The following rules will be strictly enforced, to protect the event from loss and future success:

  • Your registration is yours and yours alone. You may not transfer or defer it to another person or another year. Anyone starting/racing under someone else’s event number will be disqualified and banned from the event indefinitely.

  • There are no refunds, transfers, or deferrals of any kind, for any reason through the event itself. We do offer third party event registration insurance during time of signup. Those that purchase this add-on and wish to claim it should do so through Allianz. Click Here to review every reason covered under Allianz’s insurance policy.

Packet Pickup Rules

  • All athletes will be required to show a government issued photo ID to pickup your packet (driver’s license or Passport preferred). Onsite proof of an annual or 1-day USA Triathlon license is not necessary as our registration system auto verifies at time of registration.

  • All athletes will be asked to sign a physical copy of the USA Triathlon Release Waiver.

  • You must pick up your own packet in person during packet pickup hours. There is no event day packet pickup. No exceptions.

  • Your age is determined by how old you are at the end of that event year (12/31/XX).

  • All athletes and support team captains (at least) are required checkin to packet pickup and to be at the pre-event briefing the day before the event, no exceptions. If your crew consists of more than one the others can sign the list and waiver in the back of the guide but the captain (at least) must be in Seward in person for packet pickup and the briefing.

  • Your support crew should be present with you when you pickup your packet is possible. If they cannot be present to hand in their signed USA Triathlon Volunteer waiver and show their government issued ID (driver’s license or Passport preferred), then the athlete must make absolutely sure that he/she has the completed and signed USA Volunteer Waivers (one per crew member) as well as the completed and signed support team roster sheet (both attached to the end of the guide) and a photocopy of each of his/her support team members IDs. If the support team members are not present we must have the copy(s) of their IDs to keep on file, not a photo on your phone. If they come along to packet pickup they simply need to show us their ID along with the signed waiver(s) and roster sheet. This is all per USA Triathlon’s new event specific rules that were just handed down to us.

USA Triathlon Rules (most violated)

The event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. We abide strictly by their rules with the exceptions only being bullet pointed out at the end of this list. Below are their most violated rules. For an entire listing of all of the USAT rules click here.

These rules were taken from the USAT website and pertain in general to all triathlons. For Alaskaman specifically, there are no age groups in the results and wetsuits are mandatory at all times during the swim portion of the event.

  1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.  
    Penalty: Disqualification

  2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.  
    Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in the TriTats Transition Area(s) only.

  3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by event and medical officials may be used (pacing, clothing, hydration, food, etc). Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.  
    Penalty: Variable time penalty

  4. TriTats Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the TriTats Transition Areas.  Penalty: Variable time penalty

  5. Drafting: Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.  
    Penalty: Variable time penalty

  6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow centerline for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.  
    Penalty: Official's discretion

  7. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at event officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.  Penalty: Disqualification

  8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the event.  Penalty: Disqualification

  9. Event numbers: All athletes are required to wear event numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.  
    Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without event director permission.

  10. WETSUITS ARE MANDATORY: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited. The Alaskaman Swim Course will likely average 55 degrees. Neoprene caps and booties are permitted. If it’s 54 degrees or lower non webbed gloves will be permitted as well.

  11. Abandonment/Littering: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.  Penalty: Disqualification.

USA Triathlon has made special exceptions to their rules and policies to accommodate this being an “extreme” USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

These exceptions include but are not limited to:

  • allowing a mass start of 150-250 athletes

  • allowing athletes to wear non webbed swim gloves if the water is 54 degrees or under

  • allowing the event to require athletes to have their own support instead of the event providing it

  • acknowledgement that there will be less medical available than normal due to remote circumstances and the extreme nature of the environment

Additional Event Specific Rules

  • Obey Traffic/Bike Laws: The bike course is completely open to all vehicular traffic. All athletes are expected to obey all cycling and traffic laws at all times. This means stopping at stop signs and stoplights and yielding to those with the right-of-way whenever necessary. It’s how events work in Alaska. Penalty: Disqualification.

  • Event Numbers: The event number (bib) should be worn on the bike (back facing) and the run (front facing). Penalty: Variable time penalty.

  • Bike Lights: Each bike must have working lights mounted on the front (solid white) and back (blinking red) at all times. Both lights must be turned on at all times during the bike course. Battery lights (although not as bright) do tend to work better than lithium as they last longer and the batteries can be replaced on the fly. Both lights need to be on while you are on the bike course, at all times.
    Penalty: Disqualification.

  • Cell Phones & Communication: Athletes must have a cell phone on them during the bike and run at all times to communicate with their support crew or the event crew if needed in an emergency situation. We recommend a small external battery and USB cable to charge it on the fly. This can be carried by your support crew until needed and weighs very little and is hardly noticeable if you carry one of the small cheap ones. Penalty: Disqualification.

  • Mandatory Gear/Equipment: Athletes and support are required to carry certain items throughout the event. Please see our Mandatory and Suggested Equipment list. Penalty: Disqualification.

  • Pacing: No outside pacing on the swim, bike, or first 14.5-miles of the run.
    Penalty: Disqualification.

  • Bike Support: Receiving bike support before mile 28.2 and/or after mile 80.2 on the Seward Highway is not allowed. No support is to be given during the out and back section on Portage Glacier as well . Penalty: Disqualification.

  • Bike/Wheel Changing: No athlete is allowed to change their bike or wheels unless they are badly damaged and unusable. Penalty: Disqualification.

  • All athletes are responsible for their own support on the bike and run, however, the event will provide the following hydration/nutrition stations:

    • Swim Start (unmanned, hydration only)

    • T1 (unmanned, hydration/nutrition)

    • T2 (manned, hydration/nutrition)

    • Miles 12, 20, 23.5, 27.5/Finish (manned, hydration/nutrition)

If you withdraw from the event at any point before or during the event, you are required to inform the event crew immediately by calling +1 (832) 334-6362. During the event, your support crew is responsible for calling in your withdrawal. The event crew phone is manned from the pre-event meeting onwards. If there is no answer leave a message and also text the athlete’s name and event number along with event withdrawal notification.

Medical / Anti-Doping

Medical crew and event marshals appointed by the organizers may at any time during the event remove an athlete from the event, in case of health issues or risk of injury to the athlete.

The use of prohibited methods and substances included in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is forbidden. Athletes may be subject to random testing by AntI-Doping USA.


We must institute cutoffs and various checkpoints throughout the courses.

Swim - 2hrs 30min - 7:15am - 3:29/100m

  • @ Waterfall Area - 1,500M - Coming Soon.

Bike - 7hrs 30min - 2:45pm - 15mph

  • @ 30-Miles (48K) - 9:15am - 15mph
  • @ 60-Miles (96K) - 11:15am - 15mph
  • @ 90-Miles (144K) - 1:15pm - 15mph

Run - 7hrs 45min - 10:30pm - 17:13/mile

  • @ Mountain Entry
    20-Miles (32K) - 5hrs - 7:45pm - 15:00/mile average
  • @ Tram Area Decent
    23-Miles (37K) - 1hrs 15min - 9:00pm - 25:00/mile average
  • @ North Face Trail Entry
    25-Miles (40K) - 5hrs - 9:30pm - 15:00/mile average
  • @ Finish Line
    27-Miles (43.5K) - 1hrs - 10:30pm - 30:00/mile average