Course - Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations


This is a USAT sanctioned event and therefore we have implemented the following rules and regulations in order to properly follow their specific guidelines, as well as to better protect the athletes. Please click here for more information on USAT.

Course Cut-Off Times

There will be enforced time limits in 2009: (subject to change)

Swim: all athletes must be out of the water by 10:30 am
Bike: all athletes must be on Whitehurst Freeway (mile 23) by noon

The course closes at 1:00 pm.  Runners still on the course will receive a DNF and will be given the option to move onto the sidewalk to proceed at his or her own risk.

Swim Rules/Regulations

  1. Make sure you are in the swim queue wearing your swim cap and goggles and wait for your swim wave to be called.
  2. Walk quickly across the floating pier, go immediately into the water.
  3. Stay between the dock and starting buoy.  Listen attentively for the starting gun to go off.
  4. If you are starting upstream (swimming towards the bridge), keep all buoys on your left.  If you are starting downstream (swimming away from the bridge), keep all buoys on your right.
  5. Swim directly towards the Richardson Staircase.
  6. Find an open lane swim towards it and be predictable in your path.
  7. Ascend the stairs immediately - DO NOT DELAY.
  8. Assist the person in front of you if necessary by helping them get onto the ladder or up the stairs. This is very important. DO NOT pull anyone away from the ladder or hinder their ability to go up the stairs. Anyone caught doing this will be immediately disqualified with NO REFUNDS.
  9. Run to your right at the top of the stairs.
  10. Run through the misting tents.

Bike Rules/Regulations

  1. Bikes must be racked on Saturday prior to the race from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Once racked, bikes will remain in the transition area and may not be removed until the race.
  2. Helmets must be on AND fastened before athletes mount their bikes.
  3. Do not mount your bike until you are out of the transition area and past the mount/dismount line.
  5. Do not litter.
  6. If you have a flat move your bike completely off the course and onto the sidewalk
  7. There is NO bike support on the course. You must carry all spares and means of inflation yourself.
  8. Emergency conditions may occur during race. Please pay attention to your surroundings for indication of the need to clear the course or take other instructed action.

Run Rules/Regulations

  1. No headphones or devices of any kind that play music.
  2. Always use respect when coming through the finish line chute and be aware of your surroundings.
  3. Course closes at 1pm. Runners not yet across the finish line will be picked up in a sag vehicle or required to move off the course and onto the sidewalk.
  4. Emergency conditions may occur during the race. Please pay attention to your surroundings for indication of the need to clear the course or take other instructed action.
  5. Respect the land. Do not litter. Trash cans are available at every aid station.

Finish Line Procedures

The finish line area will be filled with spectators, family and friends and the energy level will be high. Please enjoy the moment and do not elbow your way, or shoulder your way, past others in this area. Finish strong and run completely through the finish line arch.

Your picture is being taken by ASI Photo and lots of spectators and friends. Look happy, raise your arms and get into it. Remember don’t look at your watch! We will be keeping time for you. Keep moving through the finish line chute. It’s important that you walk a bit before stopping. Medical personnel will be watching you and volunteers will be assisting you. If you feel sick, faint or need any assistance immediately call out for help. Remove and return your race-chip if you borrowed one. The timing company will charge you a $35 dollar replacement fee if you take it home with you. Grab some water to help cool you off.

Exit the finish line area and walk towards the back of the Finish Festival to retrieve your race day bag, get some food and grab a post race massage. Relax, hang out with your family and friends and change your clothes in the athlete change tent. High five yourself on the way home for a job well done!

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