June 16, 2015

Triathlon Race Etiquette

Today I’m Linking Up with You Signed Up For WHAT?!Blisters and Black Toenails, and The TriGirl Chronicles.  This month’s theme is Race Etiquette.




I don’t know about you, but I think there should be a class for Race Etiquette and every athlete should have to take it.  I continue to be amazed at the things that happen on a race course.  Really??  I’m pretty sure you’re mama taught you better than that!   So, next time you’re out on the race course, ask yourself “Would this make my mama proud?



  1. If you’re race nutrition comes in a wrapper (or you brought it with you in a baggie), make sure it finds its way to a trash can or back to your house for the garbage or the recycle bin.
  2. Encourage your fellow racers. Everyone is on their own journey – give them a shout out.  You could be the little bit of encouragement between quitting and finishing for someone!  How awesome would that make you feel!
  3. Use your manners. We’re all in this together.  There’s no need to be rude.


Swim Etiquette:

  1. If you know you’re a weak swimmer, stay out of the main swim line.
  2. Don’t try to crowd another swimmer out. If you feel a faster swimmer trying to pass, don’t fight with them for space if you know you are slower.  You’ll waste far less energy simply angling yourself one stroke to the right and continuing along your line.
  3. The buoys are a big traffic jam, be polite.
  4. If you don’t know open water etiquette, take a group lesson.

Bike Etiquette:

  1. You’re not the only person using the rack – or the space on the ground either for that matter.
  2. Don’t move another athlete’s bike or race gear without their permission. If you came back to transition and found your gear moved or in disarray, you wouldn’t like it either.
  3. My biggest pet peeve has to be racers who don’t know road riding etiquette.  Do point out road hazards and signal your intentions. Announce yourself and always – I mean always – pass on the LEFT! And then after passing, ride on the right.  In a pack of athletes all going at different speeds, one person not following bike etiquette could cause a serious accident.  If you don’t know proper road bike etiquette, ride with a local group or contact your bike shop. 












Run Etiquette:

  1. By this leg, exhaustion has set in and some athletes are simply trying to make it to the finish line without a DNF. Stay to the right and use the same race etiquette of passing on the left during the run.
  2. If you grab some aid at the aid station, try to respect the boundaries of the start and end of the station. Toss your cup in to the side, in the trash or by the trash.  Don’t litter outside of the aid station limits.  Tuck your cup in your race belt and dispose of it after you finish the race.


Lastly, and probably most importantly….

Thank ALL the volunteers as you pass them.  If they weren’t there on race day, the days before and the hours after you leave, there would be no race where you to earn that BLING.  A simple Thank You as you pass is all it takes.





8 Comments on “Triathlon Race Etiquette

June 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Yes, the littering!! In races and in training! I can’t believe how often I see this. Some woman out cycling the opposite direction as me this weekend just chucked her banana peel off to the side! I know it’s technically biodegradable, but really??
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Cassandra @ Powered By BLING
June 21, 2015 at 9:34 am

I’m with you! Tuck it back into a little pouch on your bike. Biodegradable or not, I’m not for chucking any of my waste along the side of the road.

June 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Swim and Bike etiquette are such big ones!! They’re really important and I hope more people see this link up and realize what not to do!! Thank you!!

June 19, 2015 at 7:58 am

Great Tips! Thank you for pointing out how important it is to thank the volunteers! I try to thank everyone as I go by them from the police officers helping at the intersections to the volunteers at the aid stations, without them there would not be a race!

Cassandra @ Powered By BLING
June 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

Me too, Angela! They aren’t even participating in the race; they get no BLING at the end. They are there to support all of us JUST BECAUSE! Volunteers ROCK!

June 25, 2015 at 7:45 am

Loved all of your tips, especially for the running portion!
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June 26, 2015 at 5:56 am

Well said, thanks for touching on a subject that many refuse to. Some don’t understand that there are other people out there, faster and slower, competing in the same event. Common sense goes along way!

Sarah N
June 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Great tips, thanks for sharing!


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