RULES FOR THE FEMUND RACE 2014
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).
1.0 Race Description for Femundløpet
4.0 Race rules
1.0 Race Description for Femundløpet
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:
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 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 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)
1.3.5 Chief veterinarian
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
2.1 Veterinary examination
2.2 Marking of the dogs
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
3.1 Obligation to know the rules
3.2 Participation at own risk
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
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
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
3.8 Start number bibs
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 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
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:
Femund Junior: To qualify for the Femund Junior the musher must:
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
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.
Doping will result in immediate disqualification.
4.5 Dropping of dogs
4.7 Driving rules
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
4.9 Time alignment
4.10 Mandatory rests
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.
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
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
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
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
4.18 Deadline for finishing the race
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.