Rules & Maps
The age category/distance for a team will be based on the oldest team members age.
Age Swim Bike Run
<7 50m 2km 1km
8 to 9 100m 2km 1km
10 to 11 150m 6km 2km
12 to 13 300m 9km 3km
14 to 15 400m 9km 4km
16 to 19 500m 12km 4km
Age is determined as of December 31 during the year of competition.
For example, even if an athlete is 11 on race day, but will turn 12 prior to year-end, the athlete must race as a 12 year old. The same rules apply for teams. The age category/distance for a team will be based on the oldest team members age.
RATIONALE FOR KIDS EQUIPMENT RULES
Safety is of paramount importance for young athletes. Advanced equipment can causes more harm than good when used by novices.
Inclusion is a large component of our philosophy. Many young athletes cannot afford top-end equipment, therefore, the rules create a more equitable environment for participation.
Development is also accounted for. Basic skills must be mastered as a foundation for future success. Races of longer duration and equipment that restricts basic skill acquisition are not conducive to long term involvement in sport; nor do they promote opportunities for athletes to reach their ultimate potential.
What is developmentally appropriate?
Every child develops at a different rate. Biological age, or age of the growing body may differ from chronological age by one to three years. Maturation describes the patterns of development that culminate in an adult state including : skeletal, sexual, neural (brain / nervous system), morphological (height / weight), psychological / emotional, intellectual / cognitive.
Guidelines that are developmentally appropriate take maturational patterns into account. They ensure athletes avoid practices that may negatively impact long term involvement in sport and physical activity.
For more information on childhood growth and development, sport recommendations, and maturational issues, contact Triathlon Canada.
GENERAL RACE RULES
Bike mechanical safety and having an approved bike helmet is the responsibility of each individual participant.
HELMETS MUST BE WORN AND MUST BE SNELL OR CSA APPROVED.
- Chinstraps for bike helmets must be fastened at all times while in contact with the bike, this includes walking the bike and riding it.
- Kickstands and pedal baskets are not permitted on bikes. Please remove prior to the day of the race.
- Participants must rack their bikes in the transition area at the location designated by the transition volunteers
- Torsos must be covered during the bike and run.
- Drafting on the bike course is not permitted. ,
- Participants and parents must follow the principles of fair play and good sportsmanship.
- Parental assistance is not permitted on the racecourse or in the transition area once the race has begun, except with special permission from the race director for young and/or AWAD (athletes with a disability) participants.
- The Officials may disqualify a participant who is in direct violation of the rules.
- Athletes are not permitted to race up an age category.
- All participants will adhere to the equipment regulations specific to their age category.