Rules & Regulations
Because drafting is a drag


As part of our continuing commitment to grow the sport of triathlon, Life Time Tri is proud to uphold new event rules through the Officiating Program, introduced in 2018. These rules apply to all triathletes participating in any 2020 Life Time Tri event: able-bodied, para and professional alike.

Like any sport, rules are created to ensure participant safety and fairness in competition. While these remain paramount, this year’s rules will alter some typical competitive standards, as well as modify the way penalties are enforced and assessed in short course triathlon. The new Officiating Program is designed to make the sport simpler, more accessible and more exciting for new and veteran athletes alike.

If you plan to race any 2020 Life Time Tri event, please watch this video for insight into the new event rules. These rules will directly impact all participants, first-timers and veterans alike. You may download the full set of rules below.

Click the links below for a summary of these rules, along with a downloadable link to the full Rules Book. Athletes are highly encouraged to review these in detail to ensure a successful race experience.

> Download the Life Time Tri Official Rules Book
> En Español: Reglas

Should you have questions or comments, please email Rosalyn Popham, Head Official:

Bike Check

All athletes must check their OWN bikes on Saturday, September 21 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 21 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 22 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.


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. 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.


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, October 4 before entering transition. THERE WILL BE NO BODY MARKING ON SUNDAY, October 4 PRIOR TO THE START OF THE RACE. Please wear shorts if age needs to be marked on Saturday, October 3.

Please review the following body marking instructions:


  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.