Photograph courtesy of Jonathan Kelley.
USAT Triathlon Rules
AROOSTOOK is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.
Participants must be members of the USAT, or must buy a one-day USAT
membership for $12 (cash or check made payable to USAT) and sign a USAT waiver
at race packet pickup the day before or the
morning of the race. ALL
members of a relay team must be USAT members, or buy a one-day membership AND
sign the waiver.
Everyone MUST present a PHOTO ID to pick up a
race packet. USAT members must also
present their USAT membership card.
wish to become an annual member of USA Triathlon, call the USAT at 719-597-9090
or visit their website at USAT.
of TRI AROOSTOOK USAT rules and guidelines: Please note that violations of
these rules may result in time penalties or
disqualifications according to the
USAT. See USAT
for the complete list of rules and penalties.
information submitted on the entry form will result in forfeit of entry fee and
disqualification from the race.
management has the authority to change race course and format, check-in and
placed on the wrong rack in the transition area will be removed.
into the transition area is only allowed to competitors with numbers.
participant shall accept from any person (other than a race official) physical
assistance in any form, including food, drink, equipment, support, pacing, or a
replacement bicycle or bicycle parts.
abuse of race officials or volunteers will not be tolerated and will result in
officials have the authority to remove participants who violate race rules or
will not be mailed. Participants must be present at the awards ceremony to
receive an age-group or top finisher award.
must clearly display their race numbers at all times. Race numbers must be maintained
in an unaltered, readable state at the start and finish gates, in the
transition areas, and on the course.
swim distance is 525 yards, 10 1/2 laps (21 lengths.)
- Up to twelve
swimmers will compete in each wave, with two swimmers per swim lane.
are ultimately responsible for keeping track of the number of laps they have completed,
but race officials will count and record the number of lengths each swimmer completes,
and will inform swimmers when they are on their last length.
are placed in waves according to swim time. Swimmers must start in their
assigned wave unless otherwise directed by a race official.
are allowed to stop and hold onto the pool wall or lane floats. Using the lane
floats to make forward progress will result in disqualification.
may NOT walk on the bottom of the pool. Doing so to make forward progress will result in a disqualification.
may wear, but are not required to wear, swim goggles or face masks. Swim caps
are not required if hair is shorter than ear-length. UMPI pool rules require that hair longer than
ear-length must be restrained with
either a swim cap or hair elastic.
may not wear wetsuits. Swimmers may not use or wear any artificial propulsion devices,
including, but not limited to, fins, gloves, paddles, or flotation devices.
must use caution when moving from the pool to the transition area. Pool deck
and floors may be slippery.
course distance is 10.25 miles.
must display their race number on their bike and on their person.
bike course is on public roads open to traffic. Cyclists must obey traffic laws
unless directed otherwise by a race official.
must have their helmet on and chinstraps buckled before they unrack their bike.
- Cyclists must have their helmet on and chinstraps buckled at all times while on the bike course.
embarking on the bike course, cyclists must walk their bikes to the transition
exit before mounting.
must ride on the right and pass on the left. Cyclists have 15 seconds to
overtake another cyclist. If unable to pass, cyclists must drop back three bike
lengths. Riding beside another cyclist is prohibited.
is prohibited. Cyclists must maintain three bike lengths from the bike in front
except when passing.
headsets, walkmans, etc. are prohibited.
must have bar plugs.
are responsible for knowing the course (see the bike course map). Turns are marked
with paint. Race officials will be stationed at course intersections to control
traffic and direct participants.
return from the bike course and before embarking on the run course, cyclists
must dismount at the transition entrance, walk their bikes to their racks, and
rack their bikes. Bikes must be racked before helmet is removed.
course distance is 5K (3.1 miles)
must wear their race number fixed to their front.
headsets, walkman's, etc. are prohibited.