Bun Run


Event Date

Sat, Feb 29, 2020


Fairbanks, AK


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Bun Run

$25 $25 Closed

About This Activity



(Updated 8 January 2020)

Date of Races: The 2020 Bun Run Sled Dog Race will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Location of Race: Start will be at Pleasant Valley Store (mile 23 CHSR) in Two Rivers, Alaska and finish will be at LaRae’s Bakery (mile 10 CHSR).

Qualifications:  Drivers do not have to be members of TRDMA, but if you become a member, you can participate in longer races. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age by the start of their race. Exceptions for juniors can be made by the Race Marshall and with two recommendations from experienced mushers with TRDMA Board approval. No one convicted of animal abuse or neglect will be eligible to enter the races. TRDMA may honor censure by any other sled dog racing organization.

Entry Fee: Entry fee for members is $20 and the entry fee for non-members is $25. Day of sign-up drivers are allowed.

Limit of Entries: None

Basket rider: There will be one person riding in the sled basket for each driver. Drivers will not be penalized if they do not come up with a rider. The rider must be wearing appropriate winter gear for a 20 mile dog sled ride.

Registration: Sign-up will begin online at the website http://trdma.info with online payment via credit or debit card, opening on January 29, 2020 at 9:00 am and closing at 11:59 pm on February 28, 2020. There will be no sign-ups by postal mail. Race fee is due at the time of sign-up. In-person sign-ups start at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Pleasant Valley Store.

Refunds: Entry fees paid by a musher not allotted a starting spot will be refunded. Mushers that withdraw will forfeit their entire entry fee. Substitutions by mushers associated with the same kennel will be permitted.

Race Cancellation:  If the temperature at the Pleasant Valley Store is colder than -35 degrees F at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 29,2020, the races will be postponed or canceled at the discretion of the race officials. After the race has started, it will continue regardless of temperatures.

Day of Race Schedule: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Store

  • 9:00-10:00 am: Racers need to check-in and present proof of vaccination records (all dogs must have current rabies, distemper, parvo, and Bordetella vaccinations; copies of rabies certificates and purchase receipts for the other vaccinations are acceptable as proof). Start positions will be determined by order of check-in. Drivers are allowed to request positions upon check-in as long as they are not already taken by a driver.
  • 10:00 am: Mandatory drivers’ meeting. Attendance at the drivers’ meeting is required, any driver not in attendance may be subject to penalty or disqualification.
  • 11:00 am:  Race starts. There will be an initial driver/sweeper that leaves first to lead the race. 

Starting Interval: Teams will leave the starting line at two-minute intervals.  Any team that cannot leave the starting line within one minute of its designated time will be required to start two minutes after the scheduled departure of the final team of the respective race. Any team that cannot leave the starting line within 30 minutes of the last team’s scheduled departure will be disqualified.

Number of Dogs: Drivers must start the race with no fewer than 8 dogs and not more than 10 dogs.

Race winnings: First, second, and third place winners will receive $30, $20, and $10 gift cards, respectively, to Cold Spot Feeds.

Mandatory Gear: Mandatory gear will be checked starting at 10:00 am on race day. A team missing mandatory gear will not be able to leave the starting line or officially check into the checkpoint or finish line.  Missing gear will result in a penalty or disqualification.

  • Sled equipped with a standard brake, no attached caboose or trailer
  • Cold weather sleeping bag
  • Hand ax with an overall length of at least 22 inches
  • Headlamp
  • Snow hook
  • Assigned starting bib, which must be visible at all times
  • NOT REQUIRED, BUT RECOMMENDED: Person in basket dressed for cold weather. No person under 12 years of age may ride on the sled.

Following the Trail:  All teams must follow the trail as marked. Deviations/shorter routes will be assessed a time penalty. Every effort will be made to keep trail markers in place, but TRDMA cannot be responsible for acts of nature or malicious acts.  Two stakes on the side of the trail indicates an upcoming turn on that side of the trail; e.g. a left turn will have two markers side-by-side on the left-hand side of the trail; a right-hand turn will have two markers on the right.  Intersections that are to be traveled straight through will have a single marker on the right and left side of the trail.

Calling Trail:  Respect your fellow racers. If you are being overtaken by another team within 50 feet of your team and the driver is calling trail you must stop your team.  This means stop. Do not just lightly touch your brake. It is your responsibility to ensure your team isn’t interfering with the other team while passing and to have your sled pulled over as far as you can out of the way.  The passed team must remain behind at least 5 minutes before asking for the trail right-of-way to re-pass.

Keep the Trail Clear:  Drivers resting their team must keep the trail clear of dogs, food, and gear at all times as to not obstruct the trail for other mushers.

Mistreatment of Dogs is Prohibited: Mistreatment of dogs will cause immediate disqualification. Such an action will also be reported to all major race organizations. Signal whips and dogs requiring muzzles are not permitted. The Race Marshall will have absolute authority over this matter.

Drugs: Injectable, oral or topical drugs are prohibited.  Drugs that may suppress the signs of illness or injury may not be used, put in drop bags, or carried in the sled.

Expired Dogs: Any dog that expires during the race for any reason must be taken to the next checkpoint or returned to the checkpoint last passed (e.g. the start or finish) and reported immediately to race officials. The death of any dog may result in the withdrawal or disqualification of the driver, and/or possible prohibition from entering future races. The Race Marshall and Race Veterinarian may require a necropsy be conducted on the expired dog at the expense of the owner/driver.

Littering is Prohibited:  A minimum 30-minute time penalty will be assessed for littering on the trail.  Be respectful to our trails and dogs.  Some dogs like to eat candy wrappers and other waste tossed onto the trail.  Dog booties and excessive amounts of dog food left on the trail are considered littering. Excessive dog food left on the trail is also considered tampering with another team’s race.

Tampering:  Tampering with another driver’s dogs, food truck, trailer, dog box, or gear will result in disqualification from the race and possibly exclusion from future races. The above are examples and tampering is not limited to those alone. Drivers are responsible for the actions of their handlers, friends and associates.

Outside Assistance: Since this is a fun run, outside assistance is allowed.

Withdrawal from the Race: A driver who would like to withdraw may do so at the start, finish or checkpoint.  If the driver lives in the local area and feels their team cannot make it to the checkpoint or finish line, please let officials know as soon as possible that you have chosen to drive your team home.  If you choose to scratch alongside the road to be picked up by your handler you must also let race officials know as soon as possible that you have withdrawn from the race.

Good Sportsmanship:  Drivers shall conduct themselves in a courteous and honorable manner at all times.  Officials, media, volunteers, and fans are all equal participants in the race and it is the driver’s responsibility to maintain a good rapport with them at all times.

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