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As to quote - (Was it the "Talking Heads") I need to relate that "this ain't no picnic - this ain't no party - this ain't no fooling around" - this is a arctic event that will test you and your dogs - we want safety first and foremost.
The second annual Nome - White Mountain 140 skijor race is tentatively set for April 19, 2003. Race will start at 9 am at Farley's
Camp with a mass start.
Last year's weather was near perfect. Temperatures ranged from 30 degrees F as a high to 15 degrees F in the evenings. The wind was calm even through Topkok. Several inches of new snow fell between Topkok and White Mountian. Trail conditions were good for the most part- hard packed snow with some drifted areas. Overflow was a problem and did create one scratch ( I went for a swim). Race is held this late in the year to allow for longer days and less wind.
Rules - in keeping with the Kennel Club's posted Nome-White Mtn. 140 race rules the skijor division will have the following changes:
1. ?nd Annual Nome - White Mountain 140 Skijor Race is set for Thursday, April 19, 2003.
2. The race results will be determined on order of finish on the return trip to Nome from White Mtn. All dogs and musher must complete both legs of the race. An official finish shall be upon the nose of the dog first reaching the finish line.
3. Race will start at Farley's Camp at 9:00 AM as mass start. Course follows the staked Iditarod trail to White Mountain & return. Iditarod Trail map (by Don Bowers) give a good detail of the trail.
4. Mushrs meeting will be held on April 1?, 2003 at time & site to be announced.
5. Skijorers must begin race with no more than three dogs and finish with all started dogs in harness. There are no dog drops.
6. Unsafe or inhumane treatment of dogs is not permitted.
7. Mushers may not accept help for the care or feeding of their dogs during the race including the shipping of gear. We will supply hot water and allow for food drops in White Mtn. and the Topkok mushers cabin - I have enough volunteers to assist us in that.
8. Purse set at $1,000
9. Motorized vehicles may not lead or pace teams. However: We will allow sno-go as we may need to assist in breaking trail - we don't have the dog power the mushers have - even though I don't think we will need it.
10. Our required items are: Pulk or pack, cooker, 1 day's dog food, arctic sleeping bag, arctic parka, water bottle and snow shovel. Dog coats may be advised for some dogs - discretionary. Should have reflective tape on either personal gear, pulk & pack or on dog harnesses. This is the local highway between White Mtn and Nome and can have quite a bit of traffic at all hours.
11-19 are the same (of the Kennel Club race rules):
11. Mushers must execute a release of liability before starting the race. Proof of rabies, distemper and Parvo vaccination is required.
12. No musher under the age of eighteen may start the race and all mushers must be members in good standing of the Nome Kennel Club.
13. All litter must be disposed of at the checkpoint and may not be left along the trail. Camp at White Mtn. must be left clean. This includes all non-incidental booties, food, etc. left on the trail.
14. Passing. When one team approaches to within fifty (50) feet of another team, the team behind shall have the immediate right of way upon demand. The musher ahead must stop his dogs and hold them to the best of his/her ability for a maximum of one minute or until the team has passed, whichever occurs first. The passed team must remain behind at least fifteen (15) minutes before demanding the trail. This rule does not apply between the Nome River and the finish line, which is considered No Man's Land.
15. Mushers will at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner.
16. (This one does not apply to the Skijor division): Mushers must utilize the same sled throughout the race.
17. Any observed violations of the rules must be reported within twelve hours of the time the musher registering the protest crosses the finish line. Decision of the race official is final.
18. Rule violations subject the violator to the following range of penalties:
a. Warning (oral or written)
b. Censure (public or private)
d. Time delay
f. Ineligibility for future NKC races
19. Race officials may administer penalty (a) through (e). The NKC Board of Directors may administer penalty (f).
20. (Does not apply).
There is a $25 entry fee (to join the Kennel Club).