Rules & Regulations

Pre Event Participation

You must ensure that you have trained sufficiently and are physically capable of completing the event within your current level of health and fitness.  You must also ensure at all times during the event that you are performing well within your level of skill and ability for each of the three disciplines.  To not abide by these conditions can create potentially dangerous situation for yourself and other competitors.

Pre Event Training

When you are on the road cycling or running, remember the rules of the road. Do not ride two abreast on narrow road sections and obey all traffic rules.  Being a competitor does not mean you are exempt or above the law.  Be courteous to motorists and remember that wearing a helmet is compulsory in New South Wales and police can issue on the spot fines for breach of this law.


Withdrawals prior to the event day must be in writing - Mail: USM Events PO Box 1145 Eagle Farm Q 4009 or email the Brisbane office. Please note, cancellation fees apply to withdrawals (see below).

If you withdraw on race day before the race start, please advise the help desk near the gear tent and hand your timing band in.  If you withdraw during the race, please report to the Event Information Centre and advise them you have withdrawn and also hand your timing band in.  If you do withdraw please DO NOT cross the finish line area.

Changes to Entry

Changes can be made to your race entry before Friday 30th March (2 wks) at 5pm by contacting the USM EVENTS, email the Brisbane office or phone 07 3868 2444. Any changes to your individual or team registration after 5pm Friday 30th March can be made at the Athlete Help Desk located at the Check-In Tent during Check-In times.

Cancellation Fee - to be confirmed

  • A 10% cancellation fee will be incurred if you withdraw up until 5pm 1st February, 2012
  • A 25% cancellation fee will be incurred if you withdraw up until 5pm 1st March, 2012
  • A 50% cancellation fee will be incurred if you withdraw up until 5pm 30th March, 2012
  • No refunds will be offered after 5pm 30th March, 2012
  • All withdrawal requests to be made in writing - Mail: USM Events PO Box 1145 Eagle Farm Q 4009 or email Brisbane office.


Event is sanctioned by Triathlon Australia.  Triathlon Australia and ITU Race Rules apply.  All disqualifications will be posted at the Event Information Centre following the race.  All enquiries about disqualifications must be made within an hour after the event and can only be discussed with a Technical Official.  View Triathlon Australia Race Competition Rules.

Wetsuit Ruling

Check the final Wetsuit Ruling to find out if you are allowed to wear a wetsuit. 

Speed Suits

Triathlon Australia is currently reviewing several race competition rules including the use of speed suits. Amendments will not be confirmed until early next year; the ruling will be updated following the review. All competitors planning on racing at Sydney should clarify this ruling prior to race day.

Existing Speed Suit Ruling:

Speed suits are permitted for age group competitors ONLY. In the interests of athlete safety, these suits can be removed after the swim providing there is no breach of nudity rules and the torso is covered prior to removing the bike from the rack.

Elite and Open Age Group competitors are NOT PERMITTED to wear speed suits.

Swim Course

Competitors are to keep the swim start area clear. Swim warm-up if required must take place behind the start line or off to the right of the swim course. It is a deep water start. All competitors to be at the swim marshalling area prior to 15mins from their wave start. You must follow the swim buoys precisely. Any short cuts will result in disqualification. Follow all directions of surf lifesaving officials.  Ensure timing band is firmly secured on your LEFT ANKLE.

CUT OFF TIMES: All swimmers will be able to complete the swim course.

TEAM COMPETITORS: Any team cyclists remaining in transition after a certain time will be instructed to commence the cycle leg.  All team swimmers will be able to finish the swim and make their way to the Teams Transition Area and hand the timing band to the team runner.  All swimmers and runners will receive accurate timing splits.

Cycle Course

To ensure a fair race for all competitors you must rack your bike in your correct signed age group rack.

NO DRAFTING - experienced Technical Officials will be on the course and penalty boxes will be in use.

Timing is executed at the run exit.

Competitor’s upper torso must be covered at all times.

Police are on the course and all road rules must be obeyed at all times (eg. Crossing double white lines) - they will book anyone breaking the law.  Follow police directions at all times.

Run Course

Ensure that you use the aid stations to rehydrate.


CUT OFF TIMES: Time TBA. Runners still on the course will be advised to move onto the footpath.  You will not receive an official race time.

If you feel you cannot meet this criteria, please contact us on (07) 3868 2444 to discuss.

Team Information

A team swimmer must not remove the timing band until within the transition area.

The team cyclists must remain in their position in transition with their bike racked until the swimmer has tagged the cyclist.  The swimmer needs to pass the timing band onto the cyclist.

Once returned to transition the team cyclist must rack their bike before the runner can leave on the run leg. Team runners must wait in the team cyclist’s bike rack position. Remember to take the timing band off the cyclist before exiting transition.

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