Memphis In May Triathlon Weekend

Sat May 14 - Sun May 15, 2022 Memphis, TN 38134 US Directions
USAT Rules

Commonly Violated Rules & Penalties

Please Distribute to all athletes

1. 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

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

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

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

Penalty: Time penalty

4. 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: Time penalty or disqualification

5. 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.
Illegal Pass-- cyclists must pass on the left, not on the right.
Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and impeding other cyclists attempting to pass.
Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

Penalty: Time penalty

6. 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. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

Penalty: Referee's discretion, time penalty or disqualification

7. 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

8. Headphones and Cellphones:
Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. 

A cell phone can be mounted and visible on the bike or carried by a runner; however, it can only be used if the participant has dismounted the bike, is off the course and is making no forward progress.  If the phone has music emitting from it, the phone becomes a personal audio device.  Bike Rule 5.8 Illegal Equipment; Run Rule 6.3  Permitted & Illegal Equipment.  Variable time penalty

Penalty: Time penalty

9. Race numbers:
All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be altered in any way that prevents a clear identification. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

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

10. 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. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11. 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: Time penalty

Variable Time Penalties

Distance Category 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
Sprint 2:00 minutes 4:00 minutes Disqualification
Intermediate 2:00 minutes 4:00 minutes Disqualification
Long 4:00 minutes 8:00 minutes Disqualification
Ultra 6:00 minutes 12:00 minutes Disqualification

For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules at:


The following skinsuits and speedsuits are approved by USA Triathlon for use in any water temperature. Please note: These skinsuits have been submitted by manufacturers for approval. This list is not all-inclusive. For questions, please contact rulesandofficials@usat

2XU Kona Fusion Speed Suit
Aqua Sphere Ironman Skinsuit
Aquaman Insulator
Aquaman Speedsuit
Blueseventy pointzero 3 swimskin
Blueseventy pointzero 3+ swimskin
Blueseventy pz3 swimskin
Blueseventy pz3+ swimskin
Blueseventy pz3TX
Blueseventy pz4TX Swimskin
Camaro Seamless Dynamic Pants
Camaro Seamless Modetec Swim Shorty 0,3
Camaro Seamless Modetec Swim Shorty 0,5
Camaro Seamless Modetec Swimsuit "Dynamic Cut" 0,3
Camaro Seamless Modetec Swimsuit "Dynamic Cut" 0,3
Camaro Seamless Modetec Swimsuit "Dynamic Cut" 0,5
Camaro Seamless Swimsuit "Dynamic Cut"
De Soto 78 Degree Swim Top
De Soto Forza ITU Suit
De Soto Forza Tri Short
De Soto Womens 78 Degree Swim Top
De Soto Womens Forza Tri Short
De Soto Womens Forza Trisuit
Desoto Liftfoil Tri Speedskin
Erox Fish Skin Swimsuit
Erox Turbo Skin Swimsuit
Finis AMPhibian Tech Suit
HUUB  Trisuit
HUUB Swimskin V1
HUUB Swimskin V2
Kiwami Torpedo
Louis Garneau Tiger Shark Suit
Louis Garneau W Tiger Shark Suit
Maystorm Skinsuits
Nineteen Frequency SS
Nineteen Rogue SS Swim Skin
Orca 2010 RS1 Swimskn
Orca RS1 Aero Race suit
Orca RS1 Body Suit
Orca RS1 Killa Race Suit
Pearl izumi Elite  Inrcool Tri Suit
Pearl izumi PRO Tri Aero Suit
Pearl izumi PRO Tri Sprint Suit
Pearl izumi PRO Tri Suit
Pearl izumi W Elite  Inrcool Tri Suit
Pearl izumi W PRO Tri Sprint Suit
Pearl izumi W PRO Tri Suit
Profile Design Mako LS speedsuit
Rocket Science Rocket Skin
ROKA Viper Comp Swimskin
ROKA Viper Elite Swimskin
ROKA Viper Pro Long Swimskin
ROKA Viper Pro Swimskin
ROKA Viper X Swimskin

ROKA Viper X Short Sleeve Swimskin

ROKA Viper Pro Short Sleeve Swimskin
Sailfish Furious
Seamless Swim Shorty
Skinfit Tri Speedsuit II
Skinfit Tri Speedsuit Plasma
Synergy Syn-Skin2
Tri11 SCS Suit
TYR Sayonara
TYR Torque Pro
Xterra Valor Speedsuit
Xterra Velocity 0.02. swimsuit
Xterra Velocity 0.02+. swimsuit
Xterra Velocity 0.02++. swimsuit
Xterra Velocity Red swimsuit
Xterra Velocity-M Speedsuit
Zone3 Swim Skin
Zoot Ultra Speed Suit


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