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 for a period of at least 5-years.

  • REFUND, TRANSFER, DEFERRAL POLICY - 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 (not available to non US residents). 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


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. THIS MEANS THAT IF YOUR HELMET IS NOT US BUT IS CPSC IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. IT MUST BE A USA INSPECTED HELMET. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event. THIS RULE IS ABSOLUTE. THIS IS A US RACE ON USA SOIL AND THE RULE MUST BE FOLLOWED, NO EXCEPTIONS.
    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 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. REGISTERED SUPPORT TEAM MEMBERS MAY ALSO ASSIST THE ATHLETE AT ANY TIME IT IS SAFE AND PERMITTED TO DO SO DURING THE RACE.
    Penalty: Variable time penalty

  4. 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 Transition Areas.  Penalty: Variable time penalty

  5. Drafting: All riders must 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 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 and should ALWAYS ride on the shoulder when possible staying as far away from the open vehicle lane(s) as possible. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times, this means stopping at stop signs and at signalized intersections. This race has no police presence. We do not close roads. Cyclists should be on available shoulders and runners should be on sidewalks, shoulders, trails and out of the way of vehicles to the best of their ability. 
    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 bib numbers: All athletes are required to wear event bib numbers at all times during the bike and run. On the bike the numbers should be facing to the back and on the run the numbers should be facing towards the front. 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.  Penalty: Disqualification.

  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 up to 320 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

  • There is no swimming allowed In Resurrection Bay before the scheduled and permitted Alaskaman events: Resurrection Bay is a wild and dangerous place. We work for nearly a year securing US Coast Guard, DNR and City of Seward permits to have the Friday Social Swim and Saturday Alaskaman Swim. Additionally we plan the event day(s) around tidal patterns and sunrise to be sure our athletes are as safe as we can make them during the swim. We also monitor currents, wildlife, and weather to the best of our ability to further add to that safety. Swimming in Resurrection Bay without approvals from the parties mentioned above and without consideration and monitoring of the other factors is hazardous to the swimmer and boaters in the area. It may also effect local businesses and ultimately whether or not the event will be allowed to continue. This is why no swimming of the course is allowed outside our Friday Social Swim and Saturday event swim. Please respect this, it's for your safety and for our event.

  • 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 as dictated by the State of Alaska's Department of Transportation. This also means that support vehicles are NOT ALLOWED to follow or lead their athlete on the bike at any time. Highway speed limits MUST be upheld by all vehicles (when safe to do so). Penalty: Disqualification.

  • Event Numbers: The event number (bib) should be worn on the bike (back facing) and the run (front facing). Athletes are given 2 bibs. Wear the same one the entire time OR if you need a fresh bib when going onto the run, use the extra we provide. 
    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. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THE CHEAPEST LIGHT YOU CAN TO GET BY. This is a safety issue. We recommend the brightest lights possible on the front and back of your bike!
    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 or bike. On the run a support runner is required for mountain miles 17.5-27.5. A support runner is allowed but optional for miles 0-17.5.
    Penalty: Disqualification if a non registered support team member is pacing/supporting.

  • Bike Support: Receiving bike support before mile 30 and/or after mile 85 on the Seward Highway is not allowed. 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 Station w/Powerade & water
    • Transition - Swim-to-Bike (T1) - Unmanned Station w/Powerade & water
    • Bike Course - NONE - Up to your support team to support you.
    • Transition - Bike-to-Run (T2) - Manned Station w/Powerade, water, Coke, ice, energy gels, energy bars, and other packaged consumable items.
    • Run Course - Miles 7, 17.5, 20.5, and the Finish Line - Manned Station w/Powerade, water, Coke, ice, energy gels, energy bars, and other packaged consumable items.

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 (248) 466-4907. 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.


For all cutoffs please refer to the course maps page.