Irene Hansen

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Krister Mattsson

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Karen Kolbeck

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Denmark

Camastral Susanna

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Switzerland

Erich Camastral

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Switzerland

Edith De Boer-Braakhekke

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Netherlands

Lars Jämtsved

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Fredrik Persson

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Malin Sundin

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Michael Oeser

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Wilco Van Dijen

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Netherlands

Henrik Söeborg

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Denmark

Heinrich Lukk

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Estonia

Kristen Snyder

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Fretz Sebastian

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Switzerland

Marit Ånes

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome B

Norway

Trannois Guy

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

France

Lena Tano

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Mats Jonsson

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Signer Beni

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Switzerland

Siegbert Zertani

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Passy David

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

France

Ola Lindgren

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Erla A. Fuglesteg

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome B

Norway

Jo Inge Fuglesteg

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome B

Norway

Massardier Roger

PD300 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

France

Helen Söderström

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Daniel Fellmann

PD300 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Norway

Grzegorz Linda

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Poland

Kenneth Monsen

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

Norway

Anselmo Cagnati

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Italy

Maria Pålsson

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Sophie Verla

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Hungary

Höckenreiner Jürgen

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Germany

Sandra Tellström

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Torbjörn Tellström

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Elisabeth Lönnberg

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Angela Wiatowski

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Serres Jerome

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

France

Odd Lund

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome B

Norway

Klaus Barth

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Jean-Pierre Bussio

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

South Arfrica

Anders Larsen

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Denmark

Tobias Polinelli

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome B

Switzerland

Michael Meyer

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome B

Austria

Sven Wiren

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Sofia Wallin

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Linda Lindquist

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Ida Andersson

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Sara Jonsson

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Agneta Hörnlund

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Lasse Wendelbo Kornmo

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Norway

Robert Karlsson

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Joakim Persson

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Reima Saapunki

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Finland

Rinaldo Marioli

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Italy

Jakub Urban

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Czech Republic

Jennie Kraft Hult

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Desnoyers Séverine

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

France

Tobias Eliasson

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Ronny Lindkvist

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Norway

Trond Hansen

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

Norway

Ida Vähäsalo

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Norway

Fogliano Salvatore

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Italy

Luca Fontana

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Italy

Jakob Harnesk

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Daniel Chomette

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome B

France

Ülle Aaslav-Kaasik

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Estonia

Francien Kamp

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Netherlands

Mikael Bäckman

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Finland

Beat Stäger

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Switzerland

Pernilla West

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Francisco Hed

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Astrid Tomtum

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Norway

Martinez Erik

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

France

Giordano Tarara

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

Italy

Jaakko Raunio

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

FInland

Kirstin Poulsen

PD300 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Heidi Vogel

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Eveline Koch

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Catherine Fontaine

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

France

Pascal Rebord

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Switzerland

Frits Bakker

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome B

Netherlands

Nikola Damjanov

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Manfred Witschel

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Mats Fredrixon

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Maja Agnieszka Ramström

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Per Olav Myrvang

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Norway

Per Øyvind Teige

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

Norway

Germano De Martin

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Italy

Hans-Richard Beck

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Kristin Esseth

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Rasmus Helbo

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Zoran Dimovski

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Denmark

Baltasar Gallardo

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

Spain

Irene Valenkamp

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Great Britain

Christine Reincke

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Germany

Thorsten B. Klein

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Flavio Copes

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Italy

Katinka Mossin

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Norway

Gitte Bordvik Alhaug

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Norway

Åshild Hveem

PD300 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Norway

Astrid Klevmoen

PD300 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Netherlands

Croisier Didier

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Switzerland

Jean-Pierre Heritier

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

Switzerland

Gunnar Olsson

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Ida Collin

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Peter Hultgren

PD160 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Aleksandra S. Bersan

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Diana Karlsson

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Ronnie Byström

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Martinez Erik

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

France

Massardier Roger

PD300 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

France

Serres Jerome

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

France

Brevet Martial

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

France

Brevet Meggie

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome B

France

Gösta Karlberg

PD300 - 1-4 Dogs Pulka

Sweden

Kristin Esseth

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Malin Aspaas

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Sweden

Trannois Guy

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

France

Angelika Dietrich

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Christoph Brunner

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome C

Italy

Michael Hess

PD300 - 12 Dogs Nome C

Germany

Maria Fedororva

PD160 - 6-8 Dogs Nome C

Russia

Konrad Hammarberg

PD300 - 8 Dogs Nome B

Sweden

Starter 2017
images/slider/Mndag_frberedelser-3.jpg

HISTORY POLARDISTANS

by Lennart Andersson

View more
images/slider/Klaus_Barth_Polardistans_torsdag-19.jpg

Registration PD2017

SV - EN - FR - DE

View more
images/slider/Krister_Mattsson_Polardistans_torsdag-70.jpg

WSA DRIVER LICENSE

Mandatory for all Starter

View more
images/slider/Polardistans_torsdag-5.jpg

Mandatory equipment

in sled

View more
images/slider/Mndag_frberedelser-67.jpg

Polardistans Tips

SV - EN - FR - DE

View more

Polardistans 2017

Report WSA

For the first time in the 15 year history of the Polardistans the longtrail competition was held as the official world championship of the World Sleddog Association...



If you would like to read the complete report, please go to the PDF.

News/Nytt (only EN/SV)

Öjvasseln - Mål/Finish

Avståndet Öjvasseln - Mål/The distance from Öjvasseln to the finish line. Read more ...

Polardistans 2017

Preliminärt program/Preliminary Program Read more ...

PD Facebook

Beaver Trap Trail



http://beavertraptrail.se

Race Rules

The race follows the WSA regulations - International WSA Race Rules, Sprint and Distance, version 2.16 dated 10.19.2015 - www.wsa-sleddog.com.

The races are approximately 160 km and 300 km, and is only open for registered polar dogs of the breeds alaskan malamute, Greenland dog, samoyed and siberian husky. Polardistans 160 km (PD160) and 300 km (PD300) have the WSA long distance World Championship status in 2017.

 

Extensions to the WSA's rules:

  1. Category B: alaskan malamute, Greenland dog, samoyed. Category C: siberian husky.
  2. Men and women are running in the same class in both styles and all classes.
  3. Minimum age for drivers is 18 in all classes.
  4. In pulka style the dogs may run in double file.
  5. All sleds in the pulka classes shall have brakes, regardless of team size.
  6. The pulka/sledge size must be sufficiently large so that equipment that has been vacuum compressed at the start even fits in when unpacked
  7. In nome B you may use a shaft of maximum 10 mm covered glass fiber. All necklines must have plastic hooks.
  8. The competition has an open start, that means that each class is assigned a start window and everyone in the class should start within the specified time range for the class.
  9. For dogs older than 10 years of age a veterinary certificate has to be presented in the secretariat in connection with the registration.
  10. All dogs must be registered and marked with microchip. Tattoo in the ear will not be accepted.  
  11. At the registration all the original pedigrees and vaccination certificate will be checked.
  12. Number of dogs at start and finish for each class:

Distance

Number of dogs

At start

At finish

160 pulka

Min. 1, max 4

1

160 nome B 6-8

Min. 5, max 8

4/5 *

160 nome C 6-8

Min. 5, max 8

4/5 *

300 pulka

Min. 1, max 4

1

300 nome B 8

Min. 7, max 8

5

300 nome B 12

Min. 9, max12

7

300 nome C 8

Min. 7, max 8

5

300 nome C 12

Min. 9 max 12

7

*/ Starting with 5 or 6 dogs, you need minimum 4 dogs at the finish

    Starting with 7 or 8 dogs, you need minimum 5 dogs at the finish

 

Absence of registration certificates in original, not meeting the vaccination requirements, lacks in the mandatory equipment or that musher or handler does not participate in the mandatory meeting means that the team will not be allowed to start. The starting fee will not be returned in these cases.

 

Doping/medication

The competition follows the Swedish anti-doping regulations.  Note: The Swedish anti-doping regulations are tougher than the common set of rules for WSA and IFSS.

 

In general are all medication of dogs counted as doping, and doping of dogs and mushers are forbidden. If a participant is caught with medication/drugs in the pulka/sledge the team will be disqualified. Note that many medications have withdrawal period which means that they cannot be given within a certain number of days before the competition.  At the Swedish kennel Club's website you will find more information about the medication of the dog(s) and current withdrawal periods. To find the national doping regulations, go to www.skk.se, click on the ' Prov och tävling ' and then on 'Regler, riktlinjer och lagar'. Select ' Doping ' and then ' Regler och karenstider '. At the bottom of this page, see ‘Läs mer ' and 'Nationellt dopingreglemente för hund' as well as 'ATC list '.   

 

Certain medications are permitted in exceptional cases. In these cases, the musher is kindly asked to contact the organizers in good time prior to the competition to inform about the actual medicine in order to avoid any misunderstandings.

 

The Swedish Sports Confederation’s doping regulations for mushers can be found at www.rf.se.

 

Dogs entering Sweden  

You, who is as a participants in the Polardistans and/or bringing dogs into Sweden from other countries are responsible for being well informed about the applying entry rules. Participating foreign dogs should be brought into to Sweden in accordance with the Swedish regulations for bringing dogs into Sweden in regards to rabies vaccination and deworming., All foreign dogs should be ID-marked, have a valid vaccination against rabies, have EC pet passports and the animal shall be notified by Customs at the entry to Sweden. Dogs from non-EC countries, known as the listed countries, shall be insurance, have a veterinarian certificate and hold an EC passport for pets.

 

Vaccinating

All participating dogs must be vaccinated against distemper, as follows:

  • Dog under one (1) year of age: not younger than ten (10) weeks of age.
  • Dog over one (1) year of age: the dog should be vaccinated when it is at least ten (10) months old. Vaccination cannot be more than four (4) years old.
  • The first time shot has to be done at least fourteen (14) days before the race.

 

Furthermore it is highly recommended that all participating dogs also are vaccinated against parvovirus infection and parainfluenza (kennel cough).

 

Deworming

It is no longer a demand of deworming for dogs brought into Sweden, but it is recommended for dogs that might have been in contact with rodents prior to their entry into Sweden are dewormed. However, several countries call for deworming before the return journey to your home country. You as a participant is responsible of knowing what the rules demands for your home country as well as for the country you are travelling through on you way home.

 

The veterinarian team of Polardistans offers a free certification in the dogs passports for the participating dogs provided that the musher bring the deworming tablets. Särna only has a very small pharmacy with  limited opening hours, we therefore recommend that you bring the needed deworming tablets with you to Särna.

 

Links – read more

The Swedish Board of Agriculture/Jordbruksverket Sweden: www.jordbruksverket.se/ 

The Norwegian Board of Agriculture/Mattilsynet, Norway: www.mattilsynet.no 

Evira, Finland: www.evira.fi

The Swedish Kennel Club/Svenska Kennelklubben: www.skk.se

 

Entry fee

Entry fee for the 2017 competitions shall be paid no later than 2017-02-27. When the entry fee has been paid, the participant accepts the race rules and that he/she participates at his/her own risk.

 

Maximum number of participants

We have reason to believe that the number of participants this year will be the highest ever. For this reason, we have decided upon an upper limit on the total number of participants to 100 teams, preliminary split with 60 teams in PD160 classes and 40 teams in PD300 classes.

 

When these quotas are filled, we create a queue system, where the first name on the list will be the first one offered a start number if someone withdraw their entry.

 

Refund of the entry fee and change of class, etc.

If you want to cancel your entry, due to accident or disease, it must be done in writing to this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – doctor’s and/or veterinary certificate must be attached.

Refunds can only be done due to accident or sickness, no other reason is eligible for a refund of the entry fee or part of the entry fee.

  • For cancellation no later than the 30th of November 2016: 75% of the entry fee will be returned*/.
  • For cancellation no later than the 31st of December 2016: 50% of the entry fee will be returned*/.
  • For cancellation no later than the 31st of January 2017: 25% of the entry fee will be returned*/.
  • For cancellation done by the 1st of February 2017 and later – NO part of the entry fee will be returned.

       */possible bank transfer cost will be deducted from the amount to be returned outside Sweden.

 

Other conditions:

  • You are not registered until your entry fee is received in the bank account of Polardistans
  • Change of class from PD300 to PD160 costs 500 SEK
  • Change of class from PD160 to PD300 costs 1500 SEK (500sek for change of class and 1000 sek for the price discrepancy between the distances)
  • The entry follows the driver, NOT the dogs.

 

Parking

Start and finish is at Särna camping where there is space for putting up dogs and parking of cars during the race.

 

The parking space at the checkpoint is very limited, try to go together as many as possible in the same car to limit the numbers of cars at the checkpoint area.  There is no place for putting up dogs not participating in the race.

 

Accommodation & food

Accommodation is arranged by the participants themselves. Information about accommodation in the area of Särna can be found on the website.

 

Start Breakfast,” Mushers’s” lunch (Friday) and the banquet after the race are included in the entry fee for the mushers.  Breakfast for the mushers are served Tuesday the 7th and Wednesday the 8th of March from 06.00-08.30.

 

The last arrival at the finish line is Friday the 10th of March at 12.00 o’clock and in connection with that the “musher’s” lunch is served outside in front of the main building at Särna camping.

 

The banquet is on Friday the 10th of March at 19.00 o’clock and is included in the starting fee for the musher. One handler per team has a reserved entry at the banquet against payment for the dinner. Others are warm welcome if case of availability. Entry and payment for the handlers have to be made in the secretariat at Särna Camping no later than Wednesday the 8th of March at 12.00 o’clock. The remaining seats at the banquet are sold between 13.00-18.00 on Wednesday the 8th of March to others, who might be interested.  

 

During the banquet the price ceremony will take place and the winners have to be present to receive their price.

 

During the week "Lena's Kitchen & Bar" is open daily at Särna camping.

 

Secretariat

The Secretariat is located at Särna Camping. Opening hours of the Secretariat can be found in the program on the website. Upon registration in the Secretariat, you should bring the original pedigrees and readable copies of the pedigree of all non-Swedish-registered dogs, vaccination certificates in original, completed driver's statement, completed registration form for polar dog test, as well as 200 SEK in cash as deposit for dog tags. For dogs older than 10 years, even veterinary certificate most be presented. Non-Swedish mushers must have a "musher pass" and/or bring documentation of a privat liablity insurance covering this kind of sporting activity. (The documentation preferable written in English or German).

 

Registration form for the Swedish polar dog working test

ALL mushers must submit a completed registration form for the Swedish polar dog working test (Anmälan meritering), preferably filled in on a computer! All information on the form must be filled in correctly for ALL dogs in the team. The form must be signed by the musher. For ALL non Swedish registered dogs a readable copy of each dog’s pedigree has to be enclosed together with the form.

 

Qualification – SE(polar)Ch & SE UCh

Polardistans 160 is approved as qualification for the:

  • Dp 100+ test for alaskan malamute, Greenland dog, samoyed and mixed teams with these breeds.

Polardistans 160 is approved as a qualification for the Dp 20+ for:

  • Dp 20+ test for siberian husky (only in nome style).

Polardistans 300 is approved as a qualification for the Dp250+ for:

  • alaskan malamute, Greenland dog, samoyed and mixed teams with these breeds.
  • siberian husky (only in nome style).

 

Clarification on the minimum age requirements of the dog at the qualification:

Dp20+:                   18 month at the start of the race.

Dp100+ & Dp250+: 24 month at the start of the race.

With reservation due to new qualification rules in force from 20170101.

 

All dogs in the team must meet the age requirement to get approved qualifications!

 

Note: The musher must be at least 18 years at the start of the race!

 

Map

A map showing the trail is included in the entry fee and handed out in connection with the registration in the Secretariat. Please note that the trail map is not to scale. Brief description and map image is presented on the website. If you want to have a more detailed map than the one included we recommend you to buy one or more of the following maps:

  1. Fjällkartan W1 Grövelsjön-Lofsdalen (1:100 000) is published by Lantmäteriet. The map can be found at most well-stocked outdoor shops and can also be ordered online from, for example kartbutiken.se
  2. Nordic area snowmobile map (the scale is uncertain, approx. ca 1:200 000). Can be purchased from Idre Snowmobile Club.
  3. SOND = SkoterOmrådeNorraDalarna (1:100 000). Can be purchased at well-stocked scooter shops/scooter rental company, or ordered online from http://www.sond.se/
  4. Idre – Lofsdalen, published by Calazo (1:50 000). The map can be found at most well-stocked outdoor shops and can also be ordered online from, for example kartbutiken.se
  5. Utekartan Rogen – Grövelsjön (1:50 000). The map can be found at most well-stocked outdoor shops and can also be ordered online from, for example kartbutiken.se.

 

None of the map covers the entire trail of the race. So for those of you who shall run the PD300 and only wants to buy one map we recommend no. 5. On this map you will miss a few kilometers at Digerflon (PD300 stage 2) and a little (stage 1 & 3) at the start/finish and at Östomsjön (stage 1). If you buy two maps, we recommend no. 3 and no. 5.

 

For those of you that shall run the PD160 we recommend no. 3, alternatively no. 1. Even here you will miss the same part of the trail as described above concerning the PD300.

 

Markings

The trail goes mainly along the marked snowmobile trails. The trail marking is complemented by race signs with reflective tapes and warnings at road crossings.

 

We follow the WSA's rules for marking and you can read more about this on the WSA's website, www.wsa-sleddog.com.

Green Card & Insurance

Swedish participants must have green card and liability insurance. (SDSF's racing license does not apply to Polardistans). Non Swedish mushers must have a "musher pass" and/or bring documentation of a privat liablity insurance covering this kind of sporting activity. (The documentation preferable written in english or german).

 

Classes:

Polardistans 160 km1/

Polardistans 300 km1/

Pulka 1-4 dogs

Pulka 1-4 dogs

Nome B, 6-8 dogs

Nome B, 8 dogs

Nome C, 6-8 dogs

Nome B, 12 dogs

 

Nome C, 8 dogs

 

Nome C, 12 dogs

1/   At least 5 starting teams are required for the class to qualify for the WSA WC LD status. When too few starting teams in each class, the classes of the same group can be merged together.


Mandatory equipment

The list of the required equipment is available on the website. Dates and times for equipment control are in the program on the website. If the equipment is not complete and approved by the competition’s race judges the team is not allowed to start. Equipment control should be performed prior to the musher/handler meetings. The team that starts on Tuesday are inspected with priority on Monday. Random inspections will also be carried out during the race. The equipment will also be controlled at the finish line.

 

Mandatory equipment that is lost or broken during the competition can be replaced at checkpoint against a time penalty of one (1) hour. Any replacement or change of equipment must be approved by the race marshal/race judge or checkpoint manager and it is to be noted in checkpoint book and reported to the secretariat. If mandatory equipment is missing during the random inspections during the race or at the inspection at the finish line the team gets a time penalty of 3 hours.

 

Lost veterinary handbook results in disqualification!

 

Start

The race has an "open" start on the area in front of the yellow main building on the campsite. The starting time for each class will be announced on the website as soon as possible after the registration is closed.

 

The teams in each class are starting in the order they are ready, however, the teams must have contact with the volunteer and get an approved start time and I shall be a minimum of 2 minutes between the starts. “Flying” start is not allowed. There will be snowmobiles/ATW available and volunteers to help the teams out to the start line for those who want help.

 

Starting card

Upon registration, each participant will receive a start card, which have to follow the team along the entire competition. The mushers must have the starting card available to the starting volunteer. The volunteer has to write the exact starting time on the start card before the team is allowed to start. Upon arrival to the checkpoint the musher show the card to the checkpoint volunteer and for the PD300 the mandatory rests shall be marked on the start card before the team leaves the checkpoint. It is the musher’s responsibility to get the starting card marked.

 

Veterinary control

All dogs must undergo a mandatory veterinary inspection before the start and at the finish. PD300 has two (2) additional mandatory veterinary checks in connection with the mandatory rests. 

 

PD160 has a mandatory veterinary checks at the checkpoint, but  no mandatory rest in connection with the veterinary check.

 

Dogs older than 10 years need a veterinary certificate from your own veterinarian. The dog must also be approved by the competitions veterinarian to be allow to start the race.

 

All dogs need to be ID-marked with microchip.(tattoo in the ear is not approved).

 

Date and times for the veterinary inspection will be announced in the program on the website.

 

Veterinary Handbook

At the registration every participants will receive a veterinary handbook. This shall be given to the veterinarian at the checkpoint in connection with the mandatory veterinary checks. A team cannot leave the checkpoint without the veterinary handbook has been signed by a veterinarian.

  

No dogs are allowed to be dropped from the competition without a veterinary inspection. All dropped dogs must be noted in the veterinary handbook. At any time a veterinarian can request a re-check before a team is allowed to leave the checkpoint and continue the competition. The veterinarian can even require an extra re-check at the next checkpoint.  A re-check of the dogs may also be required at the checkpoint for the PD160 although this distance does not have a mandatory rest the veterinarian can even demand a rest and a new re-check before it is decided if the team are allow to continue or not.

 

Injuries to dogs shall be reported to the veterinarian and be noted in veterinary handbook. The veterinarian reports all injuries and dropped dogs to the race organizer.

 

It is the participant's responsibility that the veterinary handbook is signed by the veterinarian at all inspections.

 

At the finish, the veterinary handbook shall be given to the veterinarian who control the team.

 

Dog tags

All dogs starting at the Polardistans should be tagged with a dog tag attached to each dog’s ' collar. The dog tags are handed out in connection with the pre-start veterinary inspection and a deposit of SEK 200 shall be paid in cash. The deposit will be refunded upon return of the dog tags in the secretariat after completing the race, but no later than Friday the 10th of March at 15.00 o’clock. If more than half of dog tags are missing the deposit will not be returned.

 

Checkpoint

Along the trail is one checkpoint that the teams have to pass through. PD300 passes the checkpoint two (2) times and PD160 once. Straw and water is available for all teams at the checkpoint and it is possible to leave a tires, injured or sick dog at the checkpoint. The musher is responsible that a dropped dog is picked up at the checkpoint by the handler.

 

The checkpoint is closed on Thursday the 10th of March at 04.00. All teams must have left the checkpoint at the time. If a team leaves the checkpoint after the closing time the team will be shut off from the competition. The closing date and time can be changed by the race jury.

 

Mandatory rest

PD160 has no mandatory rest, but are welcome to take a rest at the checkpoint if desired.

 

PD300 has two (2) mandatory rests: one rest of six (6) hours and one rest of four (4) hours. These two rests have to be taken at the checkpoint and they cannot not be added together to one rest of 10 hours. The two rest can be taken in which order the participant wants and the rests can of cause at any time be extended if desired.

 

Musher and handler meeting

The musher and handler meeting is mandatory for mushers and handlers. The dates and times for the meetings are published in the program on the website.

 

Handler

The handler may help at the start and finish area to take care of the musher’s dogs. At the checkpoint, the handler may only help to lead the team in and out from the checkpoint and help the team to park at the designated pole. The handler may stand guard behind the sledge if the musher is sleeping, but are not in any way allowed to help with the dogs. Only the teams own handler is allowed around the team at checkpoint area.

 

When the team is parked on the designated parking pole, the handler or the musher shall provide the starting number for the pole to one of the volunteers and the volunteer will attach the number to the pole. The team will be parked at the same pole when coming into the checkpoint the second time. This is to prevent the risk of infection to spread.

 

Handlers and mushers may meet within the marked area around the fire. Dropped dogs can be handed over to the handler at this marked area as well.

 

A musher not having a handler has to notify this upon the registration in the secretariat and the race organizer will instruct the volunteers to pay extra attention and help teams without a handler. If one person is handling several teams it has to be notified to the secretariat in connection with the registration. It is important that the handler has the handler bit with the right number on when handling the teams to avoid any misunderstandings.

 

Depot och depot bags

Applies only to the PD300. The mushers bring their own bags and the handlers are responsible for the bags being available at the right place at the right time at the checkpoint.

 

The bags must be clearly labelled with the name and the starting number of the musher. The bags may only contain cold or dry dog food (not wet food or heated and no cooling bag boxes). The musher himself/herself has to get the bag from the designated place and return the empty or used bag/bags to the same location. Handler is responsible for removing the empty or used bag/bags –and it also applies if the team drops out of the competition. Control of the depot bags will be done at the checkpoint.

 

Please note! Only dog food is allowed in the depot bags!

 

Straw and water

Straw and water are available at the checkpoint for all teams. The straw is put on the sledge upon arrival at the checkpoint and the musher has to get the water from the designated area. The water bottles must be returned to the same location as soon as possible. The handler is responsible for picking up ALL the straw when the team leaves the checkpoint on the way to the finish. Rakes and garage bags can be found on checkpoint.

 

BIBS

In connection with the registration in the secretariat the musher receives a start number (orange) which has to be attached to the pulka/sledge during the entire race. A second BIB with the starting number in black has to worn by the mushers during the entire competition. A third BIB with the starting number in red and even marked with hander has to worn by the handlar as soon as he/she in araound the team during the competition.  All 3 BIBS must be return to the volunteer at the finish line. Non-returned BIBS will be invoiced to the musher after the competition.

 

GPS tracking system

At the starting line, all participants will receive a tracking transmitter in a waterproof plastic bag. This must be kept in a warm pocket. Due to safety, the bag with the transmitter must at all times be on the musher, not in the pulka or sledge! The transmitter has an alarm/SOS button, which shall only be used if it is a question of life or death.

 

During the competition we will have a special website linked through the official Polardistans website, www.polardistans.se, where the audience can follow all the participants. The tracking devices works on the GSM network and in areas where there is no connection the last position is saved until a new contact is established with the device. At the finish line, the musher must return the waterproof bag with the tracking transmitter to the volunteer. Non-returned tracking devices will be invoiced to the musher after the competition.

 

Security and search

A snowmobile and a sledge for transporting dogs will be stationed at the checkpoint and sent out to search for a team if it has been out in the trail for more than 24 hours between two checkpoints/ start/finish or if an accident is reported. The musher shall at any time have food and equipment to survive 24 hours without assistance from the Organizer. 


The musher is responsible that a tired, sick or injured dog can be transported to the nearest checkpoint on a safe and secure manner in the sledge.

 

If a dog in a pulka team gets too tired, sick or injured it shall, if possible, be transported to the nearest checkpoint, road or another appropriate pick-up point in accordance with the race organizer advice. The race organizer is responsible for transporting dropped dog/s from a pulka team to the nearest checkpoint, start or finish area. All dropped dogs shall be picked up by the team’s handler/helper as soon as possible.

 

All dropped dogs have to be picked up at the checkpoint as soon as possible by the handler.

 

Dogs in car

Dog that during the race is taken into a car, a house or similar cannot continue the race.

 

Help

Volunteers or handlers may help to guide the team in and out of the checkpoint. Volunteers direct the team to a designated pole for a short or a long stop. Mushers are not allowed to receive any other help during the race other than to control, slow down and keep the team at the checkpoints. Help to get the team started is not allowed.

 

If a pulka/sledge/ski/pole is broken, the musher may get help from the handler. The handover of the replacement equipment shall take place at checkpoint unless otherwise agreed with the race marshal, race judge or checkpoint manager. The change of equipment must be approved prior to the handover by the race marshal, race judge or checkpoint manger. The musher must repack the sledge, not taking any help from anyone and then leave the broken sled/sledge/ski/pole to the handler.

 

Otherwise, no help is allowed during the race.

 

Dead dog

If a dog dies during the race, it must be transported to the checkpoint or the finish area. The dog should be carried in the sled and be covered upon arrival at checkpoint/finish area.. Upon arrival the musher shall contact a veterinarian, race marshal, race judge or checkpoint manager. If possible, the musher or his handler, shall inform a veterinarian or the race organizers that a dog has died before the team reaches the checkpoint/finish area. If possible, the dog can be picked up at an agreed place. The musher can continue in the competition if the first check clearly shows that the dog has died of causes other than neglect.

 

Protest

Any protest shall be given in writing on the designated form, no later than one (1) hour after the finish. Protest fee is 300 SEK.


 

 

Organised in collaboration with:

 

Sponsors

Kontakt Sponsorer: Trude Austvik Wiren, +46 (0)73 516 43 37
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
       

Social Media

FacebookTwitterGoogle BookmarksRSS FeedInstagram PolardistansWorld Sleddog AsocciationSvenska Polarhundklubben SPHK

Address / Directions

Polardistans

 

Särnavägen 106 790 90 Särna Sverige
Coordinates

 

System RT90
Särna Camping x 6844961 y 1359389

 

System WGS84 Latitude Longitude
Särna Camping N 61° 41' 34.74" E 13° 8' 51.90" icon-map-marker

Bank

BG 5574-8404
Polardistans
IBAN NO: SE58 8000 0836 8398 4336 6932
BIC/SWIFT: SWEDSESS.
Enter the name, address, telephone number and email address on the payment.

Billing address:
SPHK (Svenska Polarhundklubben)
c/o Wedin
Lövlunda 131
831 91 Östersund
Sweden

Org. Nr. : 883201-0146




Service

Entry with dogs:
Tullverket - Swedish side in EN
Jordbruksverket - Swedish side in EN
Swedish Embassy/London - English site


Travelling with dogs and catsPDF

Polardistans