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.





Cassandra Burke is a Forensic Scientist by day, and a Group Fitness Instructor, Swim Team Coordinator and Travel Agent by night. A Breast Cancer Survivor since 2010, she writes about her journey as well as her struggles – training for triathlons and races, struggling to get back her health, and balancing family life all while building her brand and finding her purpose after cancer. Subscribe to Cassandra’s newsletter for updates and follow @poweredbybling on social media! For endurance sport race travel and custom family vacation travel, visit her at


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