The Tanana River Challenge is an inherently dangerous wilderness race. Racers will be exposed to environmental and physical conditions that can stress the body to the point of exhaustion. Racers must be self sufficient and have the ability and will to take care of themselves [and their dogs]. It is up to each participant to ensure that they have adequate outdoor gear, plenty of food and water, are in top physical shape, and have the mental strength to endure the hardships that may be encountered along the race course. Skijoring participants must accept that they will have to take care of themselves and their dogs with no outside assistance, and that they are to be in top physical as well as mental shape to ensure the safety of themselves and their dogs. The race will be held on un-groomed trails with several checkpoints located on the Tanana River between Nenana, Alaska and Fairbanks, Alaska - BUT- this does not imply that conditions along the course will be easy. Racers must be prepared to contend with frostbite, hypothermia, extremely cold temperatures, strong winds, blowing snow and whiteouts, overflow, glare ice, ruts in the trail, bumps, dirt and rocks, open water, overhanging trees and branches, blind corners, unexpected obstacles on the trail, steep and narrow descents, getting lost, aggressive wildlife, snowmobiles, dog mushers, and other outdoor challenges. In addition, this race event will incorporate the use of dogs, in which the owner and/or handler of the dogs shall assume all risks and waive any claims against the Tanana River Challenge Race Committee and its volunteers, Endurance North, land owners, and race sponsors for any damages incurred, whether to the race participant, other race participants, volunteers, by-standers, and others.
I understand the risks of winter sports such as biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and skijoring, and I have carefully read, understand and voluntarily accept the terms of this waiver and release agreement. By signing below, I also agree that I have read through the Tanana River Challenge race rules located at: http://www.tananariverchallenge.org
I further authorize and grant the Tanana River Challenge the unqualified and unrestricted authority to use, publish, and copyright my name and picture in all media and types of advertising.
For skijorers; I acknowledge that I am the driver and/or owner of the dog(s) I am using for this event and I agree to be responsible for any damages that may arise by the dog(s)’ presence in or at this event. Further, I understand that those participants using dogs at this event are responsible for their own dog(s), and that the Tanana River Challenge Race Committee and its volunteers, Endurance North, land owners, and race sponsors are not responsible for any damage such owners or dogs may cause or sustain.
I accept and understand that there are risks involved in the activities of this race that include, but are not limited to, those listed above as well as those associated with biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and skijoring. I understand that there are more hazards than are enumerated here, and that there are unknown and unforeseeable hazards. I am choosing, nonetheless, to engage in the activity of this race/adventure with knowledge of the inherent risks of injury.
I agree to participate at my own risk. Therefore, for myself, my heirs, successors and representatives, I hereby knowingly and intentionally waive and release, and agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the race organizers and race volunteers, or their estates, from any and all liability for any and all such damage, injury to myself or to any other person or property, including travel to and from Fairbanks.
I also agree to hold the Tanana River Challenge Race Committee and its volunteers, Endurance North, land owners, and race sponsors, and other contributors harmless from any claim or demand based on any alleged action or inaction by myself, my dogs, agents or others acting on my behalf.
I hereby release the Tanana River Challenge Race Committee and its volunteers, Endurance North, land owners, race sponsors and agents and employees/volunteers from any claim or demand resulting from death or injury to myself, my dogs, my property or my agents.
**For 2022, please read through the following precautions we are taking related to COVID-19**
STATEMENT ABOUT SYMPTOMS PRIOR TO RACE:
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms during the week prior to the race?
Fever (100F/38C) or chills
Shortness of breath of difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea or gastrointestinal discomfort
During the 10 days prior to race start, have you been in close contact with anyone who tested positive for or exhibited symptoms of COVID-19? (Close contact means being within 6 feet for a cumulative time of 15 minutes or more within 24-hour period).
If you answer yes to either of the above questions and cannot show proof of a negative test result taken within 72 hours, then please stay home.
MASK STATEMENT: All participants and spectators/support personnel are required to have masks and wear them at the start/finish area and at checkpoints when 6 feet social distance cannot be maintained.
START: There will be a staggered start, with waves for each mode of transport. Masks must be worn and/or racers must maintain safe (greater than 6 ft) social distance until the race is underway.
CHECKPOINTS: There will be 1 or 2 race support personnel at each checkpoint who will maintain a spreadsheet with in/out times and communicate with the start/finish. Water and beverages will be available for racers to fill their own water bottles. Limited pre-packaged snacks will also be available. Sanitizing supplies will be available at all checkpoints and checkpoint volunteers will sanitize water dispensers between racers to the extent possible without causing delays between racers.
FINISH: Racers and spectators are encouraged to not crowd the finish area. Spectators must wear masks and/or maintain appropriate social distance. Water will be available at the finish along with limited pre-packaged snacks. There will not be a post-race gathering.
It’s cool to be safe! The best way to enforce these guidelines is through peer pressure. Set an example for your fellow racers. Our volunteers are not enforcers but, if you are not complying with the guidelines, you will politely be asked to do so. Please be respectful when giving or receiving such requests. Race directors reserve the right to disqualify anyone who is not adhering to these guidelines.