The following are policies that apply to the conducting of the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon:
- Wave Starts
The parent/guardian is responsible for getting the athlete to the event with sufficient time to be ready for his/her swim wave. Waves are started and timed by pre-assigned numbers. Missing the start time will mean missing the event. The organizers will try to accommodate any unusual circumstances but there is no guarantee that such can be done.
- Swim Aids
Swim aids such as kickboards or approved flotation devices will be allowed. Water wings, "noodles" or other unapproved devices are not allowed. However, athletes using swim aids will not be eligible for podium awards (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age group). All athletes will get a participation medal. Athletes must provide their own swim aids. No performance enhancing devices such as fins will be allowed.
- Adult Swim Assistance
Adult swim assistance (i.e., swimming with the athlete) will be permitted for 6 & Under and Challenged athletes only. Assisted athletes (other than physically challenged) will not be eligible for podium awards (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age group). Only one swimming adult will be permitted on the pool deck. No accompanying (i.e., non-swimming) adults will be permitted on the pool deck.
- Training Wheels
Training wheels will be allowed.
Athletes not finishing the event will receive a participant's medal. Non-finishers will have no posted times.
Athletes that finish the race but do not complete the total distance of the course (e.g., less than the required laps, short-cutting the course) will be disqualified. Unsportsman-like conduct is also grounds for disqualification. Volunteers will be monitoring the course and Transition Area for infractions. Disqualified athletes will receive a participation medal but will be ineligible for podium awards (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age group) and will not have their times posted.
The upper age limit is 15 years old at the time of the event. There is no set lower age limit but parents/guardians should assess the child's abilities to complete the prescribed course. The Kids Triathlon is conducted to be a positive experience and no child should be entered that is not going to benefit from the experience. Being asked to perform beyond one's abilities may not be a positive experience.
- Physically Challenged Athletes
The parent/guardian of a physically challenged athlete should contact the event organizers to make arrangement for any special needs.
There are no relay teams. Only one athlete is permitted per race number.
There are no refunds or transfers of registration for the event after April 15th.
- Transition and Finish Corral Areas
No parents or guardians are permitted in the Transition Area and Finish Corral during the race except for special circumstances with younger children (wrist band required). Volunteers will be present to assist the athletes and to restrict access. Permission to enter to assist an athlete must be granted by the entrance monitor. This restriction is to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of the athletes.
- Conducted Rain or Shine
- Earphones/Earbuds or any Music Device are not allowed to be worn during the race.