Last updated: 02.10. 2020 @ 21:03
Please read the rules for 2021 carefully even if you have run the race before.
The Femund Race shall be an international long-distance race.
The Femund Race shall be an offer to both amateur and the elite of long-distance mushing.
The Femund Race shall have a particular focus on animal welfare.
The Femund Race is a long-distance race that measures the skills and strategies of the dog team and the musher, without any outside assistance other than that which the organizer has decided.
The Femund Race’s overall goal is that each participant has full responsibility for any dispositions made for the team during the race, for these decisions to always be in the best interest of the dog team and the musher, and be sufficient for handling all situations that may arise during the race.
All participants are equally important and shall receive the same level of service throughout the race.
All participants shall, with the resources they have, try to complete a long distance race at their own level.
The Femund Race may limit the number of participants.
The Femund Race Committee is appointed by the organizer and consists of:
The Race Committee is responsible for the technical implementation of the event, including the trails. It appoints the assistants and aides it may need in order to perform its tasks.
The General Manager, or the person empowered, shall, on behalf of Femundløpet, communicate to the press/media about Femundløpet.
1.3.1 Race Manager
The Femund Race Manager is appointed by the organizer (Femundløpet).
The Race Manager shall be a contact person between participants, Technical Delegates, race administration and members of the Race Committee.
The Race Manager may on behalf of the Femundløpet give statements to the press/media about any accident or unfortunate event that happens during Femundløpet.
1.3.2 Race Coordinators
The Race Coordinators for F650, F450, F200/Fjunior are appointed by the organizer (Femundløpet).
The Race Coordinators shall assist the Race Manager and be a contact person between mushers, Technical Delegates, race administration and members of the Race Committee.
1.3.3. Technical Delegates (TD)
Technical Delegates are appointed by the Norwegian Sled dog Federation (NHF).
The jury is appointed according to the rules of the Norwegian Sled dog Federation (NHF).
1.3.5 Chief veterinarian
The chief veterinarian is appointed by the organizer (Femundløpet).
The chief veterinarian is the leader of the veterinarian team.
Only the chief veterinarian shall issue statements to the press/media concerning cases of dog death or animal welfare. A press release will be issued. It is important for the race that such issues are public.
The chief veterinarian has the right to examine all the dogs at the checkpoints, start and finish line and can demand the examination of any dog(s) that he/she considers in need of examination.
1.3.6 Race veterinarians
The race veterinarians have the right to examine all the dogs at the checkpoints, start and finish line and can demand the examination of any dog(s) that he/she considers in need of examination according to Femundløpet rule §2.1 veterinary examination.
2.1 Veterinary examination
All dogs participating in the Femund Race can be examined by a race veterinarian before, during and after the race. Teams that are not approved during the veterinary examination may be disqualified by the jury.
If a dog that is not approved during a veterinary examination, is not removed from the team voluntarily, the musher shall be disqualified by the jury.
There are mandatory veterinary checks at all mandatory resting places in addition to at the finish line (se rule 4.3).The musher is personally responsible that all the mandatory checks are done and noted in the veterinary booklet.
Compulsory veterinary checks shall include, at a minimum, checks for general condition, respiratory and circulatory system, digestive system, fluid balance and body condition score (BCS).
Dogs that are to continue after a compulsory veterinary check should have normal bodytemperature and fluid balance, normal appetite, normal respiratory and circulatory system findings, body score value (BCS) of at least three (3), and otherwise be healthy and free of injuries.
Veterinary inspection of the team is also mandatory in the event of scratching/withdrawing from the race and has to be done at the checkpoint at which the participant scratched.
In addition to the mandatory veterinary checks, regular veterinary checks can be performed at any checkpoint where the participant stops. Race veterinarians, TDs and the Race Manager, have the authority to require a dog or a team to be checked if there is any doubt about the health of a dog or a team, or it’sability to continue in the race. This applies regardless of whether the driver plans to stop at the checkpoint or not.
Re-check: Re-check is a new veterinary inspection of a single dog or a team where race veterinarians find this necessary to safeguard the dogs health in the best possible way. A re-check may be required to be completed at the current checkpoint and / or at the next checkpoint. A completed check is to be noted in the veterinary book and to be signed by one of the FEL race veterinarians, and the Musher is responsible for ensuring this is noted in the veterinary book.
The participant who refuses to carry out veterinary checks, leaves the checkpoint or arrives at the destination without having completed, signed and approved mandatory veterinary checks and re-checks will be automatically disqualified.
There is a compulsory veterinary inspection at the finish line which must be passed and without which your race will not be approved.
All dogs who will participate, also spare dogs, must have a current kennel cough vaccination. The validation of the vaccine is according to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the product and eventual medical guidelines of the country where the vaccine is administered.
It is the participants responsibility to have all the dogs entering the race, also spare dogs, undergo å Pre-Race vet check by a veterinary PRIOR to arriving in Røros. Upon registration in Røros a veterinary certificate, no more than 14 days old, certifying that all dogs have been checked, shall be presented.
Participants who brings dogs to the race that have had veterinary treatment that was completed 28 days prior to the start of the race shall:
All dogs participating in the Femund Race shall be identified with a microchip. In addition, each dog must be marked with a FEL tag on the collar during the race. Tags are delivered upon registration before the race. It is recommended to put the tag on the dog’s collar on the start day.
Before the race, the participant must submit to the organizer a completed form with the names and chipnumbers of the dogs to participating in the race. The deadline for submission is set by the organizer
A veterinary booklet is distributed to all participants at registration and is to be transported in the sled during the whole race. A “dropped dog” booklet is distributed to all mushers at registration and is to be transported in the handler vehicle/with the dropped dogs during the whole race. The veterinary booklet must be certified by a veterinarian at every mandatory checkpoint and the musher is himself responsible that this be done. Failing to do so can result in disqualification from the race. After the race, or in the event of “scratching”, the veterinary and ”dropped dog” booklets are to be handed back to the secretariat.
The musher is obliged to familiarize himself with and abide by the rules of Femundløpet and the Norwegian Sleddog Federation.
Participation at the Femundløpet is entirely the mushers responsibility. The musher is the most able person to assess whether he and his dogs are able to complete the race under varying conditions, without risk to themselves or other participants, as well as judging if his/her equipment is up to standard.
The musher cannot hold the organizer, jury officials, race veterinarians, sponsors or other Femundløpet volunteers responsible, or claim for damages for injuries, to himself, handlers, dogs, vehicles or equipment.
The musher is responsible for contracting a valid insurance/license for himself, the dogs and the equipment in Femundløpet.
Serious events concerning animal welfare f.eks. “deceased dog” will be made public. Mushers must be aware that a press release stating the name of the musher, name of the dog, place of occurrence, description of the incident and possible cause of death, if/when this is known, will be issued. The driver is obliged to give permission for disclosure in relation to the veterinarian’s duty of confidentia
The musher meeting is mandatory for all participants and their handler. The musher has to take one (1) handler to the meeting. If the participant is not able to reach the meeting on time, and a valid reason allows for him/her to all the same participate in the race, he/she must send a representative in his/her place. In such a case the musher is responsible for ensuring that the necessary information provided during the meeting be brought to his/her knowledge.
Mushers and handlers are required to familiarize themselves with, understand and follow the directions, regulations and guidelines given during the musher meeting and any information distributed by the organizer.
Mushers and handlers are required to familiarize themselves with, understand and abide by the veterinary information provided at the musher meeting, which will be distributed by the chief veterinarian, trail veterinarians and the organizer.
All tasks, described as the mushers or his handlers tasks shall be execute by the participant in that class.
A participant obliged to or who chooses to scratch from the race shall, as soon as possible, notify the race organisation.
He is him/herself responsible for transportation of him/herself, the dogs, equipment and depots from the checkpoints.
He/she is also requested to hand back to the secretariat or checkpoint the veterinary booklet, “dropped-dog” booklet and any time keeping, GPS tracking or other equipment on loan from the race organization.
Any technical equipment provided by the race organisation that is not returned, will be invoiced to the participant.
Participants must have fulfilled 18 years on the start day of the race for F200, F450 and F650.
The age for Femund Junior is 15-18 years. The age is defined by the age the participant has on 31st December of the current racing season.
Participants under 18 must have a written consent from their legal guardian for participation.
Search and rescue operations will normally be initiated 24 hours after the last point of contact. Unnecessary stops between the checkpoints should therefore be avoided.
In the event conditions require that a search and rescue action be initiated earlier, the decision to do so will be made by the Race Manager together with the emergency services.
Only 24 hours after having left the last checkpoint the musher may use the emergency food for himself and the dogs. This means that a musher must at all times ensure that he has enough food (in addition to the emergency food) for himself and his dogs for 24 hours upon leaving any checkpoint.
The Musher must wear the starting number during the start, at the checkpoints and during the finish. Starting numbers must be worn during the opening ceremony, and at the awards ceremony or other official events if the organizer so requires.
Handlers must wear handler bibs when helping their musher in the staging area, at the start and finish line and at the checkpoints. The handler car shall have the start number visible in the front window.
The organizers can instruct the mushers to wear promotional materials and GPS tracking device on his person or on the sled. Femundløpets promotional material shall be worn well visible and in accordance with the Femundløpet guidelines.
Femund FJunior is a 6-dog class consisting of no more than 6 dogs at the start. At the finish line the team must consist of at least 4 dogs. Dogs in the sled are considered part of the team.
Femund F200 is an 8-dog class consisting of no more than 8 dogs and with at least 6 dogs at the start. At the finish line the team must consist of at least 5 dogs. Dogs in the sled are considered part of the team.
Femund F450 is an 8-dog class consisting of no more than 8 dogs and with at least 6 dogs at the start. At the finish line the team must consist of at least 5 dogs. Dogs in the sled are considered part of the team.
Femund F650 is a 12-dog class race consisting of no more than 12 dogs and with at least 9 dogs at the start. At the finish line the team must consist of at least 6 dogs. Dogs in the sled are considered part of the team.
Participants, who have never participated in the Femund race in the class they are registered for, have to qualify. Participants who have previously completed qualifiying races (see list on our web page) are automatically qualified for participate in F450 or F600 (regardless of how many years ago this was)
To qualify for participation in this class the participant has to have:
or have participated at a rookie course, practical and theoretical part, recognized by the Norwegian
There is no requirement for qualification in this class. However we recommend:
To qualify for participation in this class the participant has to:
The junior musher must in addition have an adult handler and a signed authorization from his/her
legal guardian in order to be able to participate in the race.
A list of races approved for qualification will be posted on the website by the organiser.
Femundløpet will be conducted with a special focus on the welfare and health of the dogs. FEL as organizer and FEL participants both have mutual responsibility for the dogs in the race.
Violation of the rules may cause the participant to be disqualified.
FEL race veterinarians will be available at all checkpoints, providing the same service to all dogs participating in the race.
For Fjunior and F200 the mandatory vet check will be performed at Tolga checkpoint.
Any abuse or mistreatment of dogs, including unacceptable or unnecessary hard punishment, and excessive screaming and yelling at the dogs is prohibited.
Regardless of how and to what extent a musher receives help from others, including the vet, this does not excuse him/her from his/her personal responsibility to care for his/her dogs.
A dog that lies in the sled when the musher arrives at a checkpoint is not dropped from the race unless the musher so desires.
Dogs that are sick or hurt, or for any other reason are taken out of the team shall be transported in the sled to the next checkpoint.
Dogs that have been dropped from the team are disqualified from further participation in the race.
Doping is not permitted for either musher or dogs. NHF follows the doping rules of the IFSS (International Federation of Sledog Sport) “Anti-Doping Rules (Human Athletes) and Anti-Doping Rules for Dogs participating in Sleddog Sports”. We recommend all participants to do the “Ren Utøver” online-course.
The dropping of dogs is only permitted at the checkpoints. For F450 dogs can be dropped at Neby. The musher is responsible that the dropped dogs be taken care of in a responsible way. It is not permitted to add new dogs to the team after the start of the race.
Any dog(s) removed from the team has to be checked by a race-veterinarian. The veterinary examination is to be marked in the “dropped dog” booklet. It is the responsibility of the musher/handler to ensure that any dogs removed from the team are checked by a veterinarian. The participant must note in the veterinary booklet any dogs that are dropped. If a mushers scratches / withdraws from the race, the whole team has to be examined by a race veterinarian.
The start intervals shall be 1 minute unless otherwise decided by the organizer. The musher is obliged to follow the organizer’s instructions to get from the staging area to the start. Start is from the participants own car.
Musher and team shall follow the trail that Femundløpet has selected and marked. IFSS marking system is used. What the markers look like will be explained at the musher meeting.
If a team loses the trail it shall return to the point where it lost the trail and continue from there.
It is not permitted to follow snowploughed roads other than the stretches defined by the organizer. Information on this is provided in the trail description at the musher meeting.
The musher shall show extreme caution when crossing a road. Road crossings are marked with YELLOW warning signs.
A musher may require “trail” when his lead dog has come closer than fifteen (15) meters from the sled of the front-running team.
Teams being overtaken, shall move to the side and slowdown, or stop altogether.
A musher who has been overtaken, cannot claim free trail from the team that passed him until after at least four (4) minutes or one and a half (1.5) kilometres, unless the mushers agree on something different.
A musher who catches up with one or more teams that have stopped, can overtake all of them.
Participants are not permitted to receive any kind of assistance or help from others than the organizer or those permitted by the organizer during the race.
Time alignment will take place at the first mandatory checkpoint. It is the mushers responsibility to ensure that the start time difference be aligned.
The resting periods have to be taken in full minutes. The musher shall personally check in and out of all checkpoints and is responsible that all mandatory rests be taken.
Femund Junior and F200 have two mandatory resting periods. The first mandatory rest of 6 hours + time-alignment must be taken at the checkpoint Tufsingdalen. The second mandatory rest of 6 hours must be taken at the checkpoint Tolga.
Femund F450 has two mandatory resting periods. 6 hours + time alignment must, all of it, be taken in Drevsjø or Søvollen (optional which one). A second mandatory rest of 4 hours has to be taken at Orkelbogen checkpoint.
Femund F650 has two mandatory resting periods. The first mandatory rest of 6 hours + time alignment must, all of it, be taken at checkpoint Flendalen/Trysil. The second mandatory rest of 6 hours must, all of it, be taken at checkpoint Orkelbogen.
4.13.1 General checkpoint rules
The checkpoints are to be considered as control posts in the competition. Participants shall check-in and check-out from the checkpoints before continuing the race.
Every team will be assigned a parking space for his/her team in a designated staging area in order to rest the team. Only the musher can access this area.
All checkpoints are wilderness checkpoints. Participants may not leave the staging area. Resting and eating must be done inside the staging area. If the musher leaves the staging area, this will be considered as withdrawing/scratching from the race and will be registered as DNF.
Media/press information during Femundløpet
The media/press should follow the Femundløpets guidelines regarding contact/interview with the musher during the race. The following information will be provided to the media/press:
The participant will enter the checkpoint, park the team, collect the depots, take off dog booties, lay the dogs on straw and start the food cooker. Only after this, the participant is available for media / press upon request. Nevertheless, photography and filming can take place at a distance in this time without disturbing the participant.
4.13.2 Care and Feeding of Dogs
There will be depots at all checkpoints. Handlers shall place depot bags at the marked and allocated area. The bags must be clearly marked with the musher’s name and start number. It is permited to use a sled or similar for the transport of equipment to and from the depot area.
In the storage bags, handler can put everything they want like a change of clothes, spare footwear, sleeping bag, tent, and cold food for the participant and dogs.
Hot/already prepared food for dogs, is strictly forbidden to put in a storage bag. Dry food for dogs should be dry.
Batteries, dog booties and other consumables, or equipment that is damaged and needs to be replaced, can be put in the storage bag. The participant carries everything that is taken from the depot to the dog rest site. The same applies to equipment and any waste from dog rest site to depot area.
All food leftovers should be removed from the rest site and placed in the depot / waste bin. The handler is only allowed to place / retrieve equipment at the depot site at the checkpoint and to clean up the straw after the musher has left. The equipment shall be placed in the designated storage area in soft packaging (plastic bags or similar). Anything delivered to the musher in this way can be checked by the TD / Race Manager / Race Official.
If hay is used by the participant between the checkpoints, it must be collected and brought to the next checkpoint. The hay shall be packed in its own bag and can be brought from handlers’ car to the storage area. Hay can only be used between checkpoints. Straw is not allowed to be used between checkpoints.
Everything that the musher wants to leave at the checkpoint must be brought to the depot area by the musher and can be picked up by the handler.
4.13.5 Assistance at the checkpoints
At checkpoints, participants are allowed to receive help from the checkpoint-staff for slowing down, holding and guiding their dog team when driving in to or out of the staging area. Such assistance may be received only between the marked point of entry/arrival and up to the marked point of exit/departure at the checkpoints.
It is not allowed to receive any kind of help from others to work at the checkpoint.
This includes all work with the dogs during rest time at the staging area.
The musher is obliged to ensure that a handler will clean and remove the straw and any dog food waste after the team has left the checkpoint.
No outside assistance or assistance from outside is allowed between checkpoints. Except for emergency situations or if the sled is damaged and can not be repaired on site. The TD / race leader shall in such case be notified and approve such assistance.
If a dog dies during the race on the trail between checkpoints, it is to be taken to the next checkpoint or the last checkpoint left. The dog is to be transported in the sled and to be covered-up. The musher shall without delay after checking-in notify the race organizer as represented by the Technical Delegate, Race Coordinator, Race Manager and/or Race Vet.
The musher can only continue after obtaining permission to do so by Technical Delegate, Race Manager and/or Race veterinarian.
The musher can be disqualified from further participation at the race if:
The finish area is also considered a checkpoint in this connection.
If an autopsy of the dog is required, the costs thereof shall not be levied on the musher. The Race Manager and Chief veterinarian can, depending on particular weather conditions, decide that a dead dog shall be collected between checkpoints if this is necessary to ensure the quality of the autopsy.
No Man’s Land starts at least 1 km before the finishing line and shall be clearly marked. The trail in this stretch shall be wide enough for dog teams to pass each other. Rules on passing do not apply on this stretch of trail.
The trails pass partly through reindeer grazing areas. The dogs must therefore be kept under strict control and never be let loose during the race. Participants that are observed with loose dog(s) will be disqualified at once. Participants will be held liable for any damage his/her dogs may cause.
When mushing through reindeer area, the musher shall be tied to his/her sled with rope or similar.
Littering along the trail may lead to disqualification. Dog booties and left over dog food is also considered litter!
The Race Organization may introduce a time limit for the completion of the race and a deadline for passing through checkpoints.
In 2021 the participants must leave Tolga checkpoint at the latest by Tuesday 9th February at 12:00.
Participants, who leave the checkpoint after this deadline, will automatically be disqualified from the race. They may however continue at their own risk. This time limit may be extended by the jury.
The mushers sled shall be able to transport the musher in case of emergency. Mushers may sit/ride on the sled during competition. The sled and sledbag shall be big enough for transporting at least one dog inside the sledbag in addition to all the mandatory equipment. This will be verified at the start.
4.20.1 Sled switch
It is possible to change the sled to empty sled once on F-junior and F200, once on F450 and twice on F650. Trailer installed during the race is not considered a sledge swap. Empty sled is replaced with empty sled.
4.20.2 Sled repair
If a sled is damaged beyond repair, then it is possible to replace the sled. Switching must be approved by TD / Race Manager / Checkpoint Manager before switching.
The sled must have reflective markings (minimum 10 cm) on both sides of the handle bar, which should be clearly visible in the dark. There should be reflective markings on the collar of the lead dog (s) or on the neckline between the lead dogs. The musher must at all times also have reflective markings on the front and back of jacket.
Sledrunners can be sent in a storage bag or with handlers’ car. Only participants are allowed to change the runners on their sled.
It is permitted to use ski poles after
checkpoint Tufsingdalen. Participants wishing to use ski poles must have them in the sled from the start. When using ski poles participants must take great care towards other participants and their team. FJunior and F200 are prohibited the use of ski poles.
The participant must at all times have food and equipment to survive for a minimum of 24 hours.Mushers must bring enough human food and dogfood from the checkpoint for use in the first 24 hours. The emergency food cannot be used until after about 24 hours after leaving the checkpoint.
The jury can withdraw a participant from further participation in the race. This in order to protect the interests and safety of the dogs, the participant, and / or the organizer. Withdrawal of the participant shall be justified considering the safety of the dogs or the musher and considering the fitness for further participation.
Violation of the rules by musher, handlers or other outsiders may result in disqualification of the musher. If a musher or anyone from his team behaves improperly toward FEL officials / volunteers, other participants, press or spectators, this will result in disqualification of the musher in question.
Any protest shall be delivered to the Technical Delegate / Jury within one hour of crossing the finish line. The protest shall be in written from. Protest fee is NOK 100, –
NB! In case of disputes / interpretation questions in relation to these regulations and regulations of NHF, NIF’s laws and NHF’s rules apply.
It is mandatory to have the equipment listed below, in the sled during the whole race. It is required that the equipment be in working order when approved so that the participant is able to survive extreme situations regardless of the weather conditions. The equipment may be checked at the start, the checkpoints and at the finishing line.
Mandatory equipment that is lost or broken may be supplied or replaced from the depot/handler. The equipment must be presented to the Race Manager, Technical Delegate or Checkpoint Manager for approval of the replacement (to be noted by Technical Delegate).
Dog booties, headlight/batteries, fuel for water boiler are exempt from this rule and can if so, desired be replaced from the depot.
SU – Note 1 Comments from the Sporting Committee regarding mandatory equipment.
Participants, and especially first-time participants, should read these comments carefully. It is important to be aware that the TD / Race Manager has full authority to approve or reject equipment.
Snow Shovel: This must be of good quality so that it can withstand hard and icy snow, and that it is suitable for digging a shelter.
Ax or large knife: Many people attach a “sami knife” to the sled. But still, have a knife on you body. A large knife or ax should have a minimum length of over 30 cm.
First Aid Equipment: A basic first aid kit is not sufficient. A minimum is plasters, sports tape, gauze and painkillers (non-prescription) in addition to the basic first aid equipment. It is recommended that it is packed watertight, for example in a plastic bag.
Extra change of clothes: The underwear should be long underwear. For the outerwear we recommended windproof pants and jacket, good socks and warm footwear.
Water boiler/cooker: Ensure that you have matches and enough red spirit (at least 0.5 liter for junior / F200 and F450 and 1 liter for F650) when leaving every checkpoint. Pack the matches waterproof.
Food bowls and food ladle must be in the sled from the start. It is not possible to get this from the handler`s car.
Important: It is recommended to pack extra clothing, sleeping bag and windbag in waterproof packaging.
SU recommends mushers to take a big dog bag, in case a dog has to be transported in the sled.
The primus has been removed from the mandatory equipment. However, it is recommended to bring primus if you have a tent.
The water boiler is not practical/safe to have in a tent.
Repair equipment: We recommend that you carry equipment to perform simple field repairs. These can be multi-tools, strips, thin strong rope, strong tape.
Enjoy the race!