Depending on which event you have entered, a combination of river bed, road and off-road conditions will apply. It is the competitor's responsibility to have adequate footwear and skills to negotiate and avoid the hazards on the running stage.


It is the competitor's responsibility to have adequate skills to negotiate and avoid the hazards on a grade 2 river. Competitors must put training time in on a grade 2 river and ensure their choice of kayak is matched to their ability. This committee strongly advises that some time should be spent on the Rakaia river prior to the race.

Competitors may use any type of kayak but not wave riders or surf skis. Inflatable or ride on kayaks are not permitted. Pods are not allowed on kayaks. Sea kayaks must have sealed compartments.

Kayaks must have pillars and two flotation/air bags or extensive water-tight sealed compartments that are drainable. The minimum requirement is two rear flotation/air bags of 20 litres each - correctly inflated and secured in the kayak. Wine bladders are not acceptable!

Competitors who withdraw from the Salmon Run must not leave the river bank. They must wait for the tail-end-charlie kayakers to arrive.

Compulsory Kayaking Equipment

Competitors must carry the following equipment: A spray skirt, kayaking helmet (designed for paddle sports – a cycle helmet is not acceptable), buoyancy vest (securely fitted, free of defects and of 55N minimum buoyancy), long sleeved waterproof paddle jacket (to be either worn or in a dry bag).

Buoyancy testing of any vests that appear inadequate may occur at scrutinising. Competitors must check that their buoyancy vest meets the required standard before The Salmon Run.

Kayaking Stage Spot Checks

There will be random spot gear checks of all compulsory kayak equipment before and after the Kayak stage on Saturday. If you are found to not have the compulsory gear you will be withdrawn from the race.

Grade 2 Kayak requirements
Moving water skills:

·         Candidates must demonstrate competence in the following skills in their event boat or boat of similar stability and performance in grade 2 water:

·         Capsize in a grade 2 rapid and self-rescue by actively swimming with all equipment to an eddy, forward paddling, forward and reverse sweep strokes, low brace,  

           break in / break out of eddies, ferry glide, identifying a safe line and maneuvering down grade 2 rapids.

Participate in Rescue Skills:

·         The candidate must be able to competently participate in the following rescues:

·         Receive a throw bag, be carried on the stern of a boat and deep-water rescue.

·         While the ability to perform an eskimo roll is not a compulsory kayak requirement, we strongly encourage competitors to attain this skill.

Didymo Control
The Salmon Run supports Biosecurity New Zealand in their attempt to stop the spread of Didymo throughout New Zealand's streams, rivers, canals and lakes. Washing facilities will be available.

Access and driving speeds
If you or your support crew are driving to access the Rakaia River please be considerate of other road users. Sections of the road are on private land. Slow down. Please be aware of other road users, vehicles, children, stock and pedestrians.

Access to the start of kayaking will be sign posted on Rakaia Barrhill Methven Road at Balraize farm approximately 14km above Rakaia.
Access to the finish of the kayaking stage will be sign posted on the corner of Rakaia Barrhill Methven Road and Wolseley Road, approximately 3km above Rakaia.


Draughting is allowed in all cycling. No Aero Bars or clip ons. There are no drink stations. Competitors must affect repairs to their own cycles. Spare cycles will not be given to competitors who puncture.

All cycling stages are on sealed roads. Obtain some bunch riding experience. Please contact a local cycle club or shop for details of bunch rides and cycle setup. Please have your cycle, and helmet checked at a cycle shop prior to the event.

Cyclists must not ride more than two abreast. Be aware of traffic both approaching and overtaking from behind. Keep to the left, don't cross the centre line and obey the road code.

Compulsory Cycling Equipment
Helmets must be of a standard recognised by New Zealand Transport Agency and must remain on your head, securely fastened at all times while the cycle is in motion.

Each competitor must carry at least one water bottle and spare tubes or tubulars for their cycles.

No I-pod, cell phones or similar devices are to be used by competitors. The competitor must be able to hear other riders in the bunch and safety instructions from officials.

Cycling hazards
The Roads are not closed therefore please obey the road rules and give way to traffic. The Race Director reserves the right to close stages for safety or other reasons. This applies to all courses.


All competitors are responsible for the equipment they use in all stages of the Jackson Holmes Salmon Run events. They must ensure that it is safe and in as new condition. Appropriate footwear must be worn on all stages.

Environmental code
Environmental code – you will be disqualified if you break this code.
• Don’t deliberately drop rubbish, and if you unintentionally drop rubbish, pick it up.
• Stay on the formed track at all times
• Don’t cross the tape (used to restrict competitors access to sensitive areas and to keep competitors on the track)

Park vehicles in designated areas.


Fill in the entry form on line Enter through the Register Tab.
Website registrations close on Friday 14 October 2022 at 6pm.  There are NO late registrations or registrations on the day.

Confirmation of Entry

A confirmation of entry will be sent to each competitor upon payment.

​​​​​​​Under 18

Any competitor under 18 must have their parent’s signature on the consent form. Please print and present at registrations.


Participants will be given a race number, identification bracelet and safety pins to attach numbers. Numbers must be worn on the front.  

Compulsory Briefing:
Check YOUR event information for registration times, start times and briefing times.

Competitors are responsible for their own navigation over the course, and should familiarise themselves with the terrain.  Event Course maps are available on

Assistants cannot follow their competitors or offer assistance on any cycling stages. This includes both the Duathlon and Multi sport events.

Multi-sport assistants must present their competitor’s kayak and all compulsory equipment for spot checks if required. The kayak and all the equipment must be carried down to the riverbed. No exceptions!

If assistants are concerned about their competitor being overdue at a checkpoint they should report to a timekeeper.

Assistants are not allowed to offer assistance or enter any part of the running or kayaking stage except at transitions.

Prize Giving
Acknowledging winners and prize giving will be flexible however we are aiming at approximately 1.30pm when the majority of multisporters have finished.

Spot Prizes 

All entries are eligible to win a spot prize which will be pre-drawn, with numbers published outside the Registration tent and and can be picked up after 12noon on Saturday. If a prize has not been picked up by the end of the end of the day, the prize is forfeited.

Race Times

The times and places announced on Saturday at the prize giving will be provisional. It takes several days to check times and places and mistakes do occur.  The Prize giving will be held at the Rakaia Domain.


Refunds will be given on a case by case basis. The amount will be at the discretion of the committee. Should the salmon run have to be cancelled due to force majeure there will be no refund of entry fee. Right of entry reserved. 

Withdrawals from Any Stage

Any competitor withdrawing from any stage must report to a timekeeping official or tail end charlie at the end of that stage and hand in their race number. This is critical for health and safety regulations.

If you are evacuated from any part of the course by jet boat or vehicle, you must report to an official immediately on disembarking. Do not try to find your assistants, team member or family until you have been checked off the course by our officials. This is very important.


The Race Director reserves the right to disqualify.  


Dogs are not permitted on any of the race tracks.


Limited water and first aid is available out on the course. You are strongly advised to carry your own water as well.


No responsibility is taken by the Race Director or sponsors for any loss or damaged property of competitors, assistants, or friends during the Salmon Run. By completion of the entry form the competitor accepts full responsibility for the risks entailed in competing in the Salmon Run. Competitors and support crews must have their own personal property insurance policies.


I agree not to be sponsored by any company in competition with our major sponsor Jackson Holmes Contracting Ltd. I understand that participation in this contest is at my own risk and I accept full responsibility for my wellbeing during the event.


1.     I agree to abide by the Event Rules and with the directions of the officials and their personnel.

2.     I agree to allow the organisers and sponsors to use photographs, video and film of me taken during the event to advertise their products or to promote the event at no cost to the organisers and sponsors.

3.     I understand that participation in this event is at my own risk and I accept full responsibility for obtaining adequate skills to negotiate and avoid the hazards on the course.

4.     I will comply with all the directions given within the rules document, confirmation letter, race pack information and pre-race briefing.

5.     I am fully responsible for my personal belongings at the event.

6.     I am in sound physical condition and health, capable of safely competing in the event, and am not aware of any medical condition to the contrary.

7.     I shall advise the organisers of any existing medical condition that may affect me and I consent to receiving any medical attention which the organisers or officials deem necessary in the circumstances.

8.     By competing, I accept all risks flowing from my participation which could result in loss of life or permanent injury or damage to property. Accordingly, I release all persons or corporations associated directly, or indirectly with the conduct of the event from all claims, demands and proceedings arising out of my participation, and I hereby indemnify them against all liability for all injury, loss or damage arising out of or connected with any act or omission by me in the course of my participation in the event. This release shall extend to and include promoters, sponsors, the organisers of the event and their respective directors, partners, managers, officers, agents, contractors, employees and volunteers including medical and paramedical personnel appointed for the event, the owners, licensees and occupiers of land upon which the event or any part of it is conducted, any statutory body or local authority having control over any land upon which the event is conducted or which is directly or indirectly with the event in any manner whatsoever. This release and indemnity continues forever and binds my heirs, executors, personal representatives and assigns.

9.     Refunds will be at the Race Directors discretion. The Organiser reserves the right to re-classify competitors. Late entries could be reclassified due to prize categories already being worked out