Rules

Challenge Daytona is a sanctioned USAT event and follows the USAT rules and regulations. Below listed are some of the commonly violated rules and frequently occurring situations. Participants are expected to be aware of the rules and understand the implications when breaking them.

Swim Course Rules

  • Compulsory gear includes a swim/tri suit and swim cap (cap provided). This may be altered or added to at the Race briefing subject to the water conditions, temperature, and swim course/distance (at the Event organizer’s absolute discretion).
    • Wetsuits allowed for age groupers if water temperature is not more than 78 deg. F. Age groupers can wear a wetsuit from 78-84 deg. F, but they are not eligible for awards.
    • For elites, no wetsuits allowed if the water temperature is more than 68 deg. F for swims of less than 3,000 m.
  • No fins or paddles are permitted.
  • Snorkels and approved uninflated flotation safety devices are allowed.
  • Swim goggles or face masks may be worn.
  • Any assistance required during the swim may result in disqualification.
    • Competitors can hold onto buoy, boat, rope, floating object, etc., but they cannot make forward progress while holding onto these. The penalty is a time penalty or a disqualification at the discretion of the head referee.
  • The swim course will be closed 1 hour and 15 minutes after the race start for individuals and teams.
  • When you’re training on the course immediately prior to the event, brightly colored swim caps must be worn for you own safety. This is only possible on the indicated timeframes in the event schedule.
  • Event organizers have the right to change the location of the swim course, the distance of the swim course, or cancel the swim course (at their absolute discretion) taking into account the weather, water temperature, and general water conditions.

Bike Course Rules

  • No drafting is permitted. The cycle draft zone is a 7 meter long (for Age groupers, and 10 meter long for elite) by 2 meter wide rectangle between the front edge of the leading cycle and the front edge of the following cycle, extending each side of the cycle by 1 meter, measured from the leading edge of the front wheel. Another athlete has 15 seconds to pass through that zone. Furthermore, once an athlete has passed they must immediately drop back out of the draft zone.
    • The draft zones from vehicles is 15 meter long.
    • All cyclists must assume and maintain a staggered riding position relative to the cyclist directly ahead; no cyclist may maintain a position on the course directly in line with a cyclist directly ahead. This staggered position must be maintained even if the cyclist is outside of the drafting zone and following at a distance of greater than ten (10) meters
  • Race numbers must not be altered in size or appearance, and must be worn on the back during the bike legs.
  • Helmets must be secured by the chin strap before taking the bike from the rack, and must remain fastened until the cyclist has dismounted the bike and returned it to its rack.
  • No individual support is allowed. The bike course is closed to all supporter traffic and no competitor may seek or receive outside help from spectators, members of the public, or any third party with the exception of the official technical support crew or within the indicated coach stations.
  • Each participant is responsible for the state or repair of his/her own bike. Bikes must have been serviced within three weeks of the event and be in a safe and roadworthy condition, including meeting the bar end requirement set by USAT. Assistance by anyone will be penalized with a variable time penalty. This disallows the use of spare wheels and back-up bikes and requires that each competitor be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction. All bikes must undergo a compulsory check by the official technical support in the lead up to the race or at registration. Only checked bikes will be allowed into transition.
  • Cyclists are expected to heed directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities. Participants may run/walk with their bike if necessary.
  • It is not allowed to wear a headset, radio, cell phone, or other personal audio devices during the bike course.
  • Competitors must keep as far to the right as is practically possible at all times, and pass others on the left and must obey all traffic laws, traffic regulations, and the directions of Event officials and the Police.
    • Elites are not required to stay to the right and they can pass on the right.
  • The penalty for drafting, dangerous riding or unsportsmanlike conduct will be determined by the race official and can result in a variable time penalty.
  • The bike course will closed for all competitors, both teams and individuals, at 2.30 pm. Event organizers reserve the right to remove competitors from the race who do not complete the bike leg by this cut-off time.
  • Event organizers have the right to change the location of the bike course or the distance of the bike course (at their absolute discretion) and taking into account the weather and course conditions.

Run Course Rules

  • Competitors must not alter the size or appearance of the race number, and must wear it clearly and visibly during the run legs.
  • Slower competitors must not obstruct while other competitors overtake on the left.
  • No individual support vehicles or non-participant escort runners or cyclists are allowed. Friends, family members, coaches, or supporters of any type may not bike, drive or run alongside competitors, may not pass food or other items to competitors and should be warned to stay completely clear of all participants to avoid the penalization of a participant. Runners are expected to follow the directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities. Outside assistance is strictly forbidden and the size and nature of penalties for such an offense are at the sole discretion of the Event Director and Race Referee in accordance with USAT rules. For outside assistance, that is a variable time penalty.
  • It is not allowed to wear a headset, radio, cell phone, or other personal audio devices during the run course.
  • Competitors must obey all traffic laws, traffic regulations, and the directions of Event officials and the Police.
  • The run course will close for all competitors, both teams and individuals, at 4.00 pm. Event organizers reserve the right to remove from the course competitors who do not complete the race by this cut-off time.
  • Event organizers have the right to change the location of the run course or the distance of the run course (at their absolute discretion) and taking into account the weather and course conditions.

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