Simsbury Triathlon

Race Rules and Regulations

Outside Assistance:

No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. 

Transition Area: 

All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike and kayak corral. All participants must rack and return their bike in an upright position. 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. 

There shall be no riding a bike inside of the transition area.  During the race you will want to have “Mount” and “Dismount” lines.  The “Mount” line indicates that it is ok for participants to hop on board and begin pedaling.  The “Dismount” line (about 15 feet before transition) indicates that participants need to stop, dismount their bike and run/walk it into transition. 


All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and stay within all marked routes and trails. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside of the course is a safety issue. Participants must cover the prescribed course in its entirety. It is the participant’s responsibility to know the course.

Upon leaving the course, a participant shall re-enter the course and continue at the same point of departure. Any violation of this Section shall result in a variable time penalty, unless the Head Referee in his sole discretion determines that (i) the violation was substantial and resulted in an unfair time advantage, or (ii) the violation constituted endangerment under Section 3.4(l), in which case the penalty shall be disqualification.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct:

Foul, harsh, argumentative, or abusive language will not be tolerated. Unsportsmanlike conduct directed at any race official, volunteer, fellow athlete or spectator is forbidden.

No participant shall use his body, head, arms, or legs to gain an unfair advantage, or to push, pull, hold, strike, or force through one or more participants. 

No participant shall commit any dangerous act which could cause injury to any participant. 


Headphones, personal audio devices, and phones are not to be used at any time during the race. 

Race Numbers & Timing Chips:

All athletes are required to be body marked and or visually display their assigned race number at all times during the race.

Abandoned equipment: 

All Personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. At no time shall an athlete discard garbage, clothing, water bottles, gel packets, etc. while on the course. 

Rules pertaining to the running segment:

No passing zones:

Slower runners must be polite and stay right to let faster runners pass them.  Do not run off the trail or widen it to run abreast with other runners, as we want to minimize impact on fragile vegetation in the area.


At water stops runners must throw their paper cups into trash receptacles, not into the woods!!

Rules pertaining to the Bicycle segment


Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission may be used. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during and after the event. Helmet chin straps must be buckled at all times while on your bike.


NO Drafting- Keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front of you. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds.


Keep to the right-hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. 


Riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and or interfering with other cyclist attempting to pass is not allowed.


Once passed, all cyclists must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear before attempting to pass again. 

Time Limit: 

Any cyclist who has not completed the second loop of the course within 120 minutes of the start time will be taken off the course and not allowed to complete the kayaking segment.


Cyclists shall not cross the centerline for any reason.

Traffic laws:

Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws, signals,& police instructions, at all times.


Participants shall refrain from intentionally or accidentally blocking, charging, obstructing, or interfering with the forward progress of another participant. Any violation of this Section shall result in a variable time penalty.

Rules pertaining to the kayaking segment:

Life vests:

All kayak and boaters must wear a certified personal floatation device while in the water. It must be buckled or otherwise affixed as intended.

Putting in and taking out:

Volunteers will be assisting racers to put kayaks into the water and to take them.  The racers must assist in this process, until the kayak is taken out of the dock area and stowed away, unless otherwise instructed by volunteers.


The race referees may impose a time penalty or may disqualify a race participant for violation of any of these rules, at their sole discretion.  Penalties will be assessed at the end of the race.

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