SECTION A — ENTRY
1. ENTRY FEE
a. The entry fee for the 2018 WolfTrack Classic 8-Dog Race is $100.00 and must be paid
at the time of registration. Early registrations are highly appreciated by the race
organizers, therefore an early bird registration will be offered for the 2018 race: Sign up by December 31, 2017 for $85.00! . Registrations will be accepted until 1 pm on February 24, 2018 at Vet Check. Mushers must be paid prior to completing their Vet Check. The last day to request refunds shall be February 11, 2018.
b. Each team entered must be scheduled for a Vet Check at the time registration, for the
registration to be considered complete.
a. The Organization reserves the right to reject any entry in any WolfTrack Classic event.
a. The driver starting at the beginning of the race shall drive the team throughout the race.
b. In all races, any driver who is a minor must supply the Organization with a written
release signed by a parent or legal guardian before they will be allowed to race.
c. Substitution of drivers may be allowed by the Race Marshal up to the Mushers Meeting
(providing the substitute driver meets the above criteria).
d. All entering drivers and one (1) handler must attend the mandatory Mushers Meeting.
Failure of BOTH driver and handler to meet first roll call at the Mushers Meeting, will
result in a fine equal to entry fee. Failure of BOTH to attend the meeting will result in
e. The 2018 Mushers Meeting will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 6:00 PM
at a place to be announced.
a. Each team must start the WolfTrack Classic 8-Dog Race with a minimum of six (6) and
maximum of eight (8) in harness and finish with not less than five (5) dogs in harness.
b. All dogs must undergo a veterinary check which must be scheduled at the time of
registration. All dogs must meet the criteria for the signing of an OFFICIAL HEALTH
CERTIFICATE, and any other specific criteria as published by the Organization.
c. Any dogs NOT meeting the criteria for an Official Health Certificate will not be
allowed to run the race.
d. All entered dogs must have current Distemper, Parvo, and Rabies vaccinations.
e. Proof of Distemper and Parvo vaccinations must come from a Veterinarian OR, if
administered by the driver, records must include type of vaccine, proof of purchase
(i.e., receipt), and date of vaccination in writing. The Distemper and Parvo vaccine must
have been given at least fourteen (14) days prior to the Pre-Race Vet Check.
f. Proof of Rabies vaccination must come from a licensed Veterinarian only. Rabies
vaccines must be given at least fourteen (14) days prior to the Pre-Race Vet Check.
g. Dogs coming from Alaska having valid certificates signed by Lay Vaccinators will be
accepted. The manufacturer and vaccine serial number of the Rabies vaccine
administered to such dogs must be available to the Organization.
h. All dogs may be marked and/or photographed prior to the start of the race. If there are
two separate teams in the same vehicle, each team may be photographed with its
respective driver and marked separately.
i. Any dog dropped, before or during the race, must be marked out and cannot be
substituted or re-entered.
j. Northern breed dogs suitable for arctic travel will be permitted to enter the race.
Northern breeds will be determined by the Race Marshal and Chief Veterinarian.
a. No injectable, oral or topical drugs that may suppress the signs of illness or injury may
be used on a dog. A driver may not inject ANY substance into his/her dogs. 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. THE FOLLOWING DRUGS AND TREATMENTS
* Anabolic Steroids
* Analgesics (prescriptive and non-prescriptive)
* Anti-inflammatory drugs including but not limited to Cortico-steroids (only those
provided by the WolfTrack Classic Veterinarians for use on feet.), Antiprostaglandins,
Non-steroids, Salicylates, and DMSO.
* Central Nervous System Stimulants
* Cough Suppressants * Diuretics
* Injectable Anticolinergics
* Muscle Relaxants
* Tranquilizers & Opiates
* Acupuncture is not allowed
* The only medication approved for use under sweats is Furacin Ointment
(Nitrofurazone) and Algyval.
b. It is the intent of these rules that no drugs or other artificial means be used to drive a
dog beyond its natural ability. A driver must have his/her team free from any prohibited
drugs at the time of the Pre-Race Vet check and during the race. If, in the opinion of a
Race Veterinarian, it is necessary to use one of these drugs for the dog’s well-being,
administration of any such DRUG will be done only after the dog has been dropped.
c. The use of blood doping — i.e., injection of whole blood, packed blood cells or blood
substitutes — is prohibited.
d. Use of ANY prohibited substance will result in disqualification or other disciplinary
action as deemed appropriate by the Rules Interpretation Committee as determined.
e. WolfTrack Classic Race Veterinarians and/or their representatives shall have the
authority to collect blood and/or urine samples at random, at any point commencing with
the Pre-Race Vet Check and through the completion of the Awards Ceremony. It will be
the driver’s responsibility to assist the Race Veterinarians and/or their representative in
the collection of these samples. All samples will be sealed and signed for, before the
collection is considered complete.
a. All harnesses shall be padded around the neck and chest areas.
b. All dogs shall be harnessed in single or double file.
c. All sleds shall be equipped with an adequate working brake (not only a track),
brushbow, snowhook and reflective tape on the rear stanchions of the sled.
d. Above said sled shall include a sled bag capable of restraining and completely
enclosing a struggling dog and, if necessary, covering a severely injured dog. SPRINT
SLEDS AND SPRINT BAGS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
e. All ganglines must be made of coated cable, or have a cable core, or be made of iron
rope. No bare cable allowed.
f. Reflective tape a minimum of twelve (12) inches by one (1) inch wide must be on all
g. A working headlamp shall be worn and must be turned on at all times from dusk to
h. At least one lead dog must be equipped with a working flashing light, which must be
turned on, from dusk to dawn, that is visible from the front when approaching the team.
i Ski poles will be allowed.
7. MUSHER’S MANDATORY GEAR (REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES)
a. Two (2) complete working headlamps capable of reaching the lead dog.
c. Sleeping bag
d. One pair of snowshoes with bindings; of a square inch size capable of adequate
floatation in accordance with the driver’s weight.
f. A cutter that you know will cut your gangline cable (cable cutter)
g. First Aid- Kit for human and animal-related emergencies
h. One set of booties (4) for each dog.
i. Matches, lighter or other fire starter.
j. One mystery fun item of your choosing. (Eligible for Best Bag Check Award.)
SECTION B — OFFICIATING
1. RACE OFFICIALS
a. The RULES INTERPRETATION COMMITTEE (RIC) is a three (3) person
committee. Once called together by the Race Marshal on a specific question, its decision
becomes the final word on that issue. The RIC consists of the Race Marshal and two (2)
b. The Race Marshal has the final word on all safety considerations for both the dogs and
the drivers. S/He has the authority to interpret rules at the Mushers Meeting, alter any
participant’s official running time, disqualify dogs, teams or drivers, and refers rules
questions to the Rules Committee. S/He can order drug testing and determine winners
and subsequent placements. The Race Director will supply any information as required
by the Race Marshal for the purpose of providing the best possible decision.
c. The Race Veterinarians are consulting specialists to the race on matters pertaining to
dog care and treatment. Dogs are under the care of the Chief Veterinarian and the
Veterinarians from the time of the Pre-Race Vet Check through the completion of the
Awards Ceremony. All dogs may undergo a Post-Race Vet Check at the time they cross
the finish line.
d. The Race Veterinarians, in addition to the Pre-Race Vet Check, will be available
throughout the race for consultation, first aid and major medical situations. Any Race
Veterinarian may delay or prevent a dog or a team from leaving the Starting Line for
medical or health concerns. If the driver is not in agreement, a consultation between the
Veterinarian and a Judge will result in a final decision.
e. Timers, Checkers and Race Veterinarians will act as consultants to the Judges.
2. CONDUCT AND DISQUALIFICATION
a. Drivers are responsible for the conduct of themselves, their dogs and their designated
handlers whether they are in the race area, on the trail, or dealing with race personnel,
officials or the general public.
b. IF THE RACE MARSHAL DETERMINES THAT A DRIVER, HANDLER, OR
TEAM AT ANY TIME — WHETHER IN THE RACE AREA OR ON THE TRAIL — IS
ACTING IN A WAY THAT IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE SPORT, THAT TEAM WILL
BE DISQUALIFIED. ALL OFFICIAL DECISIONS ARE FINAL. Further arguing or
complaining may result in a fine or disqualification from future WolfTrack Classic Sled
Dog Race events. Common sense and good sportsmanship shall prevail.
c. Failure to adhere to the published rules will result in disqualification or penalty.
Determining this will be the responsibility of the RIC. A disqualified driver will forfeit
all entry fees, placements or monetary awards.
d. The RIC may assess penalties other than disqualification. These will take the form of
time penalties or fines and can affect the final placement of a team.
3. PROTESTS AND HEARINGS
a. A musher may protest any action of a competitor, which she/he feels is contrary to
these rules. To be considered as a legitimate protest, any infraction observed by a musher
must be presented in writing to the Race Marshal no more than one hour after the race.
This written protest must be delivered to the Race Marshal, accompanied by a $10.00
protest fee. All protests shall be logged with the Race Marshal only and shall not be
discussed with any other person(s), spectators or media.
b. Any driver implicated in a report of an alleged violation of the rules will receive a
hearing before the Race Marshal and Rules Committee. Such hearings will occur prior to
the Awards Ceremony.
SECTION C — THE RACE
1. START/TRAIL/FINISH The WTC 50 8-Dog Race will begin at the Ely Softball
Complex, in the City of Ely, Minnesota. Local city trails will be well marked and staffed
and will lead the teams to the Taconite State Trail. The 8-dog course runs west on the
Taconite State Trail for 20 miles before looping south and returning to the Taconite Trail.
Teams will then head east to finish in Ely. Start and Finish are the same for 8-dog teams.
(50 miles total)
a. The starting positions for the race shall be determined by a two-tiered bib draw. The
first 15 registrations received will be randomly drawn for start order 1 through 15. Later
registrations will be in a second bib draw for start order for the remaining teams. Bibs
will be distributed after the mandatory “Mushers Meeting” on Saturday, February
b. All 8-Dog Race drivers, handlers and team trucks must be in the official musher
parking area and available to the public by 7:30 am on Race Day. Each driver’s sled and
mandatory equipment must be ready and available for inspection at 7:30 am. A $2.00 per
minute late fee may be charged for arriving after 7:30 am.
c. Teams must be harnessed and ready to leave for the chute at least 5 minutes prior to
their designated start time.
d. The amount and type of assistance in the starting chute shall be determined by the
Race Marshal prior to the start of the race.
e. There will be a device (tire, post, or cable) at the Start Line for the driver to fasten
his/her team to.
f. At the signal, each driver will release his/her team and begin the race.
g. Any driver who cannot leave the starting line within ten (10) minutes of the last team’s
departure will be disqualified unless extenuating circumstances prevail.
h. Subject to compliance with all race rules, regulations and determinations of the Race
Marshal and Chief Veterinarian, a team’s finish time is measured when the nose of the
lead dog crosses the finish line.
i. All time involved on the trail shall constitute trail time.
j. If a loose team crosses the finish line ahead of its driver, that team shall have finished
when the driver crosses the finish line.
k. Teams with equal times shall be awarded the high finishing position. The purse for tied
place and the next lower place shall be combined and divided equally.
l. A team and driver shall run the full course as established by the Race Marshal. The trail
shall be followed as marked:
* “Right Turn” shall be indicated by a right pointing arrow.
* “Left Turn” shall be indicated by a left pointing arrow.
* “Straight Ahead” shall be indicated by a straight up arrow or painted stake.
* “Caution” shall be indicated by a down pointing arrow.
m. It is the musher’s responsibility to check for traffic at road crossings on the trail. The
Race Director will attempt to secure the road crossings, but final safety is the musher’s
n. A driver may ride the sled, pedal or run as wished.
o. All dogs becoming unfit after departure shall be carried on the sled.
p. All teams may receive similar assistance of any type from officials at designated points
along the trail as authorized by the Race Marshal.
q. A driver may not receive outside assistance between the Starting Line and the Finish
Line. In case of emergency, drivers may assist each other in appropriate ways. Handlers
may assist the musher at the Start and at the Ely Finish.
r. Outside assistance shall be allowed only if a team becomes so unmanageable as to
create a clear and present danger to the team of dogs, other teams or persons. This action
shall be reported to the race marshal.
s. “No Man’s Land” section of the trail will be announced at the Mushers Meeting.
t. In the “No Man’s Land” zone, no team shall have the right of way over another.
u. When one team intends to pass another, the passing team driver may request the right
of way when the lead dog(s) comes within fifty (50) feet of the sled of the overtaken
v. The overtaken team shall make way for the passing team by moving to one side of the
trail and by slowing down or stopping if requested by the overtaking team driver.
w. Once a team has been passed, that team shall not re-pass until: Such time as the
leading team has had sufficient time to pull away or at any lesser interval whenever both
drivers are in agreement.
x. If the passing team becomes tangled as the result of the pass, that team’s driver may
require the overtaken team to stop and wait no longer than one (1) minute.
y. Should a major tangle occur, the overtaken team may re-pass with the permission of
the leading team.
z. A driver coming upon one or more stopped teams may pass all such teams. The
stopped team’s driver(s) shall make every effort to clear the trail for the moving team.
aa. Teams following each other shall maintain an interval of not less than one team length except when passing or in the “No Man’s Land” finishing zone.
bb. All official money and/or prize winners must complete the whole race.
cc. Drivers may accept rides on motorized vehicles only in an emergency. Such incidents
must be reported to a Judge, in Tower, or at the Finish Line.
dd. Drivers may not arrange for any person or persons to instruct them along the trail.
Requests for the directions along the way are acceptable.
ee. Two-way radios are not permitted.
ff. Cellular phones are allowed.
gg. GPS units are permitted.
hh. Handlers are NOT allowed at road crossings. This may result in one hour time
penalty or disqualification of team.
ii. The Race Marshal may remove a participant from the race if they are deemed
jj. Littering along any point of the trail (including the Start and Finish) is strictly
prohibited. A maximum fine of $200.00 will be imposed for littering. Any team snacking
on the trail may not leave trail food behind.
2. MANAGEMENT/HANDLING OF DOGS
a. The cruel and/or inhumane treatment of any dog by any driver is strictly prohibited and
will be penalized by disqualification and barring from future WolfTrack Classic Race
b. Any suspected or witnessed mistreatment or abuse of any dog shall be immediately
reported to the Race Marshal, who will make the final decision on the driver’s
c. Whips are not allowed.
d. Any dog that remains in the race shall not be boxed once the race has begun.
e. Any severely injured dog must be carried in the sled and completely covered. If
the driver considers the dog’s injury too severe or that there would be a risk of
further injury by carrying the dog to the nearest finish line, he/she may stop at the
first available Road Crossing and request that the Communications person
stationed there call for one of the Race Veterinarians: to stabilize the dog and
arrange for transportation and treatment. The Race Vet and Race Marshal will
determine if the driver may continue the race. The driver’s Trail Time will continue to
accumulate during the intervention and resolution of the situation.
f. Any dog who expires on the trail for any reason must be taken to the Ely Finish Line. Expired dogs must be covered completely when being carried in the sled. The driver must stay at that location until the
Chief Veterinarian comes to investigate the situation. At that time, there will be an
interview between the driver and Race Officials. The driver MAY be allowed to
continue/finish the race contingent on the Gross Necropsy and/or only after approval of
the Chief Veterinarian and the Race Marshal.
g. Any dog that expires during the race will have a Necropsy performed by a licensed
Veterinarian according to ISDVMA Necropsy Guidelines.
h. The owner of any dog who expires during the race is responsible for the handling of
the remains after the Necropsy and Histopathology portion of the necropsy.
i. Prize money or prizes will not be paid until the final results of the Histopathology
portion of the necropsy are returned (may take 4-6 months). If it is determined that the
cause of death was other than natural causes, the team will be disqualified. Any place
money will then revert to the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race General Fund.
j. If the Necropsy determines the cause of death to be abuse, the team will be disqualified
and barred from participation in any future WolfTrack Classic events.
k. A driver may not allow any of his/her dogs to be hauled by another team.
l. A dog hauled in a driver’s sled must be handled in a humane fashion.
m. There will be no loose leaders. All dogs will be in the team or on the sled.
n. Each driver and his/her handlers are responsible for having necessary food and water at
the Start Line and the Finish Line. The Organization will make no arrangements for food
and water distribution. The Ely Start Line and the Ely Finish Line are accessible by truck.
o. No team shall be left unattended. Any driver wishing to leave a team at the Start
Line or the Finish Line shall leave his/her team under the supervision of a handler.
3. WEATHER AND TRAIL CONDITIONS
a. The race will continue under all but the most severe trail and weather conditions.
Drivers must be prepared to run in cold, wind or in storms, and over sections of bare
ground if necessary.
b. In the event of questionable trail conditions, the Organization will make a decision to
postpone or modify course no less than seven (7) days before the race.
c. A panel consisting of three Board Members and the Race Director will assume
responsibility for any further 7 postponement or alteration of starting location. The
primary consideration will be the safety and well being of the dogs, not the comfort of the
SECTION D – AWARDS PRESENTATION
1. All drivers finishing the race must be present at the Awards Ceremony. Failure to
appear will result in forfeiture of any winnings.
2. The Awards presentations for WTC-50 8-Dog Race will be held at the Grand Ely Lodge,
400 N Pioneer Rd, Ely, MN 55731 at approximately 4 p.m.
SECTION E — REFUNDS
1. Full refunds of entry fees may be granted until February 11, 2018. After February 11,
2018, no refunds will be granted.
SECTION F — BIBS
1. Drivers are required to wear their race bibs on the outside of their outer clothing at all
times, for safety & identification, from the beginning of the race through the finish.
Please be cognizant of the fact that sponsors of the WolfTrack Classic paid for these bibs.
The more exposure we can provide for the businesses that support the WolfTrack Classic,
the better the opportunities to attract additional sponsors and consequently increase the
race purse in future years. Your consideration will be appreciated.
2. All race bibs must be returned to a Race Official at the Finish or a $150.00 penalty will
SECTION G — CLAIMS
1. Each driver agrees to hold the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, race sponsors, and
other contributors (sponsors and contributors of the Organization as distinguished from
sponsors of any individual driver) harmless from any claim or demand based on any
alleged action or inaction by the driver, his dogs, agents, or others acting on his/her
behalf. The driver also agrees to release the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, race
sponsors and agents and employees from any claim, or demand resulting from injury to
the driver, his/her dogs, or his/her property. Further, the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog
Race has the unqualified and unrestricted authority to authorize race sponsors to
photograph and otherwise collect information about the race and all participants therein
and to use such photographs and information for advertising, public relations or other
2. Each driver shall sign any and all documents as may be requested by the Organization
to evidence the foregoing. These documents will be executed at registration. Any driver
who does not sign the documents requested by the Organization will not be allowed to
participate in the race.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!