Safety

RUAPEHU EXPRESS 2020 PARTICIPATION RULES

  1. I have read and understand the information regarding this event and understand that I participate in this event at my own risk.
  2. I acknowledge and accept that mountain biking and trail running carries an inherent risk of injury, illness and in extreme cases, death.
  3. I will be drug and alcohol free for this event.
  4. I acknowledge that although the event has medical personnel and resources at various points along the course, the inaccessibility of much of the trail will make it difficult or impossible for medical assistance to reach me immediately and extractions may take a period of time.
  5. I agree to allow event medical staff to treat me as they see fit.
  6. I hereby attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for this event.
  7.  I understand that competing in this event may involve riding, running and walking on wilderness trails with rocks, roots, stream crossings, and up and down steep terrain. The hazards may include but are not limited to; challenging terrain, rocks, roots, adjacent streams, rivers, motor vehicle traffic, slippery surfaces, loose rocks, soft sand, weather conditions, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, actions of spectators, other competitors, general public and the event organisers personnel.
  8. If you break down or get injured, use your mobile phone to call event staff for assistance, or walk or ride on to the next Marshal if you can, or stay on the marked course and wait for event staff who will provide assistance.
  9. I agree to comply with the rules and directions of event officials and their personnel.
  10. I will stay on the marked course at all times, unless instructed by event staff.
  11. Do not go out on the course before the race starts or after the race ends.
  12. I will obey all course marking. Directional orange arrows will direct you on the courses. 2 crossed arrows or tape across the track indicate the wrong way, down arrow/s indicate to slow down for potential danger, green arrows indicate an easier course option. Keep out tape means keep out of the area.
  13. Stay left at all times. The course is NOT closed to other vehicles.
  14. Support crews are not allowed onto the event course, except where designated by Event Management
  15. Wear the correct safety gear when taking part. Mountain Bikers must wear hard shell helmet, closed footwear and shirt. Gloves are recommended. If advised by the event officials, a thermal top and a quality rain jacket are compulsory for all participants.
  16. All bikes and running shoes must be checked, cleaned and dried before taking part in this event.
  17. My support crew and I will obey the instructions given by event staff
  18. I accept that I may be pulled from the course at any time with the discretion of event staff primarily for, but not limited to, safety reasons.
  19. I will complete the entire course under my own power.
  20. I will not light any fires.
  21. I will be respectful of other trail users such as recreational walkers and mountain bikers.
  22. I will not litter.
  23. Smoking is not permitted at any of the checkpoints or along the trail by participants, staff, spectators or supporters.
  24. Dogs are not allowed on the course
  25. If I wish to withdraw from the event, I will either inform the nearest event staff, or text the Race Communications Manager (see rear of race number for phone numbers).
  26. Participants who leave the course/event without informing staff of their race number will be classified as "missing". The participant will be contacted on their mobile phone and their emergency contact will be called. If there is no response from either party or the emergency contact does not know the status of the participant, a search will be activated.  Any search related costs will be charged to the participant.
  27. If I need assistance, I will ask a staff member or call the Race Communications Manager (see rear of race number for phone numbers). If none of these options work and I have cell phone coverage and it is a true emergency, I will call NZ emergency services by dialling 111.
  28. Anti-Doping Policy and Statement: Race management reserves the right to drug test any participant competing in this event – from the time of registration to after the completion of the event.  Agreement to submit to drug testing is a condition of entry.
  29. I understand that the event transfer and refund policies are, as stated on the website at the time I entered, and are not negotiable.
  30. I hereby allow the use of my name and image to be used in the media and for marketing purposes.
  31. I hereby allowing aerial filming of myself, including use of drones, as part of this event.
  32. I hereby agree that in the case of event cancellation due to extreme inclement weather (at the discretion of event officials), my entry fee shall be non-refundable.
  33. I hereby acknowledge this waiver, release and indemnity discharge all persons, corporations, associations and bodies involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging the event and their servants, agents, representatives, officers and employees. This includes but is not limited to the various committees, members, and employees of all independent contracted suppliers to the event, local councils, cities and districts and their respective officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, representatives, agents, volunteers, event organisers and sponsors whether or not the loss, injury or damage is attributed to the act or neglect of any or more of them.
  34. I also understand that my contact details will be added to the events database, and that I will receive emails directly from the Ruapehu Express.  I understand that I can unsubscribe from this database at any time. The event will not, under any circumstances, distribute at any time, the contact details of those on the event database.
  35. I acknowledge that the course may need to be altered at any time (normally due to weather conditions) and I agree to accept all course changes including courses of lesser distance than what is advertised.