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Knowledge of the Course


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We are asked a lot from first time race directors on preventing their athletes from getting lost. We recommend that all Race Directors make a race course map available to all participants well in advance of the event, however it is the athletes ultimate responsibility to know the course:

Article 3.4 Race Conduct. All participants in USA Triathlon sanctioned events must adhere to the rules in this Section 3.4:

a. Entire Course. Participants must cover the prescribed course in its entirety. It is the participant’s responsibility to know the course. Any violation of this section, even if no advantage is gained, shall result in a variable time penalty, unless the Head Referee in his sole discretion determines that (i) the violation was substantial and resulted in an unfair time advantage, or (ii) the violation constituted endangerment under Section 3.4(l). In the event the Head Referee makes such a determination, the penalty shall be disqualification.

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