Rules Applying to all Segments of the Race

  1. Athletes are required to heed directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.
  2. Course marshals shall have authority to disqualify athletes.
  3. Medical personnel shall have ultimate and final authority to remove an athlete from the race if the athlete is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury or death. Medical transport of any athlete will result in a DNF (Did Not Finish).
  4. No athlete may use any drug or substance as prescribed by IOC Doping Control rules.
  5. Fraud, theft, abusive treatment of volunteers and other acts of poor sportsmanship are grounds for immediate disqualification and potential exclusion from future Challenge Philippines Events.
  6. If an athlete decides to withdraw from the race at any time, it is the responsibility of the athlete to notify race officials at the information tent near the finish line.
  7. i-pods or other music players are only permitted on the run segment.
  8. Athlete’s torso must be covered during the bike and run sections of the race. Failure to do so may result in a 1 minute penalty.
  9. Challenge Philippines reserve the right to make rule changes at any time provided all athletes are notified in writing or at the pre-race mandatory briefing.
  10. All athletes who reach the cut-off points after the cut-off times are required to take a shortened course. Athletes will be allowed to complete the race but will not be entitled to win age-group awards and will be declassified in the result lists.

Protest Procedure

Any participant who wishes to lodge a protest regarding any decision of the race administration or the conduct of any other participant(s), must file a written protest with the Race Director within 30 minutes of completing or withdrawing from the race and pay a protest fee of 4500 PESOS or 100 USD . The protest fee will only be refunded if the participant’s protest has been successful.

The race director’s decision is final and once made cannot be appealed. Any participant’s misconduct during the protest procedure may lead to expulsion from any future Challenge Philippines Events.


  1. Athletes not checking in for their wave start will be penalized by automatically being given the start time of the first wave plus a 5 minute time penalty on their end time.
  2. Each athlete must wear the official race swim cap. In the event that more than one swim cap is worn, the official race cap must be worn as the outer layer.
  3. All athletes must have their race number tattoo before going to Lago Del Rey Pequeno, on the event that an athlete has damaged or broken tattoo athletes will be numbered at the Transition Area and at the Lago Del Rey Pequeno between 4:00am to 5:40am.
  4. No wetsuits, speed suits, fins, aqua socks, gloves, paddles or floatation devices of any kind allowed.
  5. Swim goggles or face masks may be worn.
  6. No individual paddlers or escorts are allowed.
  7. Athletes may accept assistance from any source provided they do not improve their competitive position without penalty or disqualification.
  8. In the event that an athlete or group of athletes fall behind the main body of swimmers, race officials / lifesavers may move that swimmer or group of swimmers forward on the swim course by boat or paddle board in order to maintain contact with the main body of swimmers. Swimmers who fail to reach the swim exit at the end of the 90 minutes will be automatically moved to the end of the swim by boat. Swimmers moved forward on the swim course may complete the race but will not be eligible to win age group or other awards and will be declassified in the result list.
  9. It is legal for athletes to arrange for family, friends or coaches to hand-off eyeglasses and other special items after the swim, all such hand-offs must be made along the chute between the swim finish and the Transition Area.
  10. Swim Cut-off Time is 90 minutes or 1:30h after start of athlete’s wave. In addition, athletes must have left transition 100 minutes or 1:40h after the start.


  1. A mandatory bike check in takes place a day before the race between 1:00 pm and 6:00pm. Athletes failing to check in their bike during the mandatory bike check-in will be given a time penalty of 10 minutes unless the athlete made arrangements for his/her bike to be checked in late or on race morning. Any athlete checking in his/her bike late without prior arrangement has the obligation to prove that his/her late check in was out of their control (a delayed flight for example). Waiving the penalty for a late bike check-in will be at the discretion of the race director.
  2. No tandem, recumbent, fairing or any devices designed exclusively to reduce air resistance are allowed.
  3. Mountain Bikes, Hybrid Bikes and Road/Time Trial Bikes on Disc Brakes are NOT allowed.
  4. Athletes must keep 7 meters (~4 bike lengths) distance between bikes except when passing. Failure to do so will result in a drafting violation.
  5. A pass occurs when the overtaking athlete’s front wheel passes the leading edge of the athlete being overtaken.
  6. Overtaking athletes may pass on the left for up to 20 seconds, but must move back to the right side of the road, after passing. Failure to complete a pass within 20 seconds will result in a drafting violation. Athletes may not back out of the 7-meter draft zone once it is entered(drafting violation).
  7. An overtaken athlete must immediately fall back 7 meters (~4 bike lengths) before attempting to regain the lead from a front running bike. Immediately re-passing prior to falling back 7 meters will result in an overtaken violation.
  8. An overtaken athlete who remains within 7 meters (~4 bike lengths) for more than 20 seconds will be given a drafting violation.
  9. Athletes must ride single file on the far right side of the road except when passing another rider, or for reasons of safety. Side-by-side riding is not allowed and will result in a position violation.
  10. Athletes who impede the forward progress of other athletes will be given a blocking violation.
  11. Athletes committing rule violations will be notified “on the spot” by an official.
  12. Do not attempt to discuss the penalty with the official.
  13. In cases of violations, the official will;
    1. Call out your bib number, notify you that you have received either a RED CARD for drafting, or a YELLOW CARD for any other penalty. The official will show you the corresponding colored card.
    2. Instruct you to report to the penalty tent (PT) at the Transition Area.  THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE PT WILL BE STATED AT THE RACE BRIEFING.
  14. In cases of violations, the athlete will:
    1. Report to the PT and tell the PT Official whether athlete was shown a RED CARD or a YELLOW CARD. If athlete fails to report to the next PT, athlete may be disqualified.
    2. Have race numbers marked by the PT Official with a “/” for drafting or a “P” for all other penalties.
    3. Register via the sign-in sheet.
    4. Resume the race immediately after having your numbers marked with a “P” or a “/” and completion of the sign-in sheet.
    5. Remain in the PT for four minutes for each drafting violation (RED CARD).
    6. Be disqualified if athlete receives any combination of three penalties. Each athlete must wear a race number at all times while on course.
  15. Race numbers issued by the Challenge Philippines Triathlon identify the official athletes in the race. Folding, cutting race numbers, intentional alteration of any kind, or failure to wear race numbers so that it is plainly visible is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification.
  16. ANSI or SNELL approved helmets are required during the entire bike race. Any athlete seen riding without an approved helmet will be immediately disqualified. Leather or vinyl hairnet helmets are not allowed. Helmets must be securely buckled at all times while competitors are on the bike.
  17. No individual support is allowed except as permitted by these rules. Friends, family members, coaches or supporters of any type may not bike or drive alongside contestants, may not pass food or other items to contestants and should be warned to stay completely clear of all participants to avoid the disqualification of a participant. It is incumbent upon each contestant to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow or escort.
  18. Each athlete will be individually responsible for repair and maintenance of his/her own bike. Assistance by anyone other than race personnel will be grounds for immediate disqualification. Each cyclist should be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction.
  19. Athletes are required to heed directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.
  20. Athletes may walk their bike if necessary.
  21. Athletes are individually responsible for following traffic laws and are solely responsible for the consequences of any infractions. Cyclists riding in violation of traffic laws may be disqualified. At all times, contestants should remain on the right side of the road.
  22. While there will be traffic control on the bike course, it may be impossible to close the roads. Therefore, at all times during the race, contestants should assume that cars may be on the road and take all necessary safety precautions.
  23. Yellow Line Rule: On out and back sections (two way bike traffic) on the course, athletes must stay on the right side of the road at all times, except when an athlete is directed to cross the yellow line by a race official. Any athlete crossing the mid-point of the road will be disqualified or time-penalized.
  24. The bike course has both flat and some steep hilly sections. We recommend 24-28 tooth rear sprockets. Athletes are advised to take extreme care on all turns and in areas where there are driveways.
  25. Because of the heat, it is highly recommended that all competitor bikes have a minimum of two water bottle cages.
  26. Bike cut-off time is 12:00noon.  Challenge Philippines may implement 1 or more cut-off times on the bike course in later stages in compliance with the local traffic arrangements on race day.


  1. No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling is allowed.
  2. Athletes must wear race numbers/bib at all times while on course. Race number must be placed on the front where it is clearly visible. Folding, cutting race numbers, intentional alteration of any kind, or failure to wear race number is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification.
  3. Individual support vehicles or non-participant escort runners are NOT allowed and may result in disqualification. A non-participant escort runner includes athletes who have withdrawn from the race, have been disqualified or have finished the race are NOT allowed as well. Friends, family members, coaches or supporters of any type may not bike, drive or run alongside athletes, may not pass food or other items to athletes and should be warned to stay completely clear of all athletes to avoid the disqualification of an athlete. It is incumbent upon each athlete to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow or escort. It is permissible for an athlete who is still competing to run with other athletes who are still competing.
  4. Athletes are expected to follow the directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.
  5. The race course will be a 21K out and back course of which athletes must complete.
  6. Run Cut-off Time: 3:10pm, 9 hours after the Race Start.