Tobacco Trail 2017 REGISTRATION OPEN

Torne River Sleddog Club is pleased to announce that registration for Tobacco Trail 2017 is now OPEN.
We have even more exciting news for you! We are very happy to announce that Tobacco Trail 2017 will start and finish at Café Sport, Luossavaara, Kiruna’s well known ski slope at the heart of our town. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to create a thrilling event for Mushers and spectators at the start/finish line with the support and help of Café Sport. The area is a perfect location for the race with plenty of room for Mushers, vehicles and dogs, and plenty of entertainment and refreshments available at Café Sport. More information will be available soon.
There have also been significant changes to the race format. In an effort to encourage a wider group of Mushers, whether you’re a Rookie or a Veteran, we are delighted to introduce a Junior race as well as a shorter distance option for the Limited Class. For more experienced Mushers we have changed our resting policy on the full distance Tobacco Trail in an effort to bring more teams home to the finish line and also make the race itself more strategic and exciting. Please take the time to read all of the key updates below before deciding which class is suitable for you, your experience, and your training goals.
Welcome to Tobacco Trail 2017!
Key Updates
·         Introduction of a Junior race (ages 15-18 on the year of the event) – 88km total, from Luossavaara to Jäkkälä (44km) and back. Start at 16.00 on Saturday 25th March, arrive Jäkkälä, where teams stay overnight, and prepare for the return leg home starting at 07.00 on Sunday morning. The winner is calculated by total time taken on the trail. STARTING FEE 1000sek.
·         Shorter distance Limited Class (6-8 dogs) – 174km from the start at Luossavaara toÖvre Soppero and back (87km+87km). Resting pot is a minimum of 6 hours mandatory rest at Övre Soppero, plus time adjustment. Start at 16.00 on Saturday 25th March. STARTING FEE 2000sek.
·         Open Class (8-14 dogs) – 334km from the start at Luossavaara to Övre Soppero, on to Saivomuotka, then back to Övre Soppero II and finish at Luossavaara (87km+80km+80km+87km). There is 6 hours mandatory rest, plus time adjustment at Övre Soppero I (the first checkpoint) with no additional resting pot stated. Additional rest should be taken according to the need of your dog team, either at checkpoints or on the trail. This change has been introduced to encourage mushers to plan their own resting/racing strategy according to the training they have done and the needs of their dogs during the race, not just take the minimum rest stated. OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE MORE TEAMS CROSSING THE FINISH LINE WITH A FULL LINE-UP OF DOGS! Race vets will be checking the wellbeing of all teams during the race. Start at 14.00 Saturday 25th March. STARTING FEE 3500sek.

Thank you for supporting our Club and Tobacco Trail 2017!