SteelMan & USA TRIATHLON rules:

All Eclipse Multi-Sport Triathlons will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon.  All USAT rules will be in effect during the event. These rules will be reviewed at the pre-race meeting described below. This is a non-drafting race. Please direct any rules questions and/or protests to the USAT officials on site. Protests of penalties must be filed with the USAT Head Official within 60 minutes after the protesting individual finishes the race. See their web site for additional info at www.usatriathlon.org.

Race Numbers

  1. A registration official will mark your body with race number at check-in on race day morning.  A wristband for your bike will be provided in the race packet and must be used.
  2. Runner's number must be worn in FRONT of the body.

Dropping Out

If you drop out of the race, it is IMPERATIVE that you notify a race official and return your timing chip at the information booth.

Swim

  1. Swim waves will go 4 minutes apart.
  2. Each swimmer must wear official cap as provided in race packet-no exceptions or substitutions.
  3. Wet suits will be permitted according to USAT regulations.
  4. The course will be patrolled by water safety personnel in boats and/or kayaks.
  5. Swimmers may hang on to a bouy, boat or a pontoon to rest without disqualification so long as they are not pushed or propelled in any way.
  6. Relay swimmers tag off to team cyclists in the designated relay team area in the bike corral.
  7. Cut off times: 45 minutes after the start of your wave.  Anyone not finished at this time will be pulled from the water and disqualified.

Bike

  1. Each competitor is responsible for having his/her bike in proper working condition. Bike support will offer a complimentary safety check on bikes on Saturday morning. This is a quick inspection of the bike and is not meant as a guarantee that the bike is in proper working condition. 
  2. All cyclists are responsible at all times for their own safety and for compliance with traffic laws on the cycling course and are solely responsible for the consequences of any infraction.
  3. Cyclists are expected to heed directions and instructions of race officials. 
  4. ALWAYS ride on the right side of the road.  Crossing the center line is not allowed.  Take care making corners at high speed.  They will be swept, but use caution just in case.
  5. HELMETS are required during the bike race.  They must be on your head with chin strap fastened securely any time you are on your bike before, during and after the race. This is a new USAT ruling and violation is grounds for disqualification.
  6. RELAYS:  Cyclists must return to the designated relay team area to tag off with the runner.
  7. No individual support vehicles or assistance by anyone is allowed.
  8. There are NO aid stations on the bike course.
  9. NO DRAFTING OFF ANOTHER BICYCLE or motor vehicle is allowed.  Drafting is defined as the maintenance of a static position to the rear (within three bike lengths) or to the side (within 6 feet) of another cyclist or vehicle.
  10. Exemptions to the drafting rule are:  (a) when passing a cyclist if done within 15 seconds, (b) when the cyclist is required to reduce speed for safety reasons (e.g. weather, traffic control) or to receive aid, and (c) on curves or turns of 90 degrees or more.
  11. Course will close at 10:30 AM.

Run

  1. The run course will officially close at 11:30 pm

USAT MOST COMMONLY VIOLATED RULES & PENALTIES

    Helmets:

    No modifications may be made to the helmet. Helmets must be worn as they were purchased. If the helmet came with a cloth cover, the cover must be on the helmet when competing. Helmets must be worn at all times   while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event. Penalty: Disqualification

    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.

    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

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

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

    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.

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

Headphones:

    Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. Penalty: Variable time penalty

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.

    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.

    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

    Variable Time Penalties

    Distance Category

    1st Offense

    2nd Offense

    3rd Offense

    Short or Sprint

    2:00 minutes

    4:00 minutes

    Disqualification

    Intermediate

    2:00 minutes

    4:00 minutes

    Disqualification

    Long (Olympic)

    4:00 minutes

    8:00 minutes

    Disqualification

     

     

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