Tough Mudder UK Participant Waiver
PARTICIPANTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF MINORS: READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE AGREEING TO ITS TERMS. THIS DOCUMENT HAS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES AND MAY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND MAY LIMIT YOUR ABILITY TO BRING FUTURE LEGAL ACTIONS.
MINORS AGED 13, 14, 15, 16 OR 17: YOU MAY ONLY PARTICIPATE IN THE TOUGH MUDDER EVENT IF YOU ARE ACCOMPANIED BY YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN / AN ADULT AGED 18 OR OVER AND YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN’S HAS ACCEPTED THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT.
PARENTS/LEGAL GUARDIANS: IF YOU ARE THE PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OF A MINOR, THEN BY CHECKING THE BOX BELOW THIS AGREEMENT YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE MINOR’S PARTICIPATION IN THE TOUGH MUDDER EVENT UNDER YOUR / AN ACCOMPANYING ADULT’S DIRECT SUPERVISION.
Definitions and Interpretation
“Agreement” means this Assumption of Risk, Limitation of Liability and Indemnity Agreement for Participants Aged 14 or Over;
“Claim(s)” means all claims and actions for losses, costs, expenses and damages, including legal fees and related expenses;
“I / me / my / Participant” is you, who will be a participant, and, if applicable the Parent/Guardian in the TM event and who is either aged 18 or over or is a Minor, and who has accepted the terms this Agreement below;
“Inherent Risks” are described below in the paragraph headed “Assumption of Inherent Risks”;
“Minor” means the Participant in the TM event who has accepted the terms of this Agreement and who is aged 14, 15, 16 or 17 on the date of their assent to this Agreement;
“Parent/Guardian” means the Minor’s parent or legal guardian who has accepted the terms of this Agreement and is named below;
“Released Parties” are together TM and its affiliates and its and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, insurers, equipment suppliers, spectators, other participants and volunteers; the VENUE OWNER and its directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, insurers, equipment suppliers, and volunteers; all TM event sponsors, organisers, promoters, directors, officials, property owners, and advertisers; governmental bodies and/or municipal agencies whose property and/or personnel are used; and any or all parent, subsidiary or affiliate companies, licensees, officers, directors, partners, board members, supervisors, insurers, agents, equipment suppliers, and representatives of any of the foregoing;
“Releasing Parties” are together my and Parent/Guardian’s spouse, children, parents, guardians, heirs, next of kin, and any legal or personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, or anyone else bringing a Claim against TM or the Released Parties on my behalf;
“Rules” means all of the rules contained in this Agreement together with all of the health and safety, course and access rules and regulations provided to me or posted at the Venue and on the website www.toughmudder.co.uk (as displayed on the date that I accepted the terms of this Agreement);
“TM event” is the Tough Mudder, Toughest Mudder, Tougher Mudder, Tough Mudder Classic, Tough Mudder 5k, Tough Mudder City or other Tough Mudder-branded event that is taking place at the Venue further described below in the paragraph headed “Assumption of Inherent Risks”;
“TM” is Spartan Race Operations UK Ltd, a limited company whose registered company number is 09556893 and whose registered office is at Spartan Race UK & Ireland, Spaces Victoria, 25 Wilton Street, Pimlico, London, SW1 1LW and “Venue” means the property on which the Mini Mudder Event is held.
Paragraph headings shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement. Unless the context otherwise requires, words in the singular shall include the plural and in the plural include the singular.
Assumption of Inherent Risks
The Tough Mudder event is meant to be an extreme test of toughness, strength, stamina, camaraderie, and mental grit that takes place in one place in one day. It is not a race against other contestants, but rather a competition with oneself and the course. The object is to complete the course. The Venue is part of the challenge and the TM event will usually be held in hostile environments that might include extreme heat or cold, snow, fire, mud, extreme changes in elevation and water. Some of the activities include runs, military style obstacles, going through pipes, traversing cargo nets, climbing walls, encountering electric voltage, swimming in cold water, throwing or carrying or getting hit with heavy objects, and traversing muddy areas. In summary, the TM event is a hazardous activity that presents the ultimate physical and mental challenge to participants.
I acknowledge that the TM event is an extreme test of my physical and mental limits that carries with it inherent risks of physical injury. Inherent risks are risks that cannot be eliminated completely (without changing the challenging nature of the TM event) regardless of the care, measures and precautions taken by TMand are further described below (“Inherent Risks”). I also understand that the TM event is an extremely strenuous event and that there are risks and dangers generally in taking part in such activities. I understand that these hazards may be magnified due to the fact that the TM event is often conducted under what may be extreme conditions and circumstances.
I understand and acknowledge that the Inherent Risks include, but are not limited to: 1) my contact or collision with other persons or objects (e.g., with spectators or course personnel, other participants, motor vehicles, machinery, or natural or man-made fixed objects or obstacles); 2) my encounter with TM event obstacles (e.g., natural and man-made water hazards, road and surface obstacles, close proximity and/or contact with thick smoke and open flames, barbed wire, pipes, and electric shocks); 3) extremely challenging course conditions; 4) weather-related hazards (e.g., extreme heat, extreme cold, humidity, ice, rain, fog); 5) judgment and/or behaviour related problems by me during the event; 6) erratic or inappropriate behaviour by other participants and/or spectators; and 7) natural hazards (e.g., uneven terrain, rock falls, lightning strikes, earthquakes, wildlife attacks, contact with poisonous plants, marine life and/or ticks). TM will use reasonable care and skill to run the TM event and provide a Venue that is fit and suitable for the TM event taking into account the nature of the Inherent Risks.
I further understand and acknowledge that any of the Inherent Risks and other risks, not specifically named, may cause injury or injuries that may be categorised as minor, serious, or catastrophic. Minor injuries are common and include, but are not limited to: scrapes, bruises, cuts, grazes, abrasions, sprains, strains, muscle tension and soreness, dizziness, fainting, nausea, sunburn and electrolyte imbalance. Serious injuries are less common, but do sometimes occur. They include, but are not limited to: property loss or damage, broken bones, fractures, dislocations, torn ligaments and tendons, exposure, dehydration, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses, hyperthermia, hypothermia, mental stress or exhaustion, infection, vomiting, microbial organism causing illness or disease, concussion, loss of consciousness, seizures, electric shock and/or injury and neurological disorders/pain. Catastrophic injuries are rare; however, we feel that our participants should be aware of the possibility. These injuries can include, but are not limited to: permanent disabilities, stroke, single or multiple organ failure or dysfunction, physical damage to organs, spinal injuries, paralysis, heart attack, heart failure, brain swelling, and even death.
I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with my doctor (“GP”) prior to participating in the TM event to ensure that I am fit and well enough to take part and that my participation will not pose any unusual or serious risks to my health and well-being.
If I believe or become aware that any aspects of the TM event course, facilities or equipment are unsafe or pose unreasonable risks, I agree to immediately notify appropriate TM and/or Venue personnel. I and Parent/Guardian accept that I am fully and solely responsible for the condition and adequacy of all of my own equipment that I bring to the Venue.
By signing this Waiver, I acknowledge the contagious nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the “novel coronavirus” or “COVID-19”) and voluntarily assume the risk that I, on behalf of myself, and, if applicable, my Ward, may be exposed to or infected by the novel coronavirus by attending and/or participating in the Event, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that (i) my, and if applicable, my Ward’s attendance and/or participation in the Event involves the inherent risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, and (ii) the risk of becoming exposed to the novel coronavirus or persons with the COVID-19 disease at the Event may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, other Participants or any Releasee.
I knowingly and voluntarily agree to comply with and adhere to all necessary and required COVID-19-related safety and risk mitigation practices during my attendance and participation in the Event, whether communicated verbally or in writing. Such practices may include, but are not limited to: (i) recognized social distancing practices; (ii) wearing a proper face mask; (iii) washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer frequently and avoiding touching of the face, and (iv) complying with other applicable governmental regulations. I acknowledge and agree that my, or my Ward’s, compliance with these safety and mitigation practices is not only for my own benefit but also for the benefit of other Participants and the Releasee parties at the Event. I voluntarily and knowingly assume the risk that I, on behalf of myself, and, if applicable, my Ward, may be exposed to the novel coronavirus or persons with the COVID-19 disease as a result from a failure to comply with such practices. Further, notwithstanding the foregoing, I agree that I, on behalf of myself or my Ward, will neither attend nor participate in an Event if I or my Ward have, in the past 14 days: (i) been tested for or have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19; (ii) experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 including, without limitation, fever, cough or shortness of breath; or (iii) been exposed to or in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 (or any known symptoms thereof).
I understand fully the Inherent Risks and COVID-19 Risks involved in the TM event and I assert that I am willingly and voluntarily participating in the TM event and Parent/Guardian asserts that he/she is willingly and voluntarily permitting his/her Minor’s participation in the TM event. I have read the preceding paragraphs and acknowledge that: 1) I understand the nature of the TM event; 2) I understand the demands of the activities at the TM event relative to my physical condition; 3) I appreciate the potential impact of the types of injuries that may result from my participation in the TM event; 4) I hereby confirm that I knowingly assume all of the Inherent Risks of the TM event; and 5) I understand that TM recommends that I check that I have health insurance to cover any injuries I may suffer as a result of participating in the TM event.
Limitation of Liability
I and Parent/Guardian hereby forever waive, release, covenant not to Claim, and discharge TM and the other Released Parties from any and all Claims arising out of my participation in the TM event:
1) resulting from the Inherent Risks e.g. for personal injury (including death) including injury caused during practice runs, the TM event, and while at the Venue location (including, but not limited to the base area, stands, pavements, parking areas, sponsor promotions, toilet facilities and dressing facilities); and/or 2) resulting from damage to, loss of, or theft of my property during the TM event;
EXCEPT THAT nothing in thisAgreement shall limit or exclude either TM or the Released Parties’ liability for: (i) death or personal injury resulting from its negligence; (ii) breach of statutory duty; (iii) criminal acts; (iv) fraud; (v) or any liability that cannot be excluded under applicable law.
Indemnity: I hereby agree to reimburse TM and the other Released Parties in respect of: 1) any and all Claims made by any Releasing Party arising out of my participation in the TM event resulting from the Inherent Risks e.g., for personal injury, including death, (including injury caused during practice runs and while at the Venue) and/or from damage to, loss of, or theft of my property during the TM event; and2) any and all Claims of other participants, rescuers, and others arising from my failure to comply with the Rules and/or my reckless conduct in the course of my participation in the TM event;
EXCEPT FOR Claims arising from either TM or the Released Parties’ liability for: (i) death or personal injury resulting from its negligence; (ii) breach of statutory duty; (iii) criminal acts; (iv) fraud; (i) or any liability that cannot be excluded under applicable law.
The Limitation of Liability and Indemnity provisions in this Agreement shall survive the end of the TM event.
Venue and Jurisdiction: I understand that if legal action is brought in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter, the courts of England and Wales shall have the sole and exclusive jurisdiction over the action and that only the substantive laws of England and Wales shall apply.
Severability: I understand and agree that this Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by laws of England and Wales and that if any court or competent authority finds that any provision of this Agreement (or part of any provision) is invalid, unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision or part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted from this Agreement, and the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected.
Entire Agreement: This Agreement supersedes any and all previous oral or written promises or agreements. I and Parent/Guardian each understand that this is the entire Agreement between me and TM relating to its subject matter, and cannot be modified or changed in any way by representations or statements by any agent or employee of TM. I and Parent/Guardian each agree that this Agreement may only be amended by a written document duly executed by TM and I on giving me at least 30 days written notice prior to the date of the TM event. If I do not agree to the amended terms of this Agreement I must let TM know in writing at least 7 days before the date of the TM event (“Refusal”) and I acknowledge that I shall not be permitted to take part in the TM event. In these circumstances the entry fee that I have paid shall be refunded to me within 30 days of the date of my Refusal. If I do not send TM a Refusal I shall be deemed to have accepted the amended terms of this Agreement. For the purpose of this provision a reference to “writing” includes email.
Agreements for the Protection of Participants
I confirm that I am in good health and in proper physical condition to safely participate in the TM event. I confirm that I have no known or knowable physical or mental conditions that would affect my ability to safely participate in the TM event, or that would result in my participation creating a risk of danger to myself or to others.
I acknowledge that TM recommends and encourages that I obtain medical clearance from my GP prior to my participation in the TM event. I confirm that I have not been cautioned against me participating in the TM event by any medical practitioner.
I understand it is my responsibility to continuously monitor my own physical and mental condition during the TM event, and I agree to withdraw immediately and to notify appropriate TM personnel if my continued participation would create a risk of danger to myself or to others.
In the event of an injury to me that renders me unconscious or incapable of making a medical decision, I authorise appropriate TM personnel and emergency medical personnel at the TM event to make emergency medical decisions on my behalf (including, but not limited to CPR and use of an Automated External Defibrillator). I authorise TM to secure emergency medical care or transportation for me when deemed necessary by TM.
I acknowledge that TM has instituted its rules for the protection of everyone attending the TM event including its participants. I agree to familiarise myself with all Rules and to follow them throughout the TM event. Parent/Guardian agrees to also familiarise his / herself with the Rules and ensure that the Minor is familiar with such Rules and will follow them throughout the TM event. I agree that TM may stop or prevent my participation in the TM event (and, if necessary, have me removed from the Venue) if my participation, conduct, or presence endangers me or any other person present at the TM event.
Removal from TM event or Venue: I acknowledge that TM personnel and/or Venue personnel may prohibit or stop anyone from taking part in the TM event and/or immediately remove anyone from the Venue if they believe such person has disobeyed any applicable Rules, directions, instructions, decisions, or laws; or whose behavior endangers safety or negatively affects that person, any other person, facility, or property of any type or kind.
SUA Operations: I hereby elect to participate with the SUA (Small Unmanned Aircraft) flight operations. I understand the low risk inherent in the SUA flight operations.
Alcohol & Drugs: I agree to ensure that: 1) I will not be under the influence of alcohol or any non-prescription drugs during my participation in the obstacle course or at the base area at the TM event; and 2) I shall not consume alcohol excessively or be under the influence of any illegal drugs at the after party on the day of the TM event. I agree to take full responsibility for any alcohol that I consume at the TM event.
Specific Rules: I acknowledge and agree that on the day of the TM event: 1) I shall not urinate or defecate outside of designated areas at the Venue; 2) I shall not bring any non-service animals to the Venue; 3) I shall not use any non-medically necessary wheeled equipment during my participation in the obstacle course at the TM event; and 4) I shall not wear any clothing or use any props or equipment that may pose a risk to myself, other participants, spectators or personnel.
Photography: I understand that any and all photographs, motion pictures, recordings, and/or likenesses of me captured during the TM event by TM, its affiliated entities or contractors, and/or the media (“Relevant Other Parties”) become the sole property of TM and/or the Relevant Other Parties (as applicable). I acknowledge that such photographs, motion pictures, recordings, and/or likenesses of me may be edited, disseminated, adapted, modified, copied, used and/or exploited in whole or in part in all media and formats throughout the world in perpetuity for any legitimate commercial or non-commercial purpose, including but not limited to promoting, advertising and marketing TM and events held by TM, without prior notice or compensation. I further understand that TM and the Relevant Other Parties have the full right to sell and/or profit from the commercial use of such photographs, motion pictures, recordings, and/or likenesses of me. I also grant TM the permission to use my name in connection with its legitimate commercial and non-commercial purposes including but not limited to promoting, advertising, and marketing TM and events held by TM without prior notice or compensation.
Rules: I and Parent/Guardian agree that my participation in the TM event is subject to my compliance with: 1) the terms of this Agreement; 2)the Rules; 3) all directions, instructions and decisions of TM and Venue Personnel on the day of the TM event.
Age: I and Parent/Guardian confirm that I am aged 13 or over on the date that I am accepting the terms of this Agreement.
Participant's Agreement Acknowledgment of Understanding: I have read this Agreement and fully understand its terms. I understand that I am limiting my rights, including my right to sue. I further acknowledge that I am accepting the terms of this Agreement freely and voluntarily.
IF THE PARTICIPANT IS A MINOR (I.E. AGED 13, 14, 15, 16 OR 17 ON THE DATE THEY ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT) THEN THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ALSO ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT.
Parent/Guardian’s Agreement and Acknowledgment of Understanding: I confirm that I am the parent or legal guardian of the above named participating Minor and that I have read this Agreement and fully understand its terms. I understand that by assenting to the terms of this Agreement I am limiting my rights, including my right to sue. I further acknowledge that I am accepting the terms of this Agreement freely and voluntarily. I confirm that either I or an adult aged 18 or over will accompany the Minor if the Minor is participating in the TM event.