RULES & REGULATIONS

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: THESE RULES ARE MORE DETAILED THAN THOSE IN THE APPLICATION FORM

This is your official Rules and Regulations manual for UMUK. It contains all the information necessary for you to participate in this unique event.

SWIM

1. Team captains must check in with designated event officials no later than 30 minutes before the start of the swim.
2. Each participant must wear the official swim cap (provided).
3. No fins, paddles, snorkels or other artificial propulsion and/or flotation devices, except tow floats, are permitted.
4. Wetsuits are mandatory.
5. Goggles or face mask may be used.
6. Participant may receive food or drink from their crew members from the jetty.
7. Participant may not receive forward motion or an unfair advantage from any person or craft. This includes drafting off another swimmer.
8. Unofficial swimmers are not allowed on the course and will be removed by event officials.
9. In an emergency, any participant needing assistance should lay on their back and wave an arm overhead as a signal for help.
10. For safety reasons, the swim course will be closed 6 hours after the start of Stage 1; however, it will be very difficult to complete Stage 1 within the 12 hour cut off time should the swim take the entire allocated time.

TRANSITION

1. Team vehicles will not be allowed in the transition area and must be parked in designated areas.
2. No team member or participant may interfere with another team or participant or his/her equipment while it is in the transition area.
3. Bike equipment checks, including helmets may be performed by event personnel as part of the transition process.
4. Helmets must be secured and fastened onto the head before leaving the transition area.

BIKE

1. Participants will require either a road or triathlon bike to compete. No tandem, motorized or recumbent bike is allowed. Additionally, no device designed exclusively to reduce air resistance is permitted on any bike.
2. A back-up bike or spare frame may be carried in the support vehicle; such equipment may only be used if the primary bike has a mechanical failure to such an extent that it cannot be used. A race official must be notified of any bike change no later than the end of that day’s stage. Any spare bike must have passed the inspection process during registration. The completed inspection forms for each bike/frame must be on file with the race officials. Riding an uninspected bike for any reason or switching bikes to gain an advantage will result in certain disqualification. You may only switch bikes once during the entire event. No switching back and forth is permitted. With the exception of the frame (or back-up bike), all other bike parts may be interchanged while on the bike course.
3. No accompanying riders are permitted on the bike course.
4. All aspects of the bicycle must be safe to the rider, other participants, team members, officials and the general public.
5. Each participant must have certain aspects of his/her bike inspected prior to the start of Stage 1. These aspects include, but may not be limited to brakes, handlebars, helmet, tyres and wheels. Any equipment unable to meet minimum standards may not be used until the problem is corrected. All repair costs are the responsibility of the rider and must be paid upon completion of the work.
6. During the bike portion of Stage 1 and for all of Stage 2, drafting or pacing of any kind, including off any motor vehicle is not permitted. There must be a clear space of at least 10 meters between participants unless overtaking another participant. In case of passing another participant, the time allowed to pass another participant is 20 seconds. If the participant fails to overtake in the allowed time, he/she must drop back to the legal distance of at least 10 meters between participants.
7. Each participant must conform to all traffic laws and is responsible for all consequences of any infraction.
8 .Each participant must wear an official number while on the bike course; it must be clearly visible and placed on the lower back of the rider.
9. Frame numbers must be displayed in a highly visible position on the bike while the rider is on the course.
10. Each participant must wear a properly fastened hard-shell helmet that meets or exceeds ANSI Z90.4, SNELL B90, EN 1078. Note that a CE mark is not an approved standard.
11. Participants may make forward progress while accompanied by their bike only. Push-offs of any kind are not permitted.
12. No participant may wear any device which interferes with normal hearing (i.e. electronic headsets, radios, MP3 players and the like). No participants may use a camera / mobile phone camera while cycling. Mobile phones may be carried by the participant for use in case of emergency or mechanical issue, but may not be used unless the participant is stopped with both feet on the ground.
13. Side by side riding is not permitted. Likewise any propulsive action by the head or hands is prohibited.
14. At the discretion of the Race Director, riders on the course may be required to have an operational headlamp on the bike and reflective materials on the front and back of his/her person.
15. The bike course for Stages 1 and 2 will be closed 12 hours after the start of each stage.

RUN

1. Each participant must run or walk the entire course. Crawling will result in disqualification.
2. Each participant must wear the official number while on the run course; it must be worn and clearly visible from the front of the runner.
3. Pacing of participants is allowed, but no participant may be paced by more than one non participant at a time. All pacers must be on foot. No pacer may do any headwind blocking.
4. Skates, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades and the like may not be used by team members or pacers on the run course.
5. Participants must run on the pavement where possible. Where this is not possible, participants must run on the edge of the road facing oncoming traffic.
6. Participants and team members must exercise extreme caution when crossing the road.
7. No participant may wear any device which interferes with normal hearing (i.e. electronic headsets, radios, MP3 players and the like). No participant may use a camera / mobile phone camera while running. Mobile phones may be carried by the participant for use in case of emergency, but may not be used unless the participant is away from main roads.
8. At the discretion of the Race Director, any runner (and pacer) on the run course may be required to have reflective materials on the front and rear of his/her shoes and clothing.
9. The run course will be closed 12 hours after the start of Stage 3.

BIKE AND RUN COURSE

1. It is the participant’s responsibility, with the help of the support team to follow the course. It is suggested that each support team and participant familiarise themselves with the course by driving it prior to the start of Stage 1.
2. No participant will receive any time adjustments for any stop made during the completion of any stage or any portion thereof. This includes, among others, rest or repair stops, check-ins, medical assistance, stops required by event officials or other stops dictated by public authorities.
3. At the discretion of the Race Director, participants and/or support crews may, by mutual consent, exchange food, drink, spare parts, tools and/or personnel during any portion of the event as long as such action does not create a hazard or give unfair advantage to any participant or team. In no case may any exchange take place between a moving vehicle or vehicles or moving vehicles and participants.
4. Traffic lights will NOT be controlled nor will any public roadway be closed during any portion of any stage. ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS MUST BE OBEYED!

SUPPORT TEAM

1. Each support team shall consist of at least two adult members at all times.
2. Each team member will be required to (a) provide his/her name and phone number, and (b) sign the Acknowledgement, Waiver & Release from Liability (AWRL) form during registration. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in automatic disqualification.
3. Each team member, whilst providing support to their participants, must wear a yellow high visibility vest or jacket at all times.
4. Except in the case of an emergency, no team may have responsibility for more than one participant.
5. The driver of the support vehicle must have a valid driver’s licence.
6. No team member or participants may use any illegal substances during the event and its related activities. The use of alcohol during any portion of any stage is prohibited.
7. One member must be designated team captain and this person must be able to speak and understand English.
8. The team captain will be the official spokesperson for the participant and team. As such he/she will be responsible for the team and its actions.
9. Costs and arrangements for procurement, training, outfitting, transportation, and housing of the team are the responsibility of each participant.
10. Each team captain or designated team representative is required to attend the pre-event briefing. All other members are encouraged to attend.
11. Each team captain must check in at all start/finish lines.
12. Any team captain whose participant drops out of a day’s stage or decides to abandon the event entirely must IMMEDIATELY inform the Race Director or official crew members. If immediate communication is not possible,
notification will be as soon as possible and no later than the close of that day’s stage. Failure of to do so will result in a time penalty or possible disqualification of the participant.
13. Any team captain whose participant is unable to make a cut-off may be required to pick up such person and check in with officials at the finish line. Dropouts or disqualified participants must be brought to the finish line as soon as possible to be checked in. If this cannot be done it is the responsibility of the team captain to notify event officials at the finish line of the participant’s status as soon as possible.
14. Team members must obey all event regulations, traffic laws, and public ordinances, as well as follow the directions and instructions of all event officials and public authorities.
15. Except as noted, team members may be on the course only in their capacity as such. No member may utilise a non-motorised wheeled vehicle (including a bicycle) on the course, except in an emergency. Except as a run pacer, being on a team is not an opportunity to swim, bike, or run during any stage.
16. No team member may interfere with or obstruct another team or participant, any roadway, traffic, or cause any public inconvenience.
17. No member of any support team may give any aid to any participant while inside a vehicle, whether moving or stationary, unless the participant has dropped out, been pulled from the course, been required to enter the vehicle by event officials, or finished the stage, AND is inside the vehicle.
18. Unless the participant is inside the vehicle, all aid of any kind must be given to the participant while the vehicle is parked off the road with the hazard lights on, and the team member is on the shoulder off the road.
19. Disqualified participants must be brought to the finish line as soon as possible after disqualification to be checked in. If this cannot be done, it is the responsibility of the designated team captain to notify finish line officials of the participant’s status as soon as possible.
20. Event officials assume no responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of any participant and/or support team member while they are participating in any portion of the event. If a situation or emergency should arise which requires care or attention by medical personnel, the support team should transport the person affected to the nearest medical facility, call 999, or call official personnel to request help if transport is not possible or advisable. A list of the local Accident and Emergency (A&E) units will be given during the pre-event briefing.
21. The role of the support team is vital to each participant and the safety of the event. The utmost care, concern and courtesy must be given to all, including the general public. The proper conduct of the team and its individual members for the safety and well-being of all is extremely crucial and will be required. Rule violations by team members will result in the participant receiving a time penalty and/or possible disqualification. Since team members will be the participant’s lifeline, providing nutritional, technical, medical and equipment support, and the need for adequate preparation and supplies, should not be underestimated.

SUPPORT VEHICLE

1. Each participant must have NO MORE THAN ONE accompanying motor vehicle during all portions of the bike and run course.
2. Each vehicle must clearly display official event signage in the areas designated.
3. No vehicle may provide draft or pace for any participant.
4 .No vehicle may follow any participant except in an emergency. In that case, hazard lights must be on at all times.
5. The “leapfrog” method of support is required at all other times. This will be explained at the pre-event briefing and IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
6. Hazard lights must be on when a support vehicle is pulled over to give aid, or travelling slower than 15 mph under the speed limit.
7. No vehicle may travel alongside a participant except to pass them. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

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