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Below you will find the Two Rivers 100/200 Race Rules.
Each racer MUST be a member of the Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association. Racer's individual emails are associated with club membership-- so make sure to use the correct email.
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All drivers must be members in good standing with the TRDMA. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the race. No one convicted of animal abuse or neglect will be eligible to enter the race. TRDMA may honor censure by any other sled dog racing organization. Exceptions for juniors can be made by the race marshall and with 1 recommendation from experienced musher and with the approval from two board members. No one convicted of animal abuse or neglect will be eligible to enter the race. TRDMA may honor censure by any other sled dog racing organization.
Registration & Fees: Entry fee for the 200-mile race is $305, for the 100-mile race $155. Completed race entry forms must be completed online at the Two Rivers Dog Mushing Association website no later than midnight, March 5th, 2019. A total combined entry for the 100 and 200-mile races is limited to 40 teams. Once the maximum number of entries is received, a waiting list will be established and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Purse: Minimum purse will be 50% of the total entry fees received in each class, plus additional sponsorship donations and non-refundable fees from withdrawn racers, if any. Total purse will be announced at the bib draw. Payout will be as follows:
TR100: 1s t: 50% − 2n d: 30% - 3rd: 20%
TR200: 1s t: 50% − 2n d: 30% − 3r d: 20%
Withdrawal prior to the race start: Any racer who withdraws prior to race start will forfeit their entry fees. Substitutions by mushers associated with the same kennel will be permitted.
Draw for start position: Start position will be determined by luck of the draw on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. AKST at Two Rivers Lodge. The order of the draw will be determined by the order entries are received. Race numbers will be distributed at that time.
Mandatory Driver's meeting: Attendance at the drivers' meeting immediately following the bib draw or as announced by the race officials is mandatory. Any driver not in attendance is subject to penalty or disqualification.
Awards Banquet: Awards presentations will be held Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at 5:00 P.M AKST at Two Rivers Lodge. Each musher will receive two dinner tickets and extra tickets can be purchased at the bib draw or the night of the banquet.
Race cancellation: If the temperature at the Chatanika Lodge is colder than -44 degrees Fahrenheit at 10:00 A.M on Friday, March 8th, the race will be cancelled. After the race is started, it will continue regardless of temperature.
Food drops: Bags must be clearly marked with the driver’s name and the checkpoint. A 1⁄2 bale of straw will be provided for each team. Drop bags will be sealed by a race official at the start and not reopened until in use by the musher at checkpoints. Handlers are responsible for delivering drop bags prior to musher's arrival at the checkpoints.
Proof of vaccinations is required at bib draw: All dogs must have current rabies, distemper, parvo, and bordetella vaccinations with proof to be presented at the pre-race drivers meeting. Copies of rabies certificates and purchase receipts for the other vaccines are acceptable as proof. You must present these to race officials at the bib draw.
Vet check: Dogs will be checked for health and fitness by a licensed veterinarian or veterinary technician starting at 9:00 A.M. on race day. Dogs considered unfit will not be allowed to start the race.
Number of dogs: Drivers must start the race with no fewer than eight (8) dogs and no more than twelve (12). Drivers must finish with no fewer than five (5) dogs. No dogs can be added to a team after the start. The dogs you start with must be the dogs you finish with. No swapping of dogs among teams or other outside sources.
One driver per team: Only one driver per team is allowed.
Mandatory gear: Mandatory gear will be checked starting at 9:00 A.M on race day. All mandatory gear, except booties, food or fuel must be in possession at sign-in at each checkpoint. Common sense will be applied to consumables that are used up when camping or running the race. Lost mandatory gear may be replaced prior to signing out of a checkpoint. A 30 minute time penalty will be assessed for each item. Drivers must have all mandatory gear when leaving a checkpoint.
● Cooker with three gallon capacity
● Cooking gear, including fuel sufficient for at least one feeding
● Food sufficient for at least one feeding of driver and team
● Cold weather sleeping bag
● Hand ax with an overall length of at least 22 inches
● A pair of snowshoes with bindings and at least 252 square inches of surface area
● Eight booties per dog, to be in the sled or on the dogs
● Cable main line, cable inside a poly rope mainline or an iron rope mainline
● Snow hook
● Assigned starting bib which must be visible at all times
● Vet book, which will be provided by race officials.
● A handler and dog truck
Keep the trail clear: Drivers resting their team must keep the trail clear of their dogs, food and gear at all times, i.e. you must not interfere or obstruct the passage of other teams and must camp at least 10 feet off the trail.
Following the trail: All teams must follow the trail as marked. Deviations/shorter routes will be assessed a time penalty. Every effort will be made to keep trail markers in place, but TRDMA cannot be responsible for acts of nature or malicious acts. Two stakes on the side of the trail the turn is on will mark turns; e.g. a left turn will have two markers side-by-side on the left hand side of the trail; a right hand turn will have markers on the right. Intersections that are to be traveled straight through will have a single marker on the right and left side of the trail. A trail description will be provided at the driver’s meeting.
No loose leaders: Loose leaders are not allowed. A driver must make every effort to secure a dog that becomes loose.
Race start and finish: Race will start at noon on Friday, March 8th, 2019 at Chatanika Lodge. It will finish at the Pleasant Valley Store. The racers in the 200 mile race will start first, followed by the racers in the 100 mile race.
Starting intervals: Teams will leave the starting line at two-minute intervals. Any team that cannot leave the starting line within one minute of its designated time will be required to start two minutes after the scheduled departure of the final team. Any team that cannot leave the starting line within 30 minutes of the last team's scheduled departure will be disqualified.
Calling trail: Respect your fellow racers. If you’re being overtaken by another team within 50 feet of your team and the driver is calling trail you must stop your team. This means stop. Do not just lightly touch your brake. It is your responsibility to ensure your team isn’t interfering with other teams while passing and have your sled pulled over as far as you can out of the way. The passed team must remain behind at least five minutes before asking for the trail right-of-way to re-pass.
Mandatory layovers: Teams entered in the 200-mile race will be required to take ten hours of mandatory layover time in the checkpoints. Drivers may take their mandatory layovers at any of the checkpoints in thirty-minute increments for a total of ten hours. The thirty-minute increments can be taken in any combination that accumulates to ten hours prior to leaving the last checkpoint on the return trip. Layover time will be rounded down, e.g. an hour and forty minutes will be counted as an hour and thirty minutes.
Teams entered in the 100-mile race will have a four-hour mandatory layover at the first checkpoint (Two Rivers Lodge), to which make-up time to adjust for starting time differentials will be added. For 200 mile racers, the starting time differential must be served at the Angel Creek Lodge checkpoint.
All teams must have completed their mandatory layover plus any adjustments to their time by 10:00 A.M. on Sunday. Any team remaining at the last checkpoint after that time will be disqualified.
Checkpoints: The checkpoints are located at Two Rivers Lodge, Pleasant Valley Store, and Angel Creek Lodge.
Checkpoint procedure: Every driver must personally check-in and out at each checkpoint. A driver is not officially checked in until he or she has all mandatory gear verified. A driver's checkpoint campsite must be clean of all straw, debris, etc. Handlers are allowed to clean the checkpoint campsites, but drivers are ultimately responsible for insuring campsites are clean.
Handlers must start to clean the campsite within a half-hour of the driver leaving the checkpoint. Unsatisfactory cleanup will result in a penalty being assessed by the driver. Handlers may assist teams in and out of checkpoints. Handlers are responsible for keeping mandatory time cards with them. Mushers must check out in person with the designated checker. Mushers will then leave from where their team is at rest unless an official starting area with the checker has been set-up for a take-off point.
Dogs entering and leaving checkpoints: Drivers must check in with all of the dogs they left the previous checkpoint with. All dogs must leave checkpoints in harness and attached to the towline.
Mistreatment of dogs is prohibited: The Mistreatment of dogs will cause immediate disqualification. Such an action will also be reported to all major race organizations. Signal whips and dogs requiring muzzles are not permitted. The race marshal will have absolute authority over this matter.
Dropped dogs: Injured, sick or fatigued dogs must be dropped at designated checkpoints. Drivers and handlers are responsible for their own dropped dogs. Drivers must have the means to safely carry dogs in the sled bag. Dogs cannot be led behind a sled or loose. Drivers will be responsible for any veterinary fees incurred by an injured, sick, or expired dog.
Drugs: Injectable, oral, or topical drugs are prohibited. Drugs that may suppress the signs of illness or injury may not be used, put in drop bags, or carried in the sled. Race officials may require urine or blood samples for random drug testing. Drivers will be required to cooperate with race officials to accomplish the gathering of samples.
Expired dogs: Any dog that expires during the race for any reason must be taken to the next checkpoint or returned to the checkpoint last passed and reported immediately to race officials. The death of any dog may result in the withdrawal or disqualification of the driver, and/or possible prohibition from entering future races. The Race Marshall and Head Veterinarian may require a necropsy be conducted on the expired dog at the expense of the owner/musher.
Littering is prohibited: A minimum thirty-minute time penalty will be assessed for littering on the trail. Be respectful to our trails and dogs. Some dogs like to eat candy bar wrappers and other waste tossed onto the trail. Dog booties and excessive amounts of dog food left on the trail are considered littering. Excessive dog food left on the trail is also considered tampering with another team’s race.
Tampering: Tampering with another driver's dogs, food, truck, trailer, dog box, or gear will result in disqualification from the race and possible exclusion from future races. The above are examples and tampering is not limited to these alone. Drivers are responsible for the actions of their handlers, friends, and associates.
Designated sleeping areas: Sleeping areas for drivers and drivers only will be designated at each checkpoint. A driver has the option of sleeping outside by his or her own team and sled. These are the only areas that may be used.
Time penalties: All time penalties accrued will be applied at the last checkpoint or at the finish line.
Cut-off times: All TR200 Mushers must depart Checkpoints by the following times or face disqualification:
Pleasant Valley Store – 12 pm (noon) on Saturday, March 14th
Angel Creek Lodge – 10 pm on Saturday, March 14th
Finish Pleasant Valley Store – 12 pm (noon) on Sunday, March 15th
Protests: A driver may protest any action of a competitor that he/she feels is contrary to the intent of these rules. To be recognized as a legitimate protest, the infraction(s) observed by a musher must be presented to a race official in writing at the musher’s earliest convenience (at the next checkpoint preferably), and in no case, more than twenty-four (24) hours after a musher finishes the race.
Appeals: Drivers may appeal to Race officials’ decisions or penalties assessed by submitting, in writing, an account of the circumstances surrounding the decision or penalty being appealed. The appeal must be submitted to a race official no more than 24 hours after the incident or driver’s race finish, whichever is later. An Appeals Board will be convened within 24 hours of the appeal being received. The Board will consist of an Association Director, a Rules Committee member, a Race committee member and, if veterinary issues are involved, a Race Vet. An informal hearing will be held at that time. Decisions of the Appeals Board will be final.
Sleds: Only one sled may be used during the race. Sled must-have brush bow and working brake. Any repairs must be done exclusively by the driver. No significant alterations as to weight or size will be allowed. Sled and equipment must be in good repair. Equipment will be inspected before the musher will be permitted to start the race. No caboose or towing device of any type will be permitted.
Outside assistance: No planned help is allowed in the race, except that sealed drop bags will be delivered to the checkpoints and carried to the driver’s area by handlers. Handlers may assist in parking the team and guiding it in and out of the checkpoint.
No driver may receive outside assistance between or at checkpoints unless an emergency exists. The driver must not accept any assistance in the feeding or care of his or her team or for sled repairs.
No driver will accept any assistance from a motorized vehicle, including pacing. Pacing or help from a team outside the race is prohibited. A lost team will not be disqualified if the driver regains control of it, provided the team and driver complete the course and comply with rules, including checkpoint requirements. A driver may receive assistance from another driver in recovering a lost team. Outside assistance will be allowed only if a team is unmanageable. The race marshal's decision concerning this will be final.
Withdrawal from the race: A driver who would like to withdraw may do so only at the checkpoints. If you live in the local area and feel your team can not make it to the next checkpoint or finish line, please let officials know right away that you’ve chosen to go home. If you do not live in the area and choose to scratch alongside the road and be picked up by your handler you must let race officials know ASAP.
Good sportsmanship: All drivers shall conduct themselves in a courteous and honorable manner at all times. Officials, media, volunteers and fans are all equal participants in the race and it is the driver's responsibility to maintain a courteous rapport with them at all times.
Download the PDF of the race rules here.