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KOS Icebreaker Race Rules

On behalf of the Triathlon Saskatchewan officials, here is a summary of key triathlon race rules to make sure your participation in a triathlon is safe and fun.

Follow this link for an excellent brochure regarding Kids of Steel Rules:

Transition set-up

  • Prior to race day, please remove all bike ‘accessories’ that will create safety concerns; such as mirrors, climbing bars on mountain bikes, BMX pegs, and loose equipment.

  • Make sure handlebar ends are plugged, no open tube ends.

  • Hang your bike on the bike rack bare by its seat.

  • Bring a proper cycling helmet (not one from any other sport) that is free of cracks; the chin strap needs to be tightened so only two fingers can be inserted together horizontally.

  • Your helmet must be on at all times when you are in contact with or riding your bike – even during warm-up.

  • Refrain from biking in the transition area

  • Athletes only in the transition area. For kids races, adult parents and guardians are allowed in to help their youth during setup and removal of equipment, but are not to enter transition during the race.

  • Keep equipment to a minimum to ensure the transition area is not cluttered; only have what’s needed for your race, and keep backpacks out of transition.


Specialty Bike Equipment

  • For this event, youth ages 15 and under will not be allowed to have any aerobars on their bicycles (ignore this if you don't know what an aerobar is because you won't have it).

  • Pedal toe clips (metal cages) are allowed, but the straps must be removed to allow easy insertion and removal of cycling shoe.

  • Youth age 12 and older are allowed to use any pedal system and clip in system (except for toe clips with straps as already mentioned). Youth age 11 and under cannot have regular road bike "clip in" cycling shoes and pedals, but can have shoes that have a clip recessed into the sole of the shoe (i.e. SPD type).


  • Wear the supplied swim cap. This rule will be waived for younger kids if required to prevent a meltdown.

  • Forward progress is only by swimming – refrain from walking on the swim bottom.

  • There is no changing out of swim suits after the swim.

  • The Swim start will be in the water.

  • Flip turns will not be allowed.

T1: Transition from Swim to Bike

  • Put your helmet on before you grab your bike.

  • Run your bike out of transition and mount after the mount line.

  • Keep your distance from other cyclists – roughly a school bus length (8 metres) from the cyclist in front of you.

  • If you are ready to pass, call out “passing on your left” and pass within 20 seconds.

  • If you are being passed, don’t speed up; wait for the other athlete to come alongside then pull back to the school bus distance.

  • Watch for obstacles on course (like pedestrians). At intersections that are not controlled by volunteers on a closed course, you must obey the traffic signs and signals.

T2: Transition from Bike to Run

  • Get off your bike before the dismount line.

  • Walk or run your bike back to the same spot on the bike rack.

  • Rack your bike, then remove your helmet.


  • Go fast!

Other Reminders...

  • Refrain from leaving anything on the course (garbage or gear).

  • Entertainment electronics, iPhones or headphones cannot be used during the race.

  • Your entire torso must be covered on the bike and run.

  • If you decide to not finish the race, notify an official and hand over your timing chip.

  • Thank the volunteers!



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