USA TRIATHLON: The Black Bear Triathlon will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All USAT rules will be in effect during the event. These rules will be reviewed at the pre-race meeting described below. This is a non-drafting race. Please direct any rules questions and/or protests to the USAT officials on site. Protests of penalties must be filed with the USAT Head Official within 60 minutes after the protesting individual finishes the race. See their web site for additional info at www.usatriathlon.org.
Registration official will mark your body with race number on Sunday morning. A number for your bike will be provided in the race packet and must be used.
Runner's numbers are also in race packet and must be worn in FRONT of the body.
If you drop out of the race, it is IMPERATIVE that you notify a race official and return your timing chip at the finish line.
Swim waves will go 3 minutes apart starting with Sprint distance followed by Half Ironman distance.
Each swimmer must wear official cap as provided in race packet-no exceptions or substitutions.
Wet suits will be permitted according to USAT regulations.
The course will be patrolled by water safety certified personnel in safety vessels. Medical personnel will be on shore.
Swimmers may hang on to a bouy, boat or a pontoon to rest without disqualification so long as they are not pushed or propelled in any way by.
Relay swimmers tag off to team cyclists in the designated relay team area in the bike corral.
Sprint Distance course will close at 9:15 AM. Half Distance will close at 9:45 AM.
Each competitor is responsible for having his/ her bike in proper working condition. Bike support will offer a complimentary safety check on bikes either Saturday at time of packet pickup or Sunday morning. This is a quick inspection of the bike and is not meant as a guarantee that the bike is in proper working condition. Bike support will inspect for bar end plugs. You MUST have bar end plugs to compete. We will have an inventory of bar end plugs but can not guarantee we will be able to provide them to everyone in need of them.
All cyclists are responsible at all times for their own safety and for compliance with traffic laws on the cycling course and are solely responsible for the consequences of any infraction.
Cyclists are expected to heed directions and instructions of race officials.
ALWAYS ride on the right side of the road. Crossing the center line is not allowed. Take care making corners at high speed. They will be swept, but use caution just in case.
HELMETS are required during the bike race. They must be on your head with chin strap fastened securely any time you are on your bike before, during and after the race. This is a new USAT ruling and violation is grounds for disqualification.
RELAYS: Cyclists must return to the designated relay team area to tag off with the runner.
No individual support vehicles or assistance by anyone is allowed.
1/2 Iron Course will pass the bottle exchange twice; water and gatorade provided.
NO DRAFTING OFF ANOTHER BICYCLE or motor vehicle is allowed. Drafting is defined as the maintenance of a static position to the rear (within three bike lengths) or to the side (within 6 feet) of another cyclist or vehicle.
Exemptions to the drafting rule are: (a) when passing a cyclist if done within 15 seconds, (b) when the cyclist is required to reduce speed for safety reasons (e.g. weather, traffic control) or to receive aid, and (c) on curves or turns of 90 degrees or more.
Sprint Distance will close at 10:30 AM. Half Distance will close at 2:00 PM.
Runners must wear official race number on the course at all times. Numbers must be placed in FRONT of the body. Runners must make sure their official printed race numbers are visible to timing volunteers at the finish line.
No support or escort runners are allowed. This is an individual event. Receiving help results in disqualification.
There will be five water stations (which you will pass fifteen times) on the long run course, three (which will be passed four times) on the short.
Sprint Distance will close at 11:30 AM. Half Distance will close at 4:00 PM.
No one is allowed in the transition area, except registered racers and transition area officials.
Course marshals and the head official have the ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race if the participant has violated rules of the race. Medical personnel have ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race, if, in their judgment, the participant is physically incapable of continuing the race without sustaining physical damage or loss of life.
USA Triathlon rules reign.
Protest must be filed at the finish line in accordance with USA Triathlon.
Please pace yourself, maintain hydration, and keep health and safety in their proper perspective.
Timing splits are as follows:
Swim: at exit from water at beach
Transition time: swim to bike
Bike: at exit from transition area (start of run course)
Transition time: bike to run
Run: at finish line
No participant shall wear headphones or any sound producing device during the race (results in disqualification).
HAVE A FUN, SAFE, ENJOYABLE RACE AND THANK A VOLUNTEER!