The Chelanman Triathlons And Road Runs — Race Rules
USA Triathlon and US Track and Field Sanctioning and Insurance: All events will be conducted with the highest professional standards and race support to ensure athletes are safe and supported. All running events will be sanctioned with US Track & Field. All triathlons will be sanctioned and insured by USA Triathlon (USAT).
The President of Lake Chelan Multisport Foundation is a USAT Certified Race Director.
All triathlons will be draft-free and have USAT certified course officials to ensure safe and fair events. The swim courses will have Red Cross certified lifeguards. The WSDOT approved bike course will have certified flaggers or Chelan County Sheriffs at major intersections.
Bicycle Out-And-Backs. A volunteer will be taking down numbers at the turn around for all bike legs. Run Out And Backs. A volunteer will be stationed to ensure all athletes complete the full course by taking down numbers at the turn around or half way point (5K).
NO AUDIO EQUIPMENT of any kind is allowed on the swim, bike, or run. Time penalties of 2 or 4 minutes will be assessed for every noted occurrence.
ATHLETE RUN COURTESY When on the run course, all athletes must pay attention to faster runners coming up from behind or head-on and avoid blocking athlete progress.
ALL USAT & USA TRACK AND FIELD RULES APPLY
USAT triathlon most common penalties described — Triathlon is an incredible sport of endurance, persistence and individual training. Many athletes spend months training for a great weekend and have the race of their lives, only to discover at the finish line that their overall time had been increased by a few minutes — or in some cases disqualified — due to a penalty on the course. We at ChelanMan would like to help everybody avoid this unpleasant situation, so the following is a description of a few of the most common USAT penalties. The USA Triathlon Competitive Rules address a number of different issues, and can be found at www.usatriathlon.org.
1. Crossing the centerline. In Washington, you may cross a broken centerline to pass only when it is safe to do so. Crossing a centerline, either broken or solid, even for a moment, will result in a time penalty and possibly disqualification.
2. Bike position. Ride to the right, pass to the left. You can only pass other cyclists on the left. Except when passing, you must ride as far to the right as possible. You have 15 seconds to complete a pass, and once it has been completed, you must return to the right-hand side of the road.
3. Drafting. Keep three bike lengths of air between you and the cyclist in front of you, unless you're passing. If you try to pass someone, you have 15 seconds to complete the pass. You may not drop back out of the drafting zone once you have started a pass. However, once your front wheel gets ahead of the cyclist you are passing, they must immediately drop back three bike lengths.
4. Being overtaken. If another cyclist passes you, you must immediately drop back behind that person, far enough so that you're out of the draft zone. This rule is hard to follow sometimes because your racing instincts will tell you to challenge the person who just passed you. However, it's required. You can only re-pass someone after you've dropped back out of the drafting zone.
5. Unauthorized assistance. You can only receive assistance from official race volunteers and staff. Friends and family cannot give you any food or drink, or provide any help with equipment problems. Once the race begins, everyone competes on the same basis, with the same on-course support. Also, friends and family can stand on the sidelines but they cannot be on the course with you, and in particular cannot pace you while you're running.
6. Unsportsmanlike Conduct. In the heat of a race and in striving for a good result, sometimes athletes forget themselves in their contact with race staff. Volunteers, officials and referees are considered race staff. Any cursing, verbal abuse or abusive behavior (as defined by community standards) towards race staff before, during, or after the race may be grounds for an athlete's disqualification and forfeiture of any awards or race benefits.
7. No Audio Equipment. No headphones will be allowed on any portion of either the swim, bike, or run courses. This is for athletes' safety. You are racing on highway and streets with vehicle traffic.
Penalty reports posted at results board in the expo area.
A list of penalties will be posted as soon as possible. This is the same place that the preliminary results are posted. Once all the infraction reports have been reviewed and all the penalties determined and posted, the head referee (he or she is the person in the black and white striped shirt) will be visible and available to answer any questions or address any concerns about the penalties.
Contesting a Penalty
If you're concerned about a particular penalty or situation, the best (and usually only) thing you can do is talk to the head referee. He or she is the only person on site at the race who can assess or rescind penalties. Race management does not assess triathlon penalties and cannot change anything if you receive one, however much they might want to help you. It is best to talk to the head referee about any concerns while you're still at the race site. Although head referees are happy to try to help in the days and weeks after a race, it's much easier for everyone to address concerns while memories are fresh and all the information is close at hand. Time for filing protests: All protests must be filed in writing and submitted to the Head Referee within sixty (60) minutes after the person filing the protest has completed the event.
Appealing a Penalty
Under certain, restricted conditions, penalties may be appealed to USA Triathlon headquarters. In general, only matters that can be determined with certainty through the production of tangible physical evidence can be appealed. Judgment calls cannot be appealed, and violations of the bike position rules are specifically defined as judgment calls. In other words, the only person who can do anything at all about a bike position or drafting penalty is the head referee. If you believe an appeal is appropriate, the head referee can provide you with the proper form or you can get it at the USAT triathlon web site. A $100 filing fee is required. If you win, you get your money back.
Questions About USAT or Run Rules And Regulations
The best time to ask questions about the rules is before the race. If you have any questions, please ask a referee. USAT referees will be wearing either red uniform shirts, or red, white and blue uniform jackets, or a striped uniform shirt. Believe it or not, we're there to help.