This will be my third year as an official for the pro race in Kona. This year I was the head official at the Ironman 70.3 Racine. I’ve been an official or head official at a lot of races now, and anticipate being elevated to USAT CAT 2 for 2011. I’ve seen some very interesting (and quizical) things from athletes (pro and amateur), spectators and media at just about every event. I’ve had to DQ top pros in Kona (twice) as well as age groupers just trying to finish. I hope this information helps you become more prepared mentally for the new rules moving forward in WTC races. I think you’ll have a better experience and like what the rules committee has decided.
World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owners of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Series, announces modifications to several rules and regulations relating to the swim at U.S. races. The first races and athletes to experience the changes will be: Ironman Wisconsin as well as 70.3 races in Muskoka, Syracuse, Cancun, Branson and Augusta.
Effective September 1, 2010, which is the start of Ironman's 2011 competition season, new rules for apparel and wetsuits will apply at all Ironman and 70.3 events in the U.S., including both World Championships. The amendments were made to further standardize rules in the Ironman/70.3 Series and ensure a fair playing field at events around the globe.
The changes will include the following:
• Swimwear and 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. **Speedsuits are most notably effected.
• Wetsuits cannot 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 F. USAT races are still 78.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Ironman recognizes the importance of showcasing the competitive element at all events. We believe these amendments place more emphasis on performance and function and less on technology, therefore staying true with the Ironman spirit,” says Ironman’s Head of Officials, Jimmy Riccitello.
Ironman's rule changes are consistent with rule changes adopted by swimming and triathlon’s international governing bodies, FINA and ITU, respectively.
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Originally from: http://ironman.com/mediacenter/pressreleases/new-rules-to-take-effect-on-september-1-2010#ixzz0vfXD7x7n