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5.2. What are the rules about wetsuits?




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This article is from the Triathlon FAQ, by with numerous contributions by James Goddard others.

5.2. What are the rules about wetsuits?

The wetsuit rules change by race and governing body but the general
rules for ITU races are:


Elite athletes in the Olympic Games and ITU Events:

Swim Length Forbidden above: Mandatory below: Maximum stay in water

     1500m 20 deg. C  14 deg. C      30 min
1500-3000m 23 deg. C  15 deg. C  1 h 40 min
3000-4000m 24 deg. C  16 deg. C  2 h 15 min



Junior and Age Group competitors:

Swim Length Forbidden above: Mandatory below: Maximum stay in water

     1500m 22 deg. C  14 deg. C  1 h 10 min
1500-3000m 23 deg. C  15 deg. C  1 h 40 min
3000-4000m 24 deg. C  16 deg. C  2 h 15 min



And for USAT races are:


"Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit
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 wet suit at their own
discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit
within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or
awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water
temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The
wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT
Athletes Advisory Council."



 

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