2017 KNIK 100/200 RACE RULES

The Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race was founded by Sally Welch of Eagle River, Alaska. In addition to being a competitive 200 mile race, the Knik 200 continues to be a valuable training race for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and is an Iditarod-sanctioned qualifying race.

The Knik 100 Bruce Braden Sled Dog Race is a 100-mile limited class sled dog race for any dog musher wishing to race who meets the qualifications as set forth by the Knik 100/200 Race committee. The first annual Knik 100 race debuted in 2014. Established by Robert Sexton, the race honors the late Race Manager Bruce Braden who devoted many years of service to the Knik 200 before losing his life in a tragic house fire one week before the 2009 race.

The Knik 200 Sled Dog Race starts from Knik Lake and follows part of the old Iditarod Trail system to various trails skirting Big Lake into the Willow area to Eagle Quest Lodge (approximately 60 miles from the start). Teams will drop dogs at the lodge if necessary, then continue to Yentna Station (approximately 35 miles further), complete their six hour mandatory layover, return the same way to Eagle Quest and on to the finish line at Knik Lake for an approximate total distance of 200 miles.

The Knik 100 Bruce Braden Sled Dog Race leaves from Knik Lake and follows various trails while skirting the Big Lake area and Nancy Lake State Recreation Area to Eagle Quest Lodge. A mandatory six-hour layover is required at Eagle Quest Lodge. Teams return by the same route to the finish line at Knik Lake.

All teams must use the officially marked race course.

No Man’s Land will be at the lake’s edge of Knik Lake as marked on the return trail. The official finish will be considered the first dog’s nose across the Finish Line.

A paid-in-full team withdrawing before 0001 hours Alaska Standard Time on December 22, 2015 will be refunded 75% of their entry fee. If a Knik race representative has made every reasonable attempt to contact a musher (or their alternate contact) to refund their entry fee but cannot reach them within 90 days, the full entry fee will be forfeited and deemed non-refundable.

There is a limit of 40 teams. Once the maximum is reached, additional teams may sign up for the waiting list. Teams on the waiting list will be contacted in their sign-up order if and when openings become available to confirm the team’s availability for the race. The Knik race reserves the right to move to the next team on the waiting list if a team cannot be immediately reached. It is permissible for a team to specify an alternate contact to confirm the team’s availability to race, but this must be indicated on the team’s application and the alternate’s name and phone number must be included.

Payment of the entry fee is not required to be on the waiting list. If a team is moved up from the waiting list, then full payment of the entry fee must be made immediately to guarantee their spot.

Mushers must be at least 18 years of age on January 7, 2017. All entrants will also be required to sign race entrant participation release forms provided by the Knik race committee at the time of the race.

The Knik race committee honors censures from all other sled dog racing organizations, and additionally will not accept entry from any person convicted of animal cruelty.

The purse and pay out positions for the 2017 Knik 100/200 races will be announced at the mandatory Pre-Race Musher Meeting on January 6, 2017.

The Race Marshal is charged with enforcing all rules and policies as set down by the Race Manager and Race Committee from the start of the mandatory Pre-Race Musher Meeting to the close of the awards banquet or the last team crossing the finish line, whichever is last, in a manner that allows a level playing field on which to compete. The Race Marshal has absolute authority over the interpretation of all rules.

The Chief Veterinarian oversees the health and safety of all dogs entered in the race, is in charge of all dog health and safety issues upon their arrival on Knik Lake Saturday morning until the conclusion of the awards banquet (or in the case of drug testing or necropsy issues, until those issues are resolved) and shall have absolute authority over the disposition of any dog(s) for medical reason(s). Race veterinarians have the right to examine any dog at any checkpoint for any reason during the race.

Race Judges work under the direction of the Race Marshal on all aspects of race rule enforcement and race safety and will be the recognized authority within their assigned area.

Other Race Volunteers, such as checkers, road crossing guards, communications, and other personnel, are not race officials. They will follow the Knik 200 race rules and procedures and not hinder, detain, or interfere with any team’s race effort or provide advantageous help.

The Trail Boss will establish, maintain, and mark the race trail as best as weather and condition allows at least 24 hours before the race begins and will be consulted by race officials in all decisions regarding race trail matters.

The Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race and its all-volunteer race staff will make every effort to provide the best possible support for teams of both races.

Maintaining the positive spirit of competition and fairness are top priorities.

The Knik 200 is an Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifying race and mushers must follow all rules set forth by the 2017 Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) and the Knik 200 race committee.

Unless noted on the website or declared by the Race Marshal at the mandatory Pre-Race Musher Meeting, the Knik 200 is governed in accordance to the 2017 ITC rules and further establishes the following rules:

The combined Knik 100 and Knik 200 mandatory Pre-Race Musher Meeting starts at 7 pm on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Janssen’s Mat-Su Funeral Home located at 6901 E. Blue Lupine Drive in Wasilla.
Only the team driver and one handler will be allowed entrance due to limited space. Missing first roll call is a mandatory $50 fine. Missing the second roll call is a mandatory withdrawal from the 2017 race.

Please note: dropping dogs in the parking lot of the Knik Bar is prohibited.

The starting position drawing will be held January 6, 2017 at the Pre-Race Musher Meeting. Mushers will draw for their starting order (bib number) in the order of sign up.

Up to two (2) bags may be shipped per team with a maximum weight of 40 pounds per bag. The food drop location is at the Eagle Quest Lodge in Willow and must be dropped off no later than January 6. Late food drops will be carried in the musher’s sled.

·         Food drop bags must be secured so that no sharp ends or tie wires will cut or tear the interior of the race volunteer’s vehicle.

·         Any form of combustible fuel in the food drop bags is absolutely prohibited.

All food drops must be in a gunny type bag and clearly marked with the following:

1.    The musher’s name in English.

2.    Either “Knik 200” or “Knik 100”.

3.    For Knik 200 teams, either “Yentna Station” or “Willow” depending on which checkpoint it should be delivered to.

4.    Drop bags for Yentna Station must have the bag’s weight written on the outside of the bag.

The Knik 100/200 does not provide any fuel/HEET. Fuel/HEET must be carried by the musher and may not be sent out in the drop bags. No fuel of any kind will be transported by the Knik 100/200 race support aircraft or ground support crew. This includes, but is not limited to, all forms of combustible fuels such as hydrocarbon fuels: gas, HEET, kerosene, propane, Isobutene, highly combustible material, firewood, charcoal, etc.

The Knik races will supply one bale of straw per team and it will be available at the Yentna Station Checkpoint for Knik 200 racers and at Eagle Quest Lodge in Willow for Knik 100 racers.

The Knik 100/200 will not be responsible for returning a musher’s dropped gear, dropped bags, etc. If a musher scratches and a request to the Race Manager is made before 12:00PM Sunday, January 8th, then only personal gear (no dog food, batteries etc.) will be returned to Eagle Quest Lodge checkpoint or to the Knik Bar if, and only if, transportation is available for that dropped personal gear and/or supplies. A musher may also recover their bag/s at Yentna Station checkpoint by other means and at their own expense but only if the Race Manager has been notified before 12:00 PM Sunday, January 8 and the owners of Yentna Station Roadhouse are also notified.

Litter/trash must be properly disposed of and may not be left on the trail. The only approved litter drop-off site will be located at the Yentna Station checkpoint and at Eagle Quest Lodge.

The Knik Race Committee demands that every dog participating in the race be treated humanely at all times. Race officials reserve the final say in determining what is considered inhumane treatment and will make their determination on a case-by-case basis if necessary.

Twelve dogs maximum, eight minimum are required to start the race. Only two dogs may be dropped from a team for any reason. Three or more dropped dogs will require the approval of the Knik Race Chief Veterinarian. A minimum of five dogs pulling in harness is required at the finish.

Only one musher will be allowed per team and no substitution of mushers or dogs will be allowed during the race. Once a racer has drawn their starting number at the pre-race meeting on Friday, January 6, no substitution of team drivers will be allowed. Once a team’s race dogs have been check in and cleared to race by the race veterinarian on Knik Lake on Saturday morning January 7th, no dogs can then be substituted for that team.

The race starts on Knik Lake at 11:00AM on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The Knik 200 teams will leave first. After the last Knik 200 team has left the starting chute, the Knik 100 teams will leave.

All teams are to be on Knik Lake by 9AM on Saturday, January 7, 2017. There will be a pre-race vet check of all teams starting at 9AM. Mushers will be required to present proof of current distemper, parvo and rabies vaccinations. Rabies vaccinations must have been administered by a veterinarian.

(A veterinarian will be at the Eagle Quest Lodge and at Yentna Station Roadhouse checkpoints during the race.)

There will be a pre-race equipment check on all teams entered starting at 9AM on Saturday, January 7, 2017 on Knik Lake. Teams must have each and every piece of mandatory gear throughout the race. Possession of those items will be verified immediately before a team begins the race, at every checkpoint, and when the team crosses the finish line. A team missing one or more mandatory items cannot officially check into a checkpoint until the missing gear is recovered or has been replaced. In addition, all required mandatory gear must be in functional, working condition. Required gear:

  • One winter-grade sleeping bag
  • One axe 22” in length with a 1¾ pound minimum head
  • One pair of 252 square inch (minimum) snowshoes
  • Eight dog booties per dog (four may be in use)
  • Dog food cooker stove as per Iditarod rules
  • Functional headlamp (at start of race)
  • SPOT satellite team tracker (to be provided by the Knik race committee). Additional note: the SPOT tracker must be on and functioning at all times unless it is determined by race officials to be dysfunctional through no fault of the musher.

Only one sled may be used and it must be ITC-approved. At the Race Marshal’s discretion, a second sled may be flown in or substituted if the starting race sled is damaged beyond reasonably safe condition. Any fees incurred to transport a new sled will be at the musher’s expense though no official race penalty will be imposed. The time lost required to switch sleds will not be credited to the musher.

The use of a “Caboose” style sled is prohibited in the Knik 100/200 race; no form of sled device will be towed behind a racer’s sled. All team dogs that are carried will be under cover and in the front sled basket; no dog/s will be allowed to be carried behind or under the driver. The Knik 100/200 defines a caboose or towed sled device as any object that is attached by any means to the sled’s main runners.

Must be in good working condition and capable of safely holding the number of dogs intended to be attached to it. If a gang line is poly/plastic there must be a cabled center with no sharp metal exposed. If chain or a cable is used, the musher must carry a functional cable cutter.

A minimum of one (1) is required. Two snow hooks are recommended.

The harnesses must be functional, correctly sized, and padded around the neck with no worn out, rough, or possible chaffing areas, and have a total combined 12” of reflective tape or material.

A musher’s race bib must be worn over the musher’s parka and be easily viewable at the start of the race and while the musher is crossing the finish line. At other times during the race the bib may be fastened to the top or side of the race sled as long as the bib number is clearly visible. Sled race bibs with numbers will be pinned to both sides of the racers sled bag and will be visible from start to finish of the race.

Teams will depart the starting line at two-minute intervals; the time differential between teams will be adjusted during the mandatory six-hour layover.

Teams that do not enter the starting chute or fail to launch at their official start time will be pulled and placed in order behind the last team’s scheduled starting position. In these instances, as their penalty, these late teams’ original starting time will stand.

Any team unable to launch within 30 minutes of the final team leaving will be automatically withdrawn from the race and their race fee will be non-refundable.

Until 9:00AM on January 7, a team may request (for any reason) to leave behind the last team (without penalty). Their new start time will then be adjusted to their actual start time.

All teams must use the officially marked race course.

No Man’s Land will be at the edge of Knik Lake as marked on the return trail. The official finish will be considered the first dog’s nose across the Finish Line.

The total mandatory layover is six (6) hours plus the musher’s time differential.

  • The layover is at Yentna Station Roadhouse for Knik 200 teams.
  • The layover is at Eagle Quest Lodge for Knik 100 teams.

All teams in the Knik 100/200 must sign in and out of the Eagle Quest Lodge checkpoint.

Knik 200 teams must sign in and out of the Yentna Station checkpoint. They must also sign in and out at the Eagle Quest Lodge checkpoint for both the inbound and outbound legs of the race.

Any team that takes a shortcut and does not follow the race course is subject to disqualification. If a team gets lost, they must make a best effort to return to where they left the trail and then resume the race from that point.

If your race strategy includes taking more than a three-hour layover or multiple layovers between checkpoints, contact a race official prior to the start of the race; this is to alert race officials that you are not overdue or in distress and will prevent search teams being sent out to search for you unnecessarily.

When one team approaches to within 50 feet of another team, the trailing team shall have the immediate right-of-trail upon demand. The leading musher must stop his/her dogs and hold them to the best of their ability for a maximum of one minute or until the other team has passed, whichever occurs first. The passed team must trail the team that passed them for at least fifteen minutes before demanding the right-of-trail to pass.

Trail markers stakes
Intentionally removing race trail markings or trail marking stakes for any reason is prohibited.

No outside assistance other than for a declared emergency will be permitted. A musher may receive outside assistance in cases of an uncontrolled or lost team; this includes the use of motorized vehicles.

Outside team support will be allowed only at Eagle Quest Lodge checkpoint for Knik 100 teams and for Iditarod/Yukon Quest rookie 200 teams. Though the use of a racer’s personal support team is permitted, the racer’s dog truck will not be allowed into the team staging area. Support can include watering/feeding, foot care, the changing of race harnesses, and bootying.

A racer may leave their team in the Eagle Quest Lodge checkpoint staging area as long as a support team member is with the racer’s team at all times. No dog can leave the stage rest area without the consent of the race veterinarian. Any dog that is taken out of the stage rest area other than for approved veterinarian care will not be allowed to rejoin the racer’s team.

REMINDER: Iditarod and Yukon Quest rookies seeking ITC-qualifying status may not use outside team support.

Pacing in any form via outside assistance is prohibited.

From the time a musher leaves the starting chute until they cross the finish line, mushers shall not be in possession of any type of electronic or communication device (including, but not limited to a cell phone, satellite phone, walkie-talkie, ham radio, iPhone, iPad, tablet, laptop). Privately-owned or public phone lines at official or unofficial checkpoints or rest stops are also prohibited. Use or possession of these or similar communication devices will result in a mandatory disqualification (DQ) from the race.

A musher may carry a personal emergency satellite emergency locator beacon or SPOT emergency satellite device but if it is turned on or accidentally activated, it will result in a mandatory self-withdrawal from the race. (This rule does not include the mandatory carrying and required use of the Knik 100/200 race’s supplied SPOT tracking device.)

GPS units are allowed as long as the GPS is not capable of 2-way communication.

No injectable, oral, or topical drug or herbal supplement 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; all injectable drugs and basting are banned during the Knik 100/200 unless administered by a race veterinarian. 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. (See Iditarod official rules for a complete version and list of banned drugs of this rule.)

Two (2) pounds of dry kibble dog food plus a dual-looped, 14”-18” cable drop line with at least one functional metal snap, with no sharp, frayed or jagged ends is required for each dropped dog.

If not picked up at Eagle Quest Lodge checkpoint, dogs will be returned to Knik Lake from Eagle Quest Checkpoint by the Knik 100/200.

The drop fee is $30.00 per dog. The musher is responsible for arranging for their dropped dog(s) to be picked up at Knik Bar checkpoint as soon as possible or within 24 hours of each dog’s return. There is no fee if a racer or their appointed represented race crew member picks up their dog/s at Eagle Quest Lodge. There is no drop dog/s allowed at Yentna Station checkpoint. An emergency dog drop at Yentna Station Roadhouse checkpoint requires the approval of the chief race veterinarian.

No dog will be released till the drop fee is paid. (Sorry, no checks. Please have credit card or cash ready.)

Rule infractions may result in an issuance of a warning, individual monetary penalties of up to $500 each, a time penalty incurred for each infraction, censure, or race disqualification. Warnings may be issued by any Knik 100/200 Race Judge. Monetary and time penalties require the agreement of the Race Marshal.

Disqualifications require the unanimous decision of all Knik 100/200 Race Judges, the Race Marshal, and the Race Manager. The Chief Veterinarian will be included in all decisions made based upon issues regarding the care, treatment and welfare of any dog participating in the race.

The Race Marshal has the authority to withdraw a team that is no longer choosing to make, or capable of making, a valid effort to compete. The Race Marshal also has the authority to withdraw a musher whose conduct, in the Race Marshal’s judgment, constitutes a risk to either him/herself, his/her dogs, the dogs of other mushers or other persons.

If a team wishes to withdraw after starting the race and drive their race team home or to a location other than to a checkpoint, to maintain their withdrawn status and not be disqualified, the driver must call Race Manager Robert Sexton at 907-491-0893 from the first phone available. Failure to do so is a mandatory disqualification and a one-year ban from the Knik 100/200.

A musher who has scratched, withdrawn, or been disqualified from the race is responsible for arranging for the transportation (and the associated cost) of removing their dogs, gear, and self from the race course in a safe manner.

Any musher may lodge a verbal protest but only at the current or next checkpoint or Finish Line if that is the first checkpoint following the occurrence of the act or situation to be reported. Protests will be accepted or denied by the Race Marshal no later than two hours before the awards banquet.

Commencing on the date of their individual signup through their completion of the Knik 100/200 race and continuing up to 45 days after the last musher completes the Knik 100/200 race, mushers shall not make public statements or engage in any public conduct injurious to or in reckless disregards of the best interest of the Knik 100 or 200 sled dog race. Any injurious public posted wording of any kind about either race is not allowed. This includes but is not limited to Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs/websites, public websites of any kind, digital media, as well as in interviews with news/media reporters. If a musher makes any injurious comments regarding the Knik races or race staff, upon the recommendation of the Race Marshal and/or Chief Veterinarian, the Race Manager reserves the right to censure that musher. A censorship may include a public or private warning, involuntary withdrawal from the race, and a ban of the musher from future Knik 100/200 races or a retroactive disqualification of the musher.

Good sportsmanship will be observed at all times. Mushers are responsible for the conduct of their dogs, handlers, and representatives from the time they step onto Knik Lake on Saturday morning until the conclusion of the musher awards banquet.

PLEASE NOTE: if you have any questions or concerns about any of the above rules, or you would like clarification, we encourage you to contact Robert Sexton, Race Manager at 907-491-0893 or running12dogs@yahoo.com.