Eight Hour Mandatory Stops: In addition to the mandatory twenty-four (24) hour stop, a musher must take one eight (8) hour stop on the Yukon and one eight (8) hour stop at White Mountain.
None of the three (3) mandatory stops may be combined.
A musher must have with him/her at all times the following items:
Gear may be checked at all checkpoints except Eagle River, Wasilla, Knik and Safety.
Mushersí diaries will be checked only by the veterinarian.
The following drugs are prohibited:
A. Analgesics (prescriptive and non-prescriptive) B. Anti-inflammatory drugs including but not limited to:
Dogs are subject to the collection of urine or blood samples, at the discretion of the testing veterinarian, at any point from the pre-race examination until four (4) hours after the teamís finish in Nome. The musher or a designee will remain with the dogs. All results will be sealed and signed for before the tests are considered complete.
A musher must assist the veterinarian in collecting samples whenever requested. If blood or urine testing of a dog reveals any of the prohibitive drugs in the dog, this rule has been violated regardless of when such drugs were administered to the dog.
The use of megesterol acetate (Ovaban) and mibolerone (Cheque drops) as an estrus suppressant is permitted.
The practice of blood doping, i.e., injection of whole blood, packed blood cells or blood substitutes is prohibited.
Race veterinarians may utilize any of the listed drugs or other prohibited drugs necessary to maintain a dogís health, however, such dogs will be withdrawn from the race. The use of general anesthetics will not be allowed in any form unless the dog is withdrawn from the race.
Personal prescriptions written for and carried by the mushers may not be used on the dogs.
THE INTENT OF THESE RULES IS TO INSURE FAIR COMPETITION AND THE HUMANE CARE OF SLED DOGS. THE RACE SHOULD BE WON OR LOST ON MERIT RATHER THAN TECHNICALITIES. RACE OFFICIALS APPOINTED BY THE ITC ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERPRETING THE RULES IN KEEPING WITH THAT INTENT.