Checkpoints

The Tobacco Trail Board is delighted to introduce a new trail and new checkpoints for 2022.

Please note This year is special as we have tremendous amount of snow. For reindeer this increases the difficult for getting food and some herds get emergency feed in form of hay in places near (but not on) the trail. It means that we only can be on municipal snowmobile leader. The race will turn and go back down the same trail. We will try to make it as smooth we can, but there is a possibility that you will meet other teams.

Our race base is at Lannavaara and the race trail makes 1-3 loops starting/finishing at Lannavaara.

LANNAVAARA

The village of Lannavaara is a 1.5 hour drive from Kiruna town/airport and will serve as our ‘race base’ as well as a checkpoint. Registration will take place at Lannavaara Lodge, where there is also accommodation available to rent for mushers/handlers very close to the main checkpoint. See ‘accommodation’ page for more information.

Kristallen, Lannavaara facilities – kristallen.com
 Guldvaskarvägen 4, 980 13, Lannavaara

Kristallen is Sweden’s leading educational centre for gemstones, gemology and jewellery making. It also has a fascinating shop with a large display of gemstones which is well worth a visit. Jenny at Kristallen is a keen supporter of the race and we are delighted to be partnering with them.

The long distance (300km race) Teams start at Aurora Mountain Lodge and the first stage is a loop following a trail to Sudjevarra (approx. 32km one-way) where there is a turn-around point to come back on the same trail back to Lannavaara. Stage 2 is a snowmobile trail leaving Lannavaara towards Lainio, with a turn-around point on the Lainio river approx. half way (47km one way) before following the same track back. Stage 3 is along the Tobacco Trail to checkpoint Paksuniemi (75 km). Stage 4 (final stage) is along the same trail back to the Finish at Lannavaara. Total distance 308km.

Mandatory rest of 2-hours plus time adjustment is at Lannavaara 2. There is TOTAL 8-hours mandatory rest during the race.
It is not allowed to drop a dog at the turn-around points. Handler access is not possible at Sudjevaara or Lainio River. 


The mid distance (150km race) 
Teams will start at Aurora Mountain Lodge and go to checkpoint Paksuniemi  along the Tobacco Trail (75 km). Here you have to take the mandatory rest (6 hours) and time regulation.  Then back to Lannavaara and finish. Total distance 150km.

Checkpoints are control posts of the race. The musher must wear the bib number at all times, on the trail and at checkpoints. Handlers should wear a ‘handler’ bib while they are in the stake out area.

 

CHECKPOINT – PAKSUNIEMI 

Mushers will receive straw and access to cold water for the dogs. Any dropped dogs will be taken care of by handler. Mushers may receive help braking, holding and steering the team to, and out from, marked checkpoint areas only. No other outside help is allowed and handlers should stay behind the marked line whilst dog teams occupy the checkpoint. The handler must rake the straw after its musher and team has left the checkpoint for the last time. Equipment and trash bags are provided by the organizer.

The race organisation reserves the right to withdraw its checkpoint officials after a reasonable amount of time has passed and the majority of teams have left the checkpoint area (teams will be told in advance if this is the case).

CHECKPOINT – LANNAVAARA 1 & 2

Mushers will receive straw and access to cold water for the dogs. Any dropped dogs will be taken care of handler. Mushers may receive help braking, holding and steering the team to, and out from, marked checkpoint areas only. No other outside help is allowed, and handlers should stay behind the marked line whilst dog teams occupy the checkpoint area. The handler must rake the straw after its musher and team has left the checkpoint for the last time. Equipment and trash bags are provided by the organizer. The race organisation reserves the right to withdraw its checkpoint officials after a reasonable amount of time has passed and the majority of teams have left the checkpoint area (teams will be told in advance if this is the case).

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    Copyright © TORNE RIVER Sleddog Club 2022

    Official race photographer Anna Öhlund
    (Image copyright 2022 Anna Öhlund)
    Website by Sapphire Blue Web Design