Race Rules

Commonly Violated Rules and Penalties

1. Helmets

Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event (and on Saturday during bike drop off).
Penalty: Disqualification or time penalty

2. Chin Straps
Chin straps must be fastened at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.
Penalty: Disqualification on the course; 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: Time penalty

4. Transition Area
All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike 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: Time penalty or disqualification

5. 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. Illegal Pass--cyclists must pass on the left, not on the right*. Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and impeding other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.
* Some parts of the course racers will be riding on the left side of the road, in these instances passing will be to the right side.

6. 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

7. Headphones:
Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices (including speakers), etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.
Penalty: Time penalty

8. Race numbers:
All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be altered in any way that prevents a clear identification. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.
Penalty: Time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

9. 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: Time penalty

Variable Time Penalties
Distance Category - Sprint
1st Offense - 2:00 minutes
2nd Offense - 4:00 minutes
3rd Offense - Disqualification

For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules on the USAT website.