Celebrate the Spirit and Adventure of Sled Dog Racing
Musher Registration is closed for the 2023 WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race.
This will be my 3rd year at the WolfTrack and my team looks forward to running the trail again.
Always excited to run the WolfTrack!!! Great race and awesome volunteers. Great job to the Ely Chamber for putting this race on.
I am Neal. I am Huskies Run. I am running dogs in the 8-dog class. I am in my 31st year of driving dog teams. I have fun at WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race.
This is my third season racing with Nathan Schroeder Mushing and running the puppy team.
I'm from Iowa and have been racing Alaskan sled dogs since 2015. My kennel name is GO THE DISTANCE. I;ve completed the WolfTrack in 2022 and other great races including: Beargrease, UP 200, Can-Am, Race to the Sky and the Gunflint Mail Run. My plans are to continue training, conditioning and learning about distance mushing and put that to
I'm from Iowa and have been racing Alaskan sled dogs since 2015. My kennel name is GO THE DISTANCE. I;ve completed the WolfTrack in 2022 and other great races including: Beargrease, UP 200, Can-Am, Race to the Sky and the Gunflint Mail Run. My plans are to continue training, conditioning and learning about distance mushing and put that to the test and run the Iditarod. Thanks to Jets Meat and Cafe, Smitty's Oil and Tire, and Joy Dog Food.
Heather has run the Beargrease 8-dog, the Grand Portage Passage, and won the Ashawa Classic Old Timers Race in 2022!
I started running dogs when I was 32. That was almost 30 years ago... now I'm the "Old lady on the runners"! Between Ward, Ero, and I, we have participated in every WolfTrack Classic. It's a great race and we love being in Ely. Thanks to all organizers and volunteers!
I started training with Silver Creek Sled Dogs a year ago and I haven't looked back. Last year's WolfTrack was my first race. I have been sponsored my whole life by Amy Jordahl, State Farm Insurance!
My husband, Keith, and I along with the kids live in Ray, MN. I grew up in northern Minnesota and have been running and racing sled dogs for many years. Last time was the first timerunning the WolfTrack and it was a blast! Looking forward to this year's race.
Howdy, I am David from Dogwoods Kennel. We are a team of dogs adopted from kennels near and far. I have been running for two years with aspirations of longer distance races. This will be our first WolfTrack and we are stoked for the race season!
My name is Joey Sabin and own Voyageur Outdoor Adventures. I have 23 huskies and this will be our first year racing the WolfTrack.
My husband Bill and I own Stoney Creek Kennels on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior. We have 35 dogs in our kennel. I am looking forward to once again racing in Ely.
After many years as a race volunteer I decided it was time to get on the runners myself. This is my first year racing and we are just starting to build our kennel. I live in SE Minnesota and am a professional firefighter. I want to thank my #1 sponsor my wife Kendra and my mentors Cindy Galea and Damon Ramaker
My wife and I own Hauling Dogs Kennel, which consists of 21 working dogs outside of Babbitt, our dogs pay for their own dogfood by hauling winter campers and anglers into the Boundary Waters.
I am a longtime animal lover, veterinary technician and sled dog enthusiast. I currently have a small kennel and team that I have been building for the past several years consisting of both Siberian and Alaskan huskies. I have run the WolfTrack multiple times and it is always a fun race to come back to.
My family and I have been racing dogs for almost 30 years. The WolfTrack is a great race in a great community.
I have run the WolfTrack Classic three times. Enjoyed it every time I was there. I am semi-retired now. Still doing some property management. I have a kennel of 24 dogs.
I am John Stumm from Zumbrota, MN. I live on a small hobby farm. I spent the better part of a decade working Law Enforcement and Corrections. Now I work at a Lock and Dam on the river. I have been running and training sled dogs since 1998. I am running a team out of Cindy Gallea's Kennel.
I've been mushing for about 25 years and have participated in the WolfTrack Classic 8-dog class several times. I'm hoping to finish with a happy dog team. I feel truly blessed to have such a supportive wife, kids, grand and great grand. Thanks for supporting the race everyone!
Mushing for 5 years now. Started mushing with my son and now it has become my favorite past time. I love the Ely area and this race is something I look forward to every year.
I have a small kennel of 12 dogs in northwest Wisconsin. I've been mushing for 10 years, and racing the last 4. This will be my second time at the WolfTrack. I really enjoyed it last year, and I am looking forward to this year!
Really excited for our kennel to have two teams in the WolfTrack again this year! We always enjoy this race as it's right in our backyard and is a great way to end the season. Ryan and I have a kennel of about 30 dogs in Cook, MN. This will be our fourth season of racing.
I have a small kennel of Siberian Huskies based out of central Wisconsin. I rescued my first Siberian back in 2017 and was hooked. This is my fourth year running dogs. I look forward to every moment I get to share on and off the trail with these incredible animals.
This is my second year of mushing. I enjoy spending as much time in the woods with my dogs. I have always had a passion for sled dogs since I was a young kid. I really look forward to racing again at the WolfTrack Classic and seeing all the mushers.
Junior Musher: My name is Elena Freking, and I am 12 years old. I ran the WolfTrack and the Klondike Dog Derby in 2022. I am very excited for my second WolfTrack!
Junior Musher: My name is Nicole Freking and I am 10 years old. I've been mushing since I was 3 years old. I love playing with my dogs, especially my favorite dogs Janis the husky and Eva the Border Collie. I also love doing art and crafts, playing the violin, and gardening. I am very excited to run my team in the WolfTrack Classic.
I am looking forward to enjoying the 6-dog Ely WolfTrack Classic with both of my daughters this year! Our family owns Manitou Crossing Kennels where we raise Siberian Huskies. I am a veterinarian at the Ely Vet Clinic. It's alot of fun to share our passion of the outdoors, animals, and mushing as a family.
This is my 27th year of mushing dogs. I entered my first race, the MidMinn 150, in 1997, and have participated in many races in the upper midwest since then. A former Dairy Farmer and Conservation Technician, I am now retired and live on a hobby farm near Meire Grove in central MN. with my wife, Ileta. In addition to 17 sled dogs and 4 h
This is my 27th year of mushing dogs. I entered my first race, the MidMinn 150, in 1997, and have participated in many races in the upper midwest since then. A former Dairy Farmer and Conservation Technician, I am now retired and live on a hobby farm near Meire Grove in central MN. with my wife, Ileta. In addition to 17 sled dogs and 4 house dogs, we also have cats, birds, and chickens. The WolfTrack Classic is one of my favorite races.
Veterinarian and long-time musher! Likes to camp. Raises English Cocker Spaniels.
This is my second year running this race, I am excited to be returning! I am a mental health therapist who enjoys running dogs in my free time and just enjoying God's nature with my dogs and family and friends. Special thanks to my musher friend Anna Carpenter and Arlene Duff for supporting me, and my boyfriend and family as well. I live
This is my second year running this race, I am excited to be returning! I am a mental health therapist who enjoys running dogs in my free time and just enjoying God's nature with my dogs and family and friends. Special thanks to my musher friend Anna Carpenter and Arlene Duff for supporting me, and my boyfriend and family as well. I live with 7 dogs and am so thankful for them, Kiva, Petey, Zissou, Ned, Cinnamon, Velcro and Skate.
Running a team from Brian Bergen's kennel.
I've raced in Ely for over 40 years. The WolfTrack Classic is a great event and I look forward to bringing my team to the startline in 2023!
Chloe, a 2nd grade teacher from North Shore Community School in Duluth, MN is a rookie to the sport and following in her father's footsteps as a musher. She and her father recently acquired dogs from Maple Ridge Kennel and after a 20-year hiatus without sled dogs, they are diving back in.
Blue Ember Sled Dogs moved from Colorado in October of 2021. I am also grateful to be running with some of the DogWoods dogs (David Burge). After chasing dreams of stepping on any sled runners, I am constantly challenging myself and the team to do and be more with an end goal of running mid-distance races. Of course, none of this would've
Blue Ember Sled Dogs moved from Colorado in October of 2021. I am also grateful to be running with some of the DogWoods dogs (David Burge). After chasing dreams of stepping on any sled runners, I am constantly challenging myself and the team to do and be more with an end goal of running mid-distance races. Of course, none of this would've been possible without the support of my family and friends. I wish everyone a safe and fun run.
My wife Laurie and I have been breeding registered Siberian huskies for 30 years now under the kennel name "Oakridgelane." We currently have a kennel of 13 Siberians. We have always tried to breed a dog that can excel in harness as well as live up to the Canadian and American standards for the breed. This is why we also show our dogs at d
My wife Laurie and I have been breeding registered Siberian huskies for 30 years now under the kennel name "Oakridgelane." We currently have a kennel of 13 Siberians. We have always tried to breed a dog that can excel in harness as well as live up to the Canadian and American standards for the breed. This is why we also show our dogs at dog shows. I enjoy the peace and quietness of nature while out on trails with my dogs. Having a good relationship with my dogs is also very important to me.
My name is Dixie Crawford and I have been mushing for four years now and excited to run my second WolfTrack. Thank you to Bandit Creek Kennels for letting my run their dogs again this year.
Former Nome, Alaska resident Dwayne Edward Beals reported on mushing for a decade as Sled Dog News before building a distance racing kennel of his own, Sled Dog News Kennel in Willow, Alaska, with the dream of returning home to Nome in the Iditarod. Relocating to Minnesota with the greater goal of competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog
Former Nome, Alaska resident Dwayne Edward Beals reported on mushing for a decade as Sled Dog News before building a distance racing kennel of his own, Sled Dog News Kennel in Willow, Alaska, with the dream of returning home to Nome in the Iditarod. Relocating to Minnesota with the greater goal of competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Race, he is currently focusing on shorter events while training the next generation of Polar Pirate Pups.
Del Sauter is running a team from Sled Dog News Kennel. Del is a handler for Dwayne Beals who just left off the start line. Del is looking forward to experiencing the trail in his first WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race.
I am currently a seasonal handler for Manitou Crossing Kennels, and this is my first year mushing. I'm excited to participate in my first dogsled race! Aside from dogs, I enjoy canoeing, camping, and running.
I have been interested in dog sledding from as early as I can remember. Have enjopyed racing in Ely and have only missed a few races since the first wolf track classic. Have also raced in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the past , More recently I have reduced my kennel # to 10. Im 71 years old and a semi retired veterinarian and pa
I have been interested in dog sledding from as early as I can remember. Have enjopyed racing in Ely and have only missed a few races since the first wolf track classic. Have also raced in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the past , More recently I have reduced my kennel # to 10. Im 71 years old and a semi retired veterinarian and part time farmer. Eagerly anticipating my visit the fine town of Ely and mingling with the organizers / spectators/ race veterinarians/sponsors and fellow competitors . Congrats in advance, for everyone involved with the upcoming race
I have been running dogs for 25 years, and this is my 5th Wolftrack.
I am new to the mushing world and have been kindly guided and mentored by Kristin and Shawn McCarty. This is my first ever race and I couldn't be more excited and nervous if I tried. I am extremely excited to be here.
24 years of mushing and our little mushing family keeps expanding. Running happy dogs with 3 generations of mushers at Otter Run Kennel.
Dusty and HER crazy K-9's live in the heart of Togo, MN. When Dusty isn't playing with dogs in the summer she can be found on the dock of Lake Vermilion at Shamrock Landing. Special thanks to our sponsors, Griffin Construction, Barn Yarns, and everyone for making this event happen.
I'm Morgan McClelland. I ran the WolfTrack a couple of years ago but haven't run it since. I'm hoping for a fun race.
Ely Chamber of Commerce
WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race
2023 Rules for Competition
MUSHERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT. PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES THOROUGHLY, THEY WILL BE ENFORCED. THE INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES AND PROCEDURES IN THIS PUBLICATION SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WOLFTRACK CLASSIC SLED DOG RACE AND ITS RACE MARSHAL.
REGISTRATION AND ENTRY RULES
Early Registration for returning 2022 teams will open on October 14-November 1, 2022
Registration for all teams will open on November 1, 2022, at 12:00 pm CST and closes 9 days prior to the race. No Registrations will be accepted on Saturday, February 25 at musher check-in or on Sunday, February 26 race day.
The 6-dog entry fee is $85.00 from November 1 – December 31, 2022, and $100.00 from January 1 – February 17, 2023.
The 8-dog entry fee is $110.00 from November 1 – December 31, 2022, and $125.00 from January 1 – February 17, 2023.
1. The entry fee must accompany the online registration for the entry to be considered complete.
2. Start order will be based on payment date and time of online registration.
3. First-time mushers and junior mushers are required to submit references from mushers they have handled for or from guardians.
4. The WolfTrack Classic reserves the right to reject any entry for just cause. Any sanction to entrants by other races may be upheld for The WolfTrack Classic at the discretion of the Race Marshal and WolfTrack Classic.
5. As a condition of entry into the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, mushers will be required to sign the release form.
6. Teams may withdraw from the race up to January 31, 2023, and receive a full refund. Withdrawals after January 31. 2023 will forfeit the registration fee.
EVENT DATES AND REQUIREMENTS
Saturday, February 25, 2023
1. All teams are required to be at the Minnesota North College - Vermilion Campus parking lot from 3:oo pm-5:00 pm to drop dogs and meet the public for a meet and greet.
2. Pre-Race vaccination records will be checked by Dr. Richard (Chip) Hanson at Vermilion Community College outside the dining hall from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. This is mandatory!
3. Musher Dinner is at Vermilion Campus dining Hall from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.
4. Mandatory Musher Meeting will be held in the Vermilion Campus theater starting at 6:00 pm. Roll call will be called twice during the meeting. Latecomers who miss the first roll call will receive a $50.00 penalty payable to the Race Marshal, and those who miss the 2nd roll call may result in disqualification, time penalty, or fine. First-time and junior mushers are required to remain after the Musher Meeting for additional trail information.
Sunday, February 26, 2023, Race Day
1. All Teams are required to be in the musher parking area by 7:00 am on race day.
2. You must have your bib visible on your sled. You will receive a mandatory bag Check approximately 1 hour before the race starts.
3. Awards dinner will be held at the Grand Ely Lodge immediately after the last team crosses the finish line. You must be present to receive an award.
1. A musher must be named three weeks prior to the race.
2. A musher starting the race shall drive the team throughout the race.
3. A change in musher must have the approval of the Race Marshal, prior to the mushers’ meeting.
4. A musher under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian and must submit previous race experience. This will be reviewed by the Race Marshal, who shall decide if the musher will participate.
5. Mushers and the parent or guardian of a musher under 18 shall attend the mandatory musher’s meeting, held prior to the race, in order to compete in the race.
6. Any driver disqualified at any point in the race is not eligible to compete in the remainder of the race.
7. Substitution of a driver in the case of an emergency may be allowed up to the time of the driver’s meeting with Race Marshal approval.
1. Only Northern breed dogs will be permitted to enter the race. “Northern breeds” will be determined by the Race Marshal and chief veterinarian.
2. All dogs are under the care and jurisdiction of the chief veterinarian and his/her staff from check-in & vet- checks until the awards ceremony.
3. The chief veterinarian may disallow entry of any team or dog for just cause.
4. Any team of dogs, which in the opinion of the chief veterinarian is unfit or incapable of completing the course, shall be disqualified.
5. Any team or dogs disqualified at any point in the race is/are not eligible to compete in the remainder of the race.
6. All dogs must be up-to-date with vaccinations for parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. Proof of valid rabies vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to the race and signed by a licensed veterinarian is required. Proof of purchase for valid vaccines must be submitted for inspection by the chief veterinarian.
7. Dogs coming from Alaska with valid certificates signed by lay vaccinators will be accepted. The manufacturer’s serial number of the rabies vaccine administered to such dogs must be available to the WolfTrack Classic veterinarian.
8. All dogs will be identified and marked by their race, all dog names, ages, and gender should be provided with the vaccination records.
9. The pre-race exam and check-in details TBD.
1. Teams entering the 8-Dog Race shall start with 8 dogs in harness and finish with not less than 6 dogs in harness on line.
2. Teams entering the 6-Dog Race shall start with 6 dogs in harness and finish with not less than 5 dogs in harness on line.
3. All dogs running in the race must be in line coming to the start line. A dog too aggressive to be in the line, will not be allowed to run the race.
If the chief veterinarian diagnoses any dog present in the race area to have a contagious disease, that team shall be disqualified and immediately leave the race area.
It is the intent of these rules that no drugs or other artificial means be used to drive any dog beyond its natural ability. A musher must have his/her team free of any drugs used. The chief veterinarian may utilize any drugs necessary to maintain a dog’s health, however, such dogs will be withdrawn from the race. The use of general anesthetics will not be allowed in any form unless the dog is withdrawn from the race.
Harness and Lines
1. All harnesses must be padded around the neck and chest areas and have reflective tape and be in good condition
2. Dogs shall be fastened to the gangline in single or double file. The lead dog/dogs may run without a neck line.
3. All ganglines must be made of coated cable or have a cable core, or be made of “Iron Rope”. No bare cable.
4. No muzzles or choke collars of any type are allowed.
5. All equipment, line fasteners, harnesses, and sleds should be in good working order.
1. The sled must have a brush bow, a proper functioning brake bolted to the sled, and a snow hook.
2. The type of sled used is the option of the driver, but must have a functioning bag the length of the sled, capable of holding one or two dogs or an injured dog and equipment. Sprint bags will not be allowed. This will be subject to Race Marshal approval.
Your race bib must be visible during pre-race preparation and during the race, and will be collected after you cross the finish line.
2. First aid kit with an ace bandage, pressure bandage, and tape to apply pressure to a bleeding dog or musher should there be a laceration.
3. Veterinary form/book.
5. Dog booties one set per dog
6. Snowshoes. These are required for the 8-dog race only. The 8-dog race crosses Bear Head Lake; wind and blowing snow may make it necessary to break trail out in front of your team.
8. Trail Map
9. Cable cutter: This needs to be able to cut the gang line. A multi-tool like a Leather Man is not acceptable as a cable cutter.
10. Headlamp in case of an emergency.
1. Bag Checks are mandatory
2. All equipment shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the Race Marshal, judge, or bag checker.
3. Mushers, teams, and equipment shall be available for inspection 1 hour prior to the start of the race. Teams are required to be in the dog truck parking area at 7:00 a.m. on race day February 27. You must have a bag checked, or you will not be allowed to race.
START FINISH RULES
1. The starting positions for the race shall be determined by order of registration.
2. Bibs will be handed out at the mandatory musher meeting.
Starting Point and Time
1. Team must be harnessed and ready to leave for the chute at least 5 minutes prior to your designated start time. There are 3 start areas: in the hole, on deck, and in the chute.
2. Teams will leave the start line at two-minute intervals with 6 minutes time between the 8-dog teams and the 6-dog teams.
3. A team missing their start time will have to do so 2 minutes after the last team in their class. Actual trail time begins at the team’s actual start. The Race Marshal may penalize a team 30 minutes for a missed start. If a second start attempt fails, the Race Marshal may disqualify the team.
You will be assigned a handling crew and ATV to move you to the start area. If you have your own handlers and do not require assistance, please let us know this information.
Trail Time and Finish
Subject to compliance with all race rules, regulations, and determinations of the Race Marshal, a team’s finish time is measured when the nose of the lead dog crosses the finish line.
1. All-time involved on the trail shall constitute trail time.
2. If a loose team crosses the finish line ahead of its driver that team shall have finished when the driver crosses the finish line
3. Teams with equal times shall be awarded the high finishing position. The purse for the tied place and the next lower place shall be combined and divided equally.
4. Teams crossing the finish line are required to continue beyond the finish line to avoid delaying other arriving teams. Your bib will be collected at the end of the chute.
FOLLOWING THE TRAIL
1. WolfTrack Classic teams are guests with a special permit to use the Minnesota DNR Taconite Trail and sections managed by the US Forest Service. Please be respectful of the trail and other users.
2. A team and driver shall run the full course as established and marked by the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race. Trail signage shall be indicated as follows:
A. “Right turn” shall be indicated by a right pointing arrow.
B. “Left turn” shall be indicated by a left pointing arrow.
C. “Straight ahead” shall be indicated by a straight up arrow or painted stake on Bear Head Lake
D. Caution shall be indicated by a down pointing arrow.
3. It is the mushers responsibility to check for traffic at road crossings on the trail. The race organization will attempt to secure the road crossings, but final safety is the mushers responsibility.
4. Cut Off Time: Any team that has not crossed Raven Lane by 4:30 p.m., shall stop there and not continue. Handlers can meet their team at that road crossing.
TRAIL CONDITIONS AND WEATHER
1. The Taconite Trail is a challenging course compared to the first forty miles of the Beargrease. Mushers and their teams should be accustomed to running 30 to 50 miles in rough, hilly terrain.
2. The race will run under all but the most severe weather and trail conditions.
3. In the event of questionable trail conditions, the WolfTrack Classic directors, Minnesota DNR trail authorities, Race Marshal, and Chief Veterinarian will make the decision to cancel the race seven days prior to race day.
ASSISTANCE ON THE TRAIL
1. All teams may receive similar assistance of any type from officials at designated points along the trail as authorized by the Race Marshal
2. A musher may not receive outside assistance during the race. In case of emergency, mushers may assist each other according to the situation. Handlers may assist the musher at the start and finish. Anyone may stop and secure a driverless team or loose dog. The musher may recover their team either on foot or with another musher’s help and then continue the race. This should be reported to the Race Marshal.
3. Outside assistance shall be allowed if a team or mushers’ lives are in danger.
4. Because of the remote location of the race trails, all dogs becoming unfit after departure shall be carried on the sled. If the whole team is unable to continue, a call for help should be made, and the Race Marshal will alert the trail boss, trail breaker, and trail sweep.
5. In case of a broken sled, outside assistance may be requested to repair or replace the sled.
6. Cell phones and GPS are permitted on the trail.
7. Ski poles are permitted but not in “NO MAN’S LAND.”
RIGHT OF WAY
In the “No Man’s Land” zone, no team shall have the right of way over another.
PASSING ON THE TRAIL
1. When one team intends to pass another, the passing team may request the right of way when the lead dog(s) come within fifty (50) feet of the sled of the overtaken team.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. At any lesser interval whenever both drivers are in agreement.
5. If the passing team becomes tangled as the result of the pass, that teams driver may require the overtaken team to stop and wait no longer than 1 minute.
Should a major tangle occur, the overtaken team may re-pass with the permission of the leading team.
1. A driver coming upon one or more stopped teams may pass all such teams. The stopped team’s drivers shall make every effort to clear the trail for the moving team.
2. In a head-on passing situation, the homeward-bound team has the right of way. The exception to this rule is when the outward-bound team is moving downhill. In this case, the outward-bound team has the right of way.
RESPONSIBILITY AND SPORTSMANSHIP
1. The Musher shall be responsible for the conduct of his/her dogs, his/her designated handler, and themself whenever in the race area or on the trail. Common sense and good sportsmanship shall prevail. This is a family race, and we have many young and first-time racers. Please be kind and helpful. An aggressive dog will not be tolerated.
2. If the Race Marshal determines that a driver, handler, or team conduct at any time in the race area or on the trail is detrimental to the sport/race, that team shall be disqualified.
3. ABUSE OR INHUMAN TREATMENT OF DOGS CAUSING PAIN OR SUFFERING TO A DOG WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
4. NO WHIPS are allowed.
5. Abusive or unsportsmanlike conduct toward trail help, timers, other race officials, competing driver, handlers, or spectators shall be grounds for penalties or disqualification assessed by the Race Marshal. All official decisions are final.
1. Any dog that dies on the trail for any reason must be taken to the race finish. Expired dogs must be covered completely when being carried in the sled. The driver must notify an official at the finish and proceed to their dog truck and wait for the Chief Veterinarian, Race Marshal, and Race Director to investigate the situation. At that time, there will be an interview between the driver and the race officials. The driver may be counted as finishing the race contingent on the Gross Necropsy and/or after approval of the Chief Veterinarian and Race Marshal.
2. Any dog that dies during the race will have a necropsy performed by a licensed veterinarian according to the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association Necropsy Guidelines.
3. Prize money will not be paid until the final results of the histopathology portion of the necropsy are returned. If it is determined that the cause of death was other than natural causes, the musher will be disqualified. The purse money will then revert to the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race funds.
4. If the necropsy determines the cause of death to be abuse, the musher will be disqualified and barred from participation in any future WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race events.
SCRATCHING FROM THE RACE
Any team that scratches prior to the finish line MUST return to the start area and report to the race officials and the Chief Veterinarian. NO EXCEPTIONS. All dogs must be checked by the vet and a report provided to race officials.
OFFICIALS AND PENALTIES
1. The Race Marshal is responsible for the enforcement of all WolfTrack Classic race policies and race rules. The Chief Veterinarian shall be considered a race official on matters pertaining to dog care and treatment. The Chief Veterinarian must participate in all decisions relating to these issues and will have final authority on all disputed decisions relating to the same.
2. The Race Marshal and the Chief Veterinarian may appoint judges and assistants who will operate as race officials
3. The Race Marshal may detain a driver for the purpose of repairing or replacing equipment, which is deemed detrimental to the safety and well-being of the team and driver.
4. The Race Marshal or Chief Veterinarian may detain a team which is deemed in need of rest.
5. The Race Marshal or Chief Veterinarian may remove a team or dog from the race which is deemed unfit to continue the race.
PROTESTS BY MUSHERS
1. A musher may protest any action of a competitor that he/she feels is contrary to the race rules. To be considered 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. All protests shall be logged with the Race Marshal only and shall not be discussed with any other persons, spectators, or media.
2. Any driver implicated in a report of an alleged violation of the rules will receive a hearing before the Race Marshal and race officials. Such hearings will occur prior to the awards ceremony.
The decisions of the Race Marshal and race officials shall be final.
Any musher disqualified for any reason will forfeit entrance fees and any purse place.
RACE AWARD AND PURSE
All mushers finishing the race must be present at the awards ceremony to collect their winnings. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of any winnings.
1. Full refunds will be granted to those withdrawing from the race before January 31, 2023.
2. In case of race cancellation due to lack of snow or the Minnesota DNR deeming the trail closed due to deteriorating conditions, a full refund or a rollover to 2024 race registration will be granted.
1. Each musher agrees not to hold the Ely Chamber of Commerce/WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, its members, race sponsors, land owners private and public, the Race Marshal, Chief Veterinarian, employees or volunteers individually or jointly responsible for injury or damage to himself/herself, his/her handlers, dogs or equipment.
2. All mushers registering will be required to sign a release of liability at the time of their online registration, or if registering by U.S. mail it should be included with their registration.
Pre-race and during the race event, each musher agrees to give the race organizers and sponsors permission to photograph or video record himself/herself and his/her teams to use for race promotion.