Balto Sügiskross 2021

Veokoeraspordi võistlus Valgehobusemäel, 30.-31. oktoober 2021

Balto sügiskross 2021 is cancelled!

Dear participants,
Due to the restrictions that will come into force from the new week, which, among other things, prohibits the participation of people without a vaccination passport, as well as the restrictions of our close neighbors, we have sadly decided to cancel race Balto Sügiskross on this year. All participation fees will be refunded within the next week.
Nevertheless, we are waiting for you to compete, but virtually. Virtual race Balto Sügissprint will take place on October 29-31, right where you have the fiercest and nicest trail for you. We will share more information about virtual race on this weekend.
See you at our virtual race!

Balto Sügiskross 2021 is held according to IFSS race rules. Race organiser is Sled Dogs Club Baltosport. IFSS Race Marshal: Aija Mäkiaho (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.

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.

The submission of a COVID 19 vaccination passport or negative test result is mandatory. A Quick test can also be carried out on site.

According to the requirements established by the government, it is mandatory to submit either:

• COVID19 vaccination passport

• COVID 19 recovery Certificate within the last 6 months

• Negative result of a quick test performed in the last 48 hours (carried out by health care worker or by race organiser on race site)

• Negative result of a routine test performed in the last 72 hours

Rapid tests that are not done by health care worker or by race organiser on race day, are not acceptable.
Proof of safety presentation is not required for underage participants.

On the morning of the first day of the competition, a quick test can be performed on site, the sample of which is taken from the nose. The quick test must be noted at registration and is subject to a fee (€ 10).


Saturday, 30.10.2021

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Registration, verification of COVID19 certificates, vet. control, equipment control, race track open
  • 12:15 Opening Ceremony. Track instruction. Track closed
  • 13:00 Heat I, competitors starting times
  • 14:45 Kids canicross heat I
  • 18:00 Meeting, day summary

Sunday 01.11.2020

  • 11:00 Heat II
  • 13:00-13.30 Kids canicross heat II
  • Award Ceremony starts in 2 hrs after the last competitor has finished


The length of the track is about 6 km in all classes except in the kids´ canicross – DCK1, DCK2 and youth canicross (DCY) 800 metres long. There may be changes in the length of the tracks, but only if strictly necessary and in accordance with IFSS rules. The track is best described as a forest trail with ascents and descents.

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.


A competitor has the opportunity to make a maximum of two starts on one day of competition. Double starts in the same race class and category are not allowed. Example based on the DBW class: it is not allowed to participate twice in the DBW RNB class, but it is allowed to start in two different categories, namely the DBW Open and the DBW RNB.

Double starters are kindly asked to take into account that his next start may be 10-15 minutes after finishing and there may not be enough time to rest properly.

DR6 (from 4 to 6 dogs; men and women together) Elite – birth year until 2003
DR4 (3 or 4 dogs; men and women together) Juniors – birth year from 2004to 2008, Elite – birth year until 2003.

DSW1 and DSM1
Youth birth year from 2009 to 2011, Juniors – birth year from 2004 to 2008, Elite – birth year until 2003
DS2 (1 or 2 dogs; men and women together) Elite – birth year until 2003.

Juniors – birth year from 2004 to 2006, Elite – birth year from 1983 to 2003, Veterans – birth year until 1982.

Juniors – birth year from 2004 to 2008, Elite – birth year from 1983 to 2003, Veterans – birth year until 1982.

DCK1 (boys and girls) – birth year from 2014.
DCK2 (boys and girls) – birth year from 2012 to 2013.
DCY (boys and girls) – birth year from 2009 to 2011. If possible, separate classes DCWY and DCMY will be opened.

Youth, juniors and veterans compete in a separate count if there are at least 5 competitors in the same age category in the class.


  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, canadian eskimo dogs, samoyeds and yakutian laikas with an FCI / EKL registered breed certificate.

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.

Information about the classes which will be open will be published on the first days of the competition week.


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. 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.


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

Race Marshall and the judge(s) 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! The use of carabiners that do not comply with the IFSS rules is not allowed in the competition area (incl. on leashes, on stake-out lines, etc.!).

Pilt, millel on kujutatud kipplüliti, metallesemed, võti

Kirjeldus on genereeritud automaatselt

Pilt, millel on kujutatud tekst

Kirjeldus on genereeritud automaatselt

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 09.09 to 08.10 Elite, juniors and veterans 45€ / kids 10€
From 09.10 to 23.10 Elite, juniors and veterans 60€ / kids 15€

From 24.10 to 30.10, registration is no longer possible.

Competitor´s second start – 15€ off the registration fee.

Changing an already registered class up to 11.10 is free of charge. Without a good reason (e.g. veterinary indication, accident, etc.) the fee for changing the class from 11.10 to 24.10 is 15 €. From 25.10, it is possible to change the class only in case of very good reason.

Registration fee includes a soup on Saturday.

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 (or proof of the purpose of the visit at the border) 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. In addition, prizes will be awarded by the competition 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.

All finishers will receive a digital diploma.


Advertising and sales must be coordinated with the organizer. Advertising and selling products at race area are free for race sponsors. 


Valgehobusemäe suusa- ja puhkekeskuses has 54 accommodation places. For information and booking please contact or call + 372 666 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
Richard Põldmaa (EST, ENG, RUS) and Martin Kreek (EST, ENG)– trail masters

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

Facebook Event: Balto Sügiskross 2021 / IFSS World Cup


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.