ZACH MACH AWD (Athlete With Disability)



The ZACH MACH Mackay Adventure Challenge is an inclusive event which provides the opportunity for Athletes from diverse backgrounds to “Embrace the Challenge”.
 
We love celebrating these achievements with our competitors and will do whatever we can to allow Athletes with a disability to participate safely.

To be eligible to compete in an AWD Category, an athlete must have a medically diagnosed, permanent physical, vision or intellectual disability which must result in a substantial loss of function. Though not a requirement for this event, it is expected an athlete would be eligible to obtain a “classification” if competing in a state or national championship. A classification is effectively a licence to compete in specified events for AWD. 

Disability Type

  1. Physical disability
  2. Visual Impairment
  3. Intellectual disability


The AWD Category has been designed to enable athletes with a disability to compete against others with similar challenges, celebrate their achievement and show others what can be done with skill, determination and training … the same as everyone else. We respect the right for an Athlete With Disability to join any category they desire to challenge themselves and/or participate with friends, however athletes may be prohibited from attempting certain legs dependent on their impairment category (eg. Vision impairment in mountain bike leg).


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


To compete in a ZACH MACH AWD Category, the following eligibility criteria applies.

SOLO: Must have a minimum of one of the eligible disability types.
PAIR: At least one competitor must have a minimum of one of the eligible disability types below.
RELAY TEAM: At least two (2) of the competitors must have a minimum of one of the eligible disability/impairment types.


big ZACH MACH AWD SAFETY REGULATIONS


STAGE 1 MOUNTAIN BIKE


  • Adaptive Mountain Bikes may be used. It is a very physically demanding course which will require the assistance of 2 support personnel.
  • A vision impaired cyclist and a sighted cyclist guide shall ride a two-seater tandem bicycle. The sighted guide shall sit in the front seat to peddle and steer the bicycle.

STAGE 2 KAYAK
  • The vision impaired paddler and sighted guide (paddler) shall participate in a two-person authorized watercraft (kayak, canoe) with the sighted paddler being in the position to maneuver.
  • Assistance will be offered by Event Staff at launch to all competitors.

 
STAGE 3 TRAIL RUN

  • Visually Impaired athletes must run with a guide and cannot be tethered.
  • The guide runner must wear a bright vest supplied by the Stage Manager.
  • It is the responsibility of the guide to ensure that the athlete is properly orientated in the start position. The athlete must have a guide for the entire race.
  • Athletes must bring their own guide.
  • As a vision impaired runner crosses the finish line, the guide must be behind the athlete.
  • The method of guidance is the choice of the athlete. He or she may choose to use an elbow lead or run free. Holding the athlete, or the athlete’s clothing is not permitted. An exception to the rule may be allowed if the guide is needed to assist the athlete over or across an obstacle. Tethering between guide and athlete is not permitted. Official need to be consulted prior to the athlete’s event if this is required. In addition, the runner may receive verbal instruction from the guide.
  • At no time may the guide pull the athlete, or propel the athlete forward by pushing. Infringement of this rule may lead to disqualification – except where required for the safety of the athlete.
  • Over the course, two guides are allowed. Only one exchange of guides is permitted for each runner. No runner may be accompanied by more than one guide at a time. The exchange must take place without hindrance to other runners. The intention to change guides must be notified in advance to the officials. The officials will determine the conditions of the change-over.
  • It is the responsibility of the each athlete to have skilled the guide runners prior to the start.


STAGE 4 ROAD CYCLE
  • Safe roadworthy Hand Cycles are permitted for cyclists with a lower limb disability.
  • A vision impaired cyclist and a sighted cyclist guide shall ride a two-seater tandem bicycle. The sighted guide shall sit in the front seat to peddle and steer the bicycle.


 

MINI MACH AWAD SAFETY REGULATIONS


STAGE 1 MOUNTAIN BIKE (2.5km Return)
  • Adaptive Mountain Bikes, hand cycles and Off-Road Wheelchairs may be used.
  • A vision impaired cyclist and a sighted cyclist guide shall ride a two-seater tandem bicycle. The sighted guide shall sit in the front seat to peddle and steer the bicycle.

 STAGE 2 TRAIL RUN including Creek Crossing
  • Visually Impaired athletes must run with a guide and cannot be tethered.
  • The guide runner must wear a bright vest supplied by the Stage Manager.
  • It is the responsibility of the guide to ensure that the athlete is properly orientated in the start position. The athlete must have a guide for the entire race.
  • Athletes must bring their own guide.
  • As a vision impaired runner crosses the finish line, the guide must be behind the athlete.
  • The method of guidance is the choice of the athlete. He or she may choose to use an elbow lead or run free. Holding the athlete, or the athlete’s clothing is not permitted. An exception to the rule may be allowed if the guide is needed to assist the athlete over or across an obstacle. Tethering between guide and athlete is not permitted. Official need to be consulted prior to the athlete’s event if this is required. In addition, the runner may receive verbal instruction from the guide.
  • At no time may the guide pull the athlete, or propel the athlete forward by pushing. Infringement of this rule may lead to disqualification – except where required for the safety of the athlete.
  • Over course, two guides are allowed. Only one exchange of guides is permitted for each runner. No runner may be accompanied by more than one guide at a time. The exchange must take place without hindrance to other runners. The intention to change guides must be notified in advance to the officials. The officials will determine the conditions of the change-over.
  • It is the responsibility of the each athlete to have skilled the guide runners prior to the start.


SUMMARY
  • The vision impaired participant and sighted guide shall all provide and complete the entry forms for the ZACH MACH. Also the blind, totally blind or partially blind participant and guide shall sign the waiver and release form. The guide shall participate at no charge.
  • No tandem bicycle will be allowed for any participant unless blind, totally blind or partially blind.
  • A vision impaired  participant has the option of wearing identifying emblems such as a bib or vest to indicate they have a vision impairment. Since this is optional, it can be done in any manner the participant and guide choose, including the coloring and wording on whatever type of identification they have chosen. Should the participant choose to wear the identifying emblem, he or she shall provide same.
  • The determination of whether a race applicant is blind, totally blind or partially blind is to be made by that applicant.


Request for Special Accommodation:

Any participant who desires an exception from the Competition Rules may email their request to the ZACH MACH organising team: info@zachmach.com

The request must set forth in detail the exception requested and all facts which support the request.​​