Rules

Rules

Please review the triathlon rules before the race. 

  • No handlers allowed for any part of the race, except at T2 when you turn your bike over to a volunteer handler.
  • Lap counters will be provided for the swim and do an excellent job at counting your laps for you; however the swimmer is still ultimately responsible for knowing how many laps they swim.
  • No wet suits, fins, flotation or floating devices allowed.
  • Any swim stroke, or combination of strokes is allowed. Stopping and standing is also allowed, as long as you are not moving forward. Walking is not allowed.
  • All participants, except the top seeds and lane purchased bibs, will circle swim.
  • A protective hard shell bicycle helmet is required and chin straps must be fastened at all times while the rider is on the bike. This includes on Saturday when you drop your bike off.
  • No tandems, recumbent bicycles, fairings or any other device designed exclusively to reduce air resistance allowed (exceptions can be made for participants with disabilities with approval from the race directors).
  • There is no mandatory bike safety check, but all racers are responsible to have their bikes in safe working order.
  • All bikes must be standing (not upside down) in the transition area. You may not use a kick stand as they have proven to be unreliable. Bikes must be placed in transition using a racer-supplied
  • Bike stands are required in T1. You may make your own or they are available for purchase at all of the bib pick-ups.
For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules on the USAT website. The GNT Commonly Violated Rules & Penalties page offers good tips to remember on race day.