FAQ's - Rules & Wet Suits
What Are The Rules for the Event?
USA Triathlon and USA Swimming have slightly different rules regarding wetsuits. We will enforce the appropriate rules depending on which race you are in.
Can I Swim in a Wetsuit?
Under USA Triathlon rules, wetsuits are permitted when the water temperature is up to and including 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, wetsuits may be worn; however, the participant is not eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.
Under USA Swimming rules, wetsuits are not permitted. We anticipate the water temperature on race day to be between 76 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Swimsuits for both men and women shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the ankle. Competitors must wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. (It is permissible for an athlete to wear a single set of garments underneath his or her competition swimsuit for modesty and/or privacy reasons.) All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials.
Can I draft?
Drafting is permitted and considered part of the racing strategy. The lead swimmer has the right of way, Swimmers can not draft behind an escort or safety craft. Intentional contact with another swimmer or contact which causes interference is not permitted.