The inherent honesty and integrity of each participant is
respected at Somersault events. The primary responsibility
for the fair and safe conduct of a race lies with the participants in the event, not with the race organizers or officials.
All participant personal equipment, apparel, and supplies, are the sole responsibility of the participant; the organizer is not responsible in any manner for this personal equipment, apparel, or supplies.
events are organized for the participants, and ultimately
it is the participants who decide how they will conduct
themselves during the competition. It is each participant's responsibility to
know and to adhere to Somersault event rules, respect other participants, and to compete fairly and safely. Please
take the time to become familiar with these event rules and protocal.
Somersault event rules exist for two
reasons. The first is to ensure the safety of the
participant. The second is to ensure that the competition
is a fair one for all participants.
The rules represent the
set of race conditions that have been decided on by our insurers,
the sport, common sense, and by past participants.
To participate in a Somersault event, each participant must
agree to follow the rules set out here, or as are explained in our event orientations and on the event web sites.
failing to follow the rules of the event is either putting someone at
risk, or is gaining an unfair advantage - neither of which
is acceptable. Where the rules are infringed, penalties
will be applied by the organizer. The primary responsibility for rule
adherence lies with the participant.
witnessing a rule violation by another participant, you should request
that it stop. If that fails, you should report it to a race official.
It is important to understand that Somersault Event Series (2251389 Ontario Limited), and any of the organizations, businesses, or individuals participating in the organization and presentation of this event are not liable for lost, stolen, or damaged apparel, or equipment. The participant is solely responsible.
c) Participants competing in open road triathlon, duathlon, or swimcycle events must be 14 years of age or older. Participants under 14 years of age may compete as part of a relay team in open road events, but only as the swimmer or runner.
By registering for an event and agreeing to the participant waiver, the individual(s) understand that the event does not carry/cover personal accident insurance for participants.
triathlon & duathlon event rules
The Race Course:
a) Competitors must follow the prescribed race course routes in all segments of the race (swim, cycle, run, and transition zone), as set out by Somersault on the event web site, in email communication with participants, or in pre-event orientations.
b) Participants are primarily responsible to know and to stay on the race courses.
Championchip Timing Chip
Each race participant must pick up a Championchip Timing Chip before the race and must wear it around the ankle during the race.
a) Competitors are solely responsible for knowing and understanding
all the rules and procedures for the race as set out by
b) Competitors must obey the instructions
of race officials during the competition.
Code of Conduct:
Competitors must at all times obey the rules of the event
as described by the race organizer and be courteous and
respectful of other competitors, officials, volunteers, spectators,
organizers, and members of the public.
Ipods, MP3s, Walkmans and Headphones
We do not allow the use or wearing of Ipods, MP3s, Walkmans, or head phones during the cycling portion of Somersault Series Triathlons or Duathlons. Wearing one during the cycle portion of the race will result in disqualification.
We also discourage the wearing of Ipods, MP3s, Walkmans or Headphones, etc, during the run portion of Somersault events. These devices may prevent you from hearing instructions from marshals, from hearing other participants, or vehicles, and may put you at risk.
We do know however, that many of you wish to wear these devices during running events, so we do allow you to wear them during the run, but advise you that you do so at your own risk. If you use a head phone or an ear phone device, you should only have the hearing device in one ear. This is to ensure you can hear the directions of marshals, officials, and vehicles.
a) Bicycle helmets are compulsory for all cyclists. The helmet
must be CSA, or equivalent to CSA, approved,
b) Helmets must be worn
and chin straps must be fastened before a competitor mounts the bike. They must remain on and
fastened until you dismount from the bike.
Bicycle Transition Zone:
a) Bicycles must be walked or run to, from, and in the transition
b) Bicycles must be
mounted and dismounted only at the "Mount - Dismount
Line" outside the transition zone under the direction of a race official.
c) Participants are solely responsible for all their own equipment, apparel,and supplies.
Bike Sticker Number
Your Bike Sticker must be affixed to your bicycle prior to entering the t-zone and must match your race number to gain entrance or exit. Please affix the bike sticker PRIOR to entering the T-Zone.
Your Bike Sticker must remain on your bicycle in order to exit the T-zone upon completion of your event. The Sticker should only be removed only AFTER you have exited the T-zone. You must also have your matching bib number with you in order to remove your bicycle from the T-zone.
a) Competitors should only receive assistance in the transition zone when it is administered by medical
staff, or race officials. On the race courses, assistance may be administered by spectators or friends when it is obviously required
by the participant. This assistance must not involve carrying, transporting, or pacing the individual, or allowing them to "draft".
a) Competitors must cycle alone and unaided by other cyclists
or motor vehicles. Rules defining drafting and the accepted
procedures for avoiding drafting can be found in "Drafting Rules and Procedures " section
Wetsuits are allowed at all Somersault Triathlon Series events, regardless of water temperature.
If water temperature on the morning of any of our Triathlon events is at 67 degrees or below, participants will have a "no questions asked" opportunity to move their race entry to one of the Duathlon events we offer. Should the water temperature drop below 65 degrees, all Triathlon events will automatically be turned into/rolled into one of the Duathlon events we offer. For awards and champions challenge ranking points, there will be two separate sets of results for each duathlon distance – one for those originally registered in the actual duathlon and one for those originally registered in the triathlon.
a) Competitors must have their torsos covered during the
bike and the run portions of the event.
Competitors must place their bib numbers on the back of their
jersey during the cycle and on the front during
the run. Bib numbers must be visible at all times. Email us for ideas on how to do this.
Competitors must wear a swim cap during the swim. It will be provided by Somersault - or you may use your own. The swim cap must be marked with the competitor's
bib number (at the body marking tent in the Transition Zone).
Competitors must ensure that their swim cap and their bodies
are marked with their bib number. A body marking model and
markers are provided by Somersault in the Transition Zone
to allow competitors to mark themselves properly.
e) Competitors may not be publicly nude at
any time during the competition.
There are many other rules that govern the competition.
These are covered under the rules of the sport as defined
by TRICAN. We generally adhere to
these rules except where they may differ from our own.
A copy of these rules can be viewed by going to www.triathlonontario.com.
Consequences of Breaking the Rules:
The consequence of breaking the above and other rules of
competition will depend on the severity of the infraction,
and will be entirely at the discretion of Somersault race officials.
Jury of Appeal:
Competitors who feel they have not been treated fairly according
to the rules of the competition, or who may wish to lodge
a protest against another competitor, must submit a written
appeal, to the Race Director before the awards presentations, or within a reasonable period after the event or occurrence.
A Jury of Appeal will be appointed by Somersault to
hear the protest /appeal. The Jury will be comprised of a Somersault representative, race director, and participant. The Jury of Appeal's majority decision will be final.
Bicycle drafting is against the rules in all Somersault Series events.
Refer to Section E.2 in the TRICAN rule book for a detailed
description of the drafting rules and procedures.
Many participants do not understand what bicycle drafting is.
This rule section has been added to provide everyone with the
general information they require in order to identify drafting and to
avoid doing it. Cycle course officials will be on motorcycles on the bicycle course
at Somersault events.
In many Somersault races, there are too many cycling participants to allow everyone to avoid drafting situations. We recognize this fact, and officials will not unnecessarily disqualify participants in such situations.
The rules below are guidelines. Somersault event officials are experienced in determining whether an advantage is being gained or not, or whether the drafting is purposeful or not. They will make decisions on that basis and their instructions must be obeyed, or disqualification will result.
- Riding within 5 metres of someone's back wheel is
- Riding beside someone within 2 metres is drafting
- Riding next to someone and not overtaking them or
dropping back from them constitutes blocking
How to Avoid Drafting:
- You are allowed 15 seconds in someone's draft zone
- If passed you must drop out of the passing cyclists draft zone before
- You are considered "passed" when a competitor's front
wheel is ahead of yours.