Rules and Regulations

                        RULES AND REGULATIONS


Rules and Regulations


Part I Race Rules

Section 1 Pre-Competition Procedures and Information

Section 2 Entry Requirements

Section 3 Veterinary Pre-Race Examination

Section 4 Claims

Section 5 Mushers Meeting

Section 6 Race Start

Section 7 Dog Identification

Part II Main Race Procedures

Section 8 Stages and Checkpoints

Section 9 Twenty-Four Hour Stops

Section 10 Race Timing and Starting Procedures

Section 11 Sled

Section 12 Skiing Behind Sled

Section 13 Mandatory Items

Section 14 Cruel and Inhumane Treatment

Section 15 Maximum Number of Dogs

Section 16 Jurisdiction and Care

Section 17 Dropped Dogs

Section 18 Dog Care

Section 19 Dog Hauling

Section 20 Expired Dogs

Section 21 Whips

Section 22 Harnesses

Section 23 Drug Use

Section 24 Unmanageable Team

Section 25 Following Marked Trail

Section 26 Driverless Team

Section 27 Teams Tied Up Together

Section 28 Motorized Vehicles

Section 29 Passing

Section 30 No Mans Land

Section 31 Parking of Team Along The Trail

Section 32 Litter

Section 33 Outside Assistance

Section 34 Abandoned Teams/Loose Dogs

Section 35 One Musher Per Team

Section 36 Race Progress

Section 37 Finish

Section 38 Prize Awarding

Part III Mushers Conduct

Section 39 Good Samaritan Rule

Section 40 Interference

Section 41 Sportsmanship

Section 42 Use of Drugs and Alcohol

Part IV Race Officials and Penalties

Section 43 Race Officials

Section 44 Penalties

Section 45 IPSSSDR Ethics on Sponsoring

Part V Final Note


The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) is a
limited class competition: open to all dog mushers that meet the entry
requirements as set forth by the IPSSSDR Organization.
The IPSSSDR Organization may encourage and maintain the philosophy according
to which the competition is set out so as to allow anyone wishing to enter and
complete it to do so within the limitations of the race capacity.
The Race aims are to determine which musher's team will cover the race trail
distance in the shortest time in compliance with the following regulations
established by the IPSSSDR:


All the specific information regarding the Race will be sent after the Race Rules
and in accordance to the date and timing of the competition. A maximum of two
official handlers for each musher may participate in the Race. (Only these two will
have pre-arranged host family accommodations.) Registration for handlers is free
of charge.
Entries are to be forwarded to:
International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR)
PO Box 1940
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
Payment of entry fee constitutes the mushers intent to enter the competition and
comply with the present regulations. Musher entering the competition is
confirmed by notarized application. The IPSSSDR Organization reserves the right
to reject entries for just cause.
Participants must apply by mail. Mailed entries will be registered according to the
postmark of the date sent. A maximum of 20 teams may enter the competition.

All entrants must be a member in good standing of PRIDE (Providing Responsible
Information on a Dog's Environment), prior to January 1, 2015:
Mush with PRIDE
PO Box 84915
Fairbanks, AK 99708

Before the competition starts, all dogs must undergo a physical examination.
Examinations will be performed by the IPSSSDR veterinary team. Veterinary Pre-
Race examinations will be held January 30, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Drivers
meeting 2:30 pm. All dogs must be examined at this pre-race veterinary
examination or will not be allowed to race. Only dogs in good health will be
allowed to participate in the competition.
All teams must arrive in the lot for examination by 12:00 Noon. Unless prior arrangements have been made.
All dogs participating in the competition must have the following current
vaccinations as of January 15 , 2015. Vaccinations must have been given after March 1 2014 and before January 15 2015
_ Parvo
_ Corona
_ Leptospirosis
_ Hepatitis
_ Distemper
_ Bordetella
_ Rabies*
* Rabies vaccines must have been given no longer ago than March 1, 2012. 3
year rabies vaccines are acceptable. A current Rabies vaccination certificate,
signed by a licensed veterinarian must be provided during the pre-race veterinary
examination. If the musher is not able to provide one upon request, the musher
will be required to have their dogs vaccinated by a local veterinarian and present
the certificate to the Chief Veterinarian before their dogs will be allowed to enter
the race.
Musher must be able to provide proof of purchase or procedure of vaccination
during the official pre-race veterinary examination. The location of the pre-race
veterinary examination will be provided to the mushers prior to January 30, 2015.
All dogs not participating in the competition but carried in the musher's or
handler's truck or trailer, must have the same vaccinations as the participating

Section 4 CLAIMS
The musher agrees to hold the IPSSSDR main sponsor, co-sponsor and other
contributors to the IPSSSDR (as distinguished from the individual mushers
sponsors) harmless from any claim or demand based on any alleged action or
non-action by the mushers, his dogs, agents, or others acting on his behalf.
The musher also agrees to release the IPSSSDR, competition sponsors and their
agents and employees from any claim or demand resulting from injury to the
musher, his dogs, property including, but not limited to, lost or dropped dogs and
misplaced food and supplies.
Furthermore, the IPSSSDR has the unqualified and unrestricted authority with
regards to photography and to gathering of information on the competition and all
participants involved, as well as to the use of such photographs and information
for advertising, public relations or any other publicity purpose related to the
competition. The musher shall sign any/all documents that the IPSSSDR requests
in evidence the foregoing. The documents must be executed at the Mushers'

Mushers must attend the Mushers' Meeting as well as any official musher banquet
before the start of the competition. The Race Marshall may waive the rule if a
musher is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. In any case, the musher
must hold a Musher Meeting with officials prior to the official mushers' banquet
that precedes the start of the competition. A fine and time penalty will be levied if
any of the aforementioned conditions are not met.
After each stage there will be a mandatory Musher Meeting and official
community function (all banquets) for all the participating mushers. Time and
locations for both will be announced by the IPSSSDR prior to each event.

Section 6 RACE START
A. The Race Organization may change the starting time and
place or cancel a stage as well as each succeeding stage due to bad weather and/or trail conditions. B. The first stage will not be timed and counted, it will not become part of the
musher's official race time.
However, it is an official stage & must be completed in order to continue in the race. The fastest team on stage one will be required to wear the designated leader bib during stage two.

C.. The starting order of the first stage will be determined by the order of race sigh-up. Bib numbers will be assigned based on sign-up order. 
D. The fastest team each day will start in the last position the next day. This
procedure will be followed throughout each stage of the race with the exception of stage two. Stage two starting order will be by bib number. 

E. The overall leader and/or the previous stage winner may be required to wear
the designated leader bib.

All dogs will be identified, marked and/or tagged with any marking technique
provided by IPSSSDR including a micro-chip placed under the dog's skin by
IPSSSDR Veterinarians. Mushers must list the dog's name, tag number/letter, as
well as the marking technique used, on the form provided by the IPSSSDR.


A. The distance between each start and arrival is considered a stage. The start
and arrival locations are considered checkpoints. Mushers may be requested to
personally sign in upon arrival at a checkpoint and may have their mandatory
gear checked upon any Race Official's request at any time.
B. In addition to the start and arrival checkpoint, there may be checkpoints along
each stage. Mushers may be requested to sign an official control paper. Section 9
Twenty-four hour stops may be scheduled during transfers and necessary rest

A. Teams will leave the starting line at three (3) minute intervals. A team not
cleaning the starting chute - minimum distance 100 feet (30.5 meters) shall
make way for the next starting team(s) and in no way shall interfere with their
progress. Any musher not able to start according to the order drawn, will have to
do so three (3) minutes after the scheduled last musher scheduled to start that
stage. Trail time for each team shall begin at its original start time, except teams
required to start after the last scheduled musher will begin at the actual start
time plus a thirty (30) minute penalty. If a team fails at a second attempt the
Race Marshall may invoke an additional time penalty or withdraw the team.
Late start teams will leave in a succeeding three (3) minute interval order.
Additional time may be allowed at the discretion of the Race Marshall.
B. The Race Marshall may impose a mandatory stop during any stage.
This stage will be considered one stage with one total accumulated time.
C. To be valid, each stage and related times must be certified by the Race
Marshall. The Race Marshall may refuse to certify the times and not allow a stage
if he and the judges find any evidence that reveals irregularities in officiating
including trail breaking, marking and timing. The Race Marshall may either cancel
or request the stage to be run again.

Section 11 SLED
A. Each musher may choose his own sled providing that it meets the
necessary IPSSSDR requirements, that is tandem hitch with one tow line
and not fan type hitch. Braking devices must be placed between the
runners and not extend beyond the length of the runners; all sleds must
be provided with a brush bow. The sled must contain a sled bag capable
of hauling any injured dogs as well as carrying mandatory equipment and
B. 7.5 square feet of " Useable Bed"  example- 18" wide by 5 ft long

Skiing behind the sled is strictly forbidden.

Mandatory Gear will be stated as Plan A & Plan B.
A is = 1,4,5,7,8
B is= all of A and 2,3,6  at sole discretion of the Race Marshal
Each musher must have the following items available at each stage start and may
be required by Race Officials to carry some or all of them on any stage:
A. Mandatory Gear
1. Arctic Parka
2. Proper cold weather sleeping bag; rated zero
(0) degrees Fahrenheit equivalent to minus eighteen (18) degrees Celsius.
3. A usable three (3) gallon cooker and appropriate amount of fuel.
4. Axe with head weight 1.5 pounds minimum and a handle to be at least
twenty-two (22) inches long.
5.Head lamp and working batteries.
6.One pair of snowshoes with bindings, each snowshoe to be at least 250
square inches (in size).
7. Any promotional materials provided by the IPSSSDR.
8. A veterinary book to be provided by the IPSSSDR Veterinary Team.
B. Mandatory Food:
1. Mandatory food for dogs and mushers must be carried from the start of a
stage to a designated checkpoint or fed out. The food will consist of a minimum of ten
(10) pounds of dog and(1) day's rations for the musher.
2. Mushers are responsible for carrying out any food not used and/or refuse
taken into any areas on the trail.


A musher may start the race with no more than twelve (12) dogs on the tow line
at any time. No dogs will be allowed in the basket. Dogs will be chosen from a
maximum pool of sixteen (16) dogs. No dog may be added to a team once a
stage has started. The maximum number of dogs in the team may be reduced to
accommodate trail conditions at the discretion of the Race Marshall.

Dogs fall under the jurisdiction and care of the Chief Veterinarian and staff from
the time the total pool number, the number of dogs entered in the race, is
declared at the pre-race vet check on the first day, until one (1) hour after the
team finishes the last stage or withdraws.

A. A musher may drop dogs at designated start and arrival checkpoints. A
musher may drop a dog up until the team leaves the starting line. Additionally, a team already under way may return to the starting area to drop a dog but must not hinder the progress of other teams and may be temporarily detained before be being allowed to resume racing.

B. The Chief Veterinarian and staff reserve the right to pull a dog from a team at
any time. Any dog pulled by a veterinarian from the race will be identified,
marked and not allowed to re-enter the race until such a time that the dog is
recertified by the Chief Veterinarian. Recertification of dogs must be requested at
least two hours prior to the mushers designated start time.
C. All dogs not running in the stage, up to the maximum allowed for a stage, and
the thirteenth (13th) through sixteenth (16th) dogs, will be declared as
disqualified for
this stage.
D. Care and transportation of all dogs is the responsibility of the musher. Dogs
must have bedding.

Section 18 DOG CARE
In joint agreement the Chief Veterinarian, the Race Marshall and the Race Director may penalize a musher if the musher does not take proper care of the dogs, including dropped dogs, from the start unitl the end of the race. Race veterinarians may examine dogs on the teams at any time during the race. The musher or musher's handler must assist the veterinarian performing the examination or treatment on the musher's dog(s). 

A dog may not be carried by another team except during an emergency. Dogs
must be carried in a humane manner and must be covered. Dogs may not be tied
up behind the sled or allowed to run loose.
 Dogs may not be free-dropped at any race staging area or the pre-race vet check parking area. 

Any dog expired on the trail must be covered and
hauled in the sled to a checkpoint. The musher may transport the dog either to
the checkpoint just passed or to the upcoming one. The musher must then
complete a report and present it to a Race Official along with the dog. All expired
dogs will be necropsied by the Chief Veterinarian.

Section 21 SKI POLES 
Ski Poles are not permitted

Section 22 HARNESSES
The neck and breast panel of all harnesses must be padded. Harnesses must
always be in good condition.

Section 23 DRUG USE
No injectable, oral or topical drug which may suppress the signs of illness or
injury may be used on a dog. No drugs or other artificial means may be used to
drive a dog or cause a dog to perform or attempt to perform beyond its natural
ability. A musher may not inject any substance into their dogs during the race.
The following drugs are prohibited:
A. Analgesics (prescriptive or non-prescriptive).
B. Anti-inflammatory drugs, including but not limited to:
1. Corticosteroids
2. Antiprostaglandins
3. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
4. Salicylates
C. Central nervous system stimulants
D. Cough suppressants
E. Anesthetics
F. Diuretics
G. Anabolic steroids
H. Muscle relaxants
I. Injectable anticholinergics
J. Antihistamines
Dogs are subject to the collection of urine or blood samples, at the discretion of
the testing veterinarian, at any point from the pre-race examination until two (2)
hours after the teams finish the last stage. The musher or a handler will remain
with the dogs. All results will be sealed and signed before the tests are considered
A musher must assist the veterinarian in collecting samples whenever requested.
If blood or urine testing of a dog reveals any of the prohibitive drugs in the dog,
this rule has been violated regardless of when such drugs were administered to
the dog. It should be noted that current drug testing techniques can reveal
substances administered up to 2 weeks before the testing. If there is any
concern about medications used on the dogs prior to the race, the musher should
speak to the chief veterinarian at the pre-race vet check or the musher meeting.
Also it should be noted that some non-prescription anti-diarrheals ( such as
Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and some herbal preparations will cause a positive
drug test and therefore are prohibited. Any concerns about these preparations
should be addressed prior to the race with the chief veterinarian.
The external use of topical corticosteroids is generally limited to use on the feet.
In certain cases, topical eye ointments containing steroids may be allowed by the
veterinary team.
The use of megesterol acetate (Ovaban) as an estrus suppressant is permitted in intact females. This medication must be declared at the pre-race vet check and recorded by the examining veterinarian at that time. Please note that Cheque drops (mibolerone) are no longer allowed on racing dogs. 
The practice of blood doping i.e. injection of whole blood, packed blood cells or
blood substitutes is prohibited.
Race veterinarians may utilize any of the listed drugs or other prohibited drugs
necessary to maintain a dogs health. However, such dogs will be withdrawn from
the race. The use of general or local anesthetics will not be allowed in any form
unless the dog is withdrawn from the race.
Personal prescriptions written for and carried by the mushers may not be used on
the dogs.

Mushers may receive aid to control an unmanageable team and may continue in
the race providing that it does not interfere with the progress of another team.

All teams and mushers must complete the entire race as marked and check in
whenever requested.

Anyone may stop and secure a driverless team or a loose dog. The musher may
recover his dogs either on foot or with another musher's help and then continue
the race. Any assistance must be reported to a Race Official at the next

Two or more teams may not be tied up together except during an emergency. In
that case, the teams involved must notify Race Officials at the next checkpoint.

Mushers may not receive motorized assistance, except in an emergency. No
pacing allowed. Any motorized assistance must be reported to the Race Marshall
immediately upon entering a checkpoint.

Section 29 PASSING
When a team catches up with another team within a distance of 50 feet, the team
behind has the immediate right-of-way upon request by saying trail. The musher
ahead must stop his dogs and hold them to the best of the musher's ability for a
maximum of one (1) minute or until the other team has passed, whichever occurs
first. The team which was passed may continue racing yet must remain behind for
at least four (4) minutes or one mile before the musher must request the right of way.
If the passing team becomes entangled as a result of the passing, the team's
driver may require the overtaken team to stop for no longer than one (1) minute.
The fastest Team has the right of way

Section 30 NO MANS LAND
A no mans land will begin approximately one (1) mile from each finish line, will be
announced at the stage drivers meeting, and should be indicated by a sign.

During the race, mushers must select a campsite at least ten (10) feet off the
race trail so as to avoid dogs interfering with the progress of other teams.
Mushers needing to stop momentarily must not interfere with the progress of the
other teams. At checkpoints, teams must be parked in locations which do not
interfere with the movement of other teams and mushers.

Section 32 LITTER
No littering on the trail, in camps or parking areas. Mushers are responsible for clean-up for team and self,
including mandatory gear and food.

Mushers may not receive outside assistance between a stage start and finish. Dog
care and feeding between the start and finish is the musher's responsibility only.
If a driver is present in a non-emergency situation, help is limited to holding the
sled. If the driver is not present, the team may be stopped and held until the
driver or a Race Official claims the team. Any assistance must be reported to the
Race Marshall immediately after that stage.

A. A musher who looses or abandons his team during a stage, whatever the
reason, for a period of time in a location that does not allow the musher to
exercise direct care and control over the team, may be required to withdraw from
the Race.
B. All dogs starting a stage must return to the finish line either on the towline or
in the basket. In the event a dog leaves the team during a stage for any reason
and cannot be retrieved, a musher cannot continue and is disqualified.

There will be one musher per team only and that musher must complete the
entire competition.

To avoid any delay in the race progress and ease the IPSSSDR tasks, the Race
Marshall may eliminate a team which does not complete two (2) consecutive
stages within 175% of the average time of the first three teams of each of these

Section 37 FINISH
An official finish is determined by the nose of the first dog to cross the finish line.
If a loose team crosses the finish line ahead of its musher, the team shall have
finished when the musher crosses the finish line. Arriving teams are required to
continue through the closed chute area past the second arrival to avoid any
delaying other arriving teams.

A. The final prize award ceremony will be held no later than 24 hours following
the first team's arrival.
B. All mushers who have crossed the finish line up to two (2) hours before
the awards ceremony must be present. The winner as well as 2nd and 3rd place
mushers may be required to attend the awards ceremony together with a team


A musher will not be penalized for helping another musher during an emergency.
Incidents should be reported to a Race Official at the next check point.

No musher may tamper with another musher's dog food or gear or interfere in
any manner in the progress of any other team.

Mushers shall conduct themselves in a civil, sportsmanship like manner
throughout the competition. No abusive behavior towards anyone will be
tolerated. Mushers will also be responsible for their handler's actions.

The IPSSSDR will endeavor to provide a competition that is free of those drugs
and medications that could unfairly enhance the performance of the musher or
might endanger the musher's animals or the musher's health. For this reason, the
following drugs which are banned by the International Olympic Committee are
prohibited from the competition start until the competition ends, including the
prize awards ceremony.
Stimulants (amphetamines), ephedrine and related compounds (including
anabolic steroids)
Blood doping, street drugs and pain killer narcotics, including codeine,
cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens.
Alcohol above the legal limit imposed by state traffic regulations.
Some physical disorders (i.e. high blood pressure and asthma) are commonly
treated with above-listed banned drugs. (i.e. diuretics, metaproterenol and some
inhalers). Therefore, mushers using these drugs should consult with their
personal physician for substitute medication(s).
Under direct supervision of medical or drug testing staff, a musher may be
requested to provide a urine sample 15 minutes after each day's stage.
A positive test or refusal to provide such a sample will subject the musher to
disciplinary action(s).


The Race Marshall and Judge(s) are responsible for the enforcement of all the
Race Rules.
A. The veterinary staff is also responsible to assist with enforcement of dog care
and treatment rules. In addition, the Chief Veterinarian is responsible to assist
race Marshall in all decisions that involve dog care and treatment.
B. The Race Marshall and Chief Veterinarian will consult with the Race Director
prior to trail changes, disqualifications, withdrawals, press releases and penalties.

A rule infraction may lead to the issuance of a warning, fines, time penalties,
censure or disqualification.
Any Race Official may issue a warning which must be reported to the Race
Marshall. Time penalties are issued by the Race Marshall.
Disqualification by the Race Marshall is based on recommendation of the other
Race Officials. The Chief Veterinarian and Race Director will be included in all
cases involving cruel and inhumane treatment . The Race Marshall's decision is
Warnings may be issued for first time or minor violations
Fines may reach a maximum of US $5,000.00 per violation and can be deducted
from prize money. No musher will be allowed to participate in future IPSSSDR
events until fines are paid.
Time penalties of up to a maximum of five (5) hours per infraction may be issued
if unintentional rule breaking gives the musher a time advantage.
Censures: The Board of Directors may censure a musher even once the race is
over. A censure may be a warning and could lead to the musher's exclusion from
future IPSSSDR competition.
Any assessed penalty will be presented in writing to the musher.

The IPSSSDR is and must remain a race with its own ethics and with an original
and particular spirit which together make up its value and interest.
The Race Organization must make sure that the spirit of the Race is not deviated
by events which are against such a spirit, especially as far as advertising and
sponsoring are concerned.
The mushers as well as the people who for any reason participate in the Race,
even if they accompany or represent the mushers or are bound to the mushers by
private agreements, must behave according to the spirit established by the Race
Organization and refrain from any behavior which may be against this spirit.
For this reason the mushers may not wear clothes and use equipment that are
against the interest of the race or cause damage to the race organization or to
the official sponsors.
There, the race-bibs will be attached in such a way that the number and the
name or names of the official sponsors be and remain perfectly visible during the
entire race. at the start, at the finish and when the prizes are awarded, both daily
and final.
As for the sleds, the Race Organization reserves the right to have a
communication space of 36 x 24 on one side of each sled.
For the protection of each participant and for the image of the IPSSSDR, every
musher and handler participating in the 2015 IPSSSDR gives their authorization
to the IPSSSDR organization to supply and broadcast the photos and video
footage representing the musher and his dogs taken before, during and after the
event to be used for all kinds of support, through any technical supports as much
by way of reproduction as by way of advertising, and the musher allows the
IPSSSDR to transmit these authorized uses to other parties.


The intent of these regulations are to ensure a fair competition. The IPSSSDR
appointed Race Officials are responsible for interpreting the rules to insure that

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