HEALTH AND SAFETY
information for competitors: Please report to a race marshall if you have the slightest worry or concern about anything.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR CHILDREN
At all times, you, the parent or caregiver are completely responsible for the children in your care. You must decide if your child is capable of completing the challenges presented.
CARE NEEDED CROSSING ROADS
The number one hazard attached to this event is crossing roads. Do not allow your children to cross a road without your careful supervision. Please, cross any road with extreme care. Teams must hold hands when crossing the road. Thanks for this in advance.
We feel it prudent at this time to point out that heart attacks can occur at any time and any place. There will be physical exertion involved in XRACE. Because of this, we have a prepared contingency plan. Heart attacks don’t generally happen like they do in the movies, there are normally warning signs. Here are the warning signs of a heart attack.
- Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Other symptoms: breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
If you are running and you experience these symptoms stop; rest and bring your heart rate down immediately. If the symptoms continue, stay where you are, call for assistance from marshals and/or fellow competitors, locate a phone and call 111 immediately. Ask for ambulance and then follow the operator’s instructions.
The race organisers also have a rapid response plan that includes an automated external defibrillator.
WHO THIS NOTICE COVERS.
It is compulsory for all entrants in this event, their guardians and their supporters to read this notice and comply with its stipulations. All entrants and supporters are also responsible for familiarising themselves with the event course and all its hazards, Please inform your supporters of their responsibility to comply.
- You are responsible for your own health and safety during the event.
- Some XRACE challenges may involve an element of risk of injury, where competitors may encounter heights, water activity, steep terrain, crossing fences, low head height, and other random obstacles that are typically present in parks and reserves. You, or your child, should not attempt any challenges you do not feel capable of completing safely.
- You should only undertake to participate in this event if you believe that you are fit to do so, as confirmed by a doctor.
- At no stage of this event should you engage in activity that would threaten your own safety and the safety of other people.
- There are no road closures in this event, so you must exercise caution and obey New Zealand road rules.
- You should obey marshals, police and traffic officials, where they are instructing you for your safety.
COURSE AND CONDITIONS
- Observe conditions on the day and react accordingly for your own safety.
- Be aware that significant areas of the course may present uneven surfaces.
- XRACE is a rain or shine event. Competitors should bring adequate clothing for before, during and after then event, that is suitable for the conditions encountered on the day.
- XRACE should take competitors 1-2 hrs. All competitors are encouraged to take fluids with them.
- Take care as you may encounter sharp objects as part of the obstacles on the course.
XRACE challenges may include the use of water bodies such as pools, lakes, rivers and ocean. In any such case the parent is responsible for the safe use of any water areas and supervision of children.
- Swimmers of low confidence must not go over their depth.
- Swimmers with low confidence should keep to the beach side of swim as much as possible in the sea, and stay close to the lane ropes in the pool.
- In the event of difficulty in the water: stop and raise your hand for assistance.
- Rocks and shellfish – athletes are able to wear shoes or aqua joggers during ocean swim challenges.
- In the event of cutting your feet, please report to one of the first aid crew.
USE OF VEHICLES / TRANSPORT SERVICES
- Where a vehicle (i.e. bus train or tram) is used as transportation as part of XRACE, competitors must obey the standard rules outlined for that vehicle.
- Competitors must obey driver instructions at all times.
- Competitors must use caution in boarding and disembarking vehicles. Obey all standard road rules and crossing procedures.
- Be aware that large vehicles have a longer stopping time and the drivers have limited visibility.
LOOK OUT FOR FELLOW COMPETITORS
- Please report any accidents during the event to staff or marshals.
- Please give assistance where fellow competitors are in need of help. St John paramedics will be on hand for first aid during the event.
ROADS AND DRIVEWAYS
- The roads on the course are open to all motorists at all times.
- You may be required to cross roads and driveways on the course. Always be prepared to stop, even if you have right of way.
- Please be vigilant.
- Larger driveways may have traffic approaching you from the left and right.
- Any road crossings will be marshaled and should only be crossed at the appointed crossing point, which is clearly marked.
- By crossing a road at a non-appointed area, competitors may be deemed to be leaving the course, and will be disqualified.