Race Rules

2022 Copper Basin 300 Race Rules

Pre-Race Rules

Entry fees of $500.00 will begin processing starting the first Saturday in October (October 2nd, 2021) at 10:00am. Late registration will begin on December 1, 2021, and the fee will be $650.00.

Cancellations will be handled as follows: During the months of October and November, 50% of fee will be refunded; Month of December, 25% of fee refunded; after December 31st, no refund will be issued. Declaration of Cancellation must be made via email (copperbasin300@gmail.com) to establish cancellation date, refund amount, and removal from entrant list. Cancellation form must be signed and returned for issuance of refund.

Race field is limited to the first 50 mushers officially signed up. Entry is considered official when application is received, all required information is submitted and entry fee is paid in full. Entries are accepted via online entry or US Postal Service. A wait list will be started for entries in excess of 50 teams. Entry refunds will be given to waitlisted entrants not allowed to compete due to a full field of 50 teams. Starting order will be determined at the musher’s meeting on January 7th, 2022, with the musher’s drawing for bib number. 

All entrants must be mushers in good standing with the Copper Basin 300 (CB300).

Race route is to be determined and posted by official sign-up date unless otherwise amended by the Board of Directors. 

Each musher is required to have a handler at each checkpoint. Handler is required to assist with the safe parking and departure of teams, receive and care for dropped sled dogs and clean up bedding straw and debris to the satisfaction of CB 300 check point manager and/or race official. There will be a mandatory handler’s meeting on January 7th, 2022, at 5:30 pm. 

Attendance at the pre-race mushers meeting Friday the 7th of January at 6:00 pm is MANDATORY.

Awards presentation will be at a time and place to be announced in December. All mushers should attend. Any musher not attending will forfeit all winnings.

Food and fuel shall be securely packed in reinforced bags (not to exceed 50lbs.) provided by the musher, there is no number limit of bags per checkpoint. All fuels must be packaged separately. Each bag must be clearly marked with the musher’s name and checkpoint. Drop bags must be delivered to the CB300 Race Committee designated drop point prior to musher registration.

All dogs must have current Rabies and Distemper/Parvo vaccinations. Proof shall be presented at registration in the form of a detailed purchase receipt.

Mushers must register at CB300 Race Central from 10am – 4pm on Friday, January 7th, 2022. At registration, mushers are required to sign a liability release form statement.

General Race Rules

Mushers are required to carry the following gear at all times:

1. Cold weather sleeping bag

2. Hand ax with overall length of 22 inches

3. One pair of snowshoes with bindings, each snowshoe to be at least 250 square inches in size. Collapsible snow shoes are not allowed.

4. Three-gallon capacity cooker and cooking gear.  All “fuel” must be in a clearly marked fuel container.  Fuel will not be allowed to be carried in thermoses or other drink containers.  This is to help with the possibility of mushers drinking this “fuel”.

5. Adequate food for dogs and musher.

6. Eight booties for each dog.

7. Assigned CB300 sled banner (banner to be visible at all times)

8. Each musher must carry a “Vet Book”, (provided by the CB300), and have a mandatory vet check at their 6-hour layover given to them by the race.  This vet book will be part of the mandatory gear, and must be returned to the CB300 at the completion of the team’s race.

Only one musher per team is allowed. Mushers must be at least eighteen (18) years of age by the start of the race.

No musher may tamper with another musher’s dogs, food, or gear.

Any sled that has been damaged beyond repair may be replaced with the approval of a CB300 Race Judge. All sled repairs must be performed by the musher. No significant alterations as to weight or size will be allowed.

Pacing is not allowed.

A musher may not receive outside assistance or planned help with their team or equipment. All care and feeding of dogs will be done only by that team’s musher.

Handlers may not haul water. Mushers may only accept food and/or lodging from sources available to all mushers. In the event a musher has to go to their truck for any reason, a CB300 Race Official must accompany them. A driverless team or loose dog may be stopped and secured by anyone. The musher may recover their team by foot, musher, or vehicle and continue the race. Any assistance must be reported to a Race Judge at the next checkpoint. A musher may not be accompanied by or accept assistance from any motorized vehicle except when recovering a loose dog or driverless team.

A musher wishing to withdraw must do so at a checkpoint or disqualification will result.

Mushers shall conduct themselves in a courteous and honorable manner at all times. Race Officials, media, and volunteers are all equal participants in this event and it is the musher’s responsibility to maintain a courteous rapport with them at all times.

Running the Race

Teams will leave the starting line at two-minute intervals. Any musher who cannot leave the starting line in the order drawn will be started after the scheduled departure time of the final team. The Race Marshal may disqualify any musher that cannot leave the starting line within sixty (60) minutes of the last team’s scheduled departure time.

Mushers must personally sign in and out of each checkpoint. A musher is not checked in until they have all the required gear. Mushers must leave the checkpoint within sixty (60) minutes of signing out.

The Race Marshal, in consultation with other Race Officials, may assess time and/or monetary penalties by the time the musher reaches the next checkpoint.

All teams must follow the course as marked.

When one team approaches within fifty (50) feet of another team, the team behind shall have the immediate right-of-way upon demand except within one mile of the finish line (no man’s land). The passed team must remain behind at least 15 minutes before demanding the trail. Ski poles may not be used within one hundred (100) yards of another team.

A one (1) hour penalty will be assessed for littering on the trail and especially at the checkpoints. Handlers are required to pick up booties, straw, dog waste, and other litter within thirty (30) minutes of the musher leaving the checkpoint. The Race Committee will provide bags for litter at all checkpoints.

Mushers must start the race with no fewer than eight (8) dogs and no more than twelve (12) and must finish the race with no less than five (5) dogs in harness. No dogs will be added or replaced after the start of the race.

The CB300 will be a 300-mile race with a total of eighteen (18) hours of layovers (plus start differential). Layovers are composed of one mandatory and a time accumulation (details follow).

One (1) mandatory layover of six (6) hours plus start differential at any checkpoint.

An additional accumulation of twelve (12) hours at any of the checkpoints. IN 30 MINUTE INCREMENTS.

The Race Marshal has the authority to withdraw a team that is out of the competition and is no longer making a valid effort to compete.

A musher has up to one (1) hour after finishing the race to file any grievances.

Dog Care

Mistreatment of dogs will be cause for immediate disqualification from the CB300. Such action will be reported to all major race organizations. The Race Marshal and Race Judges have authority over this matter. If further arbitration is required it will be by a quorum of the CB300 Board of Directors in a timely manner. Whips will not be permitted.

Injured, sick, or fatigued dogs may be dropped at designated checkpoints only. Drivers are responsible for their own dropped dogs. Drivers will have the means to safely carry dogs in the sled. Dogs will not be led behind the sled.

No drug which may suppress the signs of illness or injury may be used on a dog. A musher may not inject any substance into his or her dogs. No other drugs or other artificial means may be used to cause a dog to perform beyond its natural ability. The CB300 adopts the Iditarod’s list of prohibited drugs.

Any dog that expires during the race must be loaded and covered in the sled and taken to the next checkpoint or the checkpoint just passed and submitted to the Race Marshal, a Race Judge, or a Race Veterinarian. All dog deaths will be treated as a priority, with every effort being made to determine the cause of death in a thorough and reliable manner.

All dogs entered in the race are under the jurisdiction of the CB300, the chief veterinarian and veterinary staff from the time they enter the staging area at the start until after completion of the race.

The Race Marshal or his/her appointed judges will determine whether the musher should continue or be disqualified.

Dog deaths resulting in disqualification are:

• Signs of cruel, inhumane or abusive treatment

• Cause of death is heat stress or hypothermia

A musher will be disqualified if he/she had been advised in writing by a race veterinarian or judge to drop the dog at a previous checkpoint, but opted not to do so, unless the cause of death is clearly unrelated to this written recommendation.

The musher will not be penalized and may continue the race if:

• Cause of death can not be determined.

• The cause of death is due to a circumstance, nature of trail, or force beyond the control of the musher. This recognizes the inherent risks of wilderness travel.

• Cause of death is from some unpreventable or previously undiagnosed medical condition.

Mushers will be responsible for any veterinary fees incurred by an injured, sick, or expired dog.  

Dogs demonstrating aggressive behavior and deemed by Race Marshal or Head Veterinarian to be risk to other people or dogs will be withdrawn from the race. 

The Race Marshal and Race Veterinarians may make on-the-spot non-rule decisions regarding dog health or care.

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