Rules

Athletes must have a USAT membership to participate. Join online or at packet pick up.

  • Adult Annual Membership – $45
  • Adult One-day Membership – $12
  • Youth (age 17 and under) Annual Membership – $15
  • Youth One-day license – $10

Most Commonly Violated Rules & Penalties

1. Helmets:
No modifications may be made to the helmet. Helmets must be worn as they were purchased. If the helmet came with a cloth cover, the cover must be on the helmet when competing. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.

Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps:
Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.

Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance:
No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

4. Transition Area:
All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

*For the security of our participants, bikes will not be allowed to be removed from transition prior to the race. Do not park your bike until it is race ready – i.e. air in the tires, or any checks you may need from Bob’s Bicycles.

5. Drafting:
Drafting – keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds.
Position — keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing.
Blocking — riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass.
Overtaken — once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

6. Course:
All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

Penalty: Referee’s discretion

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct:
Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.

Penalty: Disqualification

8. Headphones:
Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers:
All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10. Wetsuits:
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11. Abandonment:
All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

Variable Time Penalties

Distance Category 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
Short or Sprint 2:00 minute 4:00 minutes Disqualification
Intermediate 2:00 minutes 4:00 minutes Disqualification
Long 4:00 minutes 8:00 minutes Disqualification
Ultra 6:00 minutes 12:00 minutes Disqualification

For a complete list of rules, please refer to the current USA Triathlon Competitive Rules at:www.usatriathlon.org.