2010 is Sunday -JANUARY 17TH
ON The Virginia Creeper Trail.
RACE DAY WAS suppose to rain; 90% chance. BUT it was cloudy then sunny; the rain held off till after race. The trail was VERY muddy, with a few spots of snow, tiny patches of ice.
1 DOG TEAM Time
1ST Place Will Henry 10.46
2nd Place Jenny Akers 17.29
2 DOG TEAM
1ST Place Rich Gasser 12.46
2nd Place Will Henry 13.29
3rd Place Mark Brewer 14.52
4th Place Sam Akers 18.26
5th Place Wesley Tinsley 19.05 *8 year old*
6th Place Brett Brock 19.10
4 DOG TEAM
1ST Place Jeff Blewett 31.35
2nd Place Jim Kaser 35.31
3rd Place Jennifer Levy 35.39
6 DOG TEAM
1ST Place Elyssa Strong 22.43
2nd Place Rodney Whaley 40.44
Junior Musher 1/2 mile
1st Place Alex Levy 3.15
2nd Place Jordan Blewett 3.42
3rd Place Ella Levy 3.54
4th Place Jacob Blewett 4.47
TThis years race will again be a Trophy Race.
All mushers will recieve their choice of
Precise Pet Food “Endurance” or “Foundation”
40 pound bag, and a chance to win
a nice prize by door prize drawing.
We have added an 8 dog 7 mile race this year.
PLEASE NOTE START TIMES IF YOU WANT TO ENTER
MORE THAN ONE RACE.
THIS IS A STRAIGHT TRAIL. NOT A LOOP TRAIL
1 dog – 2.2 miles 11:45 start time ++.
2 dog – 2.2 miles 12:00 start time.
Damascus Park to Iron Horse Campground
4 dog – 4.8 miles 9:30 start time
6 dog – 4.8 miles 10:15 start time.
Straight Branch to Damascus park
8 dog – 7 miles 11:00 start time.
Straight Branch to Iron Horse
++ These are expected start times, provided we have all classes.
If we do not have enough for a class, the next time class will move up to the next earliest time.
* Teams will leave 3- 4 minutes apart.
There must be at least 2 entries per race to receive trophy.
Greater Washington Siberian Husky Club
The Continental Kennel Club who also has a
MUSHER SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE THROUGH CKC
The dogs must PULL the sled, scooter or bike (chain disengaged).
We do not have canicross.
All mushers and their dogs should be ready to run at the start time.
Mushers should be there no later than 1/2 hour early.
$15.00 entry fee per race.
$12.00 for members of the Blue Ridge Dryland Sled Dog Club
ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED DAY OF RACE.
Awards will be given out at Iron Horse Campground.
Lunch will be available afterwards at Iron Horse Campground.
** ALL dogs must be current on shots.
Make checks payable to:
Siberian Husky Assist
106 Bristol View Drive
Bristol VA 24201
** mark check for which race(s) and
Include race entry below:
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Jan. 17, 2010 Blue Ridge Dryland Challenge Race.
Name _______________________ Phone ____________
Check which race(s) you want to enter:
1 dog ____ 6 dog ______
2 dog ____ 8 dog ______
4 dog ____
READ AND SIGN WAIVER
I understand that my signature below releases Siberian Husky Assist Rescue, its volunteers and the Mt Rogers National Forest and Town of Damascus, and/or Washington County Virginia from any responsiblity or liabilty in connection with damages and/or injuries to myself and/or my dog(s) attributed to or as a result of or in association with my participation in the Blue Ridge Dryland Challenge at the Town of Damascus on January 17, 2010.
Also that I have full responsibility for the actions of my dog(s); and they are current on rabies and parvo distemper shots.
Signature (parent must sign for junior musher)
Mail Waiver with check.
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REMINDER: THE MEET THE MUSHERS DINNER IS
SATURDAY NIGHT JAN 16TH .
Iditarod Musher Bill Borden will be our Guest Speaker.
$12.00 DINNER INCLUDES PASTA BUFFET,
Bill’s presenation and live auction
LOCATION: QUINCY’S ON Laurel Ave. in town
Anyone wanting to be in the re-enactment of the 1925 Alaska Serum Run on the
Virginia Creeper Trail is more than welcome.
Click on the Alaska Serum run Re-enactment page to the left.
ASK ABOUT A SPECIAL RATE FOR THOSE COMING TO SEE THE SLEDDOGS*
Days Inn (exit 19) $45.00 plus tx 276-628-7131
Pet fridnely – extra $5.00 indoor dogs
Super 8 motel (exit 17) $47.99 – Abingdon 276-676-3329
* Pet Friendly – extra charge
Alpine Motel, 882 E. Main St. Abingdon (exit 19) 276-628-3178
* pet friendly depending on size
*Iron Horse Campground – www.campironhorse.com also has a few very small fishing cabins,
(2 small beds, a lamp and heater )- separate shower/bathroom facilities next to restaurant), plus RV sites. Phone 276-475-6008
276-494-3153 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RULES1. These rule will be in effect for the Blue Ridge Dryland Sled Dog Challenge,
January 17, 2010, Damascus, VA.
. The races will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the driver’s meeting at 9:30 a.m.
2. Trail Distances:
Race Classes Trail Distance
1-2 Dog Bikejor/Scooter 2.2 Miles
Junior Rig 2.2 Miles
4 Dog Rig 4.8Miles
6 Dog Rig 4.8 Miles
The race will be held at the Gateway Trail of the Murfreesboro Greenway System. The trail begins and ends with a ¼ mile chute. Otherwise it is a large loop. There should be no head-on passing required to negotiate the race trail.
3. Temperature Cut-Off (Safety and Comfort of the Dogs primary)
a. If the race site temperatures reach +50 F or the humidity is too high, the Race Marshall shall
cancel the race or suspend the race for the day. There is no temperature cut off for too cold.
b. If the race site temperature is between +45F and +50F or if the humidity is too high, the Race Marshal shall consider running shorter trails for the safety and comfort of the dogs.
4. Driver’s Meeting, Drivers, and Rig Inspection
a. Instructions and maps will be provided to those drivers in person later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the race at the driver’s meeting. This will include a complete trail map, with hazards indicated. A drawing for starting positions will be held at the driver’s meeting. Any musher who is late for the meeting and misses the drawing will start last in his/her event.
b. The driver starting a team shall be the same driver throughout the race. A change in drivers may only be made before the start of a race and must be by the race marshal.
c. The race officials will inspect all Rigs for proper equipment immediately following the driver’s meeting.
5. Aggressive Dogs
a. Dogs showing repeated aggression towards dogs on other teams or people will be disqualified from the event at the discretion of the Race Marshal
b. No Bitches in heat will be allowed to race.
6. Multiple dog use.
A dog may be used in more than one race. For example, a dog used in a 2-dog scooter team may later run in a six-dog rig team or junior team.
a. Safety Equipment
1) HELMETS –It is recommended that all Rig, Cart, Scooter, and Bike class participants wear helmets. Bicycle, motorcycle, ski or equine style helmets are all acceptable. We encourage this but it is NOT mandatory.
2) SAFETY GLASSES – It is recommended all Rig, Bike and Scooter participants wear safety glasses or eye coverings. We encourage this but it is NOT mandatory.
1) Rig Inspection will be held after the Drivers Meetings. All Rigs must
be inspected. (Does not apply to Scooters and Bicycles). The official holding the Drivers Meeting or his assignee will do the inspection.
- Functioning Brakes
- Tires properly inflated
- Generally Sound condition
2) Multiple Heats will be allowed so that racers can share Rigs if necessary. If sharing is due to an unusable Rig, it is the responsibility of the Musher to find an approved Rig and make arrangements with race officials to be placed in the appropriate race.
c. Bicycles and Scooters
1) Bicycles and scooters do not have to be inspected. However they need to be in good and safe working condition. The Race Marshal or his assignee reserves the right to disqualify unsafe bicycles and scooters. If equipment is in question it shall be the responsibility of the Musher to check with the Race Marshal prior to the race.
2) Bicycles with the chain disengaged may be used in the scooter class.
8. Dropped or Injured Dogs
a. Dogs may be dropped, without penalty, with event staff that will be properly identified. But NO dogs may be added or substituted after the musher’s run begins.
b. If a driver has to drop a dog for any reason, the driver must move his team ENTIRELY off the race trail.
c. In the rig class if the driver has a dog bag or a safe way to transport a “bagged” dog and can safely load the dog, they may do so and continue on in the race with no penalty.
d. If a driver finishes a heat with an injured dog (that is, not in the dog bag – the driver has run an injured dog) the driver will be disqualified from all classes entered.
9. Starting Time
The tentative starting times for the one-dog scooter race is 10:00 a.m. with subsequent categories beginning fifteen minutes after the previous category finishes.
10. Time Interval Between Starts
The order of start for each race will be established by a drawing held at the driver’s meeting. Interval time between competitors for all classes will be three minutes.
11. Medical Assistance
The name and location of medical assistance for both humans and dogs will be available at the sign-up table.
12. Passing Rules
a. These rules DO NOT APPLY TO Canicross Classes.
b. The PASSING MUSHER has the right-of-way when the lead dog(s) come within 30 feet of the overtaken team. The PASSING MUSHER must yell “TRAIL” to signal the overtaken team of his/her desire to pass.
c. The OVERTAKEN TEAM shall steer to one side, slow their team down or if requested, stop their team.
d. The OVERTAKEN TEAM shall not re-pass for two minutes or one-half mile, unless agreed by both mushers.
e. TEAMS FOLLOWING each other shall maintain a distance of not less than one team length, except in the last quarter mile of the race.
f. No Musher shall INTERFERE with a competing team.
13. Musher’s Responsibilities
a. Rabies certificates must be available for inspection by the Race Marshal if requested. You may also email the rabies certificates before the race.
b. The Musher is responsible for cleaning up their stake-out area. No debris OF ANY KIND is to be left at the race site.
c. The musher must report to the start line with equipment capable of cleaning up dog feces on while on the trail. The race marshal will inspect all rigs before allowing the team to start.
d. If a dog drops feces on the trail, the musher must stop his/her team and immediately remove it from the trail. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
e. The Musher must fill out all entry and report forms legibly so the statistician will be able to record names and results accurately.
f. All equipment should be in sound and functional condition. The line judge or Race Marshal can stop a musher from racing if they feel that the musher’s equipment is unsafe, unsound or nonfunctional.
14. Loose Dogs
Loose dogs are NOT allowed at the race site (on or off the trail) it is the Mushers responsibility to have their dogs secure and on line at all times.
Whips of any kind are disallowed. Any musher using a whip will be disqualified from the race and banned from any future races for life.
16. Age of Mushers allowed to Race.
a. Mushers 17 years old and under must have a parent or guardians signed permission to participate in any dryland race.
b. Junior Class – $6 entry fee
c. Adults races – $15 per event ($12 for Blue Ridge Dryland Sled Dog Club members)
7.. The Race Marshal is the FINAL AUTHORITY AT THE RACE. The Mushers must comply with all rulings and decisions made by the Race Marshal.