Race Rules of Interest

Rest time:

Marathon mandatory layovers are at Finland (upbound) and Two Harbors (downbound). Both are for 6 hrs. (Start differentials will be adjusted at Finland).

Marathon total rest time is 32 hrs.

There is no set location for Mid-distance layovers.

Mid-distance total rest time is 8 hrs.

Start differential:

Start differentials will be made up at Finland (Marathon) or wherever the mandatory vet check is made during a layover (mid-distance race).

Team sizes:

Marathon teams can be 12-14 dogs at start and must have a minimum of 6 at all times.

Mid-distance teams can be 6-8 dogs at the start and must have a minimum of 5 dogs at all times.


Time cards and vet cards do NOT have to be carried with the musher.

Only northern dog breeds will be allowed to enter.

Cut-off times:

Marathon: 5 pm Fri. Feb. 8. Also, a team may be removed from the race anytime it is deemed non-competitive by the race marshal.

Mid-distance: All teams must check out of Finland within 12 hrs of the departure time of the first team. All teams must finish within 12 hours of the winner.