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Participant Agreement, Release, and Acknowledgment of Risk
for the Green River Narrows Race -- November 3, 2007

In consideration of the use of the Green River Narrows (hereinafter referred to as "Narrows") for the purpose of racing, I hereby agree to release and discharge all volunteers, sponsors, Duke Energy, and the State of North Carolina, on behalf of myself, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate as follows:

  1. I acknowledge that running the Narrows is exceedingly dangerous, and that it entails known and unanticipated risks which could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to myself, to my property, or to third parties.  I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity.

    The risks include, among other things:  paralysis;  hypothermia;  accidental drowning;  sprains, strains, joint dislocations and broken bones;  falling from high places;  the negligence of other participants;  boat pinnings;  foot or other bodily entrapments;  facial or other lacerations;  impalement;  extensive dental damage;  and death.

  2. I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all of the risks existing in this activity.  My participation in this activity is purely voluntary, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks.  I understand that many people consider speed paddling rivers of this nature to be foolhardy.  I have been warned of the stupidity of this activity, and I freely and of my own will accept this stupidity, ignore all warnings, and participate anyway.

    I have run the Narrows at a range of levels that includes all those the river may run on November 3, 2007, and have knowledge of the extreme danger of this stretch of river at all possible water levels.  I UNDERSTAND THAT I WILL BE RUNNING THIS RIVER ON MY OWN AND THAT THERE WILL BE NO "SAFETY" SET AT ANY OF THE RAPIDS ON THIS RIVER.  I WILL BE ALONE ON THE RIVER AND HELP OR RESCUE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.

  3. I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless all volunteers, sponsors, Duke Energy, and the State of North Carolina from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, which are in any way connected with my participation in this activity.
  4. Should the volunteers, sponsors, Duke Energy, or the State of North Carolina, or anyone acting on their behalf be required to incur attorney's fees and costs to enforce this agreement, I agree to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs.
  5. I certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage I may cause or suffer while participating, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself.  I further certify that I have no medical or physical conditions which could interfere with my safety in this activity, or else I am willing to assume -- and bear the cost of -- all risks that may be created, directly or indirectly, by any such condition.

By signing this document, I acknowledge that if I, or anyone else, am hurt or if property is damaged during my participation in this activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against the volunteers, sponsors, Duke Energy, and the State of North Carolina on the basis of any claim from which I have released them herein.

I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document.  I have read and understood it, and I agree to be bound by its terms.

Signature of participant: _____________________________

Print name: _______________________________

Address: __________________________________________________

Date: __________________________


(Must be completed for participants under the age of 18)
In consideration of ______________(print minor's name) ("Minor") participating in this activity, I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the volunteers, sponsors, Duke Energy, and the State of North Carolina from any and all claims which are brought by, or on behalf of Minor, and which are in any way connected with such participation by Minor.

Parent or Guardian Signature: _____________________

Print Name: _________________