The USAT Rules and the Rules below apply to all segments of the H3T Triathlon Race (for segment-specific rules, see the respective course info)

It is the athlete’s responsibility to know all aspects of the swim, bike and run.


1)  Participants are expected to follow directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.

2)  Course marshals and race officials shall have authority to disqualify any contestant.

3)  Medical personnel shall have ULTIMATE and FINAL authority to remove a contestant from the race if the contestant is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury or death. Medical transport of any contestant will result in disqualification.

4)  The H3T registration is non-transferable – no exceptions will be made to this rule.  Any attempt to transfer registration will result in disqualification and suspension from future participation in any H3T TRIATHLON event.

5)  It should be noted that there will be a bike cut-off that will be enforced prior to getting onto H1 at Valkenburgh Street.  All participants must be at that check point by 830am or you will not be allowed to finish the race.​


1)  Relay teams must consist of 3 members, one for each event (swim, bike, and run).  All 3 members need to be body marked.  If your runner shows up directly to transition #2, identify yourself to a volunteer and get body marked there.

2)  Each team will have one race bib and one timing chip.  The timing chip needs to be handed off from each team member in transitions #1 and Transition #2.  The racing bib needs to be handed off from the cyclists to the runner in transition #2.


1. Helmets:
Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be in our race. Helmets must be worn at all times before, during, and after the event.
Penalty: Disqualification (DQ)

2. Chin Straps:
Helmet chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin unless you are off your bicycle.
Penalty: Disqualification (DQ)

3. Outside Assistance:
No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons 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 coral. 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 this zone, you must pass within 15 seconds.

Position – always keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Remember to check for traffic before moving from the shoulder into the roadway!

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 must obey all applicable traffic laws and Police Officers 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, volunteers, spectators, or fellow athletes is forbidden.
Penalty: Disqualification (DQ)

8. Headphones:
Headphones, headsets, “Walkmans,” iPod, mp3 players, or other personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried, played, used, 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 bike and run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible during the run and facing backwards during the bike.  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 competing. It is recommended that you purchase a race belt to assist your transition process.
Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, disqualification for transferring a number without race director’s permission.

10. Wetsuits:
wetsuit are not allowed in this race.

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. Variable Time Penalties

Distance Category 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense

Olympic 2:00 minutes 4:00 minutes Disqualification (DQ)

For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules at: