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Poster: Concerned Citizen
Subject: RE: Marathon Age Requirements
Yes, and every one of them have the parents sign the waiver instead of the child. The PARENTS have to acknowledge the risk, not the minor.
A 5K or 10K the parent comes up and stays at the start/finish, is usually in contact with the minor for the majority of the time, and can quickly identify that the minor is on the course, missing, etc. A lot different than transporting the minor to a remote location like New York or Boston where they are essentially in control of the minor for an extended period of time. I'd be willing to bet that's why Chicago goes with 16 instead of 18, since the start and finish are together, and it's easy for a parent to accompany the minor to the start.
Rules are different state to state. One of the reasons any officer of a USATF club that has youth programs has to get a background check is due to these rules. The long and short of it is the liability issue though, if your carrier won't offer you insurance you change the rules until they will or you find someone that will.
As noted in other notes airlines let minors travel, but they have to be registered as "unaccompanied minors" and often wear identifying badges. The airlines "take possession" of the minors, and are responsible for them getting to their final destination. Airlines will usually require unaccompanied minors stay on the plane until all others depart and will have a gate agent and/or flight attendants track their whereabouts unless there is a registered chaperone.[/quote]
Airlines do not take charge of unaccompanied minors under any law that I know of. If you know of one, please cite it.
If you're worried about a parent suing, they can sign a liability waiver; liability waivers are almost always valid for recreational activities.
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