Race Rules

A. General Rules

Registrations are not transferable and are non-refundable. All athletes must participate using their own identities.

Pacing by a non-competitor during any portion of the race is forbidden. Pacing by vehicles is also forbidden.

Only athletes and officials will be allowed in certain designated areas (i.e. transition areas, finish line area). Triathletes are not permitted to have assistance during transitions or at any other point during the race with the exception of participants requiring assistance with adaptive equipment or special needs.

The Chief Course Marshal and medical personnel have ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race if (a) they have violated any of the rules of the race or (b) the individual is judged to be incapable of finishing the race safely.

Participants who drop out of the race must notify the nearest course marshal. Those who drop out for medical reasons should also check with the medical personnel. Official race vehicles will be marked as such, and are equipped with cellular telephones.

Good sportsmanlike conduct is expected of all participants.

All participants must be 16 years of age or older.

The use of headsets is prohibited.

Failure to comply with any or all the rules may result in immediate disqualification, or other penalties as assessed by the Race Committee.

B. Swim Course

Swimmers are required to have "Race Numbers" marked on at least one shoulder and calf. numberswill be applied by race officials before the start of the race.

Shorts, swimsuits or triathlon suits must be worn; however no snorkels, fins, paddles, pull buoys, flotation devices or buoyancy suits are allowed. Wetsuits are allowed. The race committee reserves the right to make wetsuits mandatory if the water temperature is deemed to be a safety concern.

Sprint distance swimmers shall swim 1 loop of the 500 meter triangular course. Standard distance swimmers shall swim 3 loops of the 500 meter triangular course.

The swim will start in one wave for standard distance individuals and teams (9:00 a.m.) and a later wave for sprint distance individuals (9:30 a.m.). Swimmers should seed themselves according to their own speed. The Duathlon will then begin at 9:35 a.m.

No escorts are allowed in the water; however assistance given by a lifeguard for temporary support will not result in disqualification provided the competitor's forward progress is not assisted. Swimmers may stop at a canoe if necessary.In an emergency, a competitor should raise an arm overhead and call for assistance.

Swim caps provided by the race organizers must be worn by all competitors.

The swim portion of the event finishes when an athlete runs between the two markers set up on the beach water line. All athletes must exit the water between these markers.

C. Bicycle Course

Absolutely no drafting another bike or any vehicle. A bike will be considered drafting when the bike is within 3 bike lengths or 2 bike widths of another bike, or 10 lengths of a vehicle for 15 seconds or longer (see Drafting Regulations).

All competitors are solely responsible for the actual repair and maintenance of their bicycles and equipment. Repairs are allowed to bicycles during the course of the race, however competitors are not allowed to change wheels or bicycles during the race.

Cyclists must heed the rules of the road according to the Newfoundland Motor Vehicle Act. Marshals may be available to assist cyclists through "stop" signs, although the cyclist should be prepared to stop at these intersections.

Bicycles may be walked, carried or run, but an athlete must finish with his/her bicycle in his/her possession. The cycle portion finishes when an athlete places his/her bicycle on the bike rack in the transition area before commencing the run.

Snell or ANSI Approved helmets are mandatory. Helmets must be properly fastened at all times while on the bike.

Bikes must be walked in/out of the transition area.

Standard triathlon distance cyclists must complete four circuits of the bike route (40K). Sprint triathlon distance cyclists must complete two circuits of the bike route (20K).

All bicycles must have a water bottle cage or a place to store a water bottle.

A bare torso is not permitted while cycling.

Drafting Regulations
Any competitor found to be in violation of the drafting rules by the Course Marshal will be subject to the drafting penalty. Violators will be directed by the Drafting Marshal to bring their bike to a complete stop, dismount and with both feet on one side of the bike lift the bike so that both wheels are no longer in contact with the ground. When satisfied that the violator has completed the "Stop and Go" penalty, the Drafting Marshal will allow the competitor to continue the cycle portion. Any competitor found to be guilty of more than one drafting violation by the Drafting Marshal may be disqualified by the race jury after the race has been completed. Disqualifications will be posted within one hour after the last finisher crosses the finish line. Competitors on the disqualification list will have thirty (30) minutes after the publication of the list to protest their disqualification. The decision of the race jury in all matters will be final.

Mount Bernard/ Griffin Drive Bike Course
When riding on the bike course riders must stay on the paved shoulder of the road. The shoulder is defined as the paved portion of the road extending to the right of the solid white line to the gravel. This is a requirement of the Department of Works, Services and Transportation.

Riders found in violation of Rule #1 by the course marshal will be subject to a penalty similar to that in the drafting regulations. There will be a warning with a "Stop and Go" penalty for the first offence and a competitor will be disqualified for a second offense.

The course will be swept by a truck street sweeper three days before the race and areas such as the ramps will be touched up one day before the race. However please watch for debris; the volume of traffic on this road makes it very difficult to keep the area totally clean.

The swept area will be about 7.5 feet wide. Riders are asked to keep to the right in this swept section and allow room on the left for other riders to safely pass. Please try to issue a verbal "On your left" warning to riders you are about to pass.

Use caution in the areas where you are to turn around.

D. Run Course

Standard distance runners must complete five laps of the run route (10K). Sprint distance runners must complete 2 and ½ laps of the run route (5K). No form of locomotion on other than running or walking is permitted.

Runners' numbers must be visible from the front. Runners must keep to the side of the road as directed by the race marshals.

A bare torso is not permitted while running.

E. Team Specific Rules

Standard distance individuals/teams will start at 9:00 am with the individual competitors while sprint distance individuals/teams will start at 9:30. Duathlon individuals at 9:35.

Swimmers must exit water and proceed to transition area to tag cyclist by the bike racks.

Cyclist must remove the bike from the bike rack, and return the bike to the bike rack before tagging the runner.

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