70th running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races this Saturday
Successful completion requires racers to cross the finish line with their wheelbarrow and the required amount of ore in tow.The 70th running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races, an annual crowd favorite and free with admission to the El Dorado County Fair, is Saturday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
Presented by Kiwanis of Placerville, the event features eight race categories: Kids, Youth Girls, Youth Boys, Teenage Girls, Teenage Boys, High School Challenge, Old Timers, Women’s, and the Championship Men’s Race.
Depending on the division, competitors navigate one of four obstacle courses. Successful completion requires racers to cross the finish line with their wheelbarrow and the required amount of ore in tow.
Action starts at 6 p.m.
70th JOHN M. STUDEBAKER WHEELBARROW RACE
RULES OF THE CONTEST
1. ALL CONTESTANTS MUST CHECK IN AT THE “CHECK-IN KIOSK” BY 5:00 PM ON THE DAY OF THE RACE
2. All contestants must wear long pants, shirts and shoes (no cleats).
3. All contestants must attend the mandatory meeting AT 5:15 p.m. ON THE COURSE.Failure to attend mandatory meeting is automatic disqualification and forefeiture of entry fees.
4. All contestants must check their equipment once issued. Gunny sacks especially!
5. The signal to start the race will be given by the official starter.
6. Any false starts will create a restart. A second false start by the same contestant will result in disqualification.
7. Upon starting signal, contestant will race from the starting line with all equipment appropriate to his or her group to the ore pile and so forth.
8. Any contestant displaying unsportsmanlike conduct and/or impeding others will be subject to disqualification.
9. Upon reaching the ore pile, contestants will load their own sack with ore.
10. Upon loading ore, contestants will proceed to each successive obstacle, proceeding on their required course to the finish line.
11. Any contestant failing to complete any obstacle properly will be subject to disqualification.
12. Absolutely no throwing of equipment. All equipment must be carried, wheeled or placed overthe obstacles. Violators will be subject to disqualification.
13. Contestants MUST cross the finish line with the ore sacked from the ore pile and equipment with which he/she started and without any assistance from any other person.
14. Upon crossing the finish line, each contestant will stay with their equipment until weighed by a race official.
15. CONTESTANTS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FOR NOT HAVING THE PROPER WEIGHT OF ORE.
16. All decisions made by the official race committee are final: the spokesperson for the commit-tee will be the Race Chairperson.
17. A separate set of rules apply to the Challenge races