These days it is hard to engage in organized physical activities without being asked to sign a waiver. Exercise classes, sporting events, charity races/challenges and the like all require participants to sign forms agreeing to accept responsibility for any inherent risk associated with the event. Unfortunately, few people take the time to read these waivers to understand exactly what they are signing, and it isn’t until an injury occurs that they learn what they have given up.
In some cases, the wording of the waiver may be too vague to hold up in court. However, most waivers clearly state that, by signing, participants agree to assume responsibility and not hold the event organizers or sponsors responsible for injuries they may incur. For an example of why it is important to read the fine print before signing any form, read about a recent case involving USA Cycling.