Thank you for applying for an official medial credential for the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off (LDLO). This event continues the annual tradition of a hot air balloon event in Colorado Springs over Labor Day weekend and we are thrilled to have the support of local and regional media to cover the event.
You are invited to attend the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off Media Day on Friday, September 3 from 6:00-9:00 am at Memorial Park. Limited space is available for balloon rides during LDLO Media Day. Applications will be reviewed and balloon ride opportunities will be awarded at the discretion of LDLO staff. All media awarded with a balloon ride opportunity will be notified by Wednesday, September 1 via email.
All media credential applications must be received no later than Monday, August 30 to be eligible to be considered for the balloon rides during Media Day. Media personnel submitting inquiries/applications after September 1 will not be eligible for balloon rides during Media Day but we still welcome you to join us Friday morning to interview event organizers and pilots and to pick-up your media credentials to and cover the event over the weekend.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK, WAIVER and RELEASE
NOTICE: Volunteers may be subject to a background check, following the laws and guidelines for Colorado. These checks may include appropriate inquiries regarding any previous record of sexual abuse. Organizers reserve the right to bar the volunteer from involvement in this program of event if it is reported to and confirmed by organizers that the volunteer is a registered sex offender.
In consideration of being allowed to volunteer in the Colorado Springs Sports Corp (CSSC), Hot Apple Productions (HAP), and Rainbow Ryders (RR) related events and activities, the undersigned appreciates, acknowledges and agrees to the following:
Regardless of the care taken to provide safe activities and to avoid injuries, some risks are inherent in the activity and cannot be totally eliminated without changing the nature of the activity. These risks are usually called inherent risks. A number of common inherent risks (but by no means, all) that might be present in one or more of the events/activities offered include: heat related illnesses (e.g., heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps); over-exertion; slips or falls due to imperfect surfaces; being struck by an object; collisions; trips or falls; drowning; and other inherent risks (e.g., volunteer-related [volunteer failure to adhere to posted rules or warnings; careless, erratic, or negligent acts by co-participants]; facility/equipment-related [e.g., unexpected equipment failure; unknown facility hazards or defects]; personnel-related [e.g., errors in judgment by staff or volunteers -- including, but not limited to, misjudging volunteer abilities or fitness, misjudging weather conditions, failure to give adequate warnings or instructions, concentration lapses while supervising]; and other special activities.
CSSC, HAP, and RR feels that it is important that the VOLUNTEER understand that three types of injuries can occur. Minor injuries are the most common and include, but are not limited to, muscle soreness, headaches, sprains, abrasions, cuts, black eyes, blisters, and bruises. Serious injuries are less common, but can occur occasionally. They include, but are not limited to, broken bones, concussions, torn ligaments or cartilage, eye injuries, cuts, broken teeth, and internal injuries.
Catastrophic injuries are very rare; but CSSC, HAP, and RR feels that every VOLUNTEER should be aware of the slight possibility. These infrequent injuries include permanent disability, brain injury, paralysis, blindness, and even death
Assumption of Inherent Risks: I, the VOLUNTEER assume the inherent risks associated with the program of events. I, the VOLUNTEER, understand that all activities of CSSC, HAP, and RR include inherent risks that cannot be totally eliminated regardless of the care taken by CSSC, HAP, and RR. I, the VOLUNTEER, 1) know, 2) understand, and 3) and appreciate the types of injuries inherent in CSSC, HAP, and RR activities. I, the VOLUNTEER, hereby assert that participation is voluntary and the VOLUNTEER knowingly assume all inherent risks of the activity.
Waiver of Liability for Ordinary Negligence of CSSC, HAP, and RR: In consideration of permission to participate in CSSC, HAP, and RR activities, today and on all future dates, I, the VOLUNTEER, on behalf of myself, my spouse, heirs, executors, administrators, personal or legal representatives, and assigns (hereafter referred to as the Releasing Parties) do hereby waive, release, covenant not to sue and discharge CSSC, HAP, and RR [Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, El Paso County, City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, corporate partners, directors, board members, officers, employees, volunteers, independent contractors, agents, equipment suppliers, and owners of all venues] (hereafter referred to as the Protected Parties) from liability from any and all claims, demands, and actions of every name and nature including those arising from the ordinary negligence of the Protected Parties.
This agreement applies to 1) personal injury (including death) from incidents or illnesses arising from participation in CSSC, HAP, and RR activities including, but not limited to: the opening ceremony activities; recreational, practice, or competitive activity; events; organized or individual training and conditioning activities; as an observer or spectator; and individual use of all facilities. This applies to all facilities, fields, equipment, and all other venues or premises including the associated sidewalks and parking lots and to 2) any and all claims resulting from the damage to, loss of, or theft of property.
Indemnification: I, the VOLUNTEER, also agree to hold harmless, defend, and indemnify CSSC, HAP, and RR (that is, defend and pay any judgment and costs, including investigation costs, attorney’s fees, and related expenses) from any and all claims of Releasing Parties or others acting on my behalf, arising from participation in CSSC, HAP, and RR Activities, (including those arising from the inherent risks of the activity or the ordinary negligence of Protected Parties).
I, the VOLUNTEER, further agree to hold harmless, defend, and indemnify CSSC, HAP, and RR against any and all claims of co-participants, rescuers, and others arising from the conduct of the participant in CSSC activities.
Clarifying Clauses: I, the VOLUNTEER confirm that:
1) This agreement supersedes any and all previous oral or written promises or agreements. I understand that this is the entire agreement between me and CSSC, HAP, and RR and that it cannot be modified or changed in any way by representations or statements by any agent or employee of CSSC, HAP, and RR.
2) The foregoing Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability, Indemnification Agreement, and Covenant Not to Sue is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the laws of the State of Colorado and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed
that the balance shall continue in full legal force and effect.
3) If legal action is brought, either the state court for El Paso County, Colorado has the sole and exclusive jurisdiction and that only the substantive laws of the State of Colorado shall apply.
Acknowledgements to Promote Participant Safety: These affirmations aid CSSC, HAP, and RR in providing for the health and safety of the volunteer.
Health Status. The volunteer affirms that he or she; Possesses no health problems or physical disabilities that would make participation unwise or risk injury; Understands that CSSC, HAP, and RR advises all volunteers to seek medical clearance prior to participation; Understands that it is his or her duty to inform staff and cease exercise immediately if there is any unusual discomfort (e.g., faintness, shortness of breath, high anxiety, chest pains) during participation; Possesses sufficient skills, experience in the activity, coordination, and fitness to safely volunteer.
Medical Care. The volunteer affirms that he or she; Authorizes the use of first aid by CSSC, HAP, and RR authorities if CSSC, HAP, and RR deem it is needed; authorizes the use of CPR and/or an AED if CSSC, HAP, and RR authorities deem it is needed; Authorizes CSSC, HAP, and RR to secure emergency medical care and transport if deemed necessary; Agrees to assume all cost of emergency care and transportation.
Rules and Safety. The volunteer affirms that he or she agrees; To report all injuries (even minor injuries) so that CSSC, HAP, and RR may make a record of the injury; To wear all recommended safety gear during participation; To follow all rules of CSSC, HAP, and RR; To inform CSSC, HAP, and RR of any conduct or condition that creates a hazard for volunteers or others – and will immediately discontinue further participation in said activity; That CSSC, HAP, and RR has authority to halt my participation if it endangers the volunteer or others, including the right to bar any volunteer if it is reported and confirmed by CSSC, HAP, and RR that the registrant is a registered sex offender. Spectators affiliated with the volunteers are responsible for knowing and adhering to the rules and policies of the event.
Photo/Video Release. The volunteer gives their permission to the event organizers for the free use of their name, likeness and/or pictures for use in broadcasts, telecasts, newspaper, etc., for the promotion of this program of events.
I HAVE READ THIS ASSUMPTION OF RISK, WAIVER AND RELEASE AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS AND SIGN IT VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.
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