RULES & REGULATIONS
RULES 101: A Must Read - It’s the competitive age-groupers responsibility to understand and follow complete USAT regulations.
USAT MOST COMMONLY VIOLATED RULES & PENALTIES - Read these!
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. Penalty: Disqualification
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.
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
Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interface with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. No participants shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area (DQ!) Penalty: Variable time penalty
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.
Docking: 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
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 line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times. Penalty: Referee’s discretion
Unsportsmanlike 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
Headphones: Headphones, headsets, etc are not to be worn at any time during the race. Penalty: Variable time penalty
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 directors permission.
Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USAT up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wear wetsuits within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.
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 penalty
Variable Time Penalties (additional time penalties and disqualifications are subject to the discretion of the Race Director)
Short or Sprint
International & Olympic
For a complete list of rules, please refer to the current USA Triathlon Competitive Rules at: www.usatriathlon.org
How do I get a paper entry form?
Paper entry forms are available on each race website- under the registration tab. The address to mail the entry forms to are on the each entry form.
How do I get a discount?
Five dollar discounts are available for Triathlon Club Members, Active Military, Students, and Seniors. Military can register by mail OR online using the discount code (contact us). TCSD members can register by mail (include a copy of membership card) OR online using the discount code (available through TCSD). Students can register by mail (include a copy of student id). Seniors can register by mail.
What are the divisions that I can register for?
1.) Age Division (5 year increments)
2.) Elite (This division is for pro triathletes, a copy of your USAT Elite License is required for this division, please email a copy to email@example.com)
3.) Military (valid military ID is required)
4.) Clydesdale & Athena (Males over 220 lbs, and females over 165 lbs)
5.) Clydesdale & Athena 40+ (Males over 220 lbs aged 40 and above, females over 165 lbs aged 40 and above)
6.) Challenged (This is for challenged athletes)
What are the relay divisions that I can register for?
a.) Mens (all men relay)
b.) Womens (all women relay)
c.) Mixed (men and Women)
d.) Mixed 120+ (all three ages combined add to 120 or more)
What if I want to race in the elite division?
In order to race in the elite division, we require that you send us your racing resume. If you qualify to race in the elite division, we will contact you and let you know. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the requirements for registering for Clydesdale?
For men, you must be over 220 lbs and for women you must weigh over 165 lbs.
If I register for the Clydesdale & Athena division, do I have to weigh in?
Registration for the Clydesdale division is based on the honor system. We trust that if you register in that division that you are, in fact, over the weight limit.
What if I am having trouble registering online (Active.com)?
If you are having trouble registering online there are a few things that you can try before contacting ACTIVE.
1.) If it says that the registration is closed before the expected sell-out date, make sure that the listed race date at the top is for the correct year. (Previous year’s registrations are still listed up on Active.com)
2.) If the year is correct, try refreshing your browser (by pressing F5 on your keyboard)/*.
3.) If it still doesn’t work, try closing out the window and starting over completely.
4.) If you are still having trouble registering, you will need to contact Active’s Customer service. The phone number for Active’s customer service is: 1-877-228-4881 or you can e-mail email@example.com.
Why is there a $10 late fee to pick up your packet on the morning of the race?
We charge a $10 late fee on the morning of the race for several reasons. We discourage participants from picking up their packet on the morning of the race to prevent long lines at registration on race morning, to allow for any registration changes to be made prior to race morning, and to allow participants to ask last minute questions that they may have prior to race morning.
Due to the number of race transfer requests and cancellations that occur in the weeks prior to a race we have the following policy that is in accordance with USAT & USATF Policy. Refunds will NOT be issued after a registration has taken place. Considerable effort goes into producing an event and funds are expended and applied in good faith based on a registration. If you would like to change your registration from one distance to another, you will be charged for the difference in price at the time of the change.
Thank you for your support! Unfortunately, tickets/entries are non-refundable.
If you registered through Active.com and purchased the registration insurance when you registered online via Active.com, please contact:
Allianz Global Assistance (your third-party insurance company) at 1-888-497-6989 or click here