|Iditarod Race Rules
||The Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race
shall be an open class race for all dog Mushers meeting the entry qualifications as set
forth by the Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee, Inc. Recognising the
varying degrees of experience, monetary support and residence locations of a Musher, the
Trail Committee shall encourage and maintain the philosophy that the race be constructed
to permit all qualified Mushers who wish to enter and complete the race to do so. The
object of the race is to determine which Musher and dogs can cover the race in the
shortest time under their own power and without aid of others. That is determined by the
nose of the first dog to cross the finish line. To that end, the Iditarod Trail Committee
has established the following rules and policies to govern the race.
1. Checkpoints: A Musher must personally sign in at each checkpoint before
continuing, except at the Wasilla restart.
2. Mandatory Stops: A Musher must personally sign in and out to start and
complete all mandatory stops.
Twenty Four Hour Stop: A Musher must take one mandatory twenty-four (24) hour stop during
the race. The twenty-four (24) hour stop may be taken at the Mushers option at a time most
beneficial to the dogs. The checker must be notified by the Musher that he/she is taking
his/her twenty-four (24) hour stop. Time begins upon notification. The starting
differential will be adjusted during each team's twenty-four (24) hour stop. It is the
Mushers responsibility to remain for the entire twenty-four (24) hour period plus starting
differential. The ITC will give each Musher the required time information prior to leaving
the starting line.
Eight Hour Mandatory Stops: In addition to the mandatory twenty-four (24) hour stop, a
Musher must take one eight (8) hour stop on the Yukon and one eight (8) hour stop at White
None of the three (3) mandatory stops may be combined.
3. Bib: A Musher is required to carry his/her official ITC bib from White
Mountain checkpoint to Safety checkpoint. The Musher must wear the bib in a visible
fashion from Safety Checkpoint to Nome. The winner shall continue to wear the bib through
the lead dog ceremony. All promotional material, except the bib, must be returned to the
ITC at the finish line, or in the case of Mushers who scratch, to the checker accepting
the Mushers scratch form.
4. Sled: A Musher has a choice of sled subject to the requirement that some
type of sled or toboggan must be drawn. The sled or toboggan must be capable of hauling
any injured or fatigued dogs under cover, plus equipment and food. Breaking devices must
be constructed to fit between the runners and not to extend beyond the tails of the
runners. No more than two (2) sleds can be shipped beyond Wasilla. These sleds may be used
at the Mushers discretion. No other sled changes are permitted except that a sled damaged
beyond repair may be replaced if approved by an official. Once a sled has been left
behind, it cannot be transported along the trail. It cannot be used again unless approved
by the race marshal as a replacement for a broken sled.
5. Mandatory Items:
A Musher must have with him/her at all times the following items:
1. Proper cold weather
sleeping bag weighing a minimum of 5 lbs.
2. Axe, head to weigh a
minimum of 1-3/4 lbs., handle to be at least 22" long.
3. One pair of snow
shoes with bindings, each shoe to be at least 252 square inches in size.
4. Any promotional
material provided by the ITC.
5. Eight booties for
each dog in the sled or in use.
6. One operational
cooker and pot capable of boiling at least three (3) gallons of water.
notebook, to be presented to the veterinarian at each checkpoint.
Gear may be checked at all checkpoints except Eagle
River, Wasilla, Knik and Safety.
Mushers' diaries will be checked only by the
6. Dog Maximums and Minimum's: The maximum number of dogs a Musher may start
the race with is sixteen (16) dogs. A Musher must have at least twelve (12) dogs on the
line to start the race. At least five (5) dogs must be on the tow line at the finish line.
No dogs may be added to a team after the start of the race. All dogs must be either on the
tow line or hauled in the sled and cannot be led behind the sled or allowed to run loose.
7. Unmanageable Teams: A Musher may seek the aid of others to control an
8. Driverless Team: A team and driver must complete the entire race trail
including checking in at all required locations. A driverless team or loose dog may be
stopped and secured by anyone. The driver may recover his/her team either on foot, with
assistance from another Musher or mechanised vehicle and continue the race. If a dog team
is picked up during an emergency, it is the race marshal's discretion as to whether or not
that team must be returned to that point if it is to continue the race. Motorised
assistance must be reported to an official at the next checkpoint. If mechanised help is
used, the team or dog must be returned to the point where it was lost before the team or
dog may continue.
9. Scratched Mushers: A Musher scratching from the race is responsible for
the transportation of his/her dogs and gear off the trail.
10. Hauling Dogs: A Musher may haul dogs in the sled at his/her discretion,
however, the Musher may not allow any of the dogs to be hauled by another team. Dogs must
be hauled in a humane fashion and must be covered if conditions require.
11. Teams Tied Together: Two or more teams may not be tied together except in
an emergency. Any team so involved must notify officials at the next checkpoint.
12. Pacing: Pacing is not allowed.
13. Motorised Vehicles: A Musher may not be accompanied by or accept
assistance from any motorised vehicle that gives help to the Musher, including aircraft
and snow machines, except when recovering a loose dog or driverless team.
14. Dog Care: A Musher will be penalised if proper care is not maintained.
Dogs must be maintained in good condition. All water and food must be ingested
15. Shelter for Dogs: Dogs may not be brought into shelters except for race
veterinarians medical examination or treatment. Dogs must be returned outside as soon as
such examination or treatment is completed unless the dog is dropped from the race.
16. Cruel and Inhumane Treatment: There will be no cruel or inhumane
treatment of dogs. Cruel or inhumane treatment involves any action or inaction which
causes preventable pain or suffering to a dog.
17. Injured, Fatigued or Sick Dogs: All injured, fatigued or sick dogs that
are dropped from the race must be left at a designated dog drop with a completed and
signed dropped dog form. Any dropped dog must be left with four (4) pounds of dog food and
a reliable chain or cable (16" to 18" in length) with swivel snap and collar.
18. Expired Dogs: Any dog that expires on the trail must be taken by the
Musher to a checkpoint. The Musher may transport the dog to either the checkpoint just
passed, or the upcoming checkpoint. An expired dog report must be completed by the Musher
and presented to a race official along with the dog. The chief veterinarian will
cause a necropsy to be carried out by a Board Certified Pathologist at the earliest
opportunity and shall make every attempt to determine the cause of death. The race marshal
or his/her appointed judges, will determine whether the Musher should continue or be
19. Harness and Cables: Dog must leave checkpoints with functional,
non-chafing harnesses. A Musher must carry cable tie-out lines or have cable in the
towline capable of securing the team. Equipment deemed unsafe by race officials is
20. Drug Use: No injectable, oral or topical drug which may suppress the
signs of illness or injury may be used on a dog. A Musher may not inject any substance
into their dogs. No other 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 are prohibited:
A. Anabolic Steroids
B. Analgesics (prescriptive
E. Anti-inflammatory drugs
including but not limited to:
1.Cortico-steroids (only those provided for ITC for use on feet)
G. Central Nervous System
H. Cough Suppressants
J. Injectable Anticolinergics
K. Muscle Relaxants
L. Tranquillisers &
Dogs are subject to the collection of urine or blood samples, at the discretion of the
testing veterinarian, at any point from the pre-race examination until six (6) hours after
the team's finish in Nome. The Musher or a designee will remain with the dogs. All results
will be sealed and signed for before the tests are considered complete.
A Musher must assist the veterinarian in collecting samples whenever requested. If blood
or urine testing of a dog reveals any of the prohibitive drugs in the dog, this rule has
been violated regardless of when such drugs were administered to the dog.
The use of megesterol acetate (Ovaban) and mibolerone (Cheque drops) as an estrus
suppressant is permitted only in intact females that have not had an ovario hysterectomy.
The practice of blood doping, i.e., injection of whole blood, packed blood cells or blood
substitutes is prohibited.
Race veterinarians may utilise any of the listed drugs or other prohibited drugs necessary
to maintain a dog's health, however, such dogs will be withdrawn from the race. The use of
local or general anaesthetics will not be allowed in any form unless the dog is withdrawn
from the race.
Personal prescriptions written for and carried by the Mushers may not be used on the dogs.
21. Good Samaritan Rule: A Musher will not be penalised for aiding another
Musher in an emergency. Incidents must be explained to race officials at the next
22. Interference: A Musher may not tamper with another Mushers dogs, food or
gear or interfere in any manner with the progress of another team.
23. Food and Gear at Checkpoint: A Mushers personal gear, equipment and
supplies may not be transported along the trail by mechanised means without the consent of
the race marshal.
24. Passing: When one team approaches within fifty (50) feet of another team,
the team behind shall have the immediate right of way upon demand. The Musher ahead must
stop the dogs and hold them to the best of his/her ability for a maximum of one minute or
until the other team has passed, whichever occurs first. The passed team must remain
behind at least fifteen (15) minutes before demanding the trail.
25. Sportsmanship: Any Musher must use civil conduct and act in a
sportsmanlike manner throughout the race. Abusive treatment of anyone is prohibited.
26. Parking: A Musher must select a campsite at least ten (10) feet off the
race trail so that the dogs cannot interfere with other teams, i.e., no snacking of dogs
in the trail. A Musher needing to stop momentarily must not interfere with the progress of
another team. Teams must be parked at designated localised holding areas in checkpoints in
places which do not interfere with the movements of other teams and Mushers. No parking or
camping is permitted within one (1) mile of checkpoints or villages.
27. Accommodations: Mushers may only use accommodations at officially
28. Litter: No litter of any kind may be left on the trail, in camps, or in
checkpoints. All material remaining in checkpoints must be left in designated areas.
In localised holding area and on the trail, excessive left over dog food is considered
litter. For purposes of these rules, straw is not considered litter.
29. Use of Drugs and Alcohol: Use of illegal drugs as defined by state law or
excessive use of alcohol by Mushers during the race is prohibited. Iditarod has the right
to conduct random drug testing. A Musher is subject to collection of urine samples at any
point from the start until one (1) hour after each team's finish in Nome.
30. Demand for Food and Shelter: A Musher may not make demands for food and
shelter along the trail.
31. Outside Assistance: A Musher may not receive outside assistance between
checkpoints. All care and feeding of dogs will be done only by that team's Musher. No
planned help is allowed throughout the race, including checkpoints. All dog maintenance
and care of dog teams and gear in checkpoints will be done in the designated localised
holding area only. A Musher relinquishing the care of his team to leave checkpoint and or
village must withdraw from the race.
32. Lost Food: A Musher may replace lost or unusable dog food shipments at
checkpoints through whatever methods are available.
33. No Man's Land: No man's land is the trail between Ft. Davis Roadhouse and
the official finish line in Nome. A Musher need not relinquish the trail on demand in this
34. One Musher per Team: Only one Musher will be permitted per team and that
Musher must complete the entire race.
35. Killing of Game Animals: In the event that an edible big game animal,
i.e., moose, caribou, buffalo, is killed in defence of life or property, the Musher must
gut the animal and report the incident to a race official at the next checkpoint.
Following teams must help gut the animal when possible. No teams may pass until the animal
has been gutted and the Musher killing the animal has proceeded. Any other animal killed
in defence of life or property must be reported to a race official, but need not be
36. ELT or Satellite Tracking Device: While a Musher may carry an emergency
tracking device, such as an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) or other similar satellite
tracking device, activation will make a Musher ineligible to continue and will result in
withdrawal from the race.
The Intent of these rules is to insure fair competition and the humane care of sled dogs.
The race should be won or lost on merit rather than technicalities. Race officials
appointed by the ITC are responsible for interpreting the rules in keeping with that
P1. Entries: Entries will be accepted from June 28, 1997 until December 1,
1997 by the Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC), P.O. Box 870800, Wasilla, Alaska 99687-0800.
Kennels entering must indicate the Mushers name with their entry. Entries may be presented
to the ITC in person by the Musher, by proxy or by mail. Entries received in any fashion
on June 28, 1997, will draw in the first group. All other entries will draw in the second
Mushers who enter in person will sign a log indicating the date and time that they arrived
at ITC Headquarters which shall be utilised in determining the order of sign up. A Musher
will maintain his or her place in the sign up order so long as he or she does not leave
ITC property. A Musher who has someone log in and remain on the property for him or her,
yet arrives for the actual sign up himself or herself, shall be considered to have entered
by proxy and not in
person. Mushers entering in person shall be followed by mail recording.
Mailed entries will be recorded by postmark. Entries received with the same postmark will
be recorded alphabetically for southern route races and in reverse alphabetical order for
northern route races.
Entrants by proxy (hand carried but not by the Musher) will be recorded in order of
appearance after all Mushers appearing in person and mail entrants are recorded.
An entry will not be considered valid until the entry fee is paid in full.
The ITC reserves the right to reject entries not in conformance with these policies and
rules or from Mushers who do not exemplify the spirit and principle of the Iditarod Trail
Committee as set forth in the rules, policy, bylaws and mission statement. The decision to
reject any entry will be made by the executive committee. A Musher may appeal such a
decision to the full Board of Directors within fourteen (14) days. The decision of the
full board will be final and
P2. Entry Fee: The entry fee is $1,750.00 US, which includes
membership, payable on or after June 28, 1997. This entry fee must be received by the ITC
or postmarked by midnight, December 1, 1997 Payment of the $1,750.00 US constitutes the
Mushers intention to enter the race and acknowledges that the Musher agrees to comply with
these policies and rules.
Upon written request, Mushers withdrawing from the race prior to February 19, 1998, may
recover $1,500.00 refund from the entry fee. After February 19, 1998, no part of the entry
fee will be refunded.
Entry fees received which are not in compliance with this policy shall be refunded and the
Musher shall not be allowed to participate.
P3. Substitutes: There will be no substitute drivers unless approved by
the race marshal in case of medical emergency.
P4. Musher Qualifications: Mushers must be 18 years of age as of the
starting date of the race. For the '98 race, since July 1, 1995, a rookie Musher (one who
has not completed a previous Iditarod) must have completed two approved qualifying races
with an accumulated total of at least 500 miles or must have completed one race of at
least 800 miles within the last five racing seasons and a 300 mile race in either the
current or previous racing season. Written proof of completing this requirement must be
submitted to the ITC prior to February 19. Rookie Mushers will be notified of acceptance
or rejection under this rule within (30) days of application. Rookies completing their
qualifying race or races after entering must notify the ITC prior to February 19, 1998 to
confirm their entry. Rookie Mushers must attend the entire rookie Musher meeting to be
held at 9:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 3, 1998.
P5. Purse: The Board and staff shall commit an honest effort to ensure
that the $425,000 purse is paid. It shall be paid out as follows:
||In addition, the net of the moneys generated
through the Idita-Rider program shall be distributed evenly to Mushers finishing from 21st
place through the Red Lantern Winner, up to $1,049 each.
In the event that it is determined by the ITC that it can prudently pay out prize money in
excess of $425,000, it may elect to do so. In the event that it does elect to do so, the
amount allocated to each of the top twenty places will be determined as follows:
1. Of the total actual purse payment, 12% or $50,000, whichever is greater,
shall be allocated to 1st place. Of the remainder of the actual purse payment, 40% shall
be allocated to 2nd through 5th places, 31% shall be allocated to 6th through 10th places,
17% shall be allocated to 11th through 15th places and 12% shall be allocated to 16th
through 20th places.
2. Of the total dollars allocated to 2nd through 5th places, 32% shall be
allocated to 2nd place, 26% to 3rd, 22 1/2% to 4th and 19 1/2% to 5th.
3. Of the total dollars allocated to 6th through 10th places, 23% shall be
allocated to 6th place, 21 1/2% to 7th, 20% to 8th, 18 1/2% to 9th and 17% to 10th.
4. Of the total dollars allocated to 11th through 15th places, 26% shall be
allocated to 11th place, 22% to 12th, 19% to 13th and 17% to 14th and 16% to 15th.
5. Of the total dollars allocated to 15th through 20th places, 22% shall be
allocated to 16th place, 21% to 17th, 20% to 18th and 19% to 19th and 18% to 20th.
P6. Required Paperwork: A Musher must submit the race application,
participant's release, dog care agreement, Nome housing form, and local contact form prior
to February 1, 1998. Non-compliance will result in a fine of $100. The fine and paperwork
must be submitted by February 19 or food will not be shipped.
P7. Shipping of Food and Gear: A Musher must comply with shipping
directions provided by the ITC. Each container must be clearly marked with name and
destination and must weigh no more than 70 pounds. No boxes of any kind may be used as the
primary container. No straw, charcoal, fuel or other combustible material may be shipped
through the ITC food drops. No cookers, plastic buckets, coolers or dog dishes may be
shipped except with any sled
that is shipped. Used items must be removed from checkpoints with dropped sleds only.
The Musher is advised that food delivered to ITC should be frozen hard. ITC will make
every reasonable effort to keep it frozen until picked up by the Musher.
All mandatory food must be sent through Iditarod food drops. Additional food and gear not
described above may be shipped prior to the start but must be shipped through the checker.
Gear damaged beyond repair may be replaced if approved by officials.
Shipping of food and gear must be paid for before the Mushers meeting.
Iditarod will ship straw for the teams. Straw can be delivered by the Mushers through the
mail to supplement the Iditarod program at checkpoints where mail is delivered.
P8. A minimum of five (5) pounds of dog food per dog for each
checkpoint designated Class A, four (4) pounds to Class B and two (2) pounds to those
checkpoints designated Class C must be shipped through the ITC by 8:00 A.M. on February
15, 1996. Those checkpoints designated Class D may also receive food through the food
shipment at the Mushers' option. No food or supplies of any kind may be shipped to any
checkpoint except those listed as
Class A, Class B, Class C or Class D, unless approved by officials.
||P9. A Musher must have the team
examined at the official pre-race veterinary examination or must deliver proof of
examination by an ITC approved veterinarian to the chief veterinarian at or before the
time of the official examination. Veterinary paperwork, including pre-race health
certificates, proof of vaccination, microchip & ECG form, verification of de-worming
and signed form from veterinarian doing exam, must be delivered to the pre-race veterinary
check. Non compliance will result in a fine of $100. All examinations must be done on or
after February 21, 1998.
A Musher may check in 20 dogs. The Musher has until race start day to select 16 of 20 dogs
registered under his/her team. The Musher must select from those same 16 dogs on Sunday.
All dogs entered in the race must have current distemper, parvo, corona and rabies
vaccines. Proof of these vaccinations, except for rabies, must come from a veterinarian or
a certified lay vaccinator or if administered by the Musher, records must include type of
vaccine, proof or purchase (i.e., receipt), and date of vaccination in writing. The
distemper/parvo/corona vaccine must have been given between April 1, 1997, and February
Proof of rabies vaccine must come from a licensed veterinarian or certified lay
vaccinator. Rabies vaccines must be given no later than February 21, 1998 and must be
current through April 1, 1998 according to Alaska state regulations.
All teams must be de-wormed for Echinoccocus Multilocularis with a medication approved by
the ITC on or after February 25, 1998.
Mushers will be notified of time and location of pre-race ECG and veterinary check by
January 1, 1998. The chief veterinarian will have the authority to remove any dog from
competition if, after consultation with a veterinary cardiologist (when available), it is
the professional opinion of the chief veterinarian that the dog has an abnormality which
may predispose it to a significant risk of injury or death.
For those Mushers who have volunteered, ITC will be allowed to draw blood and use
non-invasive methods to gather data from dropped dogs and dogs that have completed the
race, in the effort to gather information to improve dog care.
P10. Jurisdiction and Care: Dogs are under the jurisdiction and care of
the chief veterinarian and the veterinary staff from the time they enter the staging area
at the start until 72 hours after the team finishes in Nome or scratches, is withdrawn, is
disqualified or is released by the veterinary staff.
P11. Expired Dog: No dog death is acceptable, but there are some that
may be considered unpreventable.
The expired dog must be in the sled bag and covered when the Musher arrives at a
checkpoint. The Musher is to inform a race judge of the expired dog as soon as he/she has
An expired dog report must be filled out by the Musher as soon as he/she reaches the
The Musher and or his/her representative has the option to be present during the trail
evaluation and necropsy.
A Musher will remain at the initial reporting checkpoint for up to, but no longer than,
eight hours to commence the investigation. This period is not to be used as a penalty. A
Musher will also make him/herself available at all future checkpoints to assist in the
investigation. The race marshal or his/her appointed judges may release a Musher before
the eight hours have expired if the judge is satisfied that the Musher is no longer needed
to further the investigation.
Dog deaths resulting in disqualification are:
¥ Signs of cruel, inhumane or abusive treatment
¥ Cause of death is heat stress, hypothermia.
¥ A Musher will be disqualified if he/she had been advised in writing by a race
veterinarian or judge to drop the dog at a previous checkpoint, but opted not to do so,
unless the cause of death is clearly unrelated to this written recommendation.
The Musher will not be penalised and may continue the race if:
¥ Cause of death can not be determined
¥ The cause of death is due to a circumstance, nature of trail, or force beyond the
control of the Musher. This recognises the inherent risks of wilderness travel.
¥ Cause of death is from some unpreventable or previously undiagnosed medical condition.
All dog deaths will be treated as a priority, with every effort being made to determine
the cause of death in a thorough and reliable manner.
It is the policy of the ITC to report a dog death to the public in a timely fashion. The
ITC will accomplish this by:
¥ The race marshal shall immediately issue a press release to members of the media
identifying the dog's death
¥ Immediately following the final decision, the race marshal will notify the Musher of
the decision and will issue a press release containing the findings and the circumstances
of the death .
P12. Dog Description: Only northern dog breeds suitable for arctic
travel will be permitted to enter the race. "Northern breeds" will be determined
by race officials.
P13. Dog Tags: All dogs leaving the starting line will be
electronically marked and tagged. Electronic markers will be installed by ITC personnel
unless other arrangements are approved by ITC. Only current tags are permitted. Dogs must
be listed by name and tag number/letter and electronic ID on the "team list"
provided by the ITC.
P14. Dropped Dogs: Mushers may drop dogs at designated dog drops. Dogs
dropped at checkpoints may be moved to the closest dog collection are at Anchorage,
McGrath, Galena, Unalakleet, or Nome. Dogs may be shipped from the collections' area to a
location designated by the Musher at the Mushers expense.
Dogs dropped in ANCHORAGE, EAGLE RIVER & WASILLA are the Mushers responsibility.
GOLOVIN & NOME are not dog drops.
Dogs dropped in ALL OTHER CHECKPOINTS will be transported by the ITC.
A Musher is responsible for all of the dogs in the team when at a checkpoint as a race
participant and if that Musher subsequently scratches, is withdrawn or is disqualified
from that checkpoint. If dogs are not moved out of the checkpoint twenty four (24) hours
after the Mushers departure, dogs can be moved by a commercial carrier at the Mushers
Dropped dogs left unclaimed at Eagle River Correctional Centre after four days after their
arrival will incur boarding charges at the current rate.
P15. Food and Gear at Checkpoints: Dog food and supplies must remain at
the checkpoint storage area until such time as the Musher is officially checked in. Dog
food left behind and dog food from scratched, withdrawn and disqualified Mushers becomes
the property of the ITC and may be used at the discretion of race officials.
P16. Advertising, Public Relations & Publicity: The Iditarod Trail
Committee has the unqualified and unrestricted authority to authorise the photographing
and collecting of information about the race and all participants therein, and to use such
photographs and information for its use in advertising, public relations or other
publicity purposes. Each Musher shall sign any and all documents as may be requested by
the Iditarod Trail Committee. These documents must be executed at the Mushers' meeting.
P17. Mushers' Meeting and Drawing: Rookie Mushers must attend the
entire rookie Musher meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 3, 1998, beginning at 9:00 a.m..
All Mushers must attend the entire Mushers meeting beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday,
March 5, 1998. A fine of from $50 to $500 will be assessed for tardiness or non-attendance
at either of these meetings.
The Musher must be present to draw a starting position at the banquet that night. The
drawing for positions will be divided. All Mushers paying entry fee on June 28 will draw
for the first starting positions. The remaining Mushers entered will draw for the
remaining starting positions.
P18. Race Start and Re-Start:
a) The official starting date and time for the 1998 race will be March 7 1998, at
10:00 a.m. in Anchorage, Alaska.
b) The re-start will be on Sunday March 8, 1998, at 10:00 a.m. in Wasilla. Teams will
leave the re-start line on Sunday in the same order and time differential as they left
Anchorage on Saturday.
c) The race will be held as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. The starting place
and/or re-starting place may be changed by the race marshal and judges due to weather
and/or trail conditions. A handler may be required at the start and/or re-start at the
discretion of the race marshal.
P19. Race Timing: For elapsed time purposes, the race will be a common
start event. Each Mushers total elapsed time will be calculated using 10:00 a.m., Sunday
March 8, 1998, as the starting time. Teams will leave the re-start at staggered intervals
and the time differential will be adjusted during the twenty-four (24) hour mandatory
layover. No time will be kept between Anchorage and Eagle River.
Any Musher who cannot leave the starting line and/or restarting line in the order drawn
must start two (2) minutes after the Musher who drew last place has left. Succeeding late
start teams will leave in succeeding order at two (2) minute intervals. Every fifth team
will leave after three (3) minutes. Time differential for late starters will be calculated
according to their scheduled starting time other than the actual starting time.
P20. Competitiveness: The race marshal shall have the authority to
withdraw a team that is out of the competition and is no longer making a valid effort to
compete. The race marshal also has the authority to withdraw a Musher whose conduct, in
the race marshal's sole and exclusive judgement, constitutes an unreasonable risk of harm
to either himself or other persons.
P21. Media: Interviews and/or videographic opportunities shall be
granted to credentialed members of the media at the discretion of the individual Musher
prior to, during, and following the Race, utilising the following as specific guidelines:
21.1 Only the broadcast rights holder shall be granted live interviews and/or
videographic opportunities from two hours prior to the start of the Race and until one
hour has elapsed following arrival in Nome.
21.2 In the event that more than one camera crew is present in any checkpoint,
the first opportunity for an interview shall be granted to the rights holder.
21.3 No special arrangements for the carrying of the broadcasting and/or
recording equipment of any sort may be made by any Musher without the express written
approval of the Executive Director.
21.4 A Musher will use his/her best personal effort to insure that the spirit
of these guidelines is adhered to. Alleged violation(s) will be reported to the ITC Board
of Directors. Flagrant or knowing violations of these guidelines shall be subject to
penalties assessed by the ITC Board of Directors including, but not limited to,
disqualification and the potential forfeiture of his or her entire purse winnings.
P22. Awards Presentation: All Mushers who have crossed the finish line
up to two (2) hours before the awards presentation must be present and the winner must
have his/her lead dog(s) present for recognition. Any Musher crossing the finish line who
is able to attend the awards presentation ceremony prior to its beginning, will be
included in the awards presentation ceremony in the proper order. All Mushers reaching the
banquet before its conclusion will
be introduced and given the opportunity to appear before the audience.
OFFICIALS AND PENALTIES
P23. Race Officials: The race marshal and judges are responsible for the
enforcement of all ITC policies and race rules. Race officials shall consult with the
Chief Veterinarian on all matters relating to dog care and treatment.
P24. Protests: A Musher may protest any action of a competitor that
he/she feels is contrary to the intent of these rules. To be recognised as a legitimate
protest, any infraction observed by a Musher must be presented in writing at the next
checkpoint and in no case more than twenty-four (24) hours after a Musher finishes the
P25. Penalties: Policy and rule infractions may result in issuance of
warnings, monetary penalties, time penalties, censure or disqualification. Warnings may be
issued by any official. Monetary penalties, censures and time penalties require a majority
decision of a three-member panel of race officials appointed by the race marshal.
Disqualification's require a unanimous decision of a three-member panel of race officials
appointed by the race marshal. The chief
veterinarian will be consulted in all cases involving cruel or inhumane treatment.
a) Warnings: Written warnings may be issued for first time or minor violations.
b) Monetary penalties may be imposed up to $1,000 per violation. Such penalties may be
deducted from prize money. A Musher with unpaid fines may not enter future Iditarod races
until such fines are paid.
c) Censure: The Board of Directors, following completion of the race, may censure a Musher.
A censure may include a warning, either public or private and may eliminate the Musher
from future races. A written warning, monetary penalty or disqualification must have
occurred before censure.
d) Time Penalties: Time penalties may be imposed up to a maximum of two (2) hours per
infraction and will be added to the twenty-four (24) hour layover, the eight hour layover
on the Yukon River or the eight (8) hour layover at White Mountain. Time penalties will
not be levied past White Mountain.
e) Withdrawal: Withdrawal is a process that may be imposed by a three judge panel, either
by a majority or unanimous vote, and which has the effect of involuntarily eliminating the
Musher and team from the race but which does not imply any deliberate misconduct or
violation. The team and Musher must leave the trail and may be assisted by the ITC at the
discretion of the race marshal.
f) Disqualification's: Mushers shall be disqualified for rule infractions involving
physical abuse of a dog such as kicking or beating, or for cheating or deliberate rule
infractions that give a Musher an unfair advantage over another Musher. Mushers may also
be disqualified for other acts involving cruel an inhumane treatment. It is intended that
the nearest involved officials be included on the panel. The Musher will be given the
opportunity to present his case to each member of the panel prior to the decision.
g) Disqualified and withdrawn teams must leave the trail or forfeit the right to enter
P26. Appeals: Mushers may appeal race official decisions. Appeals
pertaining to warnings or monetary fines must be presented in writing to the ITC within
ten (10) days following the awards banquet. Appeals pertaining to censure must be
presented in writing to the ITC within ten (10) days after receipt of the censure by the
Musher. Appeals pertaining to withdrawals, disqualification's or time penalties must be
presented in writing to ITC within 10 days following the awards banquet. Appeals will be
considered at an informal hearing before an appeals board appointed by the president of
ITC which will be held within
forty-five (45) days of filing the appeal. Review by the appeals board is the exclusive,
final and binding remedy for any dispute regarding application of the rules by race
officials to a Musher and that the decision of the appeals board is non-reviewable either
in state or federal courts.
The ITC shall appoint a rules committee immediately after the 1998 race. The rules
committee shall be mandated to complete the rules and policy by sign up date.