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Instructions

The registration fee includes:

  • A medal for those who complete the course in time
  • Food and drinks on the drinks stations along the course
  • Wax service at drinks stations in Korkalovaara and Ylikiiminki
  • Replacement poles at drinks stations in Korkalovaara and Ylikiiminki
  • Emergency first aid service
  • Shower facilities
  • Transportation back to stadium for skiers who are forced to quit
  • Prizes for winners
  • Bib (that is, the piece of clothing with your number on it)
  • Kit bag
  • Lunch after finishing

Changes to participant registration are subject to a 10 € fee.

Before the race

Skiers are required to register for both the classic and the free style 86 km and 53 km events no later than Friday, Feb 24 by 8:00 pm. Registrations are accepted also in the race office Friday, Feb 24 between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

On Friday, Feb 24 2017, the race office is situated at the Ouluhalli, (address: Ylioppilaantie 4, Oulu). The office opens at 12 pm (noon) and closes at 8 pm. On Saturday, the race offices are open only on the start areas 6 – 11 am.

  • 86 km Youth Centre (Nuorisokeskus) near the ice hockey stadium in Utajärvi
  • 53 km ski stadium at Korkalovaara in Muhos
  • 22 km ski stadium at Sankivaara

The race office can be reached by phone by dialling +358 (0)40 526 8513. Participants are to collect an envelope containing the bib and race instructions leaflet from the race office.

Transportation from Ouluhalli to the start areas has been arranged (see ‘Transportation’). We encourage skiers to share rides to avoid congestion. There is guidance to the Ouluhalli finishing area in Oulu and the start areas in Muhos and Utajärvi from Highway 22 (Valtatie 22m / Kajaanintie). Parking in the finish area is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Tervahiihto 2017 event relies on EQ Timing chips attached to the bib (that is, the piece of clothing with their number on it). Your bib, along with other material, is available at the race office during its hours of service. The chip is only activated when the skier passes the starting line. Each participant is responsible for wearing the bib. Any skier not wearing a bib will not be credited with a finishing time, and will not be regarded as having started the race. Trek events are not timed and the bibs do not contain chips.

Participants are given kit bags along with other material in the race office. Put your change of clothes in the kit bag, make sure your number is attached to the bag, and close the bag carefully. Leave your kit bag at the storage point situated in the start areas and collect it after the race by showing your bib. Do not store any valuables, such as watches, money, etc. in the bag. If you want someone else to collect your bag, give him or her your bib. The organisation is only responsible for items stored in the kit bags in the storage points.

On Friday, Feb 24, the service is offered in the Ouluhalli from 2 to 8 pm. The way to the wax service point is guided from the race office. On race day, Feb 25, the wax service is available in the start areas in the race offices in the Utajärvi Youth Centre and Korkalovaara ski stadium between 6 and 11 am. Waxing is also provided at the drinks stations in Korkalovaara and Ylikiiminki. However, it is advisable to carry some wax of your liking just in case. At the drinks stations, Vauhti is helping out in waxing.

Swix wax representative is Aki Tuovinen

Swix waxing service price list

Ski service is offered at the School of Forestry and start areas according to the following price list (payment only in euros cash):
A. glide wax 20 €,
B. kick wax 20 €,
C. grip tape 20 €,
D. glide and kick wax 35 €,
E. high-fluoro glide wax 60 €,
F. high-fluoro glide and kick wax 60 €,
G. ski cleaner 10 €.

Advance payment required!

The ads on the bib must not be covered. Your number and bib are personal, and no other person may use your bib in the race. Unless a change to registration data has been made in the race office, such conduct will lead to disqualification. Changes to registrations are subject to a 10 € fee.

 

During the event

The 128th Tervahiihto race day is Feb 25 2017. The start of the 86 km course is in Utajärvi and the 53 km course in Korkalovaara in Muhos. The start of the 22 km course is in Sankivaara. The finish is in Ouluhalli in Oulu.

Start, 86 km classic, Utajärvi, 8:00 am.

The 86 km classic event will start as a group start on the morning of Feb 25. The first booth is reserved for elite group skiers holding a competition license. The second booth is for skiers who are racing against the clock but have no license. The third booth is for skiers in the trek event (without timing). We kindly ask the participants to gather in their respective booths no later than 10 minutes before the start time. The participants must move to the booths according to the guidance provided by the organisers to ensure the micro chip is activated and the race qualified. The participants must have the bib on before moving to the booth. The start is recorded on video and the race jury has the right to disqualify any false starts. We ask the participants to remain calm and orderly during start. Should your ski or pole break in the start, the service point is located 500 meters from the start. In order to avoid collisions, do not turn back to the start area to change gear.

Start, 53 km classic, Muhos Korkalovaara, 8:00 am.

The 37 km classic event will start as a group start on the morning of Feb 12 at 8.00 am. The first booth is reserved for elite group skiers holding a competition license. The second booth is for skiers who are racing against the clock but have no license. The third booth is for skiers in the trek event (without timing). We kindly ask the participants to gather in their respective booths no later than 10 minutes before the start time. The participants must move to the booths according to the guidance provided by the organisers to ensure the micro chip is activated and the race qualified. The participants must have the bib on before moving to the booth. The start is recorded on video and the race jury has the right to disqualify any false starts. We ask the participants to remain calm and orderly during start. Should your ski or pole break in the start, the service point is located 500 meters from the start. In order to avoid collisions, do not turn back to the start area to change gear.

Start, 86 km free, Utajärvi, 10:00 am.

The 86 km free event will start as a group start on the morning of Feb 25. The first booth is reserved for elite group skiers holding a competition license. The second booth is for skiers who are racing against the clock but have no license. The third booth is for skiers in the trek event (without timing). We kindly ask the participants to gather in their respective booths no later than 10 minutes before the start time. The participants must move to the booths according to the guidance provided by the organisers to ensure the micro chip is activated and the race qualified. The participants must have the bib on before moving to the booth. The start is recorded on video and the race jury has the right to disqualify any false starts. We ask the participants to remain calm and orderly during start. Should your ski or pole break in the start, the service point is located 500 meters from the start. In order to avoid collisions, do not turn back to the start area to change gear.

Start, 53 km free, Muhos Korkalovaara, 10:00 am.

The 53 km classic event will start as a group start on the morning of Feb 25 at 8.00 am. The first booth is reserved for elite group skiers holding a competition license. The second booth is for skiers who are racing against the clock but have no license. The third booth is for skiers in the trek event (without timing). We kindly ask the participants to gather in their respective booths no later than 10 minutes before the start time. The participants must move to the booths according to the guidance provided by the organisers to ensure the micro chip is activated and the race qualified. The participants must have the bib on before moving to the booth. The start is recorded on video and the race jury has the right to disqualify any false starts. We ask the participants to remain calm and orderly during start. Should your ski or pole break in the start, the service point is located 500 meters from the start. In order to avoid collisions, do not turn back to the start area to change gear.

Start, 22 km classic, Oulu Sankivaara, 9:15 am.

The 22 km classic event will start as a group start on the morning of Feb 25 at 9.15 am. The first booth is reserved for elite group skiers holding a competition license. The second booth is for skiers who are racing against the clock but have no license. The third booth is for skiers in the trek event (without timing). We kindly ask the participants to gather in their respective booths no later than 10 minutes before the start time. The participants must move to the booths according to the guidance provided by the organisers to ensure the micro chip is activated and the race qualified. The participants must have the bib on before moving to the booth. The start is recorded on video and the race jury has the right to disqualify any false starts. We ask the participants to remain calm and orderly during start. Should your ski or pole break in the start, the service point is located 500 meters from the start. In order to avoid collisions, do not turn back to the start area to change gear.

Start, 22 km free, Oulu Sankivaara, 1.30 pm.

The 22 km free event will start as a group start  Feb 25 at 1.30 pm. The first booth is reserved for elite group skiers holding a competition license. The second booth is for skiers who are racing against the clock but have no license. The third booth is for skiers in the trek event (without timing). We kindly ask the participants to gather in their respective booths no later than 10 minutes before the start time. The participants must move to the booths according to the guidance provided by the organisers to ensure the micro chip is activated and the race qualified. The participants must have the bib on before moving to the booth. The start is recorded on video and the race jury has the right to disqualify any false starts. We ask the participants to remain calm and orderly during start. Should your ski or pole break in the start, the service point is located 500 meters from the start. In order to avoid collisions, do not turn back to the start area to change gear.

There are eight stations along the long 86 km course:

  • Saviniemi
  • Pälli
  • Leppiniemi
  • Korkalanvaara
  • Ylikiiminki
  • Pilpajärvi
  • Sankivaara
  • Valkiasjärvi

The medium 53 km course has four:

  • Ylikiiminki
  • Pilpajärvi
  • Sankivaara
  • Valkiasjärvi

The stations are open on race day as follows:

  • Saviniemi 8:15 am – 11:00 am
  • Pälli 8:50 am – 12.00 am
  • Leppiniemi 9:15 am – 0:45 pm
  • Korkalanvaara 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Ylikiiminki 8:15 am – 2:30 pm
  • Pilpajärvi 8:50 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sankivaara 9:25 am – 4.55 pm
  • Valkiasjärvi 9:30 am – 5.50 pm
  • finish until 6:45 pm

Each drinks station offers i.e. water, juice and sports drink.

In the classic 86 km, 53 km and 22 km events only classic style is allowed. In the free 86 km and 53 and 22 km events the skiing style is free. Referees will be monitoring the style, and the race jury will decide on any disqualifications.

Guidelines and directives

Each participant takes part in the race at his or her own risk. The participants must without question follow any traffic guidance at the road crossings. Race participants do not have to yield to give way to faster skiers following them, except for skiers in the elite group. Reserve poles are available at the start areas, and the Pälli and Ylikiiminki drinks stations. The ads on the bibs must not be removed or covered.

Finnish Red Cross teams headed by a doctor is available to administer first aid. The teams are located in Korkalovaara, Sankivaara and at the Ouluhalli finish area. Tervahiihto officials assist in contacting the teams. The general emergency number is 112.

Participants may pick up reserve poles to replace broken ones at some drinks stations. The reserve poles must be returned to the organizer at the race office at the Oulujoen koulu. Any lost property may also be claimed there.

Discontinuing the race

Should a participant be forced to quit, he or she must without further delay inform the officials at the nearest drinks station. Anyone arriving at a drinks station after its closing time must discontinue the race for his or her own safety (see Drinks stations). Anyone finishing after the set time of 6:40 pm is regarded as having discontinued the race and will not be recorded in the results. The participant group is followed by a snow mobile patrol tasked with picking up, and transporting to the nearest drinks station, any skier whose state is not deemed fit to continue. Transportation is available from the drinks stations to the finish for the participants who are forced to discontinue the race.

After the race

The finish is located at the Ouluhalli. On the final stretch just before the finish line, classic event participants use the tracks set on the right and the free event participants skate-ski on the groomed path on the left. After crossing the finish line, move towards the large equipment tent. Flexible and calm conduct in the finish area makes it easier for the staff to service you and others. Those who finish within the time limit (6:45 pm) are given a Tervahiihto medal. Exiting the stadium is done through the back door of the tent. The finish closes at 6:45 pm on Saturday.

Every participant finishing within the time limit is awarded with a Tervahiihto medal. These medals are presented right after finishing.

Prize Giving Ceremony (Race Office, Ouluhalli):

  • 2:30 pm classic style
  • 4:30 pm free style

The prize awards will be awarded to the first three female and male competitors who cross the finish in the 86km freestyle race.

1. 400e

2. 250e

3. 100e

The top five elite skiers in 86km freestyle race will be awarded with great good prizes.

The great goods prizes  will be awarded to the first three female and male competitors who cross the finish in the 86km freestyle race and 53km/86km classic race.

Age class awards ( great goods prizes) will be given to the top three females and males, in both the classic and freestyle races.

A 100e Sprint Bonus will be awarded to the first female and male competitors in the 86km freestyle race to cross the intermediate sprint line prior to the Korkalanvaara Aid Station.

The sprint goal is located about 3 kilometres after the Montta power station crossing at 33 km in the Korkalovaara ski stadium.

The use of shower facilities after finishing at the Ouluhalli is included in the registration fee.

Participants are served lunch, which is included in the registration fee, at the School of Teuvo Pakkala near Ouluhalli We serve soup, bread, spread and juice/milk.

Unofficial results are available almost real time on the net → result service.

The race jury has the right to disqualify a skier and have him or her removed from the track in case the skier does not follow rules or instructions given by officials. His or her performance is automatically disqualified if the skier uses another number but his or her own.

The race jury consists of a FIS technical expert (TD), TD assistant and the head official. In addition to solving any disputes, the jury acts as consultants to the organisers in various matters concerning the race.

Protests concerning the top 10 skiers are to be handed in within half an hour (30 min) after the first finisher (a protest fee of CHF 100 or equivalent according to FIS rules applies). For other skiers, the time limit is 30 min after the last skier finishes.

The Finnish Antidoping Committee has the right to perform doping tests to participants.

Lost propetry can be claimed at the race office. You may also leave any found belongings of others there. After the race is over, you may inquire after lost property at the Oulun Hiihtoseura office, tel. +358 (0)50 548 4449. After one week, the remaining valuables are handed over to the Oulu police station office of lost property. Other belongings are stored for one month.

In case the entire race must be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or emergency, the organisers reserve the right to withhold 50 % of the registration fees. A registered person, who withdraws his or her registration, is not entitled to a refund unless the withdrawal has taken place prior to Dec 31, 2016, in which case 50 % of the fee is deposited for the next year’s race. In the event of sickness, 50 % of the fee is deposited for the race of 2017 in case the person presents a medical certificate. The application must be made by Feb 24, 2017. The organiser will inform the participants of a race cancellation on the internet and in media.

If your contact information changes, you may inform the Oulun Hiihtoseura office by phone or email, or inform the officials in the race office.

Tervahiihto Expo is situated in the Ouluhalli next to the race office. Read more about Tervahiihto Expo.