Polardistans

Race Rules

The race follows the IFSS regulations, International Federation of Sleddog Sports Race Rules and Nationell rules to IFSS rules, all stylies.

The races are approximately 160 km and 300 km, and is only open for registered polar dogs of the breeds Alaskan Malamute, Greenland Dog, Samoyed and Siberian Husky. 
 
 

POLARDISTANS - EXTENSIONS RULES 

  1. Category B: Alaskan Malamute, Greenland Dog, Samoyed.  
    Category C: Siberian Husky. 
  2. Men and women are running in the same class in both styles and all classes. 
  3. Minimum age for drivers is 18 in all classes.
  4. In pulka style the dogs may run in double file. 
  5. All sleds in the pulka classes shall have brakes, regardless of team size. 
  6. The pulka/sledge size must be sufficiently large so that equipment that has been vacuum compressed at the start even fits in when unpacked 
  7. In nome B you may use a shaft of maximum 10 mm covered glass fiber. All necklines must have plastic hooks, tree pins and plastic balls. The smallest (3/8”) of the piston snap hook may also be used. 
  8. Metal BGB-hooks1/ are NOT allowed in nome style but can be used in pulka style if they are attached to solid shafts. 
  9. The competition has mass start, the classes can be put together.
  10. All dogs must be registered and marked with microchip. Tattoo in the ear will not be accepted. See document: Dogcare
  11. At the registration all the original pedigrees and vaccination certificate will be checked. Absence of registration certificates in original, not meeting the vaccination requirements, lacks in the mandatory equipment or that musher or handler does not participate in the mandatory means that the team is not aloud to start. The starting fee will not be returned in these cases. 
  12. If the musher or handler does not participate in the mandatory meeting are they not allowed to start. The starting fee will not be returned in these case. 
  13. ALL mushers must submit a completed registration form for the Swedish polar dog working test (Anmälan meritering), filled in on a computer! This list is useing as a chiplist.
  14. Number of dogs at start and finish for each class:  

Distance

Number of dogs

Start

Finishline

MD 160 pulka

Max 4

1

MD 160 nome B 8

Max 8

4/5 *

MD 160 nome C 8

Max 8

4/5 *

LD 300 pulka

Max 4

1

LD 300 nome B12

Max 12

7

LD 300 nome C 8

Max 8

5

LD 300 nome C 12

Max 12

7

 

*/5 or 6 dogs at start, then min 4 dogs to the finishline

*/7 or 8 dogs at start, then min 4 dogs to the finishline

 AGE OF DOG

On race day(test day) the dogs will achieve this age:

BREED

PD160

PD300

WORKING TEST

Alaskan malamute

24 month

24 month

DP 100+
DP 250+

Greenland dog

24 month

24 month

DP 100+
DP 250+

Samoyed

24 month

24 month

DP 100+
DP 250+

Siberian husky

18 month

24 month

DP 20+    ONLY NOME

DP 250+  ONLY NOME

 


GREENCARD/MUSHERPASS/INSURANCE 
 

Swedish participants must have green card and liability insurance. (SDSF's racing license does not apply to Polardistans). Non Swedish mushers must have a "musher pass" and/or bring documentation of a privat liablity insurance covering this kind of sporting activity. (The documentation preferable written in english or german). Bring it to the secretariat when you go to the registration.

MARKINGS 

The trail goes mainly along the marked snowmobile trails. The trail marking is complemented by race signs with reflective tapes and warnings at road crossings. 

We follow the IFFS’s rules for marking and you can read more about this on the IFSS/SDSF website www.draghundsport.se

MANDANTORY EQUIPMENT 

The list of the required equipment is available on the website. Dates and times for equipment control are in the program on the website. If the equipment is not complete and approved by the competition’s race judges the team is not allowed to start. Equipment control should be performed prior to the musher/handler meetings. The team that starts on Tuesday are inspected with priority on Monday. Random inspections will also be carried out during the race. The equipment will also be controlled at the finish line. 

 Mandatory equipment that is lost or broken during the competition can be replaced at checkpoint against a time penalty of one (1) hour. Any replacement or change of equipment must be approved by the race marshal/race judge or checkpoint manager and it is to be noted in checkpoint book and reported to the secretariat. If mandatory equipment is missing during the random inspections during the race or at the inspection at the finish line the team gets a time penalty of 3 hours. 

 

START 

This year’s ”Polar distance” goes back to basics and reintroduces mass start (in each competition class) down on the frozen lake. Classes with few competitors may be combined with other classes and start together (simultaneously).

Poles will be put into the ice on the starting line. Its very important that each team be fastened to the pole at ice-level

There will be ample time to assemble your team on the starting line between each class-start.

Officials with access to snow-scooters will be available for those who wish to have assistance in getting to the starting area.

     

VETERINARY HANDBOOK 

  • At the registration every participants will receive a veterinary handbook. This shall be given to the veterinarian at the checkpoint in connection with the mandatory veterinary checks. A team cannot leave the checkpoint without the veterinary handbook has been signed by a veterinarian. 
  • No dogs are allowed to be dropped from the competition without a veterinary inspection. All dropped dogs must be noted in the veterinary handbook. At any time a veterinarian can request a re-check before a team is allowed to leave the checkpoint and continue the competition. The veterinarian can even require an extra re-check at the next checkpoint.  A re-check of the dogs may also be required at the checkpoint for  
  • he PD160 although this distance does not have a mandatory rest the veterinarian can even demand a rest and a new re-check before it is decided if the team are allow to continue or not. 
  • Injuries to dogs shall be reported to the veterinarian and be noted in veterinary handbook. The veterinarian reports all injuries and dropped dogs to the race organizer. 
  • It is the participant's responsibility that the veterinary handbook is signed by the veterinarian at all inspections. 
  • At the finish, the veterinary handbook shall be given to the veterinarian who control the team. 
  • Lost veterinary handbook results in disqualification! 

  

DOG TAGS 

All dogs starting at the Polardistans should be tagged with a dog tag attached to each dog’s ' collar. The dog tags are handed out in connection with the pre-start veterinary inspection and a deposit of SEK 200 shall be paid with CREDIT CARD. The deposit will be refunded upon return of the dog tags in the secretariat after completing the race, but no later than Friday the 8th  of March at 17.00 o’clock. If more than half of dog tags are missing the deposit will not be returned. 

 

CHECKPOINT 

Along the trail is one checkpoint that the teams have to pass through. PD300 passes the checkpoint two (2) times and PD160 once. Water is available for all teams at the checkpoint and it is possible to leave a tires, injured or sick dog at the checkpoint. The musher is responsible that a dropped dog is picked up at the checkpoint by the handler. 

The checkpoint is closing Friday the 8th of March at 04.00. All teams must have left the checkpoint at the time. If a team leaves the checkpoint after the closing time the team will be shut off from the competition. The closing date and time can be changed by the race jury. 

  

MANDANDTORY REST 

PD160 has no mandatory rest, but are welcome to take a rest at the checkpoint if desired. 

PD300 has two (2) mandatory rests: one rest of six (6) hours and one rest of four (4) hours. These two rests have to be taken at the checkpoint and they cannot not be added together to one rest of 10 hours. The two rest can be taken in which order the participant wants and the rests can of cause at any time be extended if desired. 

  

MUSHER AND HANDLER MEETING 

The musher and handler meeting is mandatory for mushers and handlers. The dates and times for the meetings are published in the program on the website. 

  

HANDLER 

The handler may help at the start and finish area to take care of the musher’s dogs. At the checkpoint, the handler may only help to lead the team in and out from the checkpoint and help the team to park at the designated pole. The handler may stand guard behind the sledge if the musher is sleeping, but are not in any way allowed to help with the dogs. Only the teams own handler is allowed around the team at checkpoint area. 

When the team is parked on the designated parking pole, the handler or the musher shall provide the starting number for the pole to one of the volunteers and the volunteer will attach the number to the pole. The team will be parked at the same pole when coming into the checkpoint the second time. This is to prevent the risk of infection to spread. 

Handlers and mushers may meet within the marked area around the fire. Dropped dogs can be handed over to the handler at this marked area as well. 

A musher not having a handler has to notify this upon the registration in the secretariat and the race organizer will instruct the volunteers to pay extra attention and help teams without a handler. If one person is handling several teams it has to be notified to the secretariat in connection with the registration. It is important that the handler has the handler bit with the right number on when handling the teams to avoid any misunderstandings. 

 

DEPOT AND DEPOT BAGS (ONLY POLARDISTANS 300) 

OBS!Only dog food, isolating mattress and blankets for the dogs is allowed in the depot bags! 
 

The mushers bring their own bags and the handlers are responsible for the bags being available at the right place at the right time at the checkpoint. 

The bags must be clearly labelled with the name and the starting number of the musher. The bags may only contain cold or dry dog food (not wet food or heated and no cooling bag boxes) and *isolated mattressesfor the dogs to rest at wit a blanket. The musher himself/herself has to get the bag from the designated place and return the empty or used bag/bags to the same location. Handler is responsible for removing the empty or used bag/bags –and it also applies if the team drops out of the competition. Control of the depot bags will be done at the checkpoint. 

*Isolated mattress is replacing straws this year at Polardistans, approved by Swedish Board of Agriculture.

 

WATER 

Water are available at the checkpoint for all teams. The musher has to get the water from the designated area. The water bottles must be returned to the same location as soon as possible.

  

BIBS 

In connection with the registration in the secretariat the musher receives a start number (orange) which has to be attached to the pulka/sledge during the entire race. A second BIB with the starting number in black has to worn by the mushers during the entire competition. A third BIB with the starting number in red and even marked with hander has to worn by the handlar as soon as he/she in araound the team during the competition.  All 3 BIBS must be return to the volunteer at the finish line. Non-returned BIBS will be invoiced to the musher after the competition. 

 
DOGS IN CARS 

Dog that during the race is taken into a car, a house or similar cannot continue the race. 

  

HELP 

Volunteers or handlers may help to guide the team in and out of the checkpoint. Volunteers direct the team to a designated pole for a short or a long stop. Mushers are not allowed to receive any other help during the race other than to control, slow down and keep the team at the checkpoints. Help to get the team started is not allowed. 

If a pulka/sledge/ski/pole is broken, the musher may get help from the handler. The handover of the replacement equipment shall take place at checkpoint unless otherwise agreed with the race marshal, race judge or checkpoint manager. The change of equipment must be approved prior to the handover by the race marshal, race judge or checkpoint manger. The musher must repack the sledge, not taking any help from anyone and then leave the broken sled/sledge/ski/pole to the handler. 

Otherwise, no help is allowed during the race. 

  

DEAD DOG 

If a dog dies during the race, it must be transported to the checkpoint or the finish area. The dog should be carried in the sled and be covered upon arrival at checkpoint/finish area. Upon arrival the musher shall contact a veterinarian, race marshal, race judge or checkpoint manager. If possible, the musher or his handler, shall inform a veterinarian or the race organizers that a dog has died before the team reaches the checkpoint/finish area. If possible, the dog can be picked up at an agreed place. The musher can continue in the competition if the first check clearly shows that the dog has died of causes other than neglect. 

PROTEST 

Any protest shall be given in writing on the designated form, no later than one (1) hour after the finish. Protest fee is 300 SEK. 

  

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Mandatory Equipment 2018

The equipment is controlled the day before start.

The following equipment is mandatory to have with you during the entire race.

  1. Race map - provided upon registration (this is not scaled).
  2. Veterinary handbook - provided during registration.
  3. Magnetic Compass.
  4. Snow shovel of good quality.
  5. Sheath knife - minimum 9 cm blade.
  6. Sleeping bag for winter conditions. The bag must be approved for temperatures below -30 degrees.
  7. Sleeping pad (minimum 0,5 x 1,8 meters).
  8. Extreme Wind sack, minimum 1,200 grams. (Jerven, Helsport fjellduk or similar). Alternative tent for winter use and a "regular" wind sack.
  9. Extra change of clothes - jacket and pants protecting from wind and chills, base layer, beanie/hat, gloves.
    a. For Nome also replaceable boot liner or winter boots.
    b. For pulka style also extra soles and bivouac shoes - example Hellsport Bivauksko, Fischer Overboat Speedlock or similar.
  10. First aid kit for both musher and dogs. Minimum Vet-Flex, plaster, pressure bandage and sports tape. Preparations that are doping classed according to the Swedish anti-doping regulations are not allowed. NOTE! The Swedish regulations are stricter than the common anti-doping regulations of the WSA and the IFSS.
  11. Plastic bag for garbage
  12. Headlamp, plus extra batteries.
  13. Reflex, provided during registration. It has to sit on the sled / pulka throughout the race.
  14. Matches in waterproof packaging.
  15. Spirits / petrol / kerosone stove or similar that works in cold weather. Gas stove is not accepted.
  16. Fuel enough to complete the race safely. 0.5 liters shall be brought back to the finish.
  17. Kettle with containers to heat at least 0.5 liters / dog (only in Nome style).
  18. Drop dog lines / wires. To be able to drop one or more dogs at the checkpoint, the musher has to have at least as many drop dog lines/wires as the number of dogs the team can be reduced with.
  19. Four socks per dog out of each checkpoint.
  20. Participants should have food for themselves and the dogs to be able to complete the whole race.
  21. Emergency rations - 0.5 kg per dog in a sealed bag which must be unopened to the finish.
  22. Emergency rations to the musher, a package of freeze-dried food must be unopened to the finish.
  23. Sunglasses
  24. Brake pad in Nome style.
  25. Brake, both in pulka and Nome style.
  26. In all Nome classes there must be two snow hooks on the sled. (required in the WSA regulations)
  27. Thermos, at least 1 liter.

The Race Committee may, at any time during the race control the mandatory equipment. Everything brought from the start has to be brought to the finish, or used in an appropriate manner during the race.


Form for protest

Protest

Competition: Polardistans Location: Särna Date: 2018-03-
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Startingnr.: …………………. Class: ……………………………...........................
The protest written by: ………………………………………… Cellphone: …………………….............................. 
Opponent (name and/or starting number): …….………………….........................................................................

Describe the incident: ………………………………………………………………………………...............................

(Print)

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Witness (name and/or starting number): ………...…………………………………………………............................
Handed to the secretariat or race judge: …………………………………………….................................................
 

Date and time

(YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm)

 

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Särna 2018-03-

Location and date

Signature

   
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Tip 2018

Tips - for mushers who will participate in Polardistans for the first time


The week during Polardistans is a big social fellowship. The objective for the Polardistans organization is that as many as possible will carry out the race, both mushers and dogs, on a meritorious way and to gain a positive experience. We therefore below give some tips for first-time-mushers.

  • It is important that you in advance decide on your level of ambition, to carry out the race or to compete for a place on the podium? If you are participate in a long distance race for the first time, a good goal is to carry out the race on a well and reasonable way after your own conditions, since a long distance race is so different from a "normal" stage race - remember that everyone finishing Polardistans is a winner.
  • It is important that you start exercising your dogs in good time and it is equally important that you are in good shape yourself. If you and your dogs have prepared yourself well, the conditions for success are good, and both you and your dogs are well-earned by that. Don’t forget the mental part, which in this type of competition is very important. You will spend many, many hours in solitude with your dogs and is it dark and/or poor visibility, the mental pressure can become very large.
  • There is nothing wrong with spending the night or taking a longer break between two checkpoints. It is a decision for you to make based on yourself and your dogs ability. Just remember not to camp out right on the trail!
  • Before the race, make a driving plan which contains driving time and rest time between and at the checkpoint. Also make a schedule for how often you will like to snack the dogs including what and how much you will give your dogs to eat and drink at rest. As careful as you are with your dogs’ food you should be with your own eating and drinking. However, remember that a lot is happening over a long distance race that makes your schedule does not hold and that you and your dogs well beeing always have to be put before the schedule!
  • In good time before the race you should concentrate on your equipment. Check all the equipment that you are planning on using. Make sure that you test everything that you repair so that you know that it works. Also learn to handle all equipment that you buy new or borrow so that you know how to use it properly.
  • It is very important that you know how your equipment works, how long it takes for you to stake out your dogs, put up your tent and lit your kitchen before you can come to rest yourself. If you have not previously used your equipment in winter conditions - test your equipment and yourself in the "field" before the race to ensure you get a feel for how it all works out in the snow and cold. Do not be afraid to ask experienced mushers for advice.
  • An important part of long distance races is the ability to deal with different situations, often during pressured situations. What easily lowers your moral is fatigue and bad weather. One way to handle a pressured situation is to mentally work with positive visual pictures. In a positive visual picture you see yourself coping different situations, e.g. putting up your tent or lighting your kitchen when tired. These types of visual pictures are built on the experience that you gain from practicing different situations during the most varying conditions.
  • By eating and drinking, preferably any hot drink, regularly give yourself the best chance to cope with the unexpected. A hungre and/or dehydrated person can easily get into serious situations because our abilitty to think clear/constructively then quickly detoriates. If you start to doubt yourself - take a break, drink a hot drink and eat some, then usually the thoughts clear.
  • Another important part of not getting into trouble is to always follow the map so you know where you are. You should be able to tell where you are within a few hundred meters. Best way to do this is to follow the trail on the map as long as the visibility is good, because if the weather changes and the visibilty is lost, and it can go very fast, it is too late to orientate yourself - then you shall know where you are.
  • During your preparations and during the race, make the most of the experiences and knowledge that you receive. Use this knowledge for your next long distance race.

Statement 2018

Statement of understanding Polardistans 2018

 

I ………………………………………………….. , hereby verify that I have:
                     (Print your name)

 

  • read, understood and accepted the rules for Polardistans 2018.
  • read and understood the demands on mandatory equipment during Polardistans 2018 and is determined to follow these demands.
  • a valid Mushers pass/Licence to participate in competitive sled dog racing or equivalent including an accident insurance for competitive sled dog racing.

 

Särna the ……… of March 2018

 

 

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Signature

 

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Start number

Please print out the pdf-file below, fill in the information that we ask for and bring it to the registration i Särna.




Address / Directions

Polardistans

 

Särnavägen 106 790 90 Särna Sverige
Coordinates

 

System RT90
Särna Camping x 6844961 y 1359389

 

System WGS84 Latitude Longitude
Särna Camping N 61° 41' 34.74" E 13° 8' 51.90" icon-map-marker

Service

Entry with dogs:
Tullverket - Swedish side in EN
Jordbruksverket - Swedish side in EN
Swedish Embassy/London - English site


Travelling with dogs and catsPDF

Bank

BG 5574-8404
Polardistans
IBAN NO: SE58 8000 0836 8398 4336 6932
BIC/SWIFT: SWEDSESS.
Enter name, address, telephone number and email address on the payment.

Billing address:
Svenska Polarhundklubben (SPHK)
C/O Paulsson
Nygårdsvägen 114-0
23191 Trelleborg
Sweden

Org. Nr. : 883201-1046

Polardistans