Suicide Race

Official Rules & Regulations

Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8

Open to all cowboys and cowgirls who think they have what it takes to run the treacherous mountain course!

Woodlake Lions Rodeo Suicide Race


  • Entry fee is $50 for each day (Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8).
  • Contestants may compete both days. Saturday’s winner will compete with a handicap on Sunday.
  • Fees must be paid at the pre-qualifying run.
  • Download Contestant Release form.
  • Contestants may fax the release form to (559) 564-8562, or bring the form to the rodeo grounds in advance of the rodeo.

Pre-Qualification Run

  • All contestants MUST successfully complete a pre-qualifying run at the Woodlake Lions Rodeo grounds held on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grounds.
  • Pre-qualification is required to ensure that both horse and rider are capable of safely completing the race.
  • Contestants must be 18 years or older and provide their own horse and equipment.


  • Horses will be saddled previous to the race.
  • Contestants will start on north end of arena on foot while their horses are being held at the south end of the arena by a handler. (Handler must be provided by contestant.)
  • After the start signal is given, contestants will run on foot to their saddled horse being held by their handler (provided by contestant).
  • Contestant must then mount their horse, proceed out of the north end of the arena, then follow marked course through the entire race.
  • Any detour from the previously marked boundaries will result in disqualification!


  • Winner will be the first contestant who completes the course, still mounted and whose horse’s muzzle crosses a pre-determined finish line located in the rodeo arena.
  • Any ties will be settled by a coin toss.
  • $350 & buckle to 1st place each day as well as cash prizes for 2nd, 3rd and 4th places!
  • Contestants may compete both days. Saturday’s winner will compete with a handicap on Sunday

Any and all discrepancies will be settled by a member of the Woodlake Lions Club Rodeo Committee. Committee members decision is FINAL!

Download Entry/Release Form

Questions? Please contact Richard Clevenger at 559-804-4988