1.Definitions

Age

The age of a competitor is regarded to be the same during the whole series and is the age the competitor will be on the first of May, the end of a current season. The age of a dog is the age it reaches the day of the competition it is entering.

Athlete

A person who runs, bikes or scooters a dog team

Class

A specific discipline (running, cycling, scootering) with one or two dogs that may be sub-divided by the age of the competitor 

Competitor

A person who runs, bikes or scooters a dog team entered in the race. 

Course

A specific, marked, route used for the purpose of racing 

Event

A meeting of athletes for the purpose of competing in one event which may involve several classes over one or more consecutive days. 

Finish

The point at which a race course ends 

Heat

A completion of the trail, after which the ongoing timing is discontinued 

Official

A person appointed by the organiser, authorized to perform, within prescribed limits, to act on their behalf 

Organisation

The organisation / organiser in charge of running the event 

Race

A competition in a specified class and may be comprised of one or more heats 

Race Area

All designated parking areas, spectator areas, team holding areas, start/finish chutes, officiating areas, the Course and the trail areas. 

Race Marshall

A person, appointed by the organiser, to enforce the rules as defined in this document and the safety of all competitors. 

Start

The point at which a race course begins 

Team

One or more dogs competing with an athlete 

Shall

Will be construed as being imperative i.e. it has to be done

Should

Will be construed as advisory i.e. this is what we would prefer done but exceptions can be made 

May

Will be construed as being permissive i.e. this can be done but is not compulsory