The sport of aquathlon consists of a continuous, two-stage race involving swimming followed by running. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and its member federation organizations sanction competitions and govern the sport. An aquathlon is also called an "aquathon." The ITU and USA Triathlon sanctioning organizations generally use the term aquathlon. Aquathlons have been around in various forms since the early 20th century in ocean lifeguard competitions. The National Surf Lifesaving Association of America, formed in 1965, held its first national competition that year and the events included a run-swim-run. The modern international standard lifeguard distance is 400 meter run - 400 meter swim - 200 meter run.
The rules governing the Aqualthlon event will organized according to the guidelines of the ITU (International Aqualthlon Federation) and the ETU (European Aquathlon Federation).
In accordance with the rules laid out in the Eurosport Handbook, the event will take place over the following distances:
800 metre run
50 metre swim
The run shall be divided in two:
The first 600 metres before the swim
The second 200 metres after the swim
Every competitor will therefore complete the event in the following order
600 metre run + 50 metre swim + 200 metre run
passing through two changing areas
Between the first run and the swim
Between the swim and the second run
The event will be conducted in relays with teams of 20 participants (10 males + 10 females) who will depart alternating: one female, one male etc.
The first competitor to set off will be a female and the last competitor to arrive will be a male.
The two run stages will be run through a cosscountry route inside the Park "Le Bettole", between the Tennis Club and the Swimmingpool. The start will be given with the 21 teams deployed at the same time to the starting line. The arrival will occur crossing the same line at the end of the 20 planned fractions.
During the run race it is mandatory:
wear the shoes
wear the following running clothes as desired:
T-shirt and shorts (long or short)
whole body (long or short)
wear the recognition number (provided by the organization)
The swimming stage will take place in a 25 mt long swimming pool divided into 5 lanes 1.80 mt wide each, to be covered in return. At the end of the first part of the race, after passing through the clothes chancing area, each athlete will choose which lane to swim, diving into the freest one, and the compensation will oblige every swimmer to run the same distance inside the pool.
Within the pool, each team will be paired with a "counter", responsible for the correct number of pools swam by each of the 20 athletes.
it is required:
to wear the headset (the goggles are optional)
it is allowed:
to swim with running clothing, or part of it
it is forbidden:
to wear shoes
to wear the recognition number (provided by the organization)
CLOTHES CHANGING AREA (=transition from running to swimming and swimming to running):
The clothes changing area is divided into 21 boxes that will be assigned to the teams by drawing lots.
The access to the boxes from the entrance in the changing area after the first running stage, and after the pool before leaving the area for the last running stage, are regulated by compensation, which forces the athletes to run exactly the same distance inside the changing area.
Inside the exchange area each athlete will use the box assigned to his team to deposit the equipment that will undress, and to take the accessories he will need for the fraction (swimming or running) that he is about to travel.
It is possible:
to dress/undress running (outside of your own box),
but it is mandatory to do so within the exchange zone.
It is not possible:
to leave equipment or clothes outside your own box.
Federal referees will check the correct operations inside the exchange area and the correct use of the box. Any infraction will imply the correction of your behavior with consequent loss of time.
BATON CHANGE ZONE (= hand off of the baton from one runner to the next one):
The hand off of the baton from a runner and the next one must take place in the baton change zone, which is 20 mt. long, 10 mt before and 10 mt. after the starting/finish line.
If this pass will take place out of the proper area, the penalties foreseen in the Aquathlon regulations in the "Eurosport Handbook" will be applied. (Ref .: 2014-09-D-49-en-3, cpt 220.127.116.11 page 18/26).
Penalties will not be applied if the baton falls down during the passage between an athlete and the next, provided that this happens by keeping both the contact with it (throwing the baton is not allowed).
Number of each Teams Box in the changing zone and of the Lanes in the starting zone
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