RULES & REGULATIONS

*ALL INFORMATION IS FOR 2017. UPDATES FOR 2018 COMING SOON.

Preamble

The Organisers reserve the right to limit and refuse entries.

The Organisers reserve the right to remove any participant deemed physically incapable of continuing the race.

The Organisers reserve the right to amend the Rules and Regulations without prior notification.

The Organisers reserve the right to amend the race course with prior notice to participants.

IRONMAN® 2017 Competition Rules apply.

It is the Participant’s responsibility to fully understand the rules and avoid infringements.

Weather Disclaimer

In the event of inclement weather, the Organisers reserve the right to delay the start of the race, shorten the race or modify the course.

Should inclement weather persist after the delay, the Organisers reserve the right to cancel the race without any refund of registration fees.

In the event of dangerous sea conditions only, the Organisers reserve the right to replace the swim with a run.

Cancellation & Withdrawal Policy

Athletes confirmed in the race who wish to withdraw must do so in writing to the Race Office.

It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure the race office has received any communication. All requests will be responded to in a timely manner. Upon confirmation of this request, athletes are eligible for a partial refund as follows:

Any requests received before 17:00 (SGT) Wednesday 31 May 2017 will be eligible for a 50% refund of event entry fee paid.

Any requests received before 17:00 (SGT) Friday 14 July 2017 will be eligible for a 25% refund of event entry fee paid.

Any requests received after 17:00 (SGT) Friday 14 July 2017 will not be eligible for a refund under any circumstances.

Online Entries Close

Entries close at 00:00 (SGT), Wednesday, 08 August 2017

If you do not receive a response from the race office with 7 days of request, it should be assumed that it has not been received and you should contact us by phone. Online Processing Fee is non-refundable.

All entries are non-transferable to other participants or to other years

No changes between race distances are permitted after 00:00 (SGT), Wednesday, 08 August 2017

No team member changes are permitted after 00:00 (SGT), Wednesday, 08 August 2017

Race Entry Notes

The race is open to athletes of all nationalities

On-the-day entries will not be accepted

Participants must be 18 years old on 31 December 2017 to compete in IRONMAN® 70.3® Bintan

Age category is determined by the participant’s age on 31 December 2017

Relay must be made of 2 or 3 athletes, of any gender combination (Men, Women, Mixed)

Participants that do not return their timing device at the end of the race or by 27 August 2017 will be charged a fee of US$35 for the timing chip and US$15 for the timing chip strap.

All entries are non-transferable to other participants or to other years

No changes between race distances are permitted after 00:00 (SGT), Wednesday, 08 August 2017

No team member changes are permitted after 00:00 (SGT), Wednesday, 08 August 2017

Entries close at 00:00 (SGT), Wednesday, 08 August 2017

Participants racing under an assumed name or age or giving false information will be disqualified and risk suspension or expulsion from other IRONMAN® and MetaSport events

The Organisers will not be responsible for any disputes arising from incomplete and/or incorrect entry details given by the participants

General

IRONMAN® 2017 Competition Rules apply.

It is the Participant’s responsibility to fully understand the rules and avoid infringements

Participants must proceed to check-in during the allocated times and attend the compulsory race briefing

Participants must have their body marked (both upper arms) prior to the start, by applying the temporary tattoos provided in their race kit

Participants must rack their bicycles during the allocated times. Participants failing to adhere to this rule are prohibited from starting the race

The timing chip must be worn throughout the entire race around the left ankle

In the event of the timing chip got lost or malfunctioning it is the Participant’s responsibility to get a replacement chip from the Referee located at the penalty box in the transition area

Timing chips must be returned by 27 August 2017

Start numbers may not be reduced in size or altered and must be visible at all times

Code of Conduct

The use of banned substances with the intent to improve performance, eliminate the sense of fatigue or for any other purpose is not allowed at any time and doping tests may be performed at random on participants

Participants must not refill hydration or nutrition outside the designated aid stations provided by the Organiser

Participants must respect rules and be respectful to the marshals, volunteers, spectators and the Organiser throughout the event

Participants are not allowed to throw away their waste outside the litter-zones and garbage bins provided throughout the event

Participant must refuse any outside help during the race (e.g. support, supplies, technical assistance)

Participants are not allowed to leave all or part of their race equipment outside the Transition Zone

Nudity outside the changing tents is not allowed

Wearing headphones is not allowed at any time

Participants must be familiar with the entire course and it is their responsibility to follow the correct route

Bike Check-in

Participants must proceed to check-in their bicycle at the transition area within the designated times only. (Please check the schedule). You must also bring your helmet with you to bike check-in for a safety inspection.

Athletes need to check-in their bike (with bike flag attached) in its designated place.

During the check-in Participants are allowed to leave their helmets and bike-shoes so long as they are attached to their bicycle (small equipment such as tool box, bike bottles and bento boxes are also permitted). All other gear can be brought race morning.

Participants may deposit their bags on the bag drop on race-morning. (Please check venue layout)

Swimming

All swimmers are required to wear proper swimming attire during the entire swim course. Swimwear/trisuits should not extend past the elbow or knees

All swimmers must wear the swim caps provided by the Organiser

Swim goggles may be worn

Fins, paddles, pool buoys, snorkels or any other swimming aids are not allowed

Wetsuits are not allowed (the temperature of the water in Bintan is above 24 degrees Celsius all year-round)

Support crews are not allowed. Any assistance, other than medical aid received during the swim will result in immediate disqualification

No persons other than the participants and officials are permitted in the swim course

Swimmers in difficulty shall signal by raising an arm to the escorting boats/canoes for assistance

Once assistance is rendered, the competitor must retire from the competition

Transition 1 - Swim to Bike

There will be no Transition Bags provided by the Organiser. Participants must prepare their own transition gear and place items properly within their allocated area

Nudity outside the transition area changing tents (men and women) is not allowed

The participants must pack and place their swim accessories (goggles, swim cap) properly within their allocated area before leaving T1

Participants will have access to the transition area to collect their belongings after they finish.

Participants must wear their cycling helmet fastened to the head, and strapped to the chin before moving their bike off the rack.

Transition Area Regulations

The transition area will be open for all participants’ access on race morning (please check the time-schedule on this website)

Only Participants, officials and other personnel with the proper authorisation are permitted to enter the transition area

Coaches, private support staff and spectators are not allowed to enter the transition area

Nudity outside the transition area changing tents is not allowed

Participants are not allowed to ride bikes in the transition zone. Participants must push their bike until after the “Mount” line at the exit of the transition area.

Participants must wear their cycling helmet fastened to the head and strapped to the chin before moving their bike off the rack

Cycling

Cyclists must wear their race numbers clearly visible on the back of their adorned apparel at all times.

Support vehicles or pacers are not allowed at any times.

All athletes must obey traffic rules while on the cycling course unless otherwise directed by a race official.

No bare torso is allowed at any time

Wearing of headphones is not allowed at any time.

Drafting is not allowed at any time. (Draft zone is 12 metres from front wheel to front wheel or 6 bike lengths)

Transition 2 - Bike to Run

Cycling in the transition area is not allowed. Participants must dismount from their bicycle before the Dismount Line and push their bicycle into the transition area

Participants must wear their helmet fastened to the head and strapped to the chin until the bike has been placed back on the their allocated spot on the bike rack

For the transition from bike to run, participants must take their run equipment from their allocated area and pack away their bike clothes by themselves without any help

Participants will have access to the transition area to collect their belongings after they finish.

Running

Runners must wear their race numbers clearly visible at the front of their adorned apparel at all times

Support vehicles or pacers are not allowed

Runners must run on the designated path for the entire route

No bare torso is allowed at any time

Wearing headphones is not allowed at any time

Serving Penalties

Penalties received during the swim will be served in the “Penalty Box” located in the transition area upon return from the swim

Penalties received during the bike will be served in the “Penalty Box” located in the transition area upon return from the bike

Penalties received during the run will be served at the point of the rule violation. There is no penalty box on the run course.

Cut-off Times

SWIM CUT-OFF: 1hrs 10min after individual start time

Each athlete must complete the swim in 1 hour and 10 minutes, which is measured from the athlete’s wave start time until the moment the athlete exits the water after completing the 1.9km swim. Any swimmer unable to reach this cut-off will be classified as Did Not Finish (DNF). Swimmers classified as DNF are allowed to continue the bike and run phase as long as they start the bike phase before 7.55.

BIKE CUT-OFF: 5hrs 30min after the last wave start

Any cyclists unable to reach the cut-off will be collected by the event Sag Wagons and will be classified as a Did Not Finish (DNF).

The absolute cut-off for all athletes regardless of individual start time is 12:10 noon. All cyclists must have passed the bike dismount line at transition at this time.

RUN CUT-OFF: 8 hours 30 minutes after the last SWIM WAVE start time

The cut off to start the 3rd and final loop of the run is 8hrs 30 min after the last wave start

All Aid Stations will act as intermediate cut off points and will apply to all athletes. Any runner unable to reach the cut-off time will be collected by the event Sag Wagons and will be classified as a Did Not Finish (DNF).

The time below represents the absolute cut off for all athletes regardless of individual start time:

• 12.15– 0km, Run Exit Transition 2 (athletes must have passed the run exit arch and started the run course)

• 14.18– 14.5km

• 14.38– 17km

• 15.10 – 21.1km Finish Arch (athlete must have passed under the finish arch).

The finish closes 8hrs 30min after the last start of the IRONMAN®70.3®

Participants must finish each stages and the whole race within the given time limits

Participants who are not able to finish any of the stages in the times given must withdraw from the race and hand over their race number and timing chip to the race officials

Withdrawing During the Race

Participants who are not able or do not wish to continue the race, must report to the Information Desk in the IRONMAN Village and return their timing chip

Medical - Health Protection

The Event Medical Team will have ultimate discretion and the final decision as to the suitability of a competitor to continue or if they should be withdrawn from the event

Results Classifications and Prizes

Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each age group and official category

IRONMAN®70.3® Bintan recognises the following categories for men and women; 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+ ; Men, Women and Mixed Team Relay categories.

Penalties and Disciplinary Actions

Red card – immediate disqualification

Grossly unsportsmanlike behaviour

Disrespectful attitude with marshals, volunteers, spectators, organisers

Nudity outside the changing tents in transition zone

Refusal to adhere to rules

Use of communication devices of any type, includes but not limited to cell phones, radios and music players

Three blue card offences = immediate disqualification

Repeated warning offences (see yellow card “warnings” below)

Cut-off time exceeded

Blue card – time penalty of 5 minutes

Drafting on the bike

Illegal pass on the bike

Throwing of waste outside of aid-station discard areas

Repeated yellow card offences (see yellow card “stop & go” below)

Yellow card – 1 minute stop & go penalty

Blocking on the bike

Equipment not in conformity with the rules

Being accompanied by another person (on motorised/un-motorised vehicles or by foot)

Nutrition/ hydration supplies from third party outside of an aid station

Biking in transition area (before the mount-line / after the dismount-line)

Racing bare torso (on the bike and run leg);

Helmet not fastened properly upon leaving and entering transition area

Wrongful storage of the bike and/or equipment in the transition area;

Absence of race number or misplacement;

Using of headsets or headphones

Procedures for Warnings & Penalties

During the bike – The referee drives up to the participant, makes eye contact with the participant, calls his number in English and then shows the participant a red, blue or yellow card inline with the infringement.

If the participant receives a blue card, they must check-in to the “Penalty Box” in the transition area after completing the full distance of the bike course.

If the participant receives a red card, they are instantly disqualified and must hand over his race number and timing chip to the referee and return to the transition area to collect his belongings.

If the participant receives a yellow card, they must stop and listen to the referee’s warning before resuming the race.

During the run – if a participant receives a time penalty, they will move to the side and serve the penalty on the spot of the violation under the instruction of the marshal.

If the participant receives a yellow card during the run, they must stop and listen to the marshal before resuming the race.

Serving the penalty – It is the Participant’s responsibility to report to the referee in the “Penalty Box” to serve the penalty. Failure to serve the penalty will result in disqualification.

Disqualifications

In case a participant is disqualified on the swim, bike or run course, it will be communicated directly to the Race Referee. The athlete will not be allowed to on the race course.