Manager (leader of the Race Committee)
  • Race Manager
  • Race Coordinators F400, F600 and Fjr.
  • Chief veterinarian
  • Head of start and finish in Røros
  • Trail chief
  • Head of time keeping
  • Head of checkpoints
  • Head of secretariat
  • Head of ceremonies
  • Press officer / head of WEB

The Race Committee is responsible for the technical implementation of the event, including the trails. It appoints the assistants and aides it may need in order to perform its tasks.

Only the press officer, or his / her attorney, shall, on behalf of Femundløpet, speak to the press / media about Femundløpet. 

1.3 Race Management

1.3.1 Race Manager
The Femund Race Manager is appointed by the organizer (Femundløpet).

The Race Manager shall be a contact person between participants, Technical Delegates, race administration and members of the Race Committee. 

Only the Race Manager shall on behalf of the Femundløpet give statements to the press / media about any accident or unfortunate event that happens during Femundløpet.


1.3.2 Race Coordinators 
The Race Coordinators are appointed by the organizer (Femundløpet)

The Race Coordinators shall assist the Race Manager and be a contact person between participants, Technical Delegates, race administration and members of the Race Committee. 

 

1.3.3. Technical Delegates (TD)
Technical Delegates are appointed by the Norwegian Sleddog Federation (NHF).


1.3.4 Jury
The jury is appointed according to the rules of the Norwegian Sleddog Federation (NHF).


1.3.5 Chief veterinarian
The chief veterinarian is appointed by the organizer (Femundløpet).

The chief veterinarian is the leader of the veterinarian team.

Only the chief veterinarian shall issue statements to the press / media concerning cases of dog death. A press release shall be issued. It is important for the race that such issues are public.

The chief veterinarian has the right to examine all the dogs at the checkpoints, start and finish line and can demand the examination of any dog that he/she considers in need of examination.


1.3.6 Trail veterinarians
The trail veterinarians have the right to examine all the dogs at the checkpoints, start and finish line and can demand the examination of any dog that he/she considers in need of examination according to Femundløpet rule §2.1 veterinary examination.

 

2.0 Dogs

2.1 Veterinary examination
All dogs participating in Femundløpet can be subject to undergo veterinary examinations by the trail vets before, during and after the race. Should the owner/musher refuse that one or several of his dogs be examined, he will be disqualified. Teams that have not been approved fit to continue the race after examination by the trail vet shall be disqualified by the jury. A dog that does not pass the veterinary examination and is not dropped voluntarily by the musher may be disqualified by the jury. If the musher does not agree with the trail veterinarian’s assessment of the dog he has the right to a “second opinion” from another trail veterinarian, and the chief veterinarian shall be contacted. A veterinary examination is mandatory at the last mandatory rest point. The musher is himself responsible for the veterinary examination to be performed and that this be confirmed in the veterinary booklet.


2.2 Marking of the dogs 
All dogs participating in the Femundløpet shall be identified with a microchip (ISO standard 11784 or attachment A to ISO-standard 11785). The microchip number must be mentioned in the vaccination certificate.

In addition all dogs participating in the Femundløpet will be marked with the races own marking system. The identification tags shall be supplied by the secretariat upon registration and shall be attached to the dogs’ collars.

Procedures for scanning of the microchips are decided by the Race Manager or Technical Delegates.

Prior to the race, participants shall deliver a list with the name and chip number of the dogs participating in the race. Deadline for submission is decided by the organizer. The individual musher is himself responsible for the dog being identified according to the rules.

Inspection of marking may be done by the veterinarian and/or Race Coordinators at the start, the checkpoints and at the finish line. Missing identification shall be reported to the Technical Delegates or Race Manager.


2.3 Veterinary booklet
A veterinary booklet is distributed to all participants at registration and is to be transported in the sled during the whole race. The veterinary booklet must be certified by a veterinarian at the last mandatory rest point and the musher is himself responsible that this be done. After the race, or in the event of "scratching", it is to be handed back to the secretariat.

 

3.0 Participants

3.1 Obligation to know the rules
The musher is obliged to familiarize himself with and abide by the Femundløpet rules.

3.2 Participation at own risk
Participation at the Femundløpet is entirely the driver's responsibility. The driver is the most able person to assess whether he and his dogs are able to complete the race under varying conditions, without risk to themselves or other participants, as well as judging if his/her equipment is up to standard.

The musher cannot hold the organizer, jury officials, race veterinarians, sponsors or other Femundløpet volunteers responsible, or claim for damages for injury, damage to himself, handlers, dogs, vehicles or equipment.

The musher is responsible for contracting a valid insurance/license for himself, the dogs and the equipment in Femundløpet.

Events with a "dead dog" during the race will be made public. Mushers must be aware that a press release stating the name of the musher, name of the dog, place of occurrence, description of the incident and possible cause of death, if/when this is known, will be issued. The driver is obliged to give permission for disclosure in relation to the veterinarian's duty of confidentiality.

3.3 Mandatory musher meeting
The musher meeting is mandatory for all participants and their handler. The driver has to take one (1) handler to the meeting. If the participant is not able to reach the meeting on time, and a valid reason allows for him to all the same participate in the race, he/she must send a representative in his/her place. In such case the musher is responsible for ensuring that the necessary information provided during the meeting is brought to his/her knowledge.

Mushers and handlers are required to familiarize themselves with, understand and follow the directions, regulations and guidelines given during the musher meeting and any information distributed by the organizer.

Mushers and handlers are required to familiarize themselves with, understand and abide by the veterinary information provided at the musher meeting, which will be distributed by the chief veterinarian, trail veterinarians and the organizer.

3.4 Mushers who drop-out from the race
A participant choosing to scratch from the race shall, as soon as possible, notify a technical delegate, the Race Manager, a Race Coordinator or the Checkpoint Manager. He is him/herself responsible for transportation of him/herself, the dogs, equipment and depots from the checkpoints. He/she is also requested to hand back to the secretariat or checkpoint the veterinary booklet and any time keeping, GPS tracking or other equipment on loan from the race organization.

3.5 Age
Participants must have fulfilled 18 years in order to start the F400 or F600.

Participants must be between 15 and 17 years of age in order to participate at the Femund Junior.

Participants under 18 must have a written consent from their legal guardian for participation.

3.6 Search and rescue
Search and rescue operations will normally be initiated 24 hours after the last point of contact. Unnecessary stops between the checkpoints should therefore be avoided.

3.7 Advertising
The organizers can instruct the mushers to wear promotional clothes or have promotional materials on the sled or on the person.

3.8 Start number bibs
Mushers must wear start number bibs when on the trail and at checkpoints. Start number bibs also have to be worn at the opening ceremony and at the prize giving ceremony or any other official representative event if the organiser so requests. 

Handlers must wear handler bibs when helping their musher in the staging area, at the start and finish line and at the checkpoints. 

 

4.0 Race rules

4.1 Number of dogs in the team
Femund 400 is an 8-dog class race consisting of no more than 8 dogs and with at least 6 dogs at the start. At the finish line the team must consist of at least 5 dogs. Dogs in the sled are considered part of the team.

Femund 600 is a 12-dog class race consisting of no more than 12 dogs and with at least 9 dogs at the start. At the finish line the team must consist of at least 6 dogs. Dogs in the sled are considered part of the team.

Femund Junior is a 6-dog class race consisting of no more than 6 dogs at the start. At the finish line the team must consist of at least 4 dogs. Dogs in the sled are considered part of the team.

4.2 Qualification for rookies
Participants who have never participated in the Femundløpet have to qualify.

Femund 600: To qualify for F600 class the participant has to have finished a 400 km race. Exemptions may be granted in special cases.

Femund 400: To qualify for F400 class the participant has to: 
• In the past 3 years have fulfilled a dogsled race of at least 100 km and with at least one checkpoint. 
• OR have participated in a rookie course recognized by the Femundløpet.

Femund Junior: To qualify for the Femund Junior the musher must:
• be between 15 and 17 years of age before the start.  
• have participated in a rookie course recognized by the Femundløpet.

The junior musher must in addition have an adult handler and a signed authorization from his/her legal guardians in order to be able to participate in the race.

A list of races approved for qualification will be posted on the website by the organiser.

4.3 Treatment of dogs 
Any abuse or mistreatment of dogs, including unacceptable or unnecessary hard punishment, and excessive screaming and yelling at the dogs is prohibited.

Regardless of how and to what extent a musher is being helped by others, including the vet, does not excuse him/her from his/her personal responsibility to care for his/her dogs.

A dog that lies in the sled when the musher arrives at a checkpoint is not dropped from the race unless the musher so desires.

Dogs that are sick or hurt, or for any other reason are to be taken out of the team shall be transported in the basket to the next checkpoint.

Dogs that have been dropped from the team are disqualified from further participation in the race.

4.4 Doping
Doping is not permitted for either musher or dogs. The doping of the dog means the use of prohibited methods and/or drugs in accordance with IFSS's list, with the aim to increase the dog's physical or mental performance. For mushers the WADA list of prohibited methods and drugs applies.

Doping will result in immediate disqualification.

4.5 Dropping of dogs
The dropping of dogs is only permitted at the checkpoints. The musher is responsible that the dropped dogs be taken care of in a responsible way. It is not permitted to add new dogs to the team after the start of the race.

4.6 Start
The start intervals shall be 1 minute unless otherwise decided by the organizer. The musher is obliged to follow the organizer’s instructions to get from the staging area to the start. The musher may receive help to take the team to the start (handlers / organizer).

4.7 Driving rules
Musher and team shall follow the trail that Femundløpet has decided and marked. IFSS marking system is used. What the markers look like will be explained at the musher meeting.

If a team leaves the trail it shall return to the point where it lost the trail and continue from there.

It is not permitted to follow the snowploughed road other than the stretches where the organizers have decided. Information on this is provided in the trail description at the musher meeting.

Road crossings are marked with yellow warning signs. The driver should show extreme caution when crossing a road.

A musher may require “trail” when his lead dog has come closer than fifteen (15) meters from the sled to the front-running team.

Teams being overtaken, shall move to the side and slowdown, or stop altogether.

A musher who has been overtaken, cannot claim free trail from the team that passed him until after at least five (5) minutes or one and a half (1.5) kilometers, unless the mushers between themselves agree on something different.

A musher who catches up with one or more teams that have stopped, can overtake all.

4.8 Outside assistance
Participants are not permitted to receive any kind of assistance or help from others than the organizer or those permitted by the organizer during the race. 

4.9 Time alignment
Time alignment will take place at the first mandatory rest. The musher is responsible for the start time difference to be aligned.

4.10 Mandatory rests
F400 has two mandatory resting periods. 3 hours + time alignment has to be taken at checkpoint Tufsingdalen. A second mandatory rest of 8 hours has to be taken at Tolga checkpoint.

F600 has two mandatory resting periods. 8 hours + time alignment must be taken at either checkpoint Tufsingdalen, Drevsjø or Søvollen. A second mandatory rest of 8 hours has to be taken at either checkpoint Tynset 2 or Tolga. 

Femund Junior has two mandatory resting periods. One 6 hour rest + time alignment has to be taken at Tufsingdalen checkpoint. A second mandatory rest of 6 hours has to be taken at checkpoint Tolga. 

The resting periods have to be taken in full minutes. The musher shall personally check in and out of all checkpoints and is responsible for all mandatory rests being taken.

4.11 Checkpoints
The checkpoints are to be considered as control posts in the competition. Participants shall check-in and check-out from the checkpoints before continuing the race.

Every team will be assigned a parking space for his/her team in an assigned area in order to rest the team. Only mushers and one (1) handler may enter this area.

There will be depots at all checkpoints. Handlers shall place depot bags on the marked and allocated area. The bags must be clearly marked with the musher's name and start number/bib. Replacement sleds may not be taken out from the depot and into the staging area other than for the purpose of changing the sled.

An empty sled may be replaced with another empty sled once (1 time).

Coolers or equivalent equipment that are in the depot shall be empty and be taken empty to the staging area.

The musher must bring everything taken out from the depot to the staging area. The same goes for equipment and potential waste going from the staging area back to the depot. All trash shall be removed and placed in the depot/trash containers.

Help at the checkpoints:

At checkpoints, participants are allowed to receive help with slowing down, holding and guiding their dog team when going in to or out from their allocated staging area. Such assistance may be received only between the marked point of entry/arrival and up to the marked point of exit/departure at the checkpoints. One (1) handler may stand behind the sled.

It is not allowed to receive any help from others to work at the checkpoint. This includes all work with the dogs during rest time at the staging area.

The musher is obliged to ensure that a handler will clean and remove the straw after the team has left the checkpoint.

Violation of the rules regarding outside help at checkpoints can lead to disqualification.

4.12 Care and Feeding of Dogs
All feeding and care of dogs shall happen outdoors and may only be carried out by the musher.

The handler is not permitted to prepare food or boil-up water in advance and place this in the depot area.

It is not permited to use kitchen facilities at the checkpoints to prepare dog food or heat up salves and creams.

During the Femundløpet special focus on animal welfare shall be held. Mushers are obliged at all times to provide optimum care for the dogs and keep good hydration and feeding routines. Mushers are required to keep a watchful eye on the dog's state and development during the race. Dogs that do not maintain good health, shape and attitude and that are injured shall be taken out of the race.

Help from the trail veterinarian: 

Mushers may/shall accept help from the veterinarian for the examination of the dogs and assistance for treatment of dogs who need it.

4.13 Expired Dog
If a dog dies during the race on the trail between checkpoints, it is to be taken to the next checkpoint or the last checkpoint left. The dog is to be transported in the sled and to be covered up on arrival at the checkpoint. The musher shall without delay after checking-in notify the race organizer as represented by the Technical Delegate, Race Coordinator, Race Manager and/or Race Vet.

The musher can only continue after obtaining permission to do so by a Technical Delegate, Race Coordinator, Race Manager and/or Race Vet. The musher can be disqualified from further participation should it be evident from investigations that the musher is guilty of abuse of the dog or if having in any other way caused the death of the dog. The finish area is also considered a checkpoint in this connection.

If an autopsy of the dog is required, the costs thereof shall not be levied on the musher as long as the death was not caused by abuse from the musher.

4.14 Mandatory equipment
It is mandatory to have the following equipment, listed below, in the sled during the whole race. It is required that the equipment be functional when approved so that the participant is able to survive extreme situations regardless of the weather conditions. The equipment will be checked at the start, the checkpoints and at the finishing line.

  • Relevant maps (1:100.000) from Statens Kartverk; Femund Turkart, and Knutshø Villreinutvalg; Knutshø Villreinområde. Maps are sold at the Secretariat during registration.
  • Magnet Compass
  • Veterinary handbook. (to be handed out at registration)
  • Water boiler with a container sufficient to heat a minimum of 0.5 litres of water per dog. Must be in sled during the whole race.
  • 0,5 liters of red spirit or similar for heating water. This bottle must be in the sled at all times and shall only be used in the case of emergency. Remember that not only the dogs but also the musher needs to melt snow for water in an emergency situation. If the bottle has been used, it must be replaced at the next checkpoint.
  • Snow spade.
  • Axe or large knife (at least 20cm blade)
  • Sleeping bag for extreme conditions. The bag shall weigh at least 2.5 kg OR provide sufficient shelter and heat for at least –30 C.
  • Lined extreme wind bag (for example Helsport X-trem or Jerved Thermo bivouac bags or of similar quality). Minimum weight shall be at least 1.2kg. An unlined bivouac bag is not accepted! An alternative to an extreme wind bag may be a tent that can withstand a storm in the mountains. A fuel burner is optional.
  • Extra clothes including both inner and outer garments, socks and shoes or other footwear. NOTE: Must be packed in a waterproof bag, for example water tight stuff bags or plastic.
  • First aid kit containing at least: pain killers, plasters, a roll of sport’s tape, gauze and bandage (or a pressure bandage instead) as well as medication to cure both human and dog diarrhea. NOTE: These drugs must be designed for respectively humans and dogs. It is also recommended that you give dogs a preventive agent against diarrhea before and during competition.
  • Headlight and batteries.
  • Light stick or rescue light. Must be carried on the body.
  • Matches packed in plastic or a similar water tight container. Must be carried on the body.
  • 8 booties per dog out from each checkpoint, including booties that are in use at that point.
  • Emergency supplies of dog food, 0.5 kg per dog in the team at the start. The emergency supplies shall be packed separately and sealed by the organizer.
  • The musher shall have food supplies for him/herself. Weight minimum 500g.

Mandatory equipment that is lost or broken may be supplied or replaced from the depot or other source. The equipment must then be presented to the Race Manager, Technical Delegate, Race Coordinator or Checkpoint Manager for approval of the replacement (To be noted by Technical Delegate).

Dog booties, headlight/batteries, fuel for boiler/primus are exempt from this rule and can if so desired be replaced from depot.

There has to be wire in the gangline.

4.15 No Man's Land
No Man's Land starts at least 1 km before the finishing line and shall be clearly marked. The trail in this stretch shall be broad enough for dog teams to pass each other. Rule on passing do not apply on this stretch of trail.

4.16 Reindeer
The trail goes partly through reindeer grazing areas. The dogs must therefore be kept under strict control and never be let loose during the race. Participants that are observed with loose dog(s) may be disqualified.

4.17 Littering
Littering along the trail may lead to disqualification.

4.18 Deadline for finishing the race
The Race Organization may introduce a time limit for the completion of the race and a deadline for passing through checkpoints.

In 2014 the participants must have passed through Tolga checkpoint at the latest by Tuesday 4 January 12.00PM (midnight). Participants who pass through the checkpoint after this deadline will automaticaly be disqualified from the race and continue at their own risk. This time limit may be prolonged by the jury.

 

Note: in the case of dispute of these rules and the rules of the Norwegian Sleddog Federation the rules of the Norwegian Sports Federation and Norwegian Sleddog Federation apply.