Race Rules (Full Version)


AGE: The age of a competitor is regarded to be the same during the whole season and is the age the competitor reaches at the end of the racing season.
The age of a dog is the age it reaches on the first day of the competition.

COMPETITOR: A person who runs/drives a dog team entered in the race

CONTROL AREA: A specially defined area before the start and after the finish line where only authorized persons are allowed, unless otherwise authorized by the Race Marshal.

EVENT: A meeting of contestants for the purpose of competing in one event which may involve several classes.

FINISH ZONE: A specified stretch of the trail toward the finish line, minimum 800 meters, where special rules for passing apply

GUIDELINES: A rule or set of rules which are not mandatory but highly recommended.

HANDLER: A person assisting teams at start, after finish and at other locations authorized by the Race Marshal.

HEAT: A completion of the trail, or a part of same, after which the ongoing timing is discontinued.

LINE: The line to which the dog(s) is/are attached to pull the vehicle (bike, Scooter) is made of different elements. The various elements together are called the Gang Line. The line running between the dogs (if more than one dog) is called the Tow Line or Central Line. The dog is attached to the tow line from the back of its harness by a Tug Line or Tail Line and may be attached from the collar to the tow line by a Neck Line.

OFFICIAL: A person appointed by the organizer or the Rules Enforcing Officers, authorized to perform, within prescribed limits, to act on their behalf.

RACE: A competition in a specified class and may be comprised of one or more heats.

RACE AREA: All designated parking areas, spectator areas, team holding areas, start/finish chutes, officiating areas and the trail areas.

RACE DIRECTOR (RD): The person who is in charge of the event on the day.

RACE JURY: The Race Jury includes the Race Director and any Marshal.

SEASON: The racing season, the period within which all competitions shall be commenced and concluded, in principle from September until May/June of the following year. However, organizers and technical organizers shall realize that local conditions (e.g., temperature, humidity etc.) may shorten this period in favour of the wellbeing of the dogs.

STAKE-OUT AREA: A specially defined area where dogs of participating teams shall be kept when not competing.

STARTING CHUTE: A specified stretch of the trail from the starting line, minimum 30 meters long and 4 meters wide, where help is allowed.

SHALL: ………………….Shall be construed as being imperative.
SHOULD: …………………Shall be construed as advisory.
MAY: ……………………Shall be construed as being permissive.

• An entry for a race shall be submitted prior to the start of the race, subject to entry deadlines as determined by the organization.
• Liability insurance is mandatory for drivers and handlers covering the risks of canicrossing and/ or bikejoring and all consequences.
• An entry for a minor (below 16 years old) shall be co-signed by parents or guardians. With their signature they declare that they are of opinion that the minor is capable to participate in the total event and to safely cover the trail in the applicable class as established by the organizer. Consequently, their signature is a waiver through which they hold the organizer harmless regarding any claim, liability, any other expenses or accusations relative to the fact that the driver concerned is not an adult.
• The Race Marshal may disallow entry of any competitor or dog for just cause.
• The competitor shall hold the organizer(s), judges, officials, sponsors, co- sponsors and other contributors to the organizer, (as distinguished from the individual competitor’s sponsor) harmless from any claim or demand, based on any alleged action or non-action by the competitor, his/her dogs, agents, or others acting on his/her behalf. The competitor shall also release the organizer, judges, officials, competition sponsors, their agents and employees from any claim or demand resulting from injury to the competitor, his/her dogs, or property, including but not limited to lost or dropped dogs and misplaced food and supplies.
• Furthermore, the organizer has the unqualified and unrestricted authority with regards to pictures and the gathering of information on the competition and all participants involved, as well as to the use of such pictures and information for advertising, public relations or any other publicity purpose related to the competition.

• A change in competitor can only be made once, and only as the result of illness or injury to the authorized entrant, and must have the approval of the Race Director. The substitute driver shall compete throughout the race.
• Any competitor disqualified in any heat of the race is not eligible to compete in the remainder of the race.
• Competitors should attend the briefing held prior to the start of the races. The Race Director may waive this rule if a competitor is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. However, in this case, the competitor is responsible for obtaining a briefing from officials prior to the start of the competition.
• Competitors shall not hinder or endanger the welfare of their dogs, the progress of the event, or discredit the sport. Offenders shall be disqualified.
• A competitor must run in the correct age category (The age of a competitor is regarded to be the same during the whole season and is the age the competitor reaches at the end of the racing season e.g. for 2017/18 season it would be the age they are on 31st May 2018)
• Any competitor or dog coming to the starting line, which, in the opinion of the Race Marshal, is unfit or incapable of safely completing the trail, shall be disqualified.
• Any team or dog disqualified in any heat of the race is in no case eligible to compete in the remainder of the race
• Dogs participating in a race must be at least twelve (12) months old. However, in Bikejoring and Scooter a minimum age of 18 months is dictated.
• Any dog having raced in one class of a race is eligible to race in a second class on the same day (max. two heats per day) if the total lengths not exceed 12 km (7.5 miles)
• Dogs may be required to undergo a physical examination by a race veterinarian in order to be allowed to start.
• No dog or equipment shall be brought from a kennel where rabies, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis or any other contagious disease exists.
• Where a Race Veterinarian is present, if they diagnoses any dog present in the race area to have a contagious disease, that team shall be disqualified and shall immediately leave the race area.
• No Drugs are allowed to be taken or administered unless for specific health reasons e.g. diabetes
• All equipment is subject to the approval of the Race Marshal. However, the competitors themselves are responsible that their equipment meets the requirements as per the rules and regulations.
• A muzzle, or a collar that can be hooked as a full choke, shall be prohibited.
• A racing number for each competitor shall be provided by Highland Canicrossers. The competitor shall display this number on his/her person throughout the race, unless otherwise authorized by the RM.
• The competitor should not be wearing shoes that could be dangerous for dogs. Shoes with hardened spikes or studs of 1mm height maximum are allowed.
• Studded tyres are not allowed on any bicycle.

Single Start Race
• The first day’s starting positions shall be determined by:
o Those competing in the Scottish Canicross Championships,
o Everyone else and
o Yellow Ribbon Class (those with reactive dogs).
There will be 3 ‘classes’ within each race, in each the initial starting positions shall be determined by their estimated time given during registration.
Canicross – There will be a 30 sec gap between competitors except for those in the Yellow Ribbon where there will be a min 60 sec gap; there will also be a min 60 sec gap between each class (Championship/ Race/ Yellow Ribbon)
Bikejor – There will be a 60 sec gap between competitors except for those in the Yellow Ribbon where there will be a min 120 sec gap; there will also be a min 120 sec gap between each class (Championship/ Race/ Yellow Ribbon)
• After the first heat, the starting positions shall be determined by the total elapsed time of the previous heat

• The time keeping shall be measure with manual timing.

• In canicross, the entire team, with the competitor holding his/her dogs by the collar or the harness, shall stay behind the starting line until the start signal has been given.
• In Scooter and Bikejoring the front wheel shall determine the starting point of the team and shall stay behind the starting line until the start signal has been given.
• Before the start, the starting team should come to a complete stop at the starting point
• Trail time for all teams shall begin at the scheduled time of departure.
• A team that fails to be in the starting position at its scheduled starting time or within half of the starting interval after the scheduled starting time shall be declared a late starting team, and shall receive a new starting time plus a time penalty of 3 (three) times the starting interval in its class
• A late-starting team shall not be allowed to start until after the last team entered in its class has started, and after the prescribed starting interval.
• If more than one team is declared late, those teams shall start in the originally scheduled starting order.
• If a team is late to the starting line for its second scheduled time of departure for any one heat, that team shall be disqualified.
• Unless otherwise specified by the Race Marshal, assistance in the Starting Chute shall be allowed.

• A competitor shall have finished the heat when the first dog on the team crosses the finish line.
• If a loose team crosses the finish line ahead of its driver, that team shall have finished when the driver reaches the finish line.
• The team with the fastest total time of its class shall be declared the winner of that class.
• Finishing zone, where the “no right of way” applies, shall be 150 meters long

• A competitor shall run the full course as established by Highland Canicrossers.
• If a competitor leaves the trail, they should return to the point at which they left the trail.
• No one should interfere with a competing team.
• All competitors may receive similar assistance of any type from officials stationed at designated points along the trail as authorized by the Race Marshal. Only in case of loose dog(s) or a team that is in clear and present danger to itself, to other teams or to persons, are officials and spectators allowed to take immediate action to secure the safety of the team. In all other cases, officials shall only act upon request of the competitor for assistance, which is limited to controlling the dog(s) or to hold the bicycle. The competitor shall stop the team, clearly indicate which assistance is requested, and behave properly towards the officials.
• Competitors running in the same heat may assist each other in any manner authorized by the Race Marshal.
• No one shall assist a team by wilfully pacing it.

• All competitors must assume that a loose dog is endangered
• A loose dog(s) shall not delay or interfere with another team.
• The competitor of a loose dog(s) shall attempt to recover his/her dog(s) by the quickest means available to ensure the safety.
• In the event that the competitor cannot quickly and safely recover his/her dog(s), they must accept assistance, including a ride when available, to recover his/her dog(s). Failure to accept available assistance may result in disqualification of the driver of the loose dog(s). The Race Marshal shall determine if a driver is to be disqualified.
• Any person(s) is (are) encouraged to stop and hold a loose dog(s).
• All assistance must be reported to the Race Marshal directly after crossing the finish line. The Race Marshal decides if the team shall be penalized.
• A loose dog may resume the trail without penalty provided the dog has completed the entire trail and the competitor has received only authorized outside assistance.

• When one competitor intends to pass another team, the passing competitor may request the right of way when the lead dog(s) come(s) within 15 meters of the sled of the team to be overtaken.
• The competitor being overtaken shall make way for the passing dog(s) keeping to one side of the trail, slowing his/her dog(s) down
• Competitors following each other shall maintain an interval of not less than one team length, except when passing or in the “no-right-of-way” Zone.

• Given the minimum and maximum temperatures, trail conditions and local circumstances (e.g. humidity), the following guidelines are available for decisions to be taken by the race giving organization and the Race Marshal for the well-being of the dogs:
Canicrossing Below 18C + 85% & below humidity
Bikejoring Below 16C + 85% & below humidity

@18C – RD will call a meeting to decide best way forward to ensure welfare of the dogs.

Canicrossing 18C-22C
Bikejoring 16C-20C

• Depending on the race trail (i.e. large section under the sun) or other facts, the Race Marshal may impose shorter distances or other measures if this is favouring the sport, even if the maximum temperatures above are not reached.

• 15/30 seconds or 1 minute in Canicross, Bikejoring and Scooter

• The trail shall be safe for dogs and competitors.
• The trail should not cross itself.
• Trails shall, to the optimal extent possible, be broadly constructed to facilitate passing.
• There should be sufficient space between the lanes so that teams are unable to distract each other.
• Trails should be shielded from parking lots and parked cars.
• Trails should not cross a traffic laden road on the same level. However, if this cannot be avoided, there shall be a prior permission to block off the road during the competition. Dependable control shall be on hand and the trail should cross the road in a 90 degree angle.
• The Starting Chute shall be at least 30 meters long and be so organized that a team can be entirely removed from the trail.
• The Finishing Zone shall be at least 50 m for Canicross, wide enough for passing and with no sharp turns
• The starting and finish lines shall be clearly defined
• Watering points shall be provided at least every 3 km along the trails, so that the dogs may be watered and cooled.
• If special circumstances dictate that the length of the trail be decreased or increased, the decrease or increase shall never be more than 25% in any class
• Distances:
o Canicross elite and veterans: minimum of 2 km, maximum 8 km (1.2 to 5 miles)
o Canicross juniors: minimum of 1 km, maximum 4 km (0.6 to 2.5 miles)
o 1-dog Bikejoring class: minimum of 2 km, maximum of 10 km (1.2 to 6.2 miles)
• Litter shall not be left on or along the trail, but be carried to the finish, check point or a deposit along the trail as determined by the organizer.

• The trail shall be marked with a sufficient number of clearly visible markers, so placed that there will be no doubt for the driver where to go.
• All Trail Markers shall be at least 25 cm in diameter or length per side.
• Only one side of the sign shall be coloured to indicate the proper direction of travel.
• Trail markers shall be placed about 1 meter beyond the edge of the trail, and from 60 to 120 cm above the surface of the trail.
• All markers shall be visible as far ahead as possible.
• Markers shall not be so placed, or made of such a material, that they might constitute a danger for dogs or drivers
• Red Markers shall be used at all intersections and crossings involving turns. The markers shall be placed about 20 meters ahead of the point in question at the same side of the trail as to which the teams shall turn.
• Blue markers may be placed on either side of the trail.
• Blue markers used to indicate the correct trail after a crossing or turn shall be placed about 20 m beyond, and should be visible when approaching, the point in question.
• Blue markers shall be used:
o At intersections or crossings when the trail is going straight through. The sign shall be placed about 20 meters ahead of the intersection.
• Blue markers should be used:
o Beyond all intersections, turns or blind corners, which are marked with a red marker.
o Every full kilometre along the entire trail.
• Yellow markers may be placed on either side of the trail. Yellow markers indicate portions of the trail, where slow, cautious passage is recommended, e.g. steep downhill, really sharp turns. Yellow markers shall be placed about 20 meters ahead of the caution area
• If the caution area covers a length of the trail, two yellow markers shall be placed on the same stake at the beginning of the caution area. The end of the caution area shall be indicated with one yellow marker with a diagonal red or black cross.
• All yellow markers shall be presented and explained at the Briefing Meeting and they shall be indicated on the trail map.
• The end of the Starting Chute shall be indicated by markers on both sides of the trail
• A white marker shall be placed at the start of the Finishing Chute with the distance remaining (usually 150 m for Canicross and 800 m for all other classes before the finish line) to indicate the beginning of the “No-right-of-way” zone.
• Portions of the trail, where the correct trail is not clearly visible, may be marked with additional markings. Such additional marking shall never be considered a replacement for ordinary marking according to this Rule.

Date of Competition
Place of Competition
Name Bib Number

Phone Number (mobile)
Phone Number (Landline)
Class (indicate which one)
Fun Run Canicross Short Canicross Long Bikejor

Protest Against: (Name) Bib Number
Describe the action(s) or incident and mention which rule(s) is/are infringed:

Name: Bib Number
Name: Bib Number

This form must be handed to the Race Marshall within one hour after the protester has finished.

Date Time
Signature of Protester

Signature of Race Marshall