Event Rules

TRIATHLON/DUATHLON RULES & REGULATIONS

Introduction
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.

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.

Somersault 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.

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 fair 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.

Anyone 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.

When 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.

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.

IMPORTANT SOMERSAULT 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 responsible to know and to stay on the race courses.

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.

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.

Race Instructions
a) Competitors are solely responsible for knowing and understanding all the rules and procedures for the race as set out by Somersault.

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, 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.

Bicycle Helmets
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 takes their bike from their bike rack. They must remain on and fastened until you return to the T-zone and rack your bike.

Bells on Bikes
As advocates for safe cycling and as a reminder that it’s the law…you should have a bell on your bike.  We will have bells for sale on site at race kit pick up.

Bicycle Transition Zone
a) Bicycles must be walked or run to, from, and in the transition zone.

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.

Assistance
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”.

 

Cycling
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 below.

Wetsuits
Wetsuits are allowed at all Somersault Triathlon events, regardless of water temperature.

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 tuathlon events we offer. Should the water temperature drop below 65 degrees, all triathlon events will automatically be turned into/rolled into one of the tuathlon events we offer. For awards and thampions thallenge 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.

Apparel
a) Competitors must have their torsos covered during the bike and the run portions of the event.

b) 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.

c) Competitors must wear a swim cap during the swim (*with the exception of The Early Bird Triathlon where you may bring your own or choose not to wear one, as it is an indoor pool swim). The swim cap must be marked with the competitor’s bib number (at the body marking tent).

d) Competitors must ensure that their swim cap and their bodies are marked with their bib number. Markers are provided by Somersault to competitors.

e) Competitors may not be publicly nude at any time during the competition.

Other Rules
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.

Drafting rules and procedures
Bicycle drafting is against the rules in all Somersault events.

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. Bike 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.

Drafting Definition

  • Riding within 5 metres of someone’s back wheel is drafting
  • 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 while passing
  • If passed you must drop out of the passing cyclists draft zone before re-passing them
  • You are considered “passed” when a competitor’s front wheel is ahead of yours.

RUN RULES & REGULATIONS

Introduction

In Somersault events the inherent honesty and integrity of each participant is expected and respected. The primary responsibility for fair and safe conduct lies with the participant. Somersault events are organized for the race participants, who will ultimately decide how they conduct themselves.

It is each participant’s responsibility to know and to adhere to the rules. Please take the time to become familiar with them.

Somersault rules exist for two basic reasons. The first is to ensure the safety of each and every participant. The second is to ensure that the competition is fair for all. The rules for Somersault events are set out by our insurers, and/or are the accepted rules of the sport. Participants in Somersault events must agree to follow these rules.

The IAAF Rules for Road Races are those to which the Somersault Event Series subscribes, unless set out differently herein. These can be viewed at www.iaaf.org/insideIAAF/Handbook/Han.

Participants breaking the rules are putting someone at risk or gaining an unfair advantage over other participants. Where the rules are infringed, penalties will be awarded. However, the primary responsibility for rule enforcement lies with the participant. When witnessing a rule violation by another participant, request that it stop, and if it doesn’t, report it to an event 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 a Somersault event are not liable for lost, stolen, or damaged apparel or equipment. The participant is solely responsible.

ipods, mp3s, walkmans, and headphones
We do not allow the use or wearing of Ipods, MP3s, Walkmans, or head phones. These devices may prevent you from hearing instructions from marshals, hearing other participants, or hearing approaching vehicles, and they may put you at risk.

General Race Rules
Participants must complete the entire course unaided, except as provided at the official aid stations on the courses, or from time to time by spectators or friends.

Participants must wear the number supplied by the organizers on the front of their jersey. Participants must have their torso covered at all times during the event (shirtless is a no-no!).

Every participant must wear a ChampionChip timing chip around their ankle for timing purposes. Participants must follow the line of cones on the course.

KIDS RULES & REGULATIONS

Introduction
Girls and boys are encouraged to participate for fun and fitness. These are participation events where winning is not rewarded – but participation is!

Each participant must be accompanied by an adult to the event. Young children may have an adult or a person with whom they are comfortable accompany them during their walk (at no cost). One authorized adult may accompany several children if need be.

The features, rules, and procedures of a Wylie Ryan Kids’ event are outlined below. Specific information on an event can be found by clicking on the individual event pages.

General procedures and information

Arrival and Instructions
Participants should arrive at the event at least 1 hour before race start. There is often a brief instruction session before the race. Parents should attend this session.

ChampionChip Timing Chip
Each participant must pick up a ChampionChip timing. IT MUST BE WORN around the ankle during the race.  The timing chip is collected by volunteers in the finish line chute.

Age Categories & Results
We do not offer competitive age categories or place awards in Wylie Ryan Kids’ events.  All participants will receive a finish medal at the finish line, and they can check out their printed results on site, or online.

Certificate of Performance
Each finisher in a Somersault event, can access and download an official performance certificate on Friday after the event.  Simply ‘claim’ your results on the Sportstats page to gain access to your online performance. Go to www.sportstats.ca. Then, click on the +sign, beside your name.

Ipods, Mp3s, Walkmans, and Headphones
We do not allow the use or wearing of Ipods, MP3s, Walkmans, or head phones. These devices may prevent you from hearing instructions from marshals, hearing other participants, or hearing approaching vehicles, and they may put you at risk.

Lost. Stolen, or Damaged Apparel or Equipment

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/property. The participant is solely responsible.

Event Day Flow
Here are some tips to assist you in planning your day.

  • Read the event rules & regulations before race day.
  • Pick up your race kit before race day morning if possible.
  • Plan your drive to the event site, and your parking before race day.
  • Arrive at least 1 hour prior to your race start.
  • When arriving on site, go directly to Race Kit Pick Up (if you haven’t already picked up)
  • Bring cash to Race Kit Pick Up (late entry table) if you are entering on the day.
  • Pick up and wear the ChampionChip timing chip around your ankle. 
  • Race number must be visible from the front.
  • Check out the site and plan your route to the start line.
  • Listen for morning announcements that may indicate changes.
  • Arrive at the start line 10 minutes early.
  • Have a blast – thank a volunteer and “high 5” your fellow participants!

Spring, Summer and Fall Event Weather Policy

Somersault Events will be monitoring Environment Canada’s regional weather service and associated radar constantly in order to understand what conditions we might be faced with.

Up to 45 minutes prior to start we will make one of the following decisions:

  1. Events executed as scheduled
  2. Cancel the swim portion and turn all Tri events into duathlons (where applicable)
  3. Turn all multisport events into runs
  4. Cancel all events

Should we have persistent and/or imminently dangerous lightning #4 will be the choice.

Should we have torrential rains and high winds options 2,3 and 4 will be considered (winds in excess of 50kph with gusts over 70kph as a guide)

Unseasonably cold or hot temperatures will also be considered with the above steps implemented should there be a danger of hypo or hyperthermia.

Rain alone, without high winds or lightning will mean business as usual.

Hot temperatures will monitored as follows:

25-30 degrees including humidex (cautions issued in pre-race communications)

30-35 degrees including humidex (cautions issued in pre-race communications and potential shortening of events

35-40 degrees including humidex (cautions issued in pre-race communications and potential shortening or cancelling of events)

40+ degrees including humidex (cautions issued in pre-race communications and potential shortening or cancelling of events)

Should conditions deteriorate while the event is underway we will immediately assess the danger level and either stop the event, make immediate changes that could include cancellation or a potential re-start in a modified format.

We will communicate regularly with our Swim, Bike, Run and Transition team directors for immediate input and action as they work with their teams to provide real time assessment.

We will also be communicating continually with First Aid, Emergency Services and any relevant facility personnel in order to complete the communications circle.

 

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