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Chief Ladiga Silver Comet Sk8 Challenge

 Official Rules, Regulations, and Information

Race Information

 Starting Positions and Race Numbers

  1.  We position racers to start based on previous participation. We will ask that racers form four groups behind the starting line. 2011, 2012, 2013, and first time CLSC participants. Within each of these groups you can organize yourselves by bib number.
  2. On race days you must wear your race number at all times. Your number will be worn in a clearly visible location on your shirt, your shorts, or your pack. If the number is not clearly visible, your time will NOT be recorded and you will receive a DNF for that day of racing.
  3. Folding, cutting or intentional alteration of a bib number of any kind is prohibited. 
  4. Providing or selling a race number to other athletes is strictly prohibited.

 

 Race Start

  1.  The race can only be started by a race official.
  2. All racers must start the race at the time designated by the race official.
  3. When starting the race, boards must be on the ground and 1 foot must be placed on the board.
  4. Your time starts when the race official starts the race.
  5. Passing at the start line will not be tolerated due to safety concerns, as the group spreads throughout the first mile, use your best judgment on initiating passing.

 

 Aid Stations

  1.  There should be multiple aid stations throughout the course, at minimum one half way through the course and the other at the Start / Finish areas.
  2. Water will be provided at each aid station along the course.
  3. Sponsor-provided energy / endurance supplements may be available at aid stations along the course.
  4. Racers are expected to understand their own race-day hydration and nutritional needs, and plan accordingly.   Racers should not rely on sponsor-provided supplements as their primary means of event day nutrition, these product(s) provided may not be known until the day of the event.

 

 Drafting and Passing

  1. Drafting is permitted.  However, any physical contact witnessed by a race official, e.g., pushing or pulling another racer, is not allowed and may be considered grounds for disqualification.
  2. On straight sections of the course, racers must ride on the far right side of the course except when passing another skateboarder.   When passing, racers must pass on the left of the other skateboarders.
  3. On curved sections of the course, racers must pass on the inside of the turn. This is particularly important on downhill sections of the course. If the inside line is not open, you must yield to the rider in front of you and slow down.
  4. When passing, please observe the trail rules and make sure the person you are passing knows you are coming and where you will pass them. Typical trail etiquette calls for you to state “Passing on your left!” prior to reaching the individual you plan to pass. Don’t be an ass, announce your pass…

 

 Racing and/or Behavioral Infractions

  1. 1st offense racing / behavioral infractions will result in a warning.
  2. 2nd offense racing / behavioral infractions will result in a disqualification.
  3. Racing / behavioral infractions may be issued on or off the course.
  4. Racing / behavioral infractions may also be issued any time prior, during, or after the event.

 

 Weather Conditions

  1. Get a sense for the climate of the event location and season ahead of time. Plan and prepare accordingly.
  2. This race will run rain or shine. (And when it shines in Atlanta, Georgia… It feels like a jungle.)
  3. Cancellation will only occur if the Race Director deems it unsafe to continue. 
  4. If it is deemed be unsafe to continue a race official will block the course at the end point and remove racers from the course. Place will be determined by the previous day’s time.

 

Course Information

The Start/Finish Line

  1. The Start and Finish lines shall be clearly identified by the Event Organizers. 
  2. Medical personnel should be present along the course as designated by the race director.
  3. Skateboarders are required to remain in control of their equipment when crossing the finish line.

 

Course Elevation

  1. Elevation changes will be present along the distance of the course. These elevation changes are ultimately cancelled out based on running the course in both directions to finish the race.

 

Course Time Limit Policy

  1. Participants should be properly prepared and trained to complete the full course within the time frame the race director defines on the course description.  However the full course finish line will remain open for a period defined by the race director, the official finish time depending on location.  Director will communicate finish line limit at the racers meeting prior to the event.
  2. Participants must reach the a specific support station within a time defined by the race director in order to be allowed to continue, at which point participants will be required to stop their race early, before full completion.  This is for personal safety of the participants. The details of this waypoint will be disclosed in the racers meeting prior to the event.
  3. Please note that after the official race finish time has elapsed, participant support (i.e., aid/water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, etc.) is NOT guaranteed.
  4. Recognition and official finish times will be given to all finishers who complete the race within the official race finish time.

 

Course Signage

  1. Course signage is limited to signage provided by the groups maintaining the trail.

 

Checkpoints

  1. Support stations will be placed along the length of the course. The approximate location of these support stations is subject to change and will be disclosed each day of the event.

 

Ambulance/Fire Rescue

  1. EMS services will be available along the length of the course and are mobile. If you are in need, use a cell phone to contact the race director for a pickup or ask a fellow racer or trail user to do this for you. We cannot guarantee a short response time due to the sheer distance of the race, but we will make our best effort to provide assistance.

 

Toilets

  1. Toilets are typically available at marked trailheads along the course. No other portable toilets will be provided.

 

Equipment Information

Gear Check-In

  1. Event Organizers will provide a location near the Start line to check-in your belongings.
  2. Please make sure your belongings are well marked with your contact information.
  3. The Event Organizers will not be responsible for damaged or lost/stolen items.

 

Required Equipment

  1. Helmet.
  2. Shoes: one shoe or foot covering must be worn on each foot.
  3. Skateboard: the deck must be structurally sound and not pose a safety hazard. It may be any shape, size, or construction.
  4. Exactly four wheels, must be commercially available, with maximum 150mm diameter. 
  5. The trucks must be lean-to-steer activated.
  6. No other restrictions.

 

Allowed Equipment (Including, but not limited to)

  1. Optional protective equipment (knee pads, elbow pads, gloves, etc.).
  2. Concave, kick-tail, camber, and other shape modifications to the flat deck.
  3. Hydration backpacks (however, there will be food/water stations throughout the course).
  4. Headsets/headphones (for music purposes only).

 

Prohibited Equipment

  1. Propulsion devices or mechanisms. 
  2. Sticks (similar to Stand Up Paddling) are prohibited. 

Exceptions:

  • The Race Director is given discretion to allow racers to use sticks.
  • The Race Director and Race Officials shall inspect and judge the safety aspects of the stick prior to race, and reserve the right to ban any equipment that may pose a risk to other competitors.
  • The stick may have flex qualities, but may not feature any mechanical assist for propulsion such as springs.  
  • Stick racers must exercise caution using the stick so as not to interfere with or cause injury to other racers.
  • Stick racers must stop using the stick when the path is crowded or narrow, or when another racer is attempting to pass.
  • Stick racers shall be ranked in a separate Stick-racing class, separate from the Open class of racers.   Whether they are eligible for prizes is at the discretion of the Race Director.
  1. Brakes, clutches or other devices providing torque to the wheels.
  2. Aerodynamics fairings, parachutes, sails, or other such devices.
  3. Handles, seats, supports, or other equipment that provides an interface from the racer to the board other than the sole of the shoe.
  4. Equipment that is consumed, discarded, or jettisoned during the race.
  5. Steering mechanisms activated by means other than lean-to-steer.
  6. Electric, gas-powered, or motorized vehicles shall not be allowed on the course, unless they are used by race officials or EMS staff.

 

 General Information

  1. No athlete shall endanger himself or another participant. Any athlete, who intentionally presents a danger to any athlete or who, in judgment of the race director, appears to present a danger to any athlete, may be disqualified. Assaults and/or aggressive intentional contact with other racers or staff, on or off the course, will be grounds for disqualification and expulsion.
  2. No individual support allowed. Ample aid and food stations will be provided. Friends, family members, coaches, or supporters of any type may NOT bike, drive, or run alongside athlete, may not pass food or other items to athlete and should be warned to stay completely clear of all athletes to avoid the disqualification of the athlete.   It is incumbent upon each athlete to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow, or escort.
  3. Athletes must be individually responsible for repair and maintenance of their own equipment. Athletes should be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction. Assistance from official race personnel or other designated personnel is permitted.
  4. Littering is not permitted as it could present obstacles on the course. There will be designated trash areas at each food/water station. You may NOT leave the food/water station without taking care of your individual trash.
  5. Any verbal or written communications perceived as abuse or harrassment of race directors, marshalls, race officials, or volunteers is grounds for immediate disqualification and expulsion. This includes all verbal or written communication in the months leading up to an event.
  6. All formal rules challenges, will be completely disregarded and are not welcome. We hold the race, and we set the rules for the safety of the participants and the enjoyment of the event.
  7. All communications with the race director or about the event, private or public, must follow common-sense guidelines, maintaining good sportsmanship and a professional, ambassadorial tone at all times. Any deviation is grounds for immediate disqualification or expulsion by the race director.

 

 Personal Code of Conduct

 As a Racer, I pledge to:

  1. Act in a sportsmanlike manner consistent with the spirit of fair play and responsible conduct.
  2. Maintain a level of fitness and competitive readiness, which will permit my performance to be at a maximum level of my abilities.
  3. Strictly adhere to the official rules.
  4. Avoid cheating, where cheating is defined as any form of deal aimed at winning by means other than sporting. This includes bribery, sabotage of other competitors or their equipment, alteration of timekeeping or scoring devices, and the use of equipment, which does not follow the guidelines laid down by the organizing committee.
  5. Remain on the designated race route at all times.
  6. Never deliberately change course in order to get some sort of advantage.
  7. Avoid criminal behavior and acts including the mischievous damaging and vandalizing of personal, private and public facilities or property on and away from the venue.
  8. Not use any medication or substance that is known to enhance performance or provide a competitive edge (e.g., EPO).  Urinalyses to test for performance-enhancing drugs may be employed at the discretion of the race organizers. Racers may be chosen either systematically or randomly for testing if employed.
  9. Refrain from exhibiting drunkenness.
  10. Upon receiving any award, dress appropriately showcasing any sponsor gear or apparel.
  11. Refrain from conduct detracting from my ability to attain peak performance.
  12. (This provision applies to Skaters under the age of 21) Refrain from the use or possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or drugs while representing the event.
  13. Refrain from purchasing or providing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21, including all hours between scheduled event activities and refrain from loaning my identification credentials to underage skaters.
  14. Respect the property of others, whether personal or public;
  15. Respect all competitors, spectators and officials, and engage in no form of verbal, physical or sexual harassment or abuse.
  16. Act in a way that will bring respect and honor to my Sponsors, the race organizers, the hosting venue, the sport and myself and remember that I am an ambassador for my sport and my country.
  17. Refrain from possessing, transporting, distributing, sharing, or using any substance deemed illegal in the states of Georgia and Alabama.

In consideration of the above, the following list illustrates conduct, which is inconsistent with the Race Organizer’s values, and the responsibilities associated with being affiliated with the Event. This list does not establish a complete set of rules prescribing every aspect of inappropriate behavior, and is intended to illustrate a sampling of unacceptable behaviors, their relative level of severity, examples of possible penalties/repercussions of such behavior, and the specific individuals or organization with authority to impose said penalties.

LEVEL 1 INFRACTIONS

  1. Verbally abusive, disrespectful, offensive, racist or sexist behavior.
  2. Unsportsmanlike conduct.
  3. Public disturbance or nuisance.
  4. Failure to follow an appropriate dress code.

 Penalties/Repercussions:

  1.  Verbal reprimand.
  2. Performance of specified task(s), such as formal written and/or oral apology or restitution.
  3. Confinement to a controlled area.
  4. Denial of the privilege to participate in future events for a time determined by the race organizer.

 

 LEVEL 2 INFRACTIONS

Second offense of Level 1 Infraction

  1. Drunkenness [if 21 or over].
  2. Fighting.
  3. Sexual harassment.
  4. Pranks, jokes, or other activities, which endanger the safety of others.
  5. Disrespect toward Event Staff, Volunteers, or Officials.

Penalties/Repercussions:

  1. Disqualification from the event.
  2. Suspension from future events to be determined by the race director.

 

 ZERO TOLERANCE INFRACTIONS

  1. Second offense of Level 2 Infraction.
  2. Purposefully not staying within the designated course (going outside the marked cone and barricade areas)
  3. Purchasing, possessing or drinking alcoholic beverages, if under 21 years old.
  4. Drunkenness on race day.
  5. Possessing, transporting, distributing, sharing, or using any substance deemed illegal in the states of Georgia and Alabama.(includes performance enhancing substances).
  6. Purchasing or providing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 years.
  7. Vandalizing public or private property.
  8. Theft of property.
  9. Breaking the law.
  10. Any of items described under Level 2 Infractions.

 Penalties/Repercussions:

  1. Revoking of awards and prizes provided by the event organizer.
  2. Any other penalty that may be deemed appropriate for the particular violation.
  3. Immediate expulsion from the event, including official event transportation.

 

PARTICIPANT’S AFFIRMATION

I have read, understand and accept the Official Rules and the Personal Code of Conduct. I agree to the rules, guidelines, jurisdiction and procedures stated in these documents as a condition of being named and remaining a competitor in this event.

 

Signature  _________________________________________             Date ______________

                                                            

Print Name _____________________________________________

 

Parent/Legal Guardian Affirmation (if under 18) _____________________________________

 

Relationship  _____________________                                                      Date ______________