Balto Sügiskross 2020 / IFSS World Cup


Balto Sügiskross 2020 veokoeraspordi võistlus Valgehobusemäe

Balto Sügiskross 2020 is held according to IFSS race rules (updated May 2020). Race organiser is Sled Dogs Club Baltosport. IFSS Race Marshal: Ülle Aaslav-Kaasik (IFSS Race Judge), Race Judge: Margus Harak, Trail master: Richard Põldmaa.

Address: Valgehobusemäe Ski and Recreation Centre, Mägede Village, Albu Rural, Järva County, Estonia.
Google maps. If you are lost, please call +372 5624 3678 (Aigar EST, ENG) or +372 5063 118 (Richard EST, RUS).

The competition is two-day race, which means that in order to receive the result, the track must be passed both on Saturday and Sunday, because the times of both days will be summarised. Timing will be done with chips.

Time Schedule (updated!)

Saturday, 31.10.2020
11:00 – 12:00 Registration, vet. control, equipment control, race track open
12:15 Opening Ceremony. Track closed
13:00 Heat I, competitors starting times
14:45 Kids canicross heat I
18:00 Meeting, day summary

Sunday 01.11.2020
10:00 Heat II
12:00-12.30 Kids canicross heat II
Award Ceremony starts in 2 hrs after the last competitor has finished


The length of the track is about 4,65 km in all classes except in the kids´ canicross – DCK1, DCK2  and youth canicross (DCY) 550 metres long. The track is best described as a forest trail with ascents and descents.

Starting list for the first day will be determined by draw, second day starts will be according to first day results. In canicross there will be a mass start on the second day (not in the kids’ race). The starting corridor will be divided with nets for a few hundred metres.

In the dog cross classes (except DCK1 and 2 and DCY) will be used pair starts (it means that two competitors start at the same time). The start corridors are separated by networks.
The start list for the first day is based on the draw, the starts for the second day will be based on the results of the first day.
False turns will be blocked by a net, marker tape or sign.

Race classes and competitors ages

DR6 (from 4 to 6 dogs; men and women together) Elite – birth year until 2002
DR4 (3 or 4 dogs; men and women together) Juniors – birth year from 2003to 2007, Elite – birth year until 2002

DSW1 Youth birth year from 2008 to 2010, Juniors – birth year from 2003 to 2007, Elite – birth year until 2002
DSM1 Youth birth year from 2008 to 2010, Juniors – birth year from 2003 to 2007, Elite – birth year until 2002
DS2 (1 or 2 dogs; men and women together) Elite – birth year until 2002

Juniors – birth year from 2003 to 2005, Elite – birth year from 1982 to 2002, Veterans – birth year until 1981.

Juniors – birth year from 2003 to 2007, Elite – birth year from 1982 to 2002, Veterans – birth year until 1981.

DCK1 (boys and girls) – birth year from 2013.
DCK2 (boys and girls) – birth year from 2011 to 2012.
DCY (boys and girls) – birth year from 2008 to 2010. If possible, separate classes DCWY and DCMY will be opened.

Race categories

  1. Open class
    All dogs excluded from the nordic breed category.
  2. FCI registered nordic breed dogs:
    RNB1: siberian huskies
    RNB2: alaskan malamutes, greenland dogs, samoyeds and yakutian laikas

The Nordic breed category will be awarded separately in each race class under the following terms:

  1. At least 5 nordic breed entries in one class. This term does not apply to the canicross classes.
  2. In Dog Scooter and rig classes (DS1, DS2 and DR4-6) the nordic breed category is divided into RNB1 and RNB2 subcategories under the condition that they each have at least 5 entries in RNB1-category and RNB2-category.

demands for dogs and vet info

All competing dogs must be healthy, vaccinated and microchipped. Dogs participating in all main classes must be at least 18 months old on the day of the competition. In kids´ and youth canicross the dogs must be at least 12 months old. All dogs racing in nordic breed category must have an FCI registered pedigree, otherwise, they have to compete in open class. Besides the main class, a dog can also take part once in canicross or once in the kids´ canicross class. Switching dogs during the competition are not allowed. It is mandatory to present the dog´s veterinary passport at the on-site veterinary check. 

The race veterinarian is Terje Vanahans from Lahemaa Animal Centre veterinary clinic. She and her assistant(s) will be at the race site on Saturday and Sunday.

demands for competition equipment

All competition equipment must be in accordance with the IFSS race rules. 

Race Marshall and the judge will randomly check in the Stake-out area and the start area before the start the accordance of the competition equipment and used animal welfare measures.

NB! From current season the use of carabiners that do not comply with the IFSS rules is no longer allowed in the competition area (incl. on leashes, on stake-out lines, etc.!).

Competitors are allowed to share their equipment with one person if they have notified the organisers via the registration form and if they do not start twice using the same equipment.


From 07.09 to 11.10 Elite, juniors and veterans 35€ / kids 15€
From 12.10 to 25.10 Elite, juniors and veterans 45€ / kids 15€

From 26.10 to 31.10, registration is no longer possible.

Changing an already registered class from 07.09 to 11.10 is free of charge. Without a good reason (e.g. veterinary indication, accident, etc.) the fee for changing the class from 26.10 to 29.10 is 15 €. From 30.10, it is no longer possible to change the class.

Competitor´s second start – 10€ off the registration fee.

Registration fee includes a soup on Saturday.
Soup for non-contestants on Saturday is 3€.

Your registration is confirmed successfully after we have received registration fee via bank transfer (except mushers from Russia who can pay on race day) on Kelgukoerte Klubi Baltosport account. IBAN: EE94 2200 2210 5480 3650 / Swift (BIC): HABAEE2X / Bank name: SWEDBANK AS / Bank address: Liivalaia 8, 15040 Tallinn.

In payment order write: race class and category, competitor name(s), amount of extra tickets to lunch and dinner on Saturday

Mushers from Russia and Belarus who needs a letter of invitation for cultural visa request please send the following data to our e-mail

  1. Name and surname (Latin and RUS letters)
  2. Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  3. Passport number
  4. Dates of passport issued/valid


All competitors who finish the race receive a digital diploma, the first three from each class where is at least 5 competitors (3 in rig classes) receive a cup/medal, dry dog food from Polaris and wet dog food from Dolina Noteci and Piper from our race sponsors. If there are at least 5 youth, juniors or veterans in the bikejoring, one dog scooter and canicross class they will be awarded separately from adults.

RACE Sponsors

Polaris dry dog food by
Active dog gear by
Dolina Noteci and Piper wet dog food by


Advertising and selling products at race area are free for race sponsors. 

accommodation info and bookings

Valgehobusemäe suusa- ja puhkekeskuses has 54 accommodation places. For information and booking please contact or call + 666 1122.

Kallisaba Puhkemaja is in the vicinity of the competition area (~ 500 m) and has 33 accommodation places. For information and booking please contact or call +372 520 7423.

Tõrvaaugu Metsamajad are located 2.6 km from the competition area and have 18 accommodation places. For information and booking please contact or call +372 5807 0700.


Anu Raja (EST, ENG) – representative officer +372 55 909 785
Aigar Kuus (EST, ENG)– communication with RM and competitors +372 5624 3678
Richard Põldmaa (EST, ENG, RUS) and Martin Kreek (EST, ENG)– trail masters +372 5063 118 
Mariin Kaljula (EST, ENG) and Kairi Kreek (EST, ENG) – advertising and marketing, + 372 56 565 166
Margus Veer (EST, ENG) – registration, sound systems, time keeping + 372 512 5225
Marit Kuus, Erik Kangilaski, Margus Harak and Helle Kaljula – multitaskers 

* Please send e-mails only in English (or Estonian).

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The competition organiser reserves the right to make some changes if necessary. Please refer to our website or Facebook event for additional information.


Due to the possible pandemic situation in Estonia and in the world caused by the coronavirus Covid-19 and therefore due to the possible decision of the Government of the Republic of Estonia valid before and during the competition, the competition conditions may change. It is also possible to cancel the competition due to the establishment of a special situation.

In case of possible cancellation of the competition or due to the possible closure of the state border for foreign competitors (i.e. in a situation where the competition can only be organized with national level), the organizing committee will immediately inform all competitors.

In case of possible cancellation of the competition, the participation fees which are already paid, will be partially or fully refunded based on the time between the planned time of the event and the moment of announcement of the possible special situation.

The organizing committee will immediately announce about changes in the situation and inform about them both on recent page and on the Facebook event’s page.

Photos by Karina Saarestik Photography