Rules Applying to all Segments of the Race
- Athletes are required to heed directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.
- Course marshals shall have authority to disqualify athletes.
- Medical personnel shall have ultimate and final authority to remove an athlete from the race if the athlete is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury or death. Medical transport of any athlete will result in a DNF (Did not finish).
- No athlete may use any drug or substance as prescribed by IOC Doping Control rules.
- Fraud, theft, abusive treatment of volunteers and other acts of poor sportsmanship are grounds for immediate disqualification and potential exclusion from future Laguna Phuket Triathlons.
- If an athlete decides to withdraw from the race at any time, it is the responsibility of the athlete to notify race officials at the information tent near the finish line.
- i-pods or other music players are not permitted on any segments of the course.
- Athlete’s torso must be covered during the bike and run sections of the race. Failure to do so may result in a 1 minute penalty.
- Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest reserves the right to make rule changes at any time provided all athletes are notified in writing or at the pre-race mandatory race briefing.
- All athletes who reach the cut-off points after the cut-off times are required to take a shortened course. Athletes will be allowed to complete the race but will not be entitled to win age-group awards and will be declassified in the result lists.
Any participant who wishes to lodge a protest regarding any decision of the race administration or the conduct of any other participant(s) must file a written protest with the Race Director within 30 minutes of completing or withdrawing from the race and pay a protest fee of THB 1,000. The protest fee will only be refunded if the participant’s protest has been successful.
The race director’s decision is final and once made cannot be appealed. Any participant’s misconduct during the protest procedure may lead to expulsion from any future Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fests
- Each swimmer must wear an official swim cap provided by the race. Wearing swim goggles or a face mask is recommended, but not required.
- No fins, paddles, snorkels, wetsuits* or flotation devices of any kind are allowed. Tri-suits and full body suits must be sleeveless. Shoulders must be completely uncovered.
- Please be sure your timing chip is properly fixed to your right ankle.
- Swimwear must be 100% textile material, which is defined as materials consisting of natural and/or synthetic, individual and non-consolidated yarns used to constitute a fabric by weaving, knitting and/or braiding. Simply put, this would generally refer to suits made only from nylon or Lycra that do not have any rubberized material such as polyurethane or neoprene. Swimwear must not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend past the knees. Swimwear may contain a zipper. A race kit may be worn underneath swimwear.
- No individual paddlers or escorts allowed.
- Swimmers will be required to have race officials mark their race numbers on both their shoulders. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY SUNSCREEN OR VASELINE TO AREAS BEARING YOUR RACE NUMBER.
- Time penalties will be imposed on athletes not behind the official start line 5 minutes prior to the race start.
- Swimmers are required to stay on course, swim clockwise, and keep course markers to the right. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
- A swimmer experiencing difficulty and in need of assistance shall raise an arm overhead, pump it up and down, and call or seek assistance. A swimmer, who has received assistance, whether voluntary or involuntary, must retire and withdraw from the remainder of the race, unless such assistance did not aid the swimmer in making forward progress. No swimmer shall return to the race if the official rendering assistance requests that the athlete withdraws from the race or receive medical assistance.
- The swim course will be CLOSED 1 hour and 10 minutes after the athlete’s actual wave start time. In addition, athletes must left transition 1hour and 15 minutes after the start of their wave. After the cut-off time, athletes will not be permitted to continue in the event.
- After the swim, athletes must dress for the bike portion of the race. Public nudity is prohibited.
- Wetsuits cannot measure more than 5 mm thick.
- Wetsuits are permitted if the water temperature is up to (and including) 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit (24.5 degrees Celsius) or colder.
- Wetsuits will be prohibited in water temperatures greater than 83.8 degrees Fahrenheit (28.8 degrees Celsius).
- Athletes who choose to wear a wetsuit in water temperatures between 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit (24.5 degrees Celsius) and 83.8 degrees Fahrenheit (28.8 degrees Celsius) will not be eligible for awards and price money.
- Full wetsuits are permitted (arms and legs covered).
- The De Soto Water Rover wetsuit is PROHIBITED
- Position Rules:
- Absolutely NO DRAFTING of another bike or any other vehicle is allowed.
- Athletes must keep 7 meters (~4 bike lengths) distance between bikes except when passing. Failure to do so will result in a drafting violation.
- A pass occurs when the overtaking athlete’s front wheel passes the leading edge of the athlete being overtaken.
- Overtaking athletes may pass on the left for up to 20 seconds, but must move back to the right side of the road, after passing. Failure to complete a pass within 20 seconds will result in a drafting violation. Athletes may not back out of the 7-meter draft zone once it is entered (drafting violation).
- An overtaken athlete must immediately fall back 7 meters (~4 bike lengths) before attempting to regain the lead from a front running bike. Immediately re-passing prior to falling back 7 meters will result in an overtaken violation.
- An overtaken athlete who remains within 7 meters (~4 bike lengths) for more than 20 seconds will be given a drafting violation.
- Athletes must ride single file on the far right side of the road except when passing another rider, or for reasons of safety. Side-by-side riding is not allowed and will result in a position violation.
- Athletes who impede the forward progress of other athletes will be given a blocking violation.
- Athletes committing rules violations will be notified “on the spot” by an official.
- Do not attempt to discuss the penalty with the official.
- The official will:
- Call out your bib number, stop you and notify you that you have received either a RED CARD for drafting, or a YELLOW CARD for any other penalty. The official will show you the corresponding colored card and mark your bib with a “/” for drafting or a “P” for all other penalties.
- Instruct you to report to the penalty tent (PT) in transition. There are no penalty tents on the course. THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE PTs WILL BE STATED AT THE PRE-RACE MEETING.
- The athlete will:
- Report to the PT and tell the PT Official whether you were shown a RED CARD or a YELLOW CARD. If you fail to report to the PT, you may be disqualified.
- Register, via the sign-in sheet.
- Remain in the PT for four minutes for each drafting violation (RED CARD).
- Be disqualified if you receive any combination of three penalties. If you are disqualified, you may finish the bike course but may not start the run.
- Be disqualified for not reporting to the PT.
- Bicycles must be racked in a manner such that the majority of the bicycle is on the contestant’s side of the bike rack.
- A shirt or sport top must be worn at all times. Contestants caught without a shirt or sport top may be disqualified.
- No tandems, recumbent, fairings, or any add-on device designed exclusively to reduce are allowed. Any new, unusual, or prototype equipment will be subject to a determination of legality by the event organizer and/or Head Referee.
- The sole responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed cycling course rests with each athlete No adjustments in times or results shall be made for athletes who fail to follow the proper course for any reason whatsoever.
- Athletes must obey all traffic laws while on the cycling course unless otherwise specifically directed by an official, race monitor or designee with actual authority. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
- No athlete shall endanger himself or another participant. Any athlete, who intentionally presents a danger to any athlete or who, in the judgment of the Head Referee, appears to present a danger to any athlete may be disqualified.
- A shirt or race top must be worn at all times.
- If a bib number for the bike is provided by the race organizer, athletes must wear the bib number at all times while on the course. The bib number must be placed low on the BACK of athlete’s jersey where it is clearly visible. Folding or cutting bib number or intentional alteration of any kind is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Race belts may be worn.
- If a bike helmet number is provided by the race organizer, athletes must wear the number on the front of their helmet.
- Athletes must have a bike frame number fixed to their bike and the entire number must be clearly visible from the left side.
- CPSC-approved helmet is required during the entire bike portion including in and out of transition area. Any athlete riding without an approved helmet or chinstrap not fastened may be disqualified. Alterations to hard-shell helmet, which affect its integrity, are not allowed.
- No individual support allowed. Ample aid and food stations will be provided. Friends, family members, coaches, or supporters of any type may NOT bike, drive, or run alongside athlete, may not pass food or other items to athlete and should be warned to stay completely clear of all athletes to avoid the disqualification of an athlete. It is incumbent upon each athlete to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow, or escort.
*NOTE: BIKE AID STATIONS ARE LOCATED APPROXIMATELY EVERY 10 MILES. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SLOW FOR SAFE NUTRIENT PICK-UP. CALL OUT YOUR REQUIREMENTS CLEARLY AND IN ADVANCE. CREWS ARE INSTRUCTED NOT TO STEP ACROSS THE WHITE LINE FOR HANDOFFS. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU DON’T TOSS BIKE BOTTLES, CUPS, OR NUTRIENT BAGS ON THE ROADSIDE ALONG THE COURSE. BIKE BOTTLES MUST BE TOSSED TOWARD THE BOTTLE DROP AT THE ENTRANCE AND/ OR EXIT OF EACH AID STATION. A PENALTY WILL BE ASSESSED FOR DISCARDING A BIKE BOTTLE OR ANY OTHER LITTER/TRASH OUTSIDE THE DESIGNATED DROP ZONE.
- Athletes must be individually responsible for repair and maintenance of their own bike. Athletes should be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction. Assistance from official race personnel is permitted.
- Athletes may walk bike, if necessary, but may not make progress on the bike course unaccompanied by their bicycle.
- Bike inspection is not mandatory and will not be provided at bike check-in, although technicians will be available. Athletes are ultimately responsible for their own bikes. However, race officials may at their discretion make final judgment as to the soundness of bikes. In the event of foul weather, large plastic bags, which cover the entire bike, will be permitted as long as the bags are securely fastened to the bike.
- HEADSETS OR HEADPHONES ARE NOT ALLOWED DURING ANY PORTION OF THE EVENT.
- MEDICAL SUPPORT. If you need minor medical assistance, Sag Wagons will pick you up and take you to the medical tent, where you shall receive treatment. Alternatively, depending upon medical emergency, ambulances will take you to the nearest hospital to receive treatment. If you have a technical problem or have bonked, the Sag Wagons will take you to the next aid station. At every bike and run aid station, there will be rest areas and medical personnel to assist in any medical problem. Additionally, there will be radios to contact ambulances and medical assistance. If you have a problem, please go to an aid station for further assistance.
- Yellow Flag Area and Rules: The purpose of the Yellow Flag Areas is to slow all bikes to a safe speed through a dangerous area and to assure athletes that they will not suffer a competitive disadvantage by riding carefully through the area. The Yellow Flag Areas will be pointed out in the race briefing. A white line across the road and a race official waving a yellow flag identify the start of the Yellow Flag Area. Inside the Yellow Flag Area riders must: ‘‘Sit up on handlebars with hands on the brakes.” Ride no faster than 20 kph.”Not pass any other athletes. Any athlete failing to follow Yellow Flag Area rules and restrictions will be penalized between 1 and 5 minutes depending upon the severity of the violation. Athletes attempting to take a competitive advantage in a Yellow Flag Area will be most heavily penalized. A white line across the pavement and an official waving a green flag identify the end of the Yellow Flag Area. Once the rider exits the Yellow Flag Area he/she may immediately resume racing.
- Cyclists are individually responsible for following traffic laws and are solely responsible for the consequences of any infractions. Cyclists riding in violation of traffic laws may be disqualified. At all times, contestants should remain on the left side of the road.
- While there will be traffic control on the bike course, it may be impossible to close the roads. Therefore, at all times during the race, contestants should assume that cars may be on the road and take all necessary safety precautions.
- Yellow Line Rule: On out and back sections (two way bike traffic) on the course, contestants must stay on the left side of the road at all times, except when a contestant is directed to cross the yellow line by a race official. Any contestant crossing the mid-point of the road will be disqualified or time penalized.
- The bike course has both flat and some steep hilly sections. We recommend 24-28 tooth rear sprockets. Athletes are advised to take extreme care on all turns and in areas where there are driveways.
- Bike cut-off time:
Laguna Phuket Triathlon: 3 hours after the athlete’s actual wave start time
Challenge Laguna Phuket: 5 hours 30 minutes after the athlete’s actual wave start time.
Athletes still on the course after the cut-off time will be listed in the results as DNF (Did Not Finish) and will not be permitted to continue in the event.
- No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling is allowed.
- Athletes must wear their officially issued bib number in front of them clearly visible at all times on the course. Bib numbers identify the official athletes in the race. Folding, cutting the bib number, intentional alteration of any kind, or failure to wear race number is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and may result in disqualification.
- NO INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT VEHICLES OR NON-PARTICIPANT ESCORT RUNNERS ARE ALLOWED. This is an individual endurance event. Teamwork as a result of outside assistance, which provides an advantage over single competitors, is not allowed. Individual support vehicles or non-participant escort runners will result in disqualification. A non-participant escort runner includes athletes who have withdrawn from the race, have been disqualified or have finished the race. Friends, family, members, coaches or supporters of any type may not bike, drive or run alongside athlete, may not pass food or other items to athlete and should be warned to stay completely clear of all athletes to avoid the disqualification of a athlete. It is incumbent upon each athlete to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow, or escort. It IS permissible for an athlete who is still competing to run with other athletes who are still competing.
- Athletes are expected to follow the directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.
- The sole responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed running course rests with each athlete. No adjustments in times or results shall be made for athletes who fail to follow the proper course for any reason whatsoever.
- Run cut-off time
Laguna Phuket Triathlon: 5 hours 30 minutes after each athlete’s actual wave start time.
Challenge Laguna Phuket: 8 hours 30 minutes after each athlete’s actual wave start time.
Athletes still on the course after that time will be listed in the results as DNF and given the opportunity to unofficially finish the race.
- Public nudity is prohibited and will result in disqualification.
*NOTE: ANY VERBAL ABUSE OF MARSHALS, RACE OFFICIALS OR VOLUNTEERS IS GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION.
Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest reserves the right to make changes to these rules at any time.