2017 IronLine 80/40/12 Race Rules February 3 – 4, 2017
1) IronLine 80/IronLine 40
The IronLine 80 (IL 80) is a 80-mile (approx.), 10-dog, 2-stage pro-class, race open to dog mushers that meet the entry requirements set forth by the IronLine Board of Directors. The IronLine 40 (IL 40) is a 56-mile (approx.), 2-stage, 6-dog competitive class race. The intent of these rules and regulations are to ensure safe, friendly, and fair competition. The IronIne Race Officials are responsible for interpreting the rules to insure that intent.
2) Overview – Race Officials
BOARD OF DIRECTORS – The governing body of the IronLine races responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of the event. The Board of Directors has absolute authority over all aspects of the IronLine event.
RACE DIRECTOR(s)– Is responsible for planning, promoting, managing, and timely execution of all technical aspects of the race; responsible for overall event operation and safety.
RACE MARSHAL – Is responsible for the enforcement of IronLine race rules in a manner that provides all participants with fair and non-biased competition; oversees the Race Judge(s); has final authority, except where overruled by the Board of Directors, on all aspects of the race from the mandatory drivers meeting through the awards banquet.
RACE JUDGE – Works under the direction of the Race Marshal and is responsible for the enforcement of IronLine race rules provides all participants with fair and non-biased competition. (This year our Race Marshall & Race Judge will be one in the same)
CHIEF VETERINARIAN – Oversees the health and safety of all dogs entered in the race; in charge of all dog health and safety issues from the first mandatory vet check until the awards banquet (and, in the case of drug testing or necropsy issues, until those issues are resolved); has final authority on all matters of dog care and treatment; oversees the Race Veterinarians.
RACE VETERINARIANS – Work under the direction of the Chief Veterinarian on all aspects of dog care, safety, and health. Race veterinarians may recommend withdrawing a dog or team for health reasons at any time during the race.
TRAIL BOSS – Prepares, maintains, and signs the race trail; advisees Race Director, Race Marshall, and Chief Veterinarian on changing trail conditions; has input into all matters relating to the trail.
3) Entry Fees (U.S. Funds)
Entry Fees found in Registration section of website.
4) Withdraw and Refunds:
VERY IMPORTANT: The IronLine is going to be fairly liberal about our withdraw policy. We are opting to give a 100% full refund until December 15th. After that there will only be partial refunds until January 1st.
5) Race Changes
Mushers entered in either the IronLine 80 or the IronLine 40 may request a one-time option to switch races, withdrawing from one and posting a new entry for the other race. This one time switch may be done until the last date for entry, however a place on the race roster is not guaranteed. A musher switching from one race to the other is considered a new entry and will be placed at the end of the race roster for the desired race, or at the end of the waiting list (if applicable).
The entry fee for the race being entered applies as of the date of the switch. One-Hundred percent (100%) of the original paid entry fee may be applied to the new race entry fee. If the musher is unable to run the race because of being on a waiting list (i.e. the roster was full when the musher opted to switch races), the Musher receives a refund using the date of change as the basis for withdrawal in accordance with the above mentioned refund policy.
6) Race Entry
The IronLine Board reserves the right to reject any entry for just cause. The IronLine 80 will be limited to 20 (twenty) mushers. The IronLine 40 will be limited to 20 (twenty) mushers.
7) Bib Draw
The IronLine Board is responsible for the bib draw and will conduct the bib draw prior to the mushers meeting. Bib numbers will be drawn in three rounds.
Bib numbers will be drawn in the order entries were received. Bib numbers will be announced and given to mushers at the Mushers Meeting Friday afternoon. Any issues involving the bib draw will be resolved by the IronLine Board.
Mushers under the age of 18 (eighteen) may participate with approval of the IronLine Race Director or the Race Marshal, and a waiver of liability signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Only one musher per team is permitted and no substitutions will be allowed after the team starts the race.
Substitution of mushers will be allowed up to the beginning of the mandatory mushers’ meeting with the approval of the IronLine Race Director, or at any time before the team starts the race with approval of the Race Marshal.
All mushers, accompanied by one of their handlers, must attend the mandatory mushers’ meeting. All mushers will meet at 1:30PM (Central Time), Friday, February 3rd, 2017. Only the mushers may participate in discussion held at the meeting.
Missing the second roll call at the meeting, taken 10 (ten) minutes after the first roll call has been completed, may, at the discretion of the Race Marshal, mean disqualification. A penalty of $100 may be assessed for missing the second roll call.
Musher representatives will be selected at the musher meetings to serve on an appeals jury if needed. There will be one representative and one alternate selected from among the entrants for each race.
Participants shall refrain from unsportsmanlike conduct, including improper use of language or conduct directed towards Race Officials, Volunteers, Fans, and other mushers. Violations of this nature may result in a time penalty, monetary fine, and/or disqualification from the race.
Each IronLine 80. team must start the race out of Iron River with a minimum of 8 (eight) dogs and a maximum of 10 (ten) in line. Each IronLine 40 team must start the race out of Iron River with a minimum of 5 (five) dogs and a maximum of 6 (six) in line.
All dogs not starting the race must be marked out. Dogs dropped at any checkpoint will be marked out. It is the musher’s responsibility to make sure that any dogs not continuing the race are marked out by event veterinarians.
10) Mandatory Veterinary Exam
All dogs participating in the IL 80 and IL 40 must undergo a physical examination by one of the veterinarians. Only dogs found to be in good health and fit to compete will be permitted to run in the race.
All dogs entered in the race must be current with vaccinations for parvovirus, distemper and rabies. Proof of valid rabies vaccination from the musher’s state of residence signed and dated at least two weeks prior to the race by a licensed veterinarian is required. Dogs coming from Alaska having valid certificates by Lay Vaccinators will be accepted. Proof of purchase for valid vaccines for other vaccinations must be submitted for inspection. Proof of distemper and parvovirus must come from a Veterinarian OR administered by owner or driver; records must include type of vaccine, proof of purchase (i.e., receipt) and date of vaccination in writing for each dog. Race veterinarians will not vaccinate dogs during the Vet Check.
Teams in the 80-mile, 10-dog race may have a maximum of 10 dogs checked by veterinaries.
All dogs leaving the starting line will be marked or tagged for identification along the race route. After the start of the race no switching of dogs will be permitted. Any dog riding in the musher’s vehicle and not participating in the race must be “marked out” by a race veterinarian prior to leaving the start area.
Teams must sign up for assigned Vet Check slots.
11) Veterinary Guidelines
No injectable, oral, or topical drug which may suppress the signs of illness or injury may be used on a dog. Mushers may not inject any substance into their dogs. No other drugs or artificial means may be used to drive a dog or cause a dog to perform or attempt to perform beyond its natural ability.
Mushers may administer the following compounds to their dogs orally without veterinary consent: Vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, probiotics, and any dietary supplements marked as such, provided that these compounds are maintained in their original containers with labels indicating their contents.
The administration of any substance to a dog orally, by syringe, by needle, or similar device (basting) by a musher is prohibited.
The use of topical cortico steroids is limited to use on the paw/pad. The only cortico steroid containing topical products permitted for this race will be those dispensed by the race veterinarians.
The use of megesterol acetate (ovaban) and mibolerone (cheque drops) as an estrus suppressant is permitted in intact females that have not had an ovariohysterectomy.
Personal prescriptions written for and carried by the mushers may not be used on the dogs.
Race veterinarians may utilize any of the below 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 anesthetics will not be allowed in any form unless the dog is withdrawn from the race. The use of any other drug not included on this list and deemed necessary for the health of the dog by the musher’s veterinarian will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Chief Veterinarian.
• Anabolic steroids
• Analgesics (pain relievers) both prescriptive and non prescriptive.
• Anti inflammatory drugs, including but not limited to:
• Cortico steroids (the exception is the use on feet)
• Antiprostaglandins Non steroidal (NSAIDS)
• Central nervous system stimulants
• Cough suppressants
• Injectable anticholinergics
• Muscle relaxants
Tranquilizers and Opiates
The IronLine Board of Directors reserves the right to collect blood and/or urine samples, at the discretion of the Chief Veterinarian, at random any time commencing from the official Vet Check to the beginning of the awards ceremony of the respective race.
The musher or handler designated by the musher must assist the veterinarian in collecting samples whenever requested.
If blood or urine testing of a dog reveals any of the prohibited drugs in the dog, this rule has been violated regardless of when such drugs were administered to the dog.
Using ISDVMA guidelines, the following vital signs are indicators of health problems which would require the withdrawal of a dog from the race:
• 7% – 8% dehydration
• Heart rate 120 beats per minute or higher after 30 – 60 minutes of rest with or without a prolonged
capillary refill time.
• Body temperature greater than 103 F after one hour of rest.
• Lung sounds with evidence of edema, rales, or cough.
• Hypothermia: a body temperature less than 99 F.
• Non-responsive diarrhea with blood associated with weight loss or dehydration.
• Severe lameness, especially of the shoulder.
Brown or red urine
Chiropractic manipulation, Acupuncture, and Therapeutic Laser are recognized veterinary treatment modalities and, as such, their use during the IronLine is under the jurisdiction of the Chief Race Veterinarian. Because it is impractical for the race veterinary team to ensure these treatment modalities would be uniformly available to all competitors, their use will be prohibited from the pre-race veterinary exam to the end of the race. If, after consulting with the Chief Race Veterinarian, a competitor feels their dog needs to treated with one of these modalities, a decision may be made to allow the use on that dog, but that dog must be dropped from the race.
The death of any dog may result in the disqualification of the musher and/or prohibition from participating in future IronLine events. Any dog that expires during the race for any reason must be taken to the next or previous checkpoint. The musher shall notify the nearest Race Official at first opportunity. If a Race Official is not available, the nearest Race Veterinarian shall be notified. At the discretion of the Chief Veterinarian a necropsy may be required. If required it shall performed by a licensed Veterinary Pathologist or Veterinarian.
All harnesses must be padded around the neck and chest areas and have reflective tape or material.
All ganglines must be arranged for single or double file disposition. Cable ganglines are mandatory for the IronLine 80. Ganglines will be checked at bag check.
A sled must be equipped with a working brake bolted to the sled, a brush bow and snow hook. A sled/dog bag capable of safely restraining a struggling or injured dog must be on the sled. Any sticks or poling devices (e.g. ski poles) must have at least 8” of reflective tape or material.
13) Mandatory Gear
For 80-mile race:
• Race Bibs (must be worn by musher with number and sponsor visible at all times while on the trail)
• If using a cable gangline, cable cutters capable of cutting gangline (not a Leatherman or similar utility knife)
• Dog harnesses with reflective material or tape
• Two (2) complete working headlamps (BOTH STAGES)
• Sleeping bag with an arctic rating of 0oF (zero degrees) or colder
• One set (4) of booties per dog
• One day’s ration of food for the musher leaving each start and each checkpoint
• Knife (recommend in an easily accessible location)
• Ax (minimum size 22 inches)
• First aid kit (for musher and dogs) including Ace bandages and pressure dressings
• A musher’s headlamp must remain on at all times after dusk.
• Promotional materials, as determined by the BOD.
For 40-mile race:
• Race Bibs (must be worn by musher with number and sponsor visible at all times while on the trail)
• Musher’s veterinary log book
• If using a cable gangline, cable cutters capable of cutting gangline (not a Leatherman or similar utility
• Dog harness with reflective material or tape
• Two (2) complete working headlamps. (BOTH STAGES)
• One set (4) of booties per dog.
• Knife (recommend in an easily accessible location)
• A cable cutter (capable of cutting gangline) (recommend in an easily accessible location)
• First aid kit (for musher and dogs) including Ace bandages and pressure dressings for severe bleeding .
• A musher’s headlamp must remain on at all times after dusk.
Promotional materials, as determined by the BOD.
14) Acceptable/Prohibited Equipment
• MP3 Player (without phone/two-way radio capabilities)
• CD Player
• Standard AM/FM Radio
• GPS equipment
• No cell phones
• No two-way radios
Any musher found with prohibited equipment during race will be penalized.
15) Officiating Race Officials
Race Marshal has the following responsibilities:
• In charge of all aspects of the race from the mandatory mushers’ meeting through the Awards banquet
• Final authority and interpretation of all rules
• Final determination for alteration of race, start location, and race route changes
Final determinations of winners and placing
The Race Judge(s) shall act in concert with the Race Marshal and will hold authority within their specific locations as assigned by the Race Marshal.
The Chief Veterinarian shall have final authority over the disposition of any dogs for medical reasons.
The Race Marshal and Race Judges shall consult with the Chief Veterinarian regarding any determinations of
disqualification of any dogs or teams in regards to dog welfare.
The Race Marshal and Race Judges shall consult with the Trail Boss regarding any determinations of issues involved the rate trail.
The Race Veterinarians are Consulting Specialists to the race and have the right to examine any dog at any checkpoint during the race. In addition to the pre-race vet check, they will be available throughout the race for consultations, first aid, and major medical situations. Their recommendations to disallow entry or remove a dog or team from the race may occur at any time during the race and will go directly to the Chief Veterinarian, who, in conjunction with the Race Marshal, will make the final decision. In the absence of the Chief Veterinarian, the concurrence of two or more veterinarians in consultation with a Judge may result in disallowing entry, removal, or holding of a dog or team from the race.
The Race Director, Asst. Race Director, Chief Timer, Race Judge(s), Race Veterinarians, and other appointed officials each have immediate authority in their specific area of responsibility and will act as consultants to the Race Marshal, who has ultimate responsibility for final decision making.
16) Musher’s Responsibilities
Mushers are responsible for the conduct of their dogs, handlers and representatives before, during and after the race.
The musher is required to report all violations of race rules and regulations to the Race Marshal, a Race Judge, or if no Judge is available they may report to a Race Official (who in turn will notify a Race Judge or the Race Marshal). Forms for reporting violations will be available at every checkpoint.
Any musher who knowingly fails to comply with race rules and regulations as stated herein will face disqualification, monetary penalty, or time penalty depending on the nature of the violation as determined by the Race Marshal.
A musher withdrawing from the race either between checkpoints or at any checkpoint for any reason must immediately notify a Race Official. Failure to do so may result in a one year disqualification.
It is the musher’s responsibility to make sure that any dogs not starting or continuing the race are marked out by event veterinarians.
Mushers must return the follow race materials at the conclusion of the race:
• Sponsor Sled-Banner with bib number written on it and musher’s signature (Sled banners are returned to sponsors as keep-sakes)
Mushers may retain (keep and take home) the following race materials at the conclusion of the race: • Race Bib
Penalties, Disqualification, and Protest Procedure:
Penalties and Disqualification
Rule infractions may result in an issuance of warnings, monetary penalties, time penalties, censure, or disqualification. Warnings may be issued by any Race Judge. Monetary penalties and time penalties require the agreement of at least one Race Directors and the Race Marshal. Disqualifications require a unanimous decision of Race Directors as well as the Race Marshal. The Chief Veterinarian will be included in all decisions involving dog treatment and welfare. Warnings may be issued for first time minor infractions.
Monetary penalties may be imposed up to $500.00 for each violation. Such penalties may be deducted from prize money. A musher with unpaid fines may not enter future IronLine races until such fines are paid.
The IronLine Board of Directors, following completion of the race and upon recommendation of the Race Marshal and/or Chief Veterinarian may censure a musher. A censure may include a warning, either in public or private, and may eliminate the musher from future races.
Mushers may be disqualified for any infractions, including but not limited to physical abuse of a dog, cheating, or deliberate rule infractions which give a musher an unfair advantage over another musher.
A musher will be allowed to continue racing while a decision is being made, except in cases involving cruel or inhumane treatment of dogs.
Any musher who violates any local, state or federal law while competing in this race may be disqualified from future races if convicted.
Disqualification will result in the forfeiture of all race placements and monetary awards.
Each musher shall provide and sign any and all documents requested by the Iron
Line Board of Directors prior to entering the race. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
Any musher wishing to lodge a protest must do so verbally at the first checkpoint following the occurrence of the act or situation to be considered.
All protests shall be lodged with the Race Marshal or a Race Director only and shall not be discussed with any other persons, including spectators or media.
Protests will be decided by the Race Marshal and Race Director no later than 1 (one) hour before the Awards banquet.
IronLine 80 Protests
Following the verbal notification, a written protest must be submitted immediately following the race stage where the action occurred. Protests must be submitted within 1 hour of musher’s entering a checkpoint of finishing the race.
IronLine 40 Protests
Following the verbal notification, a written protest must be submitted within 1 (one) hour of the musher’s finish of the race.
A musher may appeal any decision made by the Race Officials (Race Marshal, Race Judge(s), and Race Veterinarians) by submitting a written request to the Race Marshal for a hearing and resolution prior to the Awards Banquet.
If the appeal pertains to a Judging decision, then the Race Marshal will present information as to the reason for the decision and the Musher will present information in his/her defense. Both sides may bring a witness or witnesses that can corroborate their story. Witnesses are limited to Race Judge, Race Veterinarians, Race Officials, race volunteers, or race mushers that have firsthand information concerning the situation being considered. A jury comprised of the Chief Veterinarian, Race Director (or Asst. Race Director or IronLine board member), and the Musher Representative (selected by the mushers at the musher meeting) will render a majority decision. Note: if the musher representative is unable to serve, the alternate will be called upon to serve.
If the appeal pertains to a Veterinary decision, then the Chief Veterinarian will present information as to the reason for the decision and the Musher will present information in his/her defense. Both sides may bring a witness or witnesses that can corroborate their story. Witnesses are limited to Race Judge, Race Veterinarians, Race Officials, race volunteers, or race mushers that have firsthand information concerning the situation being considered. A jury comprised of the Race Marshall, Race Director (or Asst. Race Director or IronLine board member), and the Musher Representative (selected by the mushers at the musher meeting) will render a majority decision. Note: if the musher representative is unable to serve, the alternate will be called upon to serve.
17) The Race
Start/Finish. (Timing format will be “Actual Race Start” instead of Reverse)
At the race start, all mushers, handlers, and team trucks must be in the official mushers’ parking area at a specific time and location to be announced at the musher meeting. All IronLine teams will have their bags checked before each stage.
Mushers are assigned pickup times in advance by race officials. A race volunteer will remind each team of their pickup time at 12 and 6 minutes prior to that pickup time. Mushers must have their teams hooked up and ready to go at their pickup time. Volunteer handlers will help move dog teams to the starting gate.
If a musher has missed their pickup time and is not ready to go by 2 minutes before their starting time, the musher will be assessed a 20 minute penalty and leave the starting shoot 30 seconds after the last team in their class. If this happens with two or more teams, they will leave at two-minute intervals in the order that they were originally scheduled to leave.
If a musher has missed their pickup time, but is able to making to the starting chute within their 2 minute time slow, the mushers’ official starting time is the time they were schedule to depart, not the time they actually departed.
If the race is at fault for not delivering a musher to the starting chute on time, or the musher is brought up out of order by the race, the musher will depart the start chute at the first opportunity (usually on a 30 second interval). The recorded time will be the actual time the musher left the shut. A team arriving late to the starting gate, will not be allowed to interfere with the start of teams who arrive on time.”
Subject to compliance with all race rules, regulations and determinations of the Race Marshal, a team finish time, as well as the time into each checkpoint, is measured when the nose of the lead dog crosses the finish line.
Should any of the mandatory gear be missing a monetary penalty may be assessed for each item missing. Expendable or consumable gear (e.g. booties, food) need not be present on arrival at a checkpoint or at the finish.
Checkpoints/Beginning & End of Stages
Each musher must sign in and personally at the beginning and end of each stage.
Dogs may be dropped from a team only at the end of a stage.
Any musher leaving his/her team at an assisted checkpoint must do so only if a handler is available to supervise the team.
Accommodations (space for bedding down dogs, rest rooms, parking space, etc.) will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Efforts will be made to give mushers every advantage in this regard, but no guarantees are tendered.
Some checkpoints will have running water available, but the IronLine will make no special arrangements in this regard.
Each musher and his/her handler(s) are responsible for having the necessary food and water at the checkpoints.
No IronLine handlers or trucks should be along the trail at any point. They should proceed directly to the next checkpoint.
A fine of up to $100.00 may be assessed against any team not cleaning up their site before leaving each checkpoint.
No outside assistance other than that planned by the race giving organization is permitted between checkpoints. Exceptions may be made under emergency conditions as determined by the Race Marshal or a Race Director.
Mushers may aid each other in appropriate ways under emergency conditions.
Outside assistance with repair to broken or destroyed equipment may be allowed under the supervision of the Race Marshal or a Race Director.
Mushers may receive assistance in cases of uncontrolled or lost dog teams. Outside assistance must be accepted if a musher has lost complete control of a team; this includes motorized assistance. The Race Marshal or Race Director must be notified of such a circumstance and will rule on its validity.
A musher may not receive assistance from any motorized vehicle between checkpoints except in the case of a medical emergency or a lost team. Pacing with a vehicle is prohibited. Dog trucks and/or handlers are allowed only at official assisted checkpoints drops unless helping a team that has officially scratched from the race.
Handling and Treatment of Dogs
The cruel and/or inhumane treatment of dogs by any musher or handler as determined by the Race Officials is strictly prohibited.
In the event a team gets away from the musher, it will not be disqualified if the musher regains control provided they have not left the racecourse. If the team and the musher have left the racecourse, they must re-enter the course at the point they left it.
All dogs on a team must be in harness and attached to the sled. No loose leaders will be permitted. A musher must make every effort to secure a dog which becomes loose accidentally. Dogs not in the team gangline must be restrained in the sled basket at all times during the course of the race.
It is the musher’s responsibility to check for traffic at road crossings on the racecourse. The IronLine Board of Directors will attempt to secure road crossings, but final safety is the musher’s responsibility.
Two or more teams may not be tied together except to assist a musher at some single location along the race route. Mushers involved in such a situation must notify a race judge at the next checkpoint along the trail. No penalty will be assessed if a musher is aiding another race participant in danger for his/her life.
A musher may have another team haul his/her dogs only if they agree and if the musher is hauling two or more dogs already.
Any dog expired on the trail must be covered and transported in the sled to a checkpoint. The musher may transport the dog either to the checkpoint just passed or the upcoming one. The musher must then complete a report and present it to the Chief Veterinarian. All expired dogs will be necropsied by the Chief Veterinarian per ISDVMA guidelines. Tissue samples will be submitted for veterinary pathologist examination as deemed necessary.
Forced rehydration of a dog is the responsibility of Race Veterinarians only. Any dog entering a checkpoint requiring emergency or forced rehydration must be dropped from the team and placed under medical supervision.
The Race Course
Teams must stay on the race course. If the team and the musher have left the race course, they must re-enter the course at the point they left it.
When overtaking another team, the musher must call “TRAIL” if/when he or she wants the overtaken musher to relinquish the trail. The slower team must relinquish the trail immediately when “TRAIL” is called and assist the passing team if necessary. Sticks and other poling aids cannot be used within 100 feet (either behind or in front) of another team and must be stowed when a musher calls for trail. When neither team is able to pull away from the other, the mushers shall agree mutually on the appropriate team to lead out.
No Man’s Land starts one (1) mile from the finish line and will be well marked. Mushers will no longer have the option to call trail nor will mushers be required to relinquish the trail. Sticks and other poling aids must be stowed in No Man’s Land.
All race participants must abide by state and federal laws governing the transportation and use of firearms and the killing of game and non-game wildlife. In the event a musher kills a game animal protecting his life or that of his dogs, the musher must field dress the animal and then report the incident to a race judge at the next checkpoint. The IronLine will take responsibility for recovering the animal.
Mushers breaking along the trail are required to ensure that the racecourse is clear of all dogs and gear.
The race will continue under all but the most severe of weather conditions. Mushers must come prepared to contend with cold, wind, storm conditions, and bare sections of trail. In the event of questionable trail conditions, the BOD will make the decision to postpone or cancel the race no later than the Wednesday of race week. After the start of the mushers’ meeting, the Race Marshal will assume all responsibility for any further postponement or alteration of start/finish locations.
The primary consideration will be the safety and well-being of the dogs and mushers, not the comfort of the musher.
Mushers observing littering on the trail are encouraged to report it. A musher may be fined up to $100 for intentional littering. A time penalty may also be imposed at the discretion of the Race Marshall.
Should the Race Marshall determine that an emergency event, an unsafe situation, or unsafe conditions, including weather or trail conditions, may affect the race, the Race Marshall may 1) reroute, shorten, or cancel any stage of the race; 2) stop a team or teams from competing; and/or 3) cancel the event and not restart the race. Should a situation occur where the Race Marshall makes such a change, each team’s overall finishing position will be determined by each teams overall accumulated trail time.
Each musher agrees to hold the IronLine Board of Directors, the race sponsors and other contributors (as distinguished from individual sponsors of mushers and teams) harmless from any claim or demand based upon any alleged action or inaction by the musher, his/her dogs or others acting on his/her behalf.
The IronLine Board of Directors claims unconditional authority to allow race sponsors to film, photograph or otherwise collect and document information about the race and race participants for use in advertising, public relations or other publicity purposes.
Each musher shall sign any and all documents as may be requested by the IronLine race to accept the foregoing statements and conditions. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. All documents will be presented to the musher at Registration or will be included in the musher entry packet.
The race marshal or race judge(s) may remove a participant from the race if they are deemed non-competitive or fail to make satisfactory progress during any part of the race.
In the event of a tie the two mushers that have tied will have their race winnings combined and divided evenly between the two of them. The next racer will take the amount awarded to the next place. (example: for a 2nd place tie the purse for 2nd & 3rd place would be