Opens at 7:00 am for bike placement for all athletes. There will be a distinction of the allocation of place on the bike racks between the Sprint Distance and the Olympic Distance participants. Athletes only are allowed in the transition area. Last bike entry in the transition area can take place up until 8:00 am. During the race only athletes are allowed to enter. At the end of the race only athletes with proof of their number can exit the T area with their respective bikes. After the race is finished please pick up your bikes no later than 12:30. After 12:30 the bikes will be left un-attended and there will be no guarding, therefore no safety for your belongings. Organisers will not be held liable for any losses or damages.


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Start will be given sharply at 08:00 for Sprint Distance while the swim start for the Olympic distance athletes will be 8:30 for males and 8:40 for females by a signal: “GET SET” AND A long sound of a HORN OR WHISTLE. This is a mass start entering the water. All categories will start together at each distance. All the athletes must start after the horn (those start before the sound of the horn will receive a time Penalty equal to 1 minute to be served after the swim). Not showing up in the penalty box leads to DQ.


Entering the transition area the triathletes can run or walk towards their respective bike and must wear their cycling helmets, fastened their strap before they pick their bikes and must wear a top – (NO BARE TORSOS ALLOWED). No riding is allowed in the T area and athletes must push their bike up to the clearly marked MOUNTING LINE.


At the finish of the bike section. At the clearly depicted mount/dismount line all triathletes must dismount and push their bikes to the bike racks, were they must ensure that the bike is safely secured on the rack. Immediately after that athletes head towards the run course as directed by Marshals. In case an athlete has received a Penalty violation it has to be served immediately after the bike segment at the Penalty Box.


Triathletes will be swimming in any stroke they want towards the first buoy, where they must overpass it leaving it on their right hand side. Then they need to swim to buoy 2 where they must take a right hand turn leaving the buoy again on their right, and then swim to buoy number 3 where they will leave it on their right. Athletes of the Sprint distance will swim towards the exit from the sea and the athletes competing for the Olympic distance will have to do a second lap before heading to the exit. In case an athlete does not “clear” the buoys as depicted there exists the possibility of a DQ. The triathletes will be responsible for covering the distance of the 750m or 1500m as described. Temperature of water will be measured at race morning, and announced 60 min pre -start. Please observe wet suits regulations regarding usage: Age groupers – wet suit usage -based on water temperature. ITU regulations can be found here.


The bike lap is 10km long. Athletes of the Sprint Distance will be covering the distance 2 times and come back to the T-Area and athletes of the Olympic Distance will cover the same lap 4 times before entering the T-Area. Turn point for the laps will be the area in front of Mpania/Alea, clearly marked with a sign “BIKE TURNING POINT” . The bike section it is clearly marked and marshaled. Triathletes must follow signs and directions given by marshals and race director in race official vehicle. Be courteous to fellow athletes and avoid non “fair play” at all times. The course is technical and care is needed. There are no major hills and DRAFTING IS NOT ALLOWED, and it will be ENFORCED. Triathletes must follow non drafting rules. Women are NOT ALLOWED to draft of men. If caught drafting by a Marshal you shall be given a notification by shouting towards the athlete and showing a YELLOW CARD. A second drafting violation by the same triathlete equals a RED CARD given by the marshal which means that the athlete must serve 1 minute at the Penalty Box. Athletes must be aware that if a red card is given to them they must serve the 1 minute penalty immediately after the bike segment at the Penalty Box*. A third drafting violation by the same athlete means that this athlete receives automatically a DQ by a marshal.
Athletes competing for the Sprint distance will cover 2 lap x 10km. Athletes competing for the Olympic Distance will cover 4 laps x 40km, and are responsible to count how many laps they have covered. The organizers will score passings of each athlete in each lap and they will DQ an athlete who has covered less laps. At the end of their lap the athletes will follow the directions for Bike finish / T-area. Absolutely no participation is allowed if a triathlete does not use an approved helmet on the bike course.


The run section is a point to point flat route 2,5km long. The Sprint distance participants will run 2laps x 2,5km and the Olympic distance participants will cover 4laps x 2,5km. The athlete exits the T-area heading east following a path – pavement.. There will be 1 feed zone station (water, fruits) at the 2,5 km of the run lap, and signs to direct the triathletes towards the finish. Signs will alert triathletes as to the 1km & 500m before the finish line. Triathletes are advised to be careful from other pedestrians on course due to the fact that they will also be allowed to walk on the same path. No bare torso is allowed, and no pushing or non- sportsman like behavior is allowed. Even though marshals will aid in the direction of the run course, it is the triathlete’s responsibility to follow the signs that lead clearly to the finish line.