Race Rules

I/We understand and agree to the rules established for Red Bull Defiance. I/We agree to wear the event race top throughout the event and to not cover the sponsors branding. I/We acknowledge that Red Bull Defiance is being filmed/photographed and content is being developed for the use of sponsors and Red Bull Defiance to leverage on an on-going basis. I/We accept that by entering Red Bull Defiance I/we agree to my/our image being captured and  this will be at no cost to the sponsors and I accept emails from sponsors regarding their services. I understand that participation in this contest is at my own risk and I accept full responsibility for my well being during the event.

1. EVENT OVERVIEW

1.1 The race consists of a two day multi-stage event in Wanaka and surrounds.
1.2. Disciplines include mountain biking/kayaking/running/abseil /clay bird shooting/other activities.
1.3. Each day is split into a series of disciplines with a known well marked course and designated transition areas.
1.4. All teams commence the race early morning on day one in mass start format.
1.5. Teams must make their way from one transition area to the next in the defined discipline.

2. RACE CATEGORIES

2.1. Red Bull Defiance is a two day, two-person stage race and includes the following categories.
2.2. Three elite categories (Mens, Womens & Mixed) will race for a monetary prize purse.
2.2.1. All Elite Teams will need to meet the qualification standard as determined by Red Bull Defiance race director. Qualification is based on individual and relevant team sporting history. Please clearly illustrate your top 3 sporting history/achievements in the “Resume” section on the Team profile pages NEXT. We will request further details from you if the information you provide is inadequate. You will be advised if you do not qualify to race Elite and will be given the option to race in the Sports category.
2.2.2 Each elite catagory will be awarded a $10,000 prize purse broken down into 1st, 2nd and 3rd place catgories as follows (1st $6,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $1,000).
2.2.3 If on race day, there are less than 5 elite teams entered within any of the three Elite catagories (Elite Mens, Elite Womens or Elite Mixed), the prize purse of a catagory will be reduced by half and distributed as follows (1st $3000, 2nd $1500, 3rd $500).
2.3 SPORTS 2 PERSON MIXED, MALE OR FEMALE TEAMS. 
2.3.1. SPORTS TEAM category winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will be awarded a total purse of $5000 worth of money equivalent product vouchers, divided between the Male, Female and Mixed Sports Team categories. If you wish to race for a share of the total monetary prize purse, then you will need to race in the Elite mixed category.

3.ENTRIES

3.1. Entries officially open at 8.30am on Friday the 17th of June 2016 and will close at 5pm on the 30th of November 2016, or when capacity is reached at 80 teams.
3.2. Entries received after capacity is reached or after the 30th of November, will be wait listed and notified if additional entries become available or in case of injury or cancellation of pre-registered teams.
3.3. To secure an entry in Red Bull Defiance, one person per team needs to register and complete the entry form on the Enter Now
3.4. Once your online entry has been submitted and payment has been processed you will be notified by email. Early bird entry is available for the first 20 teams to enter and entry must be paid in full in order to secure your spot. After this time the Standard Entry fee will apply, however teams can opt to pay the deposit option, rather than payment in full. You do not need to have a complete team of two to complete your entry.
3.5. The organisation reserves the right to increase the capacity of the event at a future date.

4.CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

4.1. Teams may officially cancel their entry at any stage prior to the event by writing, calling or emailing the race organisers. There is a $500 non-refundable deposit for any cancellations.
4.2. Cancellation of team entry before the 30th of November  2016 will only be refunded 50% of the total entry fee. Teams however will be  given the option to transfer their entry to the following year as a preference  to losing their 50% deposit.
4.3. Cancellations of a team’s entry after the 30th of November 2016 will not be refunded any monies.
4.4. If any member of your team racing within the 2 person Elite or Sports category is deemed not competent enough to undertake the event whilst participating, the whole team will be disqualified and NO refund will be given. Exact details of expected competencies are be promulgated on this web site and in the Newsletters.
4.5. If the race is cancelled due to acts of god, natural disasters, terrorism or other reasons etc, the organisers will make every effort to refund as much of the entry fee as possible to all teams. However, all teams should be aware that any refunds will be made after event costs have been taken into consideration. Given the high number of fixed costs associated with organising the race teams should also be aware that any refund is likely to be minimal. The race will not be re-scheduled.

5.TRANSFER OF ENTRY

5.1. Teams are permitted to transfer or sell their entry to another team if available. This will be a transaction between the teams and the event organisers will not facilitate putting teams in touch with each other. Teams must notify the event organisers as soon as possible in the case of a team entry being transferred or sold.
5.2. If two teams do not have sufficient members and decide to join together, this will be strictly considered as one team cancelling their entry. Refund policy will be as stated above, no exceptions.

6.RESPONSIBILITY

6.1. No responsibility is taken by Red Bull, Red Bull Defiance, Defiance Limited or sponsors for any loss or damaged property of competitors, assistants, or friends during Red Bull Defiance. By completion of the entry form the competitor accepts full responsibility for the risks entailed in competing in Red Bull Defiance. Competitors and support crews must have their own personal insurance policies to cover against injury and equipment.
6.2. The event takes place in the mountains and surrounding environments. As a competitor in this event, you are personally responsible for your own safety and are required to carry the compulsory equipment at all times, unless instructed otherwise by the Red Bull Defiance Race Director.

7.PENALTIES

7.1. The Red Bull Defiance Race Director reserves the right to disqualify or impose time penalties on any competitor for disregarding race rules or compulsory safety requirements of the Red Bull Defiance
7.2. Rules are enforced for your safety and to create a fair event. We encourage all competitors to abide by these rules and the spirit in which they are written. Any teams found disregarding the specified rules or purposely changing the interpretation of rules for their benefit may be disqualified.

8.COMPLAINTS

8.1. Any competitor or assistant who wishes to make a complaint about another competitor must do so in writing with supporting evidence (photos/videos) to the Red Bull Defiance Race Director within 1 day of the completion of the event. The Red Bull Defiance Race Director’s decision regarding the complaint is final.

9.WITHDRAWALS

9.1. In the case of withdrawal of a team member, or an entire team, the organisers must be notified by the quickest possible means.
9.2. If you are evacuated from any part of the course by helicopter or jet boat, you must report to an official immediately on arrival of your safety destination. If you are seriously injured, it is yours or your support crews responsibility to notify race officials. You will remain in the race until you have been checked off the course by course officials.
9.3. Any team member/team that does not complete a stage (this includes failure to meet cut-off times) is automatically disqualified, and cannot continue on the stage or subsequent stages. The exclusion to this rule exists on day 2 STAGE 4 Skyline run. There will be a course B option for any team who does not meet the cut off time of 3.30pm at Mt Alpha.

10.ELECTRONIC DEVICES

10.1. IPods, MP3 Players, personal audio devices and headphones etc. are not allowed to be used during the race and will result in disqualification.

11. LAND USE

11.1.A large majority of this race is on private land.
11.2. Red Bull Defiance race crosses a number of property boundaries. It is an activity that complies with relevant management plans and strategies and has a number of contract conditions that must be adhered to.
11.3. There will be NO access granted to train on these privately owned stations prior to race day. Access is only permitted on race day so please respect private property both before and during the event. Competitors must not harm, approach or interfere with any stock, and at all times stock and farm vehicles have right away.

12. LITTER ON COURSE

1.TAKE OUT ALL YOUR RUBBISH! If your race number is identified littering you will be disqualified immediately.

13. ROAD CLOSURES

1.There are road closures on the course and normal road rules apply throughout. You must give way to any medic or support vehicle on course. If they are approaching from your immediate front or rear, please move to the side and let them pass. Anyone not adhering to this rule maybe disqualified.

14. MEDICAL

14.1. If you advised us of a medical condition on the entry form, then you are required to have an emergency action plan that will assist you to manage with any serious/life threatening conditions that you are susceptible to, and to carry the appropriate medication to self manage any such incident.
14.2. The event organisers decision to remove a person from the race due to medical or safety reasons is final
14.3. Intravenous Fluids (IV) may only be administered by approved medical staff. Any administration of IV fluids by anyone other than race medical staff will result in immediate disqualification of the team.
14.4. If you or your team comes across someone who is in a genuine emergency situation, you MUST stop and give assistance. Organisers will attempt to re-credit lost time where possible.
14.5. Accident Response – as a fellow competitor you may come upon an accident or emergency. If so you should proceed as follows:
14.6. First on Scene: If you are the first on the scene please stop and assist the injured/distressed competitor & gather as much information as possible.
14.7. Next on Scene: Talk to first on the scene then proceed to the nearest radio (Aid Station/Medic/4WD/Tail End Charlie/course officials) to report the situation so expert help can be requested on the scene ASAP.

15. OFFICIALS

15.1. Instruction by course officials to competitors and support crews must be followed. Failure to do so will see disqualification or time penalties.
15.2. Negative behavior towards race officials, volunteers and public (this includes support crews) will not be tolerated, and could result in disqualification.

16. HELICOPTER PROTOCOL

16.1. Should a helicopter approach, competitors are to follow the directions indicated by the crew. Do not approach the helicopter until instructed or signaled. If the helicopter approaches, do not move away from it. Never, under any circumstances go to the rear of the helicopter – remain in full view of the pilot and crew.

17 MOUNTAIN BIKE PROTOCOL

17.1. Mountain bike and gear checks are recommended for all mountain bikes – ensure that you have your bike/s checked to ensure they are in safe functioning state. Carry all compulsory gear/equipment and know how to use it.
17.2. Remain in control at all times, especially on the steep downhill sections. Out of control riders are a hazard to themselves and others.
17.3. Due to the nature of the course, it is strongly recommended your brake pads have less than 25% wear and you use no smaller than 160mm disc brake rotors.

18 KAYAK PROTOCOL

18.1. Red Bull Defiance will supply as part of your team entry fee 1 x 2 person Kayak.
18.2. No certification is required to participate in the kayak stage of Red Bull Defiance. The kayak stages of Red Bull Defiance are both graded 1/2.
18.3. Competitors should be competent paddlers to a minimum Grade 2 standard, be water confident and capable of self-rescue. It is the competitor’s responsibility to have adequate skills to negotiate and avoid the hazards on a grade 2 river.
18.4. No Kites. Sails, Umbrella or other methods of wind assistance are permitted.
18.5. Teams should be aware that the rivers will have other users. Power boats must give way to vessels powered by paddles. If a power boat is approaching you from directly ahead, then both must turn to starboard (right) – do this early to avoid confusion.
18.6. If you are in difficulty on the water then you can use your whistle which should be attached to a lanyard on your PFD (one blast = ‘attention – possible emergency’ : three blasts = ‘Help – emergency’)
18.7. Didymo Control
18.7.1. Red Bull Defiance supports Biosecurity New Zealand in their attempt to stop the spread of Didymo throughout New Zealand’s streams, rivers, canals and lakes. All kayak equipment and mountain shoes must be cleaned to biosecurity standards after the Red Bull Defiance. Check out www.biosecurity.govt.nz/didymo for procedures.

19. RUN/TREK

19.1. Teams must follow route markers and stick to the assigned/marked track.
19.2. Team members must remain within 100 meters of the route, not more than 50 meters apart and within ‘line of sight’ of each other throughout the race.
19.3. Competitors must use stiles wherever possible do not open or close gates, and obey marshal’s instructions.
19.4. Appropriate running gear must be worn and carried, this is the responsibility of the competitors.

20.OTHER SECTIONS

20.1. All other activities will be as per the instructions of the marshals at the specific site.

21.SUPPORT CREWS AND SPECTATORS

21.1. All transition areas will be manned by official race staff and times will be recorded at each area. No outside assistance is allowed on course and no spectators/support persons are allowed in designated transition areas.
21.2. Spectators/support persons are allowed in designated spectator areas along the course. English is the official language of the Red Bull Defiance Adventure race.

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