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Classic classes & passing rules

The Classic – What class should you enter?

Pro Skijor & Kick Sled

This is our top class, so we are expecting professionalism from the teams.

For your safety, we need to know you and your dogs can compete. Please indicate on the registration form whether you and your dog(s) have raced in other competitions, and at what level.

Your dogs must be able to run alongside other teams, and know how to pass cleanly, without interfering with other teams.

Pro Skijor (both classes) must be able to do 5 km in less than 18 minutes. Your dogs must be able to pass and be passed cleanly without stopping.

Pro Kick Sled must be able to do 5 km in less than 22 minutes. Your dogs must be able to pass and be passed cleanly without stopping.

When one team intends to pass another team, the passing team shall call right of way (Trail) when the lead dog(s) come(s) within 20 feet of the sled/skis of the overtaken team.

The overtaken team shall make way for the passing team by steering to one side of the trail and:

* In Pro Skijoring classes, snowplowing and gathering up the gangline;

* In Pro Kick Sledding, braking, and if necessary, holding the gangline, and running beside the dogs.

The passing team must remain a minimum of 8 feet behind the overtaken team until the overtaken team has slowed and indicated a pass can be made.

Once a team has been passed, that team shall not re-pass so long as the team in front is making an effort to keep moving forward until,

* no less than 1 minute has elapsed;

* or at any lesser interval when both drivers are in agreement.

In Pro classes, a team coming upon two or more teams stopped together may call for right of way and pass once the stopped drivers have control of their dogs. Dogs are deemed to be under control when the driver is holding the dog(s) by the harness.

Teams following each other shall maintain an interval of not less than 20 feet between the end of the sled/skis in front and the nose of the dog(s) following. A team moving closer than 20 feet shall call for a pass or slow down until they are at least 20 feet behind.

There is a free passing zone in Pro classes only, from a location determined by the Race Director to the finish line.


Sport Skijor and Kick Sled

Your dogs should be able to run alongside other teams, and know how to pass cleanly, without interfering with other teams.

Sport Skijor must be able to do 5 km in 18 to 22 minutes.

Sport Kick Sled must be able to do 5 km in 22+ minutes.

When passing, you must slow and keep the dogs under control. You must come to a full stop if requested to by the passing team.

The passing team must remain a minimum of 8 feet behind the overtaken team until the overtaken team has slowed. Once a team has been passed, that team shall not re-pass so long as the team in front is making an effort to keep moving forward, until no less than 1 minute has elapsed.

A third team coming upon two teams in the process of passing shall remain 20 feet behind the last team and shall not call right of way until the pass is completed and the passing team is at least 20 feet ahead of the overtaken team. Sliding up the middle is not allowed.

Passing rules apply for the entire course for Sport, Recreation and Novice classes. There is no free passing zone at the end of the race course.


Recreation Skijor and Kick Sled

Your dogs should be able to run alongside other teams, and know how to pass cleanly, without interfering with other teams. This category is intended for older and slower teams which cannot compete in Sport classes.

Rec racers must be able to do 3 km in 10 to 20 minutes.

Passing rules are the same as they are for Sport classes.


Novice Skijor and Kick sled

This class is for novice handlers and dogs, or for handlers running dogs who have never raced before.

Novice teams should be able to do 3 km in under 30 minutes.

Passing rules are set up to encourage safety, rather than speed racing.

The faster team must call for "Trail", and wait until the slower team has time to stop and move off the trail. You may have to call more than once, as it's hard to hear with a toque, etc. covering the ears.         

The team ahead controls the pass. Only when waved ahead can the passing team go on-by.                      

The passing team must allow the team ahead the time to gain control of their dogs. You may have to come to a full stop and be patient.

When passing, skijorers must shorten their gangline, to the point of attachment on the dog's harness. You can use your ski pole to guide your dog(s) on-by.       

When passing, kick sledders may have to get OFF their sled, and guide their dog on-by from the dog's harness. Remember, your dog has 10 to 12 feet of gangline to swing around on and go after the other team. 

The passing team must remain a minimum of 8 feet behind the overtaken team until the overtaken team has slowed. Once a team has been passed, that team shall not re-pass so long as the team in front is making an effort to keep moving forward, until no less than 1 minute has elapsed.

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