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Rules for participating in the age group Sprint & Olympic Triathlon in Pafos 2017


Municipal baths (Mpania), Pafos


Package pick-up will take place at the Race allocated Hotel - ALMYRA, on the 22nd of April 2017 from 10:00am - 13:00 & 14:00 -17:00, and Sunday the 23rd April (6:30 - 7:30am) at the race Venue, the Municipal baths. A valid ID must be presented at the registration so that package can be released. A DNS (did not start) or did not show up, does not qualify for a refund of registration fees.


Individual Entries€30 + €5 (CY.TRI.FED fee) for the Sprint Individual participation and €40 + €5 (CY.TRI.FED fee) for the Olympic distance Individual participation. 

Team participation is €80 for the Sprint and €100 for the Olympic per team participation



Briefing will be done electronically and all images in the maps / routes section of this website are explaining all the segments of the triathlon.


Opens at 7:00 am for bike placement for all athletes. There will be a distinction of the allocation of place on the bike racks between the Sprint Distance and the Olympic Distance participants. Athletes only are allowed in the transition area. Last bike entry in the transition area can take place up until 8:00 am. During  the race only athletes are allowed to enter. At the end of the race only athletes with proof of their number can exit the T area with their respective bikes. After the race is finished please pick up your bikes no later than 12:30. After 12:30 the bikes will be left un-attended and there will be no guarding, therefore no safety for your belongings. Organisers will not be held liable for any losses or damages.


Start will be given sharply at 08:00 for Sprint Distance and at 08:30 for the Olympic Distance by a signal: “GET SET” AND A long sound of a HORN OR WHISTLE. This is a mass start entering the water. All categories will start together at each distance. All the athletes must start after the horn (those start before the sound of the horn will receive a time Penalty equal to 1 minute to be served after the swim). Not showing up in the penalty box leads to DQ


Triathletes will be swimming in any stroke they want towards the first buoy, where they must overpass it leaving it on their right hand side. Then they need to swim to buoy 2 where they must take a right hand turn leaving the buoy again on their right, and then swim to buoy number 3 where they will leave it on their right. Athletes of the Sprint distance will swim towards the exit from the sea and the athletes competing for the Olympic distance will have to do a second lap before heading to the exit. In case an athlete does not “clear” the buoys as depicted there exists the possibility of a DQ.  The triathletes will be responsible for covering the distance of the 750m or 1500m as described. Temperature of water will be measured at race morning, and announced 60 min pre -start. Please observe wet suits regulations regarding usage: Age groupers - wet suit usage -based on water temperature


Entering the transition area the triathletes can run or walk towards their respective bike and must wear their cycling helmets, fastened their strap before they pick their bikes and must wear a top - (NO BARE TORSOS ALLOWED). No riding is allowed in the T area and athletes must push their bike up to the clearly marked MOUNTING LINE.


The bike lap is 10km long. Athletes of the Sprint Distance will be covering the distance 2 times and come back to the T-Area and athletes of the Olympic Distance will cover the same lap 4 times before entering the T-Area. Turn point for the laps will be the area in front of Almyra Spa / Alexander the Great Hotel 600m before the T-area, clearly marked with a sign "BIKE TURNING POINT" . The bike section it is clearly marked and marshaled. Triathletes must follow signs and directions given by marshals and race director in race official vehicle. Be courteous to fellow athletes and avoid non “fair play” at all times. The course is technical and care is needed. There are no major hills and DRAFTING IS NOT ALLOWED, and it will be ENFORCED. Triathletes must follow non drafting rules. Women are NOT ALLOWED to draft of men. If caught drafting by a Marshal you shall be given a notification by shouting towards the athlete and showing a YELLOW CARD. A second drafting violation by the same triathlete equals a RED CARD given by the marshal which means that the athlete must serve 1 minute at the Penalty Box. Athletes must be aware that if a red card is given to them they must serve the 1 minute penalty immediately after the bike segment at the Penalty Box*. A third drafting violation by the same athlete means that this athlete receives automatically a DQ by a marshal.

Athletes competing for the Sprint distance will cover 2 lap x 10km. Athletes competing for the Olympic Distance will cover 4 laps x 40km, and are responsible to count how many laps they have covered. The organizers will score passings of each athlete in each lap and they will DQ an athlete who has covered less laps. At the end of their lap the athletes will follow the directions for Bike finish / T-area. Absolutely no participation is allowed if a triathlete does not use an approved helmet on the bike course.


At the finish of the bike section. At the clearly depicted mount/dismount line all triathletes must dismount and push their bikes to the bike racks, were they must ensure that the bike is safely secured on the rack. Immediately after that athletes head towards the run course as directed by Marshals. In case an athlete has received a Penalty violation it has to be served immediately after the bike segment at the Penalty Box*.


The run section is a point to point flat route 2,5km long. The Sprint distance participants will run 2laps x 2,5km and the Olympic distance participants will cover 4laps x 2,5km. The athlete exits the T-area heading east following a path - pavement.. There will be 1 feed zone station (water, fruits) at the 2,5 km of the run lap, and signs to direct the triathletes towards the finish. Signs will alert triathletes as to the 1km & 500m before the finish line. Triathletes are advised to be careful from other pedestrians on course due to the fact that they will also be allowed to walk on the same path. No bare torso is allowed, and no pushing or non- sportsman like behavior is allowed. Even though marshals will aid in the direction of the run course, it is the triathlete’s responsibility to follow the signs that lead clearly to the finish line. 



The finish line will be at the Municipal Baths area, next to the T-Area and will have a clear identification. After the finish line athletes can proceed to the recovery /feed zone area. Athletes’ numbers must be visible at all times and of course during finish.


At the recovery area there will be fruits, juices, and isotonic drinks, and water. These items are for athletes only. 


Relay teams cover the same distance and use the timing chip in turns (as a relay). After the swimmer has covered the swim segment he/she will pass on to the biker waiting at the T-area the chip, and in the same manner after the bike segment the biker will pass on to the runner who will finish at the Finish line. All rules apply for relay members as they do for individual participants.


Athletes following the non-drafting rules must keep at least 3 bike-lengths apart of clear space between the cyclist in front of you and you. If you move into the drafting - zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Triathletes must keep to the left hand side of the lane unless they are about to pass. Blocking an athlete wishing to pass another athlete and interfering with this action is prohibited. If you are overtaken and passed ( fellow athlete’s wheel passes yours ), you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, fall back 3 bike lengths, before attempting to pass again.


Athletes participating in the PT 2017 will be considered as valid finishers if they fall within or faster than the below cut off times, that is they must finish within the below times:

  • Swim Sprint: 8:25
  • Swim Olympic: 9:20
  • Swim & Bike Sprint : 9:35
  • Swim & Bike Olympic : 11:30
  • Total Sprint: 10:30
  • Total Olympic:12:45

All athletes will receive an electronic timing chip which they will wear on their ankle and secure it well. No timing will occur unless you wear the time chip through -ought the triathlon segments. Relay teams pass on to all members accordingly. Loss of the timing chip will be charged with €100


It is up to the discretion of the Race director and affiliated Marshals to impact a DQ status to an athlete that has behaved in a non-sportsman like manner, or has violated the rules of the sport. It is also the duty of a marshal to identify any penalties by the athlete and enforce a stop and go rule. All athletes are treated equally and fairly. The penalty box will exist next to the transition area. The official/ marshal giving the 1-minute penalty will inform the athlete about the obligation to stop in the penalty box, and will register this call. The official/ marshal at the Penalty box will record all the athletes stopping and will allow the athletes to Exit once the Time is elapsed. At the end of the race the lists of the penalties assessed will be checked with the Lists of Penalties served. When the Penalty time Is exhausted the athlete can continue with the preceding actions of the race. It is the responsibility of the athlete once called upon a violation, to proceed with out any direction to serve this penalty at the designated area. The punished athletes who didn’t serve the time penalty, in the Penalty box, will be DQ, by posting this sanction in the penalty board.


After the finish, awards will take place, at the area near the finish line. The awards will begin approximately at 12:45

Categories awarded are age groups male & female:

  • Junior B: 14-16 (Sprint distance only)
  • Junior A : 17-19 (Sprint and Olympic distance)
  • Open 20-39 (Sprint and Olympic distance)
  • Masters 1: 40-49 years old (Sprint and Olympic distance)
  • Masters 2: 50+ (Sprint and Olympic distance)
  • Teams: Men, Women and Mixed teams (Sprint and Olympic distance)

All official results will be posted on the website a day after the event. The marshals and volunteers will have a hard time running this event so respect their duties and responsibilities trying to deliver you with a safe and fun race course. Obey all rules and directions by them and have a great race.

The Organizing Committee


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