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Swimskins/SCS Coated Suits Legality as of 9/1/2010
following rule changes apply only to WTC races (Ironman or Ironman 70.3 races)
beginning September 1, 2010. All other USAT sanctioned races are not affected:
swim apparel must be comprised of 100 percent textile material, such as nylon or
lycra, and may not include rubberized material such as polyurethane or neoprene.
Swimwear may not cover the neck or extend past the shoulders or knees. Swimwear
may contain a zipper. A race kit or trisuit may be worn underneath swimwear.
measure more than 5 millimeters thick.
·Wetsuits may be
worn in water temperatures up to and including 24.5 degrees Celsius/76.1 degrees
Fahrenheit. Athletes who choose to wear a wetsuit in water temperatures
exceeding 24.5 degrees C /76.1 degrees F will not be eligible for awards,
including World Championship slots. Wetsuits will be prohibited in water
temperatures greater than 28.8 degrees C/84 degrees.
no Speedskin with SCS (or any rubberized material rubberized such as
polyurethane or neoprene) will be legal at WTC races (Ironman and Ironman 70.3
races only) beginning September 1, 2010, when races have been deemed not wetsuit
legal. If any race is deemed wetsuit legal, speedskins and wetsuits that measure
5mm or less in thickness will be allowed.
In response to the beginner triathlete's broad question (we do get some variation of this question almost daily), "What will I need to compete in my first triathlon?", we recommend taking the simplistic view and breaking down the triathlon into the 3 disciplines of swim, bike and run. Under each discipline, the beginner triathlete will require items to compete, and some items may be optional. Below, we have broken down the race into the disciplines of swim, bike and run as well as a separate section for transition.Read Full Article