Feminist race 2024
The Femund race is known as the world's largest and one of the toughest dog races. The drivers compete day and night through a harsh landscape where they can expect all kinds of weather. The race is a nerve-wracking spectator sport, and you can follow the drivers and dog teams both from the starting line in Røros, along the way at all checkpoints and via live streaming.
Here is everything you need to know about the race and not least an explanation of terms such as musher, handler, RNB and other words and expressions that enable you to speak like one in the game.
650 kilometers through eight municipalities
The dog sled race is one of the highlights of the year in Røros and in Østerdalen. In the days from 1 to 6 February, the region is filled with canine glam, barking dogs and daring women and men fighting through wild nature. The participants compete in several classes, where the longest route is 650 kilometers with up to 12 dogs.
The route goes through seven municipalities, Trysil, Os, Rendalen, Tolga, Engerdal, Tynset and Røros, and along the way the participants will visit seven checkpoints.
It happens at the checkpoints
The race starts in the middle of the historic mountain town of Røros as an arena on 8 February and already the evening before you are welcome at the opening ceremony. During the checkpoints, the speaker keeps the audience up to date and ensures a good atmosphere. The checkpoints have various activities, dancing and entertainment, seating areas with bonfires and the sale of good food and drink. Here are the seven checkpoints:
Checkpoint Tufsingdalen is located in Os municipality and is run by the organization Medvandrerne in collaboration Tufsingdalen Samfunnshus.
Checkpoint Elgå is the checkpoint for F650. Elgå is located far to the north in Engerdal municipality, where the road on the east side of Femunden ends, and where the wilderness adventure in Femundsmarka begins.
Shop, accommodation, dining
the checkpoint is at the community center Fjellvang with the ski stadium as an outdoor arena.
The participants can choose whether they want to take a mandatory six-hour rest here or at Drevsjø.
The Søvollen checkpoint is located in the north of Rendalen municipality.
The wilderness checkpoint is run by students and teachers at Tynset Ungdomsskole, as part of the outdoor life elective. Not far from the checkpoint you will find Camp Tynsetingen with activities for the whole family.
Checkpoint Orkelbogen is a small adventure inside the mountain at 736 meters above sea level. The checkpoint is surrounded by ramshackle log houses, birch forests and gentle mountains, a place that provides memories you won't soon forget.
Checkpoint Tolga is the last checkpoint before the drivers head to the finish line in Røros. There is a XNUMX-hour restaurant here for the duration of the race.
Folk festival at Arena Malmplassen in Røros with activities.
The participants compete in four classes
Femundløpet is the world's largest dog race measured by the number of participants. Up to 160 crews will start in four different classes.
Femund FJr is a 6-team class, and at least four must be in the finish line.
Femund 450 and Femund 200 are 8-team classes, and consist of no more than 8 dogs and at least 6 dogs at the start. When crossing the finish line, the team must consist of at least 5 dogs. Dogs in the sled are counted in the team.
Femund 650 is a 12-team class, and consists of no more than 12 dogs and at least 9 dogs at the start. When crossing the finish line, the team must consist of at least 6 dogs. Dogs in the sled are counted in the team.
Read the entire program for Femundløpet here https://www.femundlopet.no/v2/publikumsinfo/publikumsinformasjon-/37