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Rules & Regulations

General conditions

Challenge Venice is run under FITRI (Italian Triathlon Federation) competition rules.

  • The race distances are two: Full Distance (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run), VLD (3.8km swim, 133km bike, 22km run)
  • At all times competitors must obey the instructions of Race officials and Police Officers and beware of vehicular transport. Any competitor who fails to obey the instructions of Race officials or the Police will be removed from the Event and disqualified. The Event Director and Race Referee have the discretion to disqualify competitors
  • Please obey all traffic laws and regulations at all times and treat all parts of the course as open to the public and vehicles at all times. While some parts of the course may be closed to public access, residential, emergency and Event vehicles will be using the course, and all road rules and regulations must therefore be followed at all times. Right hand drive rules apply
  • Challenge Venice is an invitation event, and the Event organizers may refuse entry to any competitor, on any grounds, and at their own discretion without explanation
  • It is important that all competitors exhibit good behavior and sportsmanlike conduct, and treat fellow competitors, Event organisers, volunteers and contractors with courtesy and respect. Failure to do so may result in disqualification at any time before, during or after the Event
  • No competitor may use any banned substances with the intent to improve their performance, eliminate the sense of fatigue or for any other purpose. Doping tests could be performed
  • Challenge Venice may test any athlete for the use of a prohibited substance at its own discretion. A positive test will result in disqualification
  • If a competitor withdraws from the Event they must advise the course officials of their withdrawal immediately. Any competitor failing to do so and being the subject of a resulting search and rescue operation will incur all costs relating to this exercise if they are found to be in their accommodation or other such safe place
  • No headphones or headsets may be worn during swim or bike legs of the event. Personal MP3 players are permitted on the run leg. Volume must be at a level that allows outside noise to be heard. If an official is not heard by an athlete due to excessive volume, the Event reserve the right to remove the MP3 player in the interest of safety
  • Challenge Venice competitors may not compete with a bare torso
  • Each competitor must be familiar with the entire course and it is their responsibility to follow the correct route
  • Provided race numbers must be visible at all times throughout the race


  • On line entry is available HERE.
  • Entry of the individual competition is personal and is not allowed to transfer to other athletes
  • Entries close midnight May 27th, 2018
  • The Event Medical Team will have ultimate discrection and the final decision as to the suitability of a competitor to continue in the Event, and likewise if they should be withdrawn from the Event
  • It’s possible to make a daily membership at Euro 30.00, but is required to submit the Agonistic Medical Certificate for Triathlon from an Italian Authorized Medical Center
  • The non-Italian athletes who are not affiliated to a National Triathlon Federation, must make a specific medical examination in Italy and get the Agonistic Medical Certificate for Triathlon and they have to buy the daily license from FITRI. For further information please contact challengevenice@gmail.com
  • No changes are permitted after May, 15 2018

Swim Rules

  • Challenge Venice will provide a swim cap. The wetsuit will be allowed as required by F.I.Tri Regulation
  • No fins, paddles, snorkels, flotation devices of any kind are permitted
  • Swim goggles or face masks may be worn
  • Any assistance required during swim may result in disqualification
  • Swim course will be close  at 8.30 am (2 hours after the start)
  • Event organizers have the right to change the location of the swim course, the distance of the swim course or cancel the swim course (at their absolute discretion) taking into account the weather and water temperature conditions

Bike Rules

  • No drafting is permitted. The cycle draft zone  for is a 12 meter  long and 3 meter wide rectangle between the front edge of the lead cycle and the front edge of the following cycle), extending each side of the cycle by 3 metre, measured from the leading edge of the front wheel. Another athlete has 20 seconds to pass through that zone. Likewise, once an athlete is passed they have 5 seconds to drop back out of the draft zone. Race numbers must not be altered in size or appearance, and must be worn on the back during the bike
  • Only approved helmets are accepted
  • Helmet must be worn for the whole bike course
  • Helmets must be secured by the chin strap before un racking the bike, and must remain fastened until the cyclist has dismounted the bike and returned it to its rack
  • No individual support allowed
  • The bike course is closed to all supporter traffic and no competitor may seek or receive outside help from spectators, members of the public with the exception of the official technical support crew
  • Each participant is responsible for the state or repair of his/her own bike. Assistance by anyone other than official technical support personnel will be grounds for immediate disqualification. This disallows the use of spare wheels and back-up bikes and requires that each competitor be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction
  • All bikes must undergo a compulsory check by the official technical support in the lead up to the race or at check-in
  • Only checked bikes will be allowed into transition
  • Cyclists are expected to heed directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities
  • Participant may run/walk their bike if necessary
  • Competitors must keep as far to the right as is practically possible at all times, and pass others on the left and must obey all traffic laws, traffic regulations and the directions of Event officials and the Police
  • The penalty for drafting, dangerous riding or unsportsmanlike conduct will be a 5′ STOP and GO. Athletes have to stop at the first penalty box after penalty. A second penalty will result in another 5′ STOP and GO. A third penalty results in a disqualification
  • Athletes must complete the sixth lap of the circuit (22,5 km) and start the seventh one (32 km before the end) before 2.30 pm, otherwise they will be redirect straight to the finish line.
  • The bike course will close for all competitors, both teams and individuals after 9 hours after the start of the race (at 3:30 pm). Event organizers reserve the right to remove competitors from the race who do not complete the bike leg by this cut-off time or to allowed them to continue on an open traffic road.
  • Swim+Bike’s limit time: 9h00′
  • Event organizers have the right to change the location of the bike course or the distance of the bike course (at their absolute discretion) and taking into account the weather and course conditions
  • Areo bottles are allowed if placed on the frame and between the areo bars

Run Rules

  • Competitors must not alter the size or appearance of the race number, and must wear it clearly and visibly on their front
  • Slower competitors must keep to the right with other competitors overtaking on the left
  • Runners may not shorten the course. If an athlete shorten the marked course he will be disqualified immediately
  • No individual support vehicles or non-participant escort runners or cyclists are allowed. Friends, family members, coaches or supporters of any type may not bike, drive or run alongside competitors, may not pass food or other items to competitors and should be warned to stay completely clear of all participants to avoid the disqualification of a participant
  • Runners are expected to follow the directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities
  • Outside assistance is strictly forbidden and the size and nature of penalties for such an offence are at the sole discretion of the Event Director and Race Referee
  • Competitors must obey all traffic laws, traffic regulations and the directions of Event officials and the Police
  • The run course will close for all competitors, both teams and individuals, at 11.00 pm
  • Event organizers reserve the right to stop from the course competitors who do not complete the race by this cut-off time, and that are not starting the last lap of the final marathon BEFORE 9.00 pm
  • Event organizers have the right to change the location of the run course or the distance of the run course (at their absolute discretion) and taking into account the weather and course condition
  • Challenge Venice reserves the right to alter rules, regulations, Event course and venues at any time provided athletes are advised prior to the Event, or if such a change is in the interest of competitor safety
  • Final limit time: 16h00min


  • Any protests must be lodged with the Race Referee within two hours of the athlete finishing the Event, or within two hours of their disqualification (if relevant) and must be accompanied by a 50 euros lodgement fee. If their protest is upheld, the 50 euros will be refunded in full. If the protest is not upheld, the fee will be forfeited
  • In the case of bad weather, Challenge Venice reserves the right to convert the Event to duathlon status in the interests of competitor safety but will not be held liable for any loss as a result of such a decision. If the conditions are still deemed to be unsafe to run a duathlon, Challenge Venice has sole discretion, and may cancel the Event without obligation to refund entry fees
  • All athletes must register during the allocated times and attend the compulsory race briefing. All individuals and teams must rack their bicycles during the allocated times – there will be no exceptions to this rule. The Event organisers reserve the right to disqualify anyone not adhering to these rules


Any protests must be submitted to the Jury, within two hours of arrival of the participant or within two hours of disqualification (if applicable) and accompanied by a fee of 50 euro. If the protest is justified the € 50 will be refunded in full or it will be given a lump sum.


  • The management reserves the right to amend the regulation or the path at its sole discretion for reasons justified by a better organization.
  • Challenge Venice reserves the right to modify at any time this Regulation, the location or locations of the event giving notice to competitors or if the change is necessary to ensure the safety of the competitor.
  • In case of bad weather or for safety reason due to problems in the bike course, the organizing committee of Venice Challenge reserves the right to switch the event to a duathlon in order to ensure the safety of the competitors, but will not be held responsible for any cancellations due to this decision. If conditions do not allow either to dispute the Duathlon Challenge Venice of the organizing committee at its discretion may cancel the event with no obligation to refund the registration fee.