Race Policies


The information contained below is required reading.  This information will answer many questions you may have and even generate questions you had not considered.  Please take the time to read the information and understand it’s contents and intent.

It will make your experience better, you a better racer and keep you safe during your day.

Pursuant to USAT policy to participate in a sanctioned event you must be a current USAT annual member $50 Adult – $10 Youth with a valid membership card or purchase a single event permit for $15 Adult -$10 Youth through the race director.

USA Triathlon does not sell single event permits.  There is no exception to this requirement.
To better understand the requirements and benefits of becoming a USAT member, please visit the website at www.usatriathlon.org.  Look around the site especially at USAT For Me and Membership Services.
If you do purchase a single event permit and get hooked on Triathlon you can receive credit toward an annual membership by attaching the receipt from the event in which you participated and complete and mail the documents to USA Triathlon, Membership Services, 5825 Delmonico Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

Registration and Packet Pickup Clarifications

You must have and present a photo id to register in person and to pick up your packet. NO ID, NO RACE PACKET, NO EXCEPTIONS.  This is a USAT policy.
No listening devices of any type will be permitted on the course.  If you choose to sneak a listening device onto the course and it is discovered your chip will be removed and you will be disqualified from the event.  This policy is not to interfere with your performance but is in place per USAT to ensure safety for you and all racers and event staff.  Many accidents are occurring due to racers not hearing other racers or verbal instructions. Safety for all racers, event staff and spectators is our number 1 priority.

Road Hazards on the Bike Course

While we have driven the bike course several times with several team members in the weeks and days before the event, hazards may still exist on the courses.

In order to provide a safe and enjoyable bike ride we have swept roads, mitigated or removed obstacles, installed directional signs and color-coded course tape arrows, briefed volunteers, posted maps, explained courses, provided safety personnel; in short, done our best to provide you a safe ride.

Existing hazards that were out of our control have been marked with temporary pink paint. Be aware of the PINK paint and avoid the hazard.

However, there still may be hazards on the course due to the dynamic nature of triathlons and ever changing road conditions.

Your safety and success depends on knowing the course and your riding abilities. Ride fit, smart and be aware of the terrain, other racers and traffic.

It is your responsibility to know your course. It is highly suggested that you drive the bike course before the event.

Although all attempts have been made to make your event safe and successful, giving your attention to this issue will ensure that you are prepared for conditions.

Refund and Transfer Policy

There will be no refunds for any reason including force majeure.  At the discretion of the Race Director a transfer for the same person to the next year might be possible. This is on a case by case basis and the RD decision is final. Please contact RD via email if a request is needed.

Race Shirt Policy
In order to be guaranteed a custom event shirt you absolutely MUST be registered for the event seven days in advance of race day. The last day date to order a shirt will be provided on the website and registration forms and all participants wanting a shirt must register on or before that date. Please understand if you don’t know you are doing the event a week out how are we to know? If a shirt is important please pre-register by the appropriate date.  Due to increasing shirt, shipping and print costs orders are completed for registered racers only.  It is also important for each racer to visit the shirt manufacturers’ website to determine the correct size.  Each race will identify which website to visit before ordering your shirt.

Finish Awards Policy
Awards will not be provided before the ceremony. If you must depart before the awards ceremony you must notify the race director that day or within one week of the event via email that you would like the award mailed at your expense to the appropriate address.  Upon receipt of the $13 shipping and processing fee the award will be mailed but the race director is not responsible for shipping damage. Due to the unique and handmade nature of our awards we cannot assure the item will be shipped without damage during transit.  Please understand we have no control over the US Postal Service.

Posted Race Dates

Tri Harder Promotions, Inc. is only responsible for race dates published on this website.

There are far too many sites posting event dates for us to review and update.  Therefore, there will be no refunds if you register for an event and then discover the date from another site is incorrect.

Before you register verify the date on the tabs on this site.

USAT Message from Head Referee

A Message from the Head Referee to all age-group competitors… Welcome to this USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

You are racing under the USAT Competitive Rules.

In order to minimize misunderstandings on race day, I hope you will take the time to read the following summary of the Position Violations, which you know as the drafting rules.

I have reduced the Position Rules to the following concepts, which everyone can remember: Ride on the right side of your lane. Keep three bike lengths between yourself and the cyclist in front of you. Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right. Complete your pass within 15 seconds. If passed, you must drop completely out of the zone, to the rear, before attempting to re-pass.

Remember you are racing in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and there are USAT certified referees on the course to ensure fairness in the competition.

There will be NO WARNINGS if you commit a foul during competition.

Triathlon is an individual event and you must take personal responsibility to understand the rules and avoid penalties. At the end of the race all citations by the marshals are reviewed by the Head Referee who then decides if a penalty should be assessed. The Head Referee’s ruling is final in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests or appeals of Position penalties.

Marshals commonly cite the following violations: Position– riding on the left side of the lane without passing. Blocking – left side riding and impeding the forward progress of another competitor Illegal Pass – passing on the right. Overtaken – failing to drop back three bike lengths before re-passing Drafting – following a leading cyclist closer than three bike lengths and failing to pass within 15 seconds.

Though Position Violations carry a time penalty for first offense, two citations will result in an additional penalty and if you are cited for three violations, you will be disqualified.

Be sure to check the penalty sheet before you leave the race site and have a chat with the Head Referee if you have any questions.

Make sure your helmet is a CPSC approved model. All helmets legally sold in the US are CPSC approved but if you purchased your helmet in a different country it might be illegal for use in sanctioned events.

While on your bike, always have your chinstrap securely fastened – before, during and after the event! The chin strap rule is easy to follow, so don’t forget – that’s a DQ!

Wear your race numbers, don’t leave your trash on the course, and don’t carry or use any portable audio devices.

Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration.

Failure to do so is called Unsportsmanlike Conduct and you will be disqualified.

All that being said, I hope you have a great race, lots of fun, and achieve all your goals.