Race Rules

These are rules that every participating athlete is expected to follow. It is worth repeating that any athletes that draft on the bike course will risk a disqualification. All participating athletes are responsible for knowing the course. Course marshals will be busy controlling traffic and are not responsible to give directions to athletes.


Paradise Triathlon


A. General Rules

1. Registrations are not transferable and are non-refundable. All athletes must participate using their own identities.

2. All participants must be 15 years of age or older.

3. Good sportsmanlike conduct is expected of all participants.

4. The use of any type of headset or earphones on any part of the course is prohibited.

5. Unauthorized outside aid/support or escorts are grounds for disqualification.

6. Pacing by a non-competitor during any portion of the race is forbidden. Pacing by vehicles is also forbidden.

7. Only athletes and officials will be allowed in certain designated areas (i.e. transition areas, finish line area). Participants are not permitted to have assistance during transitions or at any other point during the race with the exception of participants requiring assistance with adaptive equipment or special needs.

8. The Chief Course Marshal and medical personnel have ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race if (a) they have violated any of the rules of the race or (b) the individual is judged to be incapable of finishing the race safely.

9. Participants who drop out of the race must notify the nearest course marshal. Those who drop out for medical reasons should also check with the medical personnel. Official race vehicles will be marked as such, and are equipped with cellular telephones.

10. Failure to comply with any or all the rules may result in immediate disqualification, or other penalties as assessed by the Race Committee.

11. Clydesdale, Athena, & Open Categories:
  • A Clydesdale is any male that would weigh in at 220lbs  or greater on race day.
  • An Athena is any female that would weigh in at 165lbs or greater on race day.
  • Please note that these categories are completely optional and we will not actually be conducting weigh-in's - we will be using the honor system.
  • Awards will be given to the top 3 Clydesdale finishers and the top 3 Athena finishers. 
  • An Open Category is available for anyone that does not wish to disclose their gender or age.
  • Awards will be given to the top 3 Open finishers.
  • You'll find the registration to any of these categories on the bottom of the registration form.
Specific Regulations

Paradise Triathlon operates under the “three strikes and you’re out” principle. Any type of violation will count toward the three strikes.

B.1 Violations & how to avoid them

1. ILLEGAL POSITION (BLOCKING) - Always ride on the right side of your lane to avoid blocking another cyclist.

2. DRAFTING - Keep three bike lengths (~7 meters) between your bike’s front wheel and the rear wheel of the cyclist in front of you to avoid drafting.

3. ILLEGAL PASS - Always pass on the left of the cyclist in front of you, never on the right to avoid an illegal pass.

4. DRAFTING - Complete your pass within 20 seconds to avoid a DRAFTING call.

5. DRAFTING (OVERTAKEN) - If passed, drop back three bike lengths before attempting to re-pass to avoid an overtaken or drafting call.

6. HELMET CHINSTRAP - the chinstrap of your helmet must be securely fastened whenever you are on your bike on race day.

7. RACE NUMBER - you must display your race number during the race on your front on the run portion.

8. LITTERING - Do not throw away anything outside of official aid stations.

9. UNAUTHORIZED EQUIPMENT- Absolutely no cell phones, MP3 players, iPods or other audio listening devices and no headphones.

10. OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE— Do not accept any assistance from anyone other than a race official, and do not have non-racers ride or run alongside you.

11. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT - Please remember to treat other athletes, volunteers and referees and race officials with courtesy, respect and consideration.

 C. Race Timing

The race will be timed by the ANE Timing team. Your responsibilities as a competitor include:

1. When you pick up your timing chip at Athlete Check-In on race morning ensure that your correct name shows up on the computer screen.

2. You must wear your timing chip at all times while you are racing. Fasten it to either ankle with the Velcro strap provided before the swim start and leave it on until after you finish the run. You may apply Vaseline around your ankle. It will not affect the chip. Volunteers will help you remove the strap and chip at the finish line.

3. If you do not start the race, you are still responsible for returning the chip to race management. Chips and straps should be returned to the Finish Line or handed to any race official.

4. If you drop out or are pulled from the race at any time, turn your chip and strap in to a race official. It is essential that we know where you are on the course at all times for your safety.

5. Your race chip is a loaner. By picking up your race number and chip, you are guaranteeing that you will return the chip to race management, or you will be billed for its replacement.

Swim Course

 D.1 Swim Course Description

1. Course length - 750 m for Sprint or 1500 m for Olympic

2. The 1 lap, 750 m (approximately) swim is a triangular course, swimming counter-clockwise. The swim starts in the water in front of the boat ramp next to the docks. The swim caps (provided in race package) must be worn throughout the entire swim course to ensure safety of all athletes during this time. The volunteers/lifeguards will line the course. The course will be patrolled by a motorized boat, as well as kayaks.

3. You will need footwear to run from the swim exit to the bike transition as you will have to run 430 meters across a gravel parking lot.

4. Due to the water temperature, waves and wind potential, we highly recommend that you train and compete in a wet suit.

5. Swim security for athletes will be maintained at the highest level from morning entry to race transition until the return from the swim.

6. Any athletes electing not to race must notify a race official immediately.

7. Above all, the safety of each swimmer is our prime concern. A full sweep of the course will be made directly behind the last swimmer.

 D.2 Swim Rules

1. Swimmers are required to have “Race Numbers” marked on both shoulders and calves. These will be applied by race officials before the start of the race.

2. Shorts, swimsuits or triathlon suits must be worn; however no snorkels, fins, paddles, pull buoys, flotation devices or buoyancy suits are allowed. Wetsuits are allowed. The race committee reserves the right to make wetsuits mandatory if the water temperature is deemed to be a safety concern.

3. Swimmers shall swim 1 loop of the 750 meter triangular counter-clockwise course for the Sprint & 2 loops of the 750 meter triangular counter-clockwise course for the Olympic.

4. Swimmers should seed themselves on the deep water start line according to their own speed.

5. No escorts are allowed in the water; however assistance given by a lifeguard for temporary support will not result in disqualification provided the competitor’s forward progress is not assisted. Swimmers may stop at a kayak if necessary. In an emergency, a competitor should raise an arm overhead and call for assistance.

6. Swim caps provided by the race organizers must be worn by all competitors.

7. The swim portion of the event finishes when an athlete runs between the two markers set up on the beach water line. All athletes must exit the water between these markers.

8. The swim portion of the race will be cancelled if the water temperature does not meet or exceed 10°c at race time.


E. Bike Course

E.1    Course Description:

1. Course length - 

    Sprint distance : 2 loops  (22 km)

    Olympic Distance 4 loops (44 km)

2. The rolling hills bike course will leave the Town Hall parking lot and take a left on McNamara Drive & then a right onto Topsail Rd by Sobeys and follow the inside lane of Topsail Road down to Karwood Drive(Coffee Matters). Turn right onto Karwood Drive, stay in the right hand lane on Karwood Drive past the school and enter the Roundabout to turn to your immediate right onto McNamara Drive. Follow McNamara Drive all the way down to the Paradise arena and turn left into Sarah Davis Way in front of the arena to loop around the ice stadium and behind the Recreation department building(this is where the bike route turns blue to indicate an add-on to complete the first loop) and exit right onto McNamara Drive going up the hill all the way past the 3way Stop sign down Bremigen Blvd to the end for a turn around in the cul-de-sac to come back up Bremigans Blvd and passing the stop sign straight through all the way down past the transition area to start your second loop. Please note that there will be "Bib check Marshalls" along the route to ensure completion of the bike route loops. 
The Sprint Distance event will complete two laps of this course, with the turnaround being at the Paradise Rec Centre.
The Olympic Distance event will complete four laps of this course, with the turnaround being at the Paradise Rec Centre.

3. All athletes should familiarize themselves with the route and must ride with caution. Police and volunteers will be positioned at key intersections but the course is NOT closed to traffic. Please be cautious. Draft marshals will patrol the course.

4. The course will be swept before the race, however please watch for debris and potholes; the volume of traffic on this road makes it very difficult to keep the area totally clean.

 E.2 Bike Rules

 E.2.1 General Biking Rules

1. TAKE CAUTION AND STAY ON THE SHOULDER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD. DO NOT CROSS OVER THE WHITE LINE INTO TRAFFIC. This rule is a requirement of the Department of Works, Services and Transportation and is there for your safety. Riders found in violation will receive a warning with a “Yellow Card” warning for the first offense, competitors will be give a “Red Card - Stop and Go” penalty for the second offense and disqualified for the third

2. Athletes must ride single file on the far right side of the road except when passing another rider. Side-by-side riding is not allowed.

3. Absolutely no drafting off of another bike or any vehicle. A bike will be considered drafting when the bike is within 3 bike lengths or 2 bike widths of another bike, or 10 lengths of a vehicle, for 15 seconds or longer. Riders found in violation will receive a warning with a “Yellow Card” warning for the first offense, competitors will be give a “Red Card - Stop and Go” penalty for the second offense and disqualified for the third.

4. Riders must keep 7 meters (~3 bike lengths) distance between bikes except when passing.

5. An overtaken rider must fall back 7 meters (~3 bike lengths) before attempting to regain the lead from a front- running bike.

6. Overtaking riders may pass on the left for up to 20 seconds, but must move back to the right side of the road after passing. Please try to issue a verbal “On your left” warning to riders you are about to pass.

7. All competitors are solely responsible for the actual repair and maintenance of their bicycles and equipment. Repairs are allowed to bicycles during the course of the race; however competitors are not allowed to change wheels or bicycles during the race.

8. Cyclists must heed the rules of the road according to the Newfoundland Motor Vehicle Act. Marshals may be available to assist cyclists through “stop” signs, although the cyclist should be prepared to stop at these intersections.


10. Bicycles may be walked, carried or run, but an athlete must finish with his/her bicycle in his/her possession. The cycle portion finishes when an athlete places his/her bicycle on the bike rack in the transition area before commencing the run.

11. CAN/CSA, ANSI, ASTM or SNELL-certified helmet is mandatory. Helmets must be properly fastened at all times while on the bike.

12. Bikes must be walked in/out of the transition area.

13. All bicycles must have a water bottle cage or a place to store a water bottle.

14. A bare torso is not permitted while cycling.

 E.2.2 Drafting Regulations

Any competitor found to be in violation of the drafting rules by a Course Marshal will be subject to the drafting penalty. Violators will receive a warning with a “Yellow Card” warning for the first offense, competitors will be give a “Red Card - Stop and Go” penalty for the second offense and disqualified for the third.

During the “Stop and Go” penalty the Drafting Marshal will ask the athlete to bring their bike to a complete stop, dismount and with both feet on one side of the bike lift the bike so that both wheels are no longer in contact with the ground. When satisfied that the violator has completed the “Stop and Go” penalty, the Drafting Marshal will allow the competitor to continue the cycle portion. Any competitor found to be guilty of more than two drafting violation by the Drafting Marshal may be disqualified by the race jury after the race has been completed. Disqualifications will be posted within one hour after the last finisher crosses the finish line. Competitors on the disqualification list will have thirty (30) minutes after the publication of the list to protest their disqualification. The decision of the race jury in all matters will be final.


F. Run Course

F.1 Run Course Description

1. Course length –

    Sprint distance : 1 loops  (5 km)

    Olympic Distance 2 loops (10 km)

2. The mostly flat run course winds its way down to Octagon Pond on a well groomed gravel trail. Leaving transition area the athlete will proceed as follows:

Follow the cones on the depot road to loop onto the gravel trail leading down to the pond. Once reaching the pond coming to a Y-junction turning right on the trail and running towards the Dragon Boat Docks(where the swim start was) then turning right up the trail into the Body Quest Parking Lot for a water stop. Looping around the parking lot coming back down the trail and turning right at the Y-junction down the pond for about 600m to a well marked turn around point to come back on the trail towards the transition area. Running up the trail toward McNamara Drive and turning right at the opening of the fence in front of the Paradise Arena parking lot and into the finish line. 

The Olympic distance event will include two laps of the run course turning around just before the opening of the fence towards the finish line. Please note that there will be "Bib check Marshalls" along the route to ensure completion of the run route loops.

Run cut-off: 12:00 pm

3. To ensure an accurate finishing time your race number must be visible on the front of the athlete.

4. Aid/water stations will be located at the 1 km and 3.5 km mark of the run.

 F.2 Run Course Rules

1. Runners must complete one lap of the run route for the Sprint or two laps for the Olympic. No form of locomotion other than running or walking is permitted.

2. Runners’ numbers must be visible from the front. During the section of the run that travels along Topsail Road, runners must stay on the shoulder of the road.

3. Runners are expected to follow directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.

4. A bare torso is not permitted while running

Thank you for coming out! Good Luck!

Paradise Triathlon Committee