Kentucky Waterman Series + EKI Rules
The following are the official race rules of the Explore Kentucky Initiative, LLC (EKI). These policies apply to all competitive events managed by EKI & it’s partners.
All participants must follow event rules as part of the registration process for a given event. Violation of any of the following event rules will result in disqualification from the race in question. In certain circumstances of significant abuse, neglect, or disregard for the official race rules a competitor who violates these rules may be barred from all future participation in any EKI event. Such action is at the discretion of EKI’s leadership team. There will be no exceptions to these rules.
Leave No Trace - As a social enterprise rooted in the protection of our public lands and waterways, we promote the tenets of LNT at all of our events. EKI strives for sustainability in everything we do and we hold our participants to the same standard.
Receiving Aid - Event participants must maintain forward progress during a race under their own power. No motorized or otherwise assisted travel will be permitted.
Courteous and Respectful Behavior - Mistreatment of race volunteers, other racers, or the general public will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification.
Ie No foul language or intentional ramming into another competitors craft.
Banditing - Only registered participants and official pacers will be allowed on the course. No unofficial participants or "bandits" will be allowed. Banditing will result in the participant being barred from future EKI events.
Smoking - Smoking by participants, pacers, or crew is not permitted on the event course.
Cut-off times: - Cut-off times will be strictly enforced to the second.
Finish Line Cut-Offs - Any paddler not across the finish line before the final finish line cut-off time will be disqualified from the event. Paddlers who miss the final finish line cut-off will not receive a finisher award and will receive a "Did Not Finish" official finish time. This will be enforced to the exact second, and no exceptions will be made. To receive a finisher award paddlers MUST meet the finish line cut-off.
Lifejacket - All paddlers are required to wear US Coast Guard or International Canoe Federation approved lifejackets during events.