By signing below, and as consideration for being allowed to volunteer in the Event, I agree to be bound by the following:
Voluntary Involvement: I understand and acknowledge that my involvement in the Event is entirely voluntary. I also understand and acknowledge that I have requested to be involved in the Event at a date and time of my choosing, which is different from the date and time that the Sponsors (defined below) have set for the Event. I understand and acknowledge that I will not be supervised or assisted by the Sponsors.
Assumption of Known and Unknown Risks: I understand that my involvement in the Event may carry certain inherent risks including risks of injury and loss, both to person and to property. I also understand that these risks include minor injuries, such as scrapes, bruises, and strains, as well as more significant and even catastrophic injuries such as exposure to and transmission of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) or other infectious disease, concussions, broken bones, paralysis, and death. I also realize that there may be other risks not known to me or not readily foreseeable. I acknowledge these risks and recognize that, while precautions will be taken, it is not possible to ensure the safety of Event participants. I understand that this Waiver, Release, and Indemnification form is intended to address all of the risks of any kind associated with my involvement in the Event, including such risks created by actions, inactions, carelessness, or negligence on the part of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the Foundation for Ohio River Education, the Kentucky River Authority, and the environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and their respective employees, officers, agents, coordinators and volunteers (“the Sponsors”). I accept and assume all such risks, whether or not known or identified, and I assume all responsibility for any liability, injury, losses and damages that I may suffer as a result of or in any way connected with my involvement in the Event, including my decision to be involved in the Event at a date and time of my choosing.
Release from Liability: I hereby release and forever discharge the Sponsors from any and all liability for and waive any and all claims for injury, loss, damage, or expense, including attorneys' fees, in any way connected with my involvement in the Event, including my decision to be involved in the Event at a date and time of my choosing, whether or not caused in whole or in part by the negligence or other misconduct of the Sponsors.
Indemnification: I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsors from any and all claims, liability, loss and expense, including but not limited to damages, legal expenses and costs of defense, in any manner arising from my participation in the Event, including my decision to be involved in the Event at a date and time of my choosing. I understand that this means that I will be financially responsible to reimburse the Sponsors if anyone makes a claim against them as a result of my actions or inactions.
Covenant not to Sue: I agree that I will not initiate any lawsuit, claim, or any other legal proceeding against the Sponsors as it relates to my participation in the Event, including my decision to be involved in the Event at a date and time of my choosing.
Authorization for Medical Treatment and Transportation: If I sustain any injury, become ill, or am involved in any accident during my participation in the Event, I authorize the Sponsors to seek medical treatment on my behalf, including transportation to a medical facility. I agree and acknowledge that I will be responsible for all costs relating to such treatment or transportation.
Binding Effect: This Waiver shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of my relatives, heirs, next of kin, executors,
administrators, beneficiaries, personal representatives, successors, and assigns who might pursue any legal action or claim for such liability, injury, loss, or damage.
I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT TO PARTICIPATE AND I FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENTS AND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT. I AM SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT TO PARTICIPATE VOLUNTARILY, FREELY, AND WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT OR ASSURANCE OF ANY NATURE NOT STATED HEREIN; INTEND FOR IT TO BE A COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL WAIVER, RELEASE, AND INDEMNIFICATION TO THE GREATEST EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW; AND AGREE THAT IF ANY PORTION OF IT IS HELD INVALID, THE REMAINDER SHALL CONTINUE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT.