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Rules & regulations

All ITU (International Triathlon Union) and Triathlon Canada rules apply to the Valleyfield Triathlon.
ITU International Triathlon Union rules and regulations apply.

When you get to the competition site

  1. Go to the registration tent in front of the chalet.
  2. Register and pick up your participant kit. This kit will include your bathing cap, a bib number and a wristband for the post-race lunch. The wrist band is REQUIRED to access the lunch.
  3. Make sure your name, age group and any other information are correct.
  4. Confirm the start time of your round.
  5. Have your competitor number marked.
  6. Pick up your chip at the Sportstats tent near registration.
  7. Once you have everything in your possession, you can access the Transition Area.
  8. Make sure you choose the right bike rack in the right row.

Please note that we have a water bottle filling area in front of the registration tents.

DON’T GET DISQUALIFIED! Most disqualifications can be avoided by reviewing the rules.

Race officials will have the right to disqualify participants who do not respect the rules.


  • Headphones are forbidden on the competition course.
  • The chest must be covered at all times.
  • No external help is allowed.
  • Sportsmanship is mandatory for all participants. Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in disqualification.
  • A sincere thank you to the volunteers will show appreciation for their generous contribution to the event.

Transition area

  • Only participants have access to the transition area.
  • You must register and take possession of your electronic chip before entering the transition area.
  • It is forbidden to ride your bike in this area. You must stand next to your bike.
  • Helmets must be on your head and buckled at all times when moving your bike.
  • You must get on and off your bike in designated areas.


  • All swimmers must wear the provided swim cap.
  • Position yourself in the water. Please, let the faster swimmers go before you. A 10-20 second wait will give you more room to operate.


  • No warm-up on the bike.
  • No headphones are allowed on the competition course.
  • Slalom is not allowed during the race.
  • Slower cyclists must ride on the left side of the road at all times. Do not cut corners. It’s only allowed for experienced riders.
  • There will be a repair station on the course. No outside assistance is allowed. Only our official mechanics will see to your technical problems.
  • As you approach the bike course, move gradually towards Victoria Street. As you finish your last lap and prepare to leave the circuit, make sure you are on the right side of the road when you reach the intersection of Nicholson and Victoria Streets to avoid passing other cyclists.


  • The bib must be worn on the front of the body.
  • No headphones on the race.
  • ITU rules prohibit the presence of non-participants in the race.


  • Please use extreme caution when accessing the ramp.
  • Be sure to check in and out of the transition area and courses.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids during the event.
  • Get in position into the water. Let faster swimmers go before you. A 10-20 second wait will give you more room to maneuver.
  • Do not cross the finish line with a child. It is unsafe for children.


  • The basic rule is that each athlete must be independent, i.e. he or she cannot receive assistance.
  • Wetsuits are allowed below 22 degrees.
  • Mandatory: Certified cycling helmet, swim cap provided by the organization, tank top and race number worn on the front during the run. Failure to comply with these rules will result in automatic disqualification.
  • No drafting during the race.
  • Transition area: Cyclists must place their bikes on the racks and use only their reserved space.
  • At the finish line: Cyclists must get off their bikes at the line marked on the ground (before entering the transition zone).
  • Teams: The transition area is set up according to ITU standards. Procedure: Any contact with the runner or swimmer must be made in the bike support areas that are reserved for the TRIATHLON and DUATHLON teams.


The chip must be exchanged between the swimmer/cyclist/runner for TRIATHLON and the runner/cyclist/runner for DUATHLON.

The need for a wetsuit

The need for a wetsuit will be determined by the water temperature taken one hour before the first start, according to the following tables:


Distance: 1500 m
Forbidden over: 20 C – 68 F
Mandatory under: 14 C – 57 F
Maximum time in the water: 30 minutes


Distance: 750 m
Forbidden over: 20 C – 68 F
Mandatory under: 14 C – 57 F
Maximum time in the water: 20 minutes


Distance : 0-1500 m
Forbidden over: 22 C – 72 F
Mandatory under: 14C – 57 F
Maximum time in the water: 1 hour 10 minutes

Distance: 1501-3000 m
Forbidden over: 23 C – 73 F
Mandatory under: 15 C – 59 F
Maximum time in the water: 1 hour 40 minutes

Distance: 3001-4000 m
Forbidden over: 24 C – 75 F
Mandatory under: 15 C – 61 F
Maximum time in the water: 2 hours 15 minutes

Wetsuits are recommended for athletes with a disability (AWAD).

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