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5 Triathlon Rules That Might Get You Accidentally Disqualified

You invested in the necessary gear and equipment and followed a sound training plan; here are some rules you should make sure to know.

As you progress from casual triathlons to competitive, this suggested code of etiquette quite often becomes legitimized, with varying degrees of consequence. We looked into the major endurance triathlon rulebooks to find the rules you might actually get disqualified for:

1. Triathlons are a non-contact sportbackground_triathlon17

The Chicago Triathlon is the largest in the country so just the sheer number of competitors can be overwhelming, especially when adding in the urban course and rowdy crowd. Athletes should make sure to keep it clean & keep hands to him/herself. The consequence for using foul language, acting aggressive towards crowd or towards competitors is immediate disqualification.


2. Nudity isn’t allowed

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Obvious? Clearly not obvious enough. This rule appears not just in the Chicago Triathlon, but also in the USA Triathlon race manual (which govern most races across the country). Due to the wardrobe changes required in triathlons, event regulators have ensured that nudity or indecent exposure during changes results in a time penalty added to your finishing time.


3. Swim Clockwise


At the Rev3 Triathlon in Cedar Point, Ohio, athletes are required to swim in a clockwise direction only. Counterclockwise swimming leads to immediate disqualification.


4. Buckle your helmet before mounting your bike

A common rule in most triathlons, every cyclist must wear a helmet, make sure your chinstraps are completely fastened before you mount your bike. What’s the consequence of not buckling all fasteners on your helmet? Immediate disqualification.


5. Friends and Family Must Stay Past the Finish Line


Despite friends and family’s excitement to watch you cross the finish line after quite a few hours of racing, be sure to remind them to stay behind the finish line. If any non-competitors enter the designated course, even at the end of the race, the associated competitor will be disqualified after all of that hard work.



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