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Rules & Regulations
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Bike Check

All athletes must check their OWN bikes on Saturday, September 29 at Margaret Pace Park from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Once your bike is checked YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO REMOVE YOUR BIKE OUT OF TRANSITION FOR ANY REASON. The only time your bike will be removed is during the bike portion of the event. Bikes will ONLY be reclaimed after the last cyclist has completed the bike course and an announcement has been made. You must still have your bracelet on in order to pick up your bike.

*These bike precautions are to protect your bike from being stolen.
**It is mandatory that all athletes go to Margaret Pace Park for bike check on Saturday, September 24 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., even if you have previously picked up your packet.

Timing Chips

Timing chips with Velcro strap will be distributed with your packet. YOU MUST BRING YOUR CHIP ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 IN ORDER TO COMPETE. The chip must be affixed to either ankle prior to the swim start and must be worn during the entire event. Relay team members must pass the chip to their teammate after completing their segment of the race. If your chip falls off during the race, please notify any Life Time staff member or timer in the vicinity. You will be given another chip in order to complete the event.*

*Please note that additional chip is for your safety and to allow you to complete the event should you wish to continue as losing the chip is grounds for a DNF.
**All chips must be returned to volunteers!
***All missing chips/Velcro will result in a $30 fee.

Swim Cap

The swim cap placed in your race packet must be worn during the swim. Do not trade your swim cap with another athlete as the caps are color-coded to assist race management in organizing the swim start.

Wetsuits

The use of wetsuits during the swim will be allowed if the water temperature on race morning is 78.0 degrees or less. If the water temperature exceeds 78.0 degrees but is less than 84.0 degrees, an athlete may wear a wetsuit but will be ineligible for awards and USAT national ranking points. Speed suits will be allowed.

Race Numbers

The adhesive bicycle frame number must be attached to your bike with the race number clearly visible from both sides of the bike. Do not affix the number to your bike frame until after you’re prepared to enter transition on Saturday. Lost bike numbers cannot be replaced! The small adhesive helmet number must be worn on the front of your bike helmet, and the run number must be displayed during the run segment on the front of your body. Pin your number to your shirt, swimsuit or race belt with the four safety pins provided in your race packet.

Equipment

All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral in transition bags with the allowed dimensions: 18 x 12.5 x 9 inches. Bags will no longer be allowed along the fence and will be checked upon entrance to transition. The front 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, to lessen the possibility of injury; they will be available for purchase at the Mack Cycle tent. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

Body Markings

You will find a set of body marking tattoos in your packet. All participants must put provided tattoos on by Sunday, September 30 before entering transition. THERE WILL BE NO BODY MARKING ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 PRIOR TO THE START OF THE RACE. Please wear shorts if age needs to be marked on Saturday, September 29.

Please review the following body marking instructions:

E2M-Body-Markings

  1. Make sure skin is clean.
  2. Remove the protective top sheet from the race number tattoos. Place the ink side (sticky side) to skin, making sure it is right side up on the locations demonstrated on the image to the left.
  3. Hold a very wet, folded paper towel over the paper backer of the tattoo for a full 30 seconds. Make sure it gets wet all the way through. Take your time!
  4. Peel the paper backer off the skin, leaving race number on your skin.
  5. Follow steps 1-4 for other race number locations, age, logo and category tattoos as necessary.

To remove:
Soak the Tritats in baby oil, rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover for 30 seconds, then wipe away.

USAT Most Common Violations

USA Triathlon has issued a set of rules to maintain consistency and order from race to race across the country. The rules include sections on membership and rules of conduct for swimming, cycling, running and transition. Also included are special sections on protests, hearings and appeals, and rules modifications for physically challenged athletes.

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.
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

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, or personal audio devices, 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

> 2016 Official USAT Competitive Rules