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2014 IFSS European Championships Finland
7-9th March 2014, Rautavaara

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Welcome to race in wintery Finland!


Finland has the joy of hosting the sleddog sports on snow European Championships!
All races in MD, sprint, skidog pulka and skijoring classes take place in the same race center and same trails in Metsäkartano in Rautavaara, Eastern Finland.

An all new network of trails is being built in Metsäkartano. The hilly terrain offers a beautiful setting for the first IFSS on snow European Championships. The trail profiles have been planned together with dog skiers and sled drivers. MD-classes are driven as two- lap race without the lap change taking place near the start/finish area. The trail width follows the new IFSS rules with the basic width being 4 meters and 6 meters for mass start races.

Finnish Sleddog Sport Federation puts extra effort into the securing condition of the trails. During the winter starting from mid-January Metsäkartano is going to host training camps and national races in many classes so the trails will be in good condition all winter. The people in Metsäkartano speak English. Finnish Championship in nordic and sprint will be in February 15-16th. Everybody is welcome to the Finnish championship race! Look for more information in the Finnish Sleddog Sport Federation calendar.

The European Championships will be hosted by Finnish Sleddog Sport Federation in conjunction with three national clubs.
The opening ceremonies will be held the 6th of March and the races from 7th to 9th of March 2014.

Accommodation can be booked from Metsäkartano. There are many different choices of accommodation from suites to apartments in a wilderness hotel. The accommodation in Metsäkartano is located 500 meters and the camping place just 200 meters from the start/finish area. There are a limited number of accommodations available in Metsäkartano so book yours as soon as possible. Bomba in Nurmes offers nice lodges with breakfast for approximately 50 rooms and 40 kilometers away from Metsäkartano. There is a hotel in the center of Rautavaara about 20 km away. Tahko skiing center lies about 60 km away and they have plenty of hotel and lodging accommodation available. A newsletter about accommodation offers with booking information is going to be released during October of 2013.

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