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Collegiate Nationals (Olympic Distance)

Race Distances
1,500m Swim, 36k Bike, 10k Run

Pre-Race Briefing
For the Collegiate National Championship (Intermediate Distance) race, the Head Referee and Race Director will conduct the athletes’ briefing.  At minimum the team captain from each university or college should be in attendance. Coaches may also attend the briefing.

Draft-Legal Sprint

Again for 2014, the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Collegiate Championship will kick off the Collegiate National Championship weekend. This exciting sprint-distance (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) event is slated for the morning of Friday, April 4. Only the best 75 collegiate athletes in the United States will qualify to participate in the draft-legal race, and each of USA Triathlon’s 10 collegiate conferences will be allocated slots in the field. Qualified athletes will be able to compete in both the draft-legal and Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship events, and both races will count toward the Collegiate Nationals team scoring.

Race Distances
750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run

Draft-Legal Rules

  • The pre-race briefing is mandatory.
  • Time penalties assessed in the Penalty Box on the run course or stop-and-go in transition.
  • Wetsuits are not allowed above 20°C (68°F).
  • Athletes must move forward after the start signal.
  • Blocking or interfering with the forward progress of another competitor is not allowed.
  • Athletes lapped (overtaken) on the bike course will be withdrawn from the competition.
  • Helmet chin-strap must be buckled at all times when touching the bike.
  • Aero helmets are not permitted.
  • All equipment must be placed in your individual transition bin after use.
  • Torso must be covered from race start to finish.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct, including inappropriate language directed at fellow competitors, volunteers, or officials, may result in disqualification.
  • Bicycle must have a traditional triangular frame; wheels must have at least 16 spokes and should be of equal dimensions; handlebars must be traditional drop-style with bar-ends plugged; clip-on aerobars may not extend beyond the brake levers’ foremost line and must be bridged; no bar-end gear shifters allowed; elbow pads are allowed; wheels can be replaced only at official Wheel Stops (when provided) and the athlete is responsible for replacing the wheel in the forks

Draft Legal Athlete Checklist
Click here or visit www.draftlegalrules.com.

Pre-Race Briefing
For the Collegiate Draft-Legal Sprint race, the Head Referee will conduct the athletes’ briefing. All Collegiate Draft-Legal Sprint athletes must be in attendance on Thursday, April 3rd. Coaches may also attend the briefing. The following penalties will apply to athletes who miss the briefing.
  • Athletes not attending the briefing, without prior notification of the USAT National Events Department about their absence, will be removed from the start list;
  • Athletes entering the briefing after the briefing has started and athletes not attending the briefing, but who have informed the USAT National Events Department about their absence, will be reallocated to the last position on the pre-start line up.

Draft-Legal Mixed Team Relay

USA Triathlon will continue the 4-person Draft Legal Mixed Team Relay in 2014. 

There will be 50 mixed team relay teams available; accommodating participation of 200 athletes.  Each team will be comprised of two females and two males from the same collegiate team. This event is DRAFT LEGAL and will follow draft legal triathlon rules. CLICK HERE for a message from the Head Referee.

Race Distances
250m Swim, 5k Bike, 1.2k Run

Race Protocal
Substitutions:
  The Team Captains are allowed a maximum of three (3) injury- or performance-related substitutions following the conclusion of the Championships on Saturday, April 5th.  Substitutions must be delivered to Race Management by 2:30pm on race day. No substitutions will be accepted after this time for any reason, including injury or illness discovered after this time.  Substitutes must have competed in the championship or the open wave or be registered for the team relay already.  Teams short one or two athletes due to the withdrawal of a teammate(s) will be allowed to start the competition, but will not be given an official result.

Numbering:  The Event Organizer will assign the starting position randomly.  The order by which each athlete completes the relay will be requested at the time of registration and may be altered only in the case of substitutions when replacing an injured or ill athlete. 

The Event Organizer will assign individual race numbers as follows (for example):

Team 1

11 – First Athlete (Female)
12 – Second Athlete (Male)
13 – Third Athlete (Female)
14 – Fourth Athlete (Male)

Team 20

201 – First Athlete (Female)
202 – Second Athlete (Male)
203 – Third Athlete (Female)
204 – Fourth Athlete (Male)

Team 35

351 – First Athlete (Female)
352 – Second Athlete (Male)
353 – Third Athlete (Female)
354 – Fourth Athlete (Male)

Race Day Check In: All the team members must check in together at the transition area.

Pre-Race Briefing:
For the Collegiate Draft-Legal Mixed Team Relay race, the Head Referee will conduct the athletes’ briefing. All Collegiate Draft-Legal Mixed Team Relay athletes must be in attendance on Friday, April 4th. Coaches may also attend the briefing. The following penalties will apply to athletes who miss the briefing.

  • Athletes not attending the briefing, without prior notification of the USAT National Events Department about their absence, will be removed from the start list.
  • Athletes entering the briefing after the briefing has started and athletes not attending the briefing, but who have informed the USAT National Events Department about their absence, will be reallocated to the last position on the pre-start line up.


Draft Legal Athlete Checklist

Click here
 
or visit www.draftlegalrules.com.

Rules:

  • All team members must attend a mandatory meeting with the team relay race official on April 4th

  • Athletes must wear a team uniform that fully covers his/her torso from race start to finish.  Matching team uniforms are highly encouraged.

  • All penalties will be assessed in the Penalty Box located on the run course and may be served by any team members currently on the field of play.

  • Wetsuits are not allowed above 20°C (68°F).

  • Athletes must move forward after the start signal (no lateral or rearward movement along the start line).

  • Blocking or interfering with the forward progress of another competitor is not allowed.

  • Aero helmets are not permitted.  Helmet chin-strap must be buckled at all times while touching the bike.

  • All equipment must be placed in your individual transition bin after use (e.g. swim cap, goggles, helmet).

  • Bicycle must have a traditional triangular frame; wheels must have at least 16 spokes; handlebars must be traditional drop-style with bar-ends plugged; clip-on aerobars may not extend beyond the brake levers' foremost line and must be bridged; no bar-end gear shifters allowed; elbow pads are allowed.


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