Triathlon/Duathlon Rules & Regulations

Triathlon/Duathlon

Dates

  • Event:
  • Saturday, July 18, 2020
  • Refer to tentative schedule.

Schedule


Other Info

 2020 Entry Form

 2020 Sport Information


Related Events

Team Triathlon


Location

Lake Elmo State Park
(Billings Heights Area)
Billings, MT 59105


State Games of America

To view the State Games of America Qualifier Information please click here.

Entry Fees

Karate Entry Fee:
(Until July 1)
$30/participant
Late Registration:
( July 2 - Noon July 17)
$35/participant
Onsite Registration: $40/participant
 Online Entry Deadline: Noon, July 17
 T-Shirt Deadline: July 1

Preregistration encouraged! Onsite registration only after July 16 at noon.

    additional $4 processing fee for each online and paper transaction

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Lake Elmo State Park
(Billings Heights Area)
Billings, MT 59105

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General Information

The Triathlon and Duathlon are reasonably safe activities as long as certain guidelines are followed. Racing hard is fun and rewarding, but we must all race smart!

July in Montana can be brutally hot, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees fahrenheit. The adult individual and team race (13 and over) starts at 6:30 a.m. to avoid the heat of the day and church traffic (transition area opens at 5:30 a.m.). The duathlon will begin at approximately 6:35 a.m., no later than ten minutes after the triathlon begins. The youth race (ages 9 to 12) begins approximately at 9:00 a.m. If you hydrate, know the course, and are aware of the other competitors, the possibility of injury can be greatly reduced and the opportunity for personal achievement, greatly enhanced. Please remember that the roads are open to traffic. There are course marshals and volunteers on the course, but you still need to watch for cars and trucks (emergency vehicles and antelope, too).

Rules

Although not sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the Big Sky State Games Triathlon will be using the rules of USA Triathlon. For more information on rules check out USAT’s website, or become an annual member of the organization and receive a complete rulebook.

As a triathlete or duathlete, you are expected to be self-sufficient in your race. Big Sky State Games will provide two water stations on the run course. Course marshals will be available to assist, but no one else may provide you with aid. Bibs need to be on your outer most layer on the run and bike. The timing chip must be secured to your ankle. Teams need to transition the timing chip from ankle to ankle. If not on the ankle you are not guaranteed a time.

Dogs are not allowed at the triathlon and duathlon events.

Packet Pick-up

New for 2015

Race packet pick-up is at Lake Elmo on Saturday, July 18 (5:00 pm - 8:00 pm). There is no guarantee you will be able to receive your packet on race morning! Timing chips will be distributed with packet pick-up, and you must wear the timing chip race morning, or you will not have a time.

Adult and Team Triathlon Course

Onsite Pre-Race Meeting

6:20 a.m. – Lake Elmo Beach

800 Meter Swim Course

The swim is 800m in length. This is once again a mass start from the beach. There are two loops with a 100m beach run between laps. Slower swimmers should seed themselves in the back of the starting pack. It’s about 150m to the first turn buoy. This is a beginner’s triathlon; racers will be allowed to wear wetsuits with water temperatures up to 84 degrees at the racers discretion.

Transition Area

Upon entering the transition area, you will first put on your helmet and buckle it before grabbing your bike. The transition area is a NO RIDE ZONE. You will mount your bike at a designated spot just outside the transition area. You will dismount at this same spot when returning from the bike.

16 Mile Bike Course

Bike Course begins at conclusion of the swim course, inside Lake Elmo State Park near the boat dock area. Exit the transition area and take a left, proceeding past the Park entrance booth. Take a right at the corner of Rolling Hills Rd., proceed on Rolling Hills straight on to Pemberton. From Pemberton immediately take a left onto Main St. (the inside lane will be available for cyclists only), ride in the west inside lane. This lane will be coned off for the race. Traffic will continue in the east southbound lane. IF YOU GO OUTSIDE THE WESTLANE INTO ONGOING TRAFFIC LANE YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED! Take a left at the corner of Roundup Rd. and Main. Ride on the very wide shoulder of the road. Watch for traffic before crossing the road to ride in the direction of traffic. Continue 4.5 miles North on Hwy. 87. At the Shepherd Acton Rd., you turn right proceed to turn around and return to Billings on Hwy. 87 following the course in reverse. Ride with traffic the entire way back to Lake Elmo.

3 Mile Run Course

The 3 mile run is on dirt trails, beach sand, gravel, and paved roads. Participants will run on out and back on Lake Elmo Dr. and around Lake Elmo Park before finishing near the transition area.

Other

Triathlete teams will race with the individual triathletes. If on a team, please identify yourself as the swimmer at packet pick-up.

Duathlon Information

Onsite Pre-Race Meeting

6:20 a.m. – Lake Elmo Beach

Race Details

Duathlon will begin at approximately 6:40 a.m., no later than ten minutes after the triathlon begins. This course will be a run/bike/run course. The race will begin on the beach with an approximate one mile run around Lake Elmo. The 16 mile bike course and three mile run will then be the same as the triathlon course.

Youth Triathlon Course

Race Details

The Youth Race will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. There will only be one distance for ages 9-12.

Race Course

Ages 9-12: 150m swim in Lake Elmo, approximate 2 mile Bike and 800 meter Run. Bikes with training wheels are not allowed. All of the guidelines in the adult triathlon are followed including transition. Helmets are required. There will be PowerAde and water available at the finish line. Awards will be given as soon as results are finalized.

Common Triathlon Rule Violations

Source: usatriathlon.org

Helmets

Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.

Penalty: Disqualification.

Chin Straps

Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.

PPenalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

Outside Assistance

No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.

Penalty: Variable time penalty.

Transition Area

All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

Penalty: Variable time penalty.

Drafting

Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

Penalty: Variable time penalty.

Course

All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

Penalty: Referee's discretion.

Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct

Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.

Penalty: Disqualification.

Headphones

Headphones, headsets, Walkman’s, iPods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

Penalty: Variable time penalty.

Race numbers

All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

Wetsuits

Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Since this is a beginners triathlon, wetsuits will be permitted without penalty of losing placing either overall or in your age group.

Abandonment

All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.

Penalty: Variable time penalty.