USAT Competition Rules

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Race Age

"Race Age" - Race age for this event is the athlete's age on 12/31/2014.

Race Age was conceived by USA Triathlon, the governing body of this sport, to standardize the age group system of ranking triathletes at the end of the season. In the past, some triathletes would race in one age group at the beginning of the season then would age up on their birthday to a different age group thereby making it difficult to rank triathletes in their particular age group at the end of the year. 

Championship Division Withdrawal Policy

A written withdrawal request must be sent via email to The deadline to withdraw from the championship race is August 1, 2014. A refund check of the entry fee minus $25 will be mailed to you.

Transfers or deferrals are NOT permitted for the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship.

Amateur Division Refund/Deferral Policy

For deferrals into the 2015 Hy-Vee Triathlon please contact by August 25, 2014.  To register for the 2015 race, please print off a 2015 registration form (when posted) and mail it, along with a copy of your deferral confirmation email to Hy-Vee Triathlon | P.O. Box 10427 | Harahan, LA 70181.  Please note that when you register for the 2015 race, you will still need to pay the “USA Triathlon Non-Member” fee of $12.00 or be a current USAT Member to have this one day fee waived.  Also, you will need to include an additional payment of $25.00 with your registration form to cover administrative and processing fees.  

Most Commonly Violated Rules and Their Penalties

1. Helmets:

Only helmets approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT-sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.
Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps:

Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.
Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance:

No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

4. Transition Area:

All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. 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.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

5. Drafting:

  • Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds.
  • Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing.
  • Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass.
  • Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

6. Course:

All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for any reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.
Penalty: Referee's discretion

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct:

Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.
Penalty: Disqualification

8. Headphones:

Headphones, headsets, Walkmans, iPods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers:

All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. Do not transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete who is not competing.
Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10. Wetsuits:

Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however, that a participant who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11. Abandonment:

All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.
Penalty: Variable time penalty


Variable Time Penalties

Distance Category
First Offense
Second Offense
Third Offense
2:00 minutes
4:00 minutes
2:00 minutes
4::00 minutes
4:00 minutes
8:00 minutes
6:00 minutes
12:00 minutes


If an age group athlete decides to assist in the swim portion of the event for a relay team, that age group athlete is not eligible for an age group medal and that age group athlete must start the event in the Relay Swim Wave. An age group athlete can wear multiple timing chips during the swim portion of the event for two relay teams. Register for the event Volunteer for the event

Race Updates

    Water Temperature: 76 F / 24 C
    151 days and 15 hours ago