HUMBOLDT TRI-KIDS TRIATHLON RULES & REGULATIONS
The purpose of the following rules is to insure that participants in the Humboldt Tri-Kids Triathlon complete the course safely and have a good time doing so! We feel all children who can complete the course are winners! USA Triathlon insures this event and has recommended these rules for safety reasons. Race officials may disqualify or add a 30 second time penalty to those who do not comply.
I. OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE: Parents cannot assist children during any portion of the event. Trained volunteers are stationed throughout the course to lend any assistance needed to insure participant safety and well-being.
II. COURSE: Each participant must complete the entire prescribed course in order to be eligible to receive age level awards. Volunteers and signage are available throughout the course to show the way, but participants bear the responsibility for being familiar with the course.
III. SWIM: Any stroke is allowed, there is no disqualification for style or stopping. Kickboards will be available for use. Children must touch each end of the pool and complete the distance. Volunteers will help the children out of the pool unless the child requests otherwise.
IV. TRANSITION AREAS:
FIRST TRANSITION AREA – There is no prior set-up in the First Transition Area. Athletes will set-up their area in First Transition Area just prior to their entering the pool for the swim. Items left in the First Transition Area can be picked up by parents between swim heats or after all participants have passed through the First Transition Area.
BIKE TRANSITION AREA – All equipment in the Bike Transition Area must be placed in designated area before 8:30 am. From 9 am to 12 pm ONLY PARTICIPANTS will be allowed in the transition area. No bicycles or personal items may be removed from the transition area until the last participant has finished and the announcer has indicated that the transition area may be entered. Bicycles must be walked in/out of the transition area, and are to be mounted and dismounted at a designated point outside the transition area, which will be clearly indicated and manned by volunteers.
V. BIKE: A. An ANSI approved helmet must be worn and chin straps secured at all times the participant is astride the bicycle. All bicycles must be in safe working order and brakes may not be altered from the original condition. Full disc wheels and aero bars are not allowed. B. Riders must follow traffic laws. Pass to the left of riders being overtaken and then return to the right shoulder. When passing, please call out “on your left” to let the person in front of you know you are there. Riders must ride the full distance to the turn-around point and back. It is the parent’s responsibility to see that bikes and helmets are in good working order. There will be no bike checks on race day. C. Drafting: Riding closely behind another bike and therefore using them as a windbreak is prohibited.
VI. RUN: Participants must run or walk the complete running course.
VII. SPORTSMANSHIP: Infraction by participants or parents of any of the rules or exhibition of unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification. This includes the use of profanity or rudeness before, during, or after the race.
VIII. RACE NUMBERS: Race numbers must be worn on the FRONT of the child at all times during the bike and run.