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Acts of Agents

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 06, 2014, 5:09 p.m. (ET)

This week's rule is Article 3.12 — Acts of Agents. 

This rule covers the conduct of anyone who appears to be associated with, or acting on behalf of a registered athlete. The behavior of the "agent," if inappropriate, could cause the athlete to be penalized.

Some examples: A spouse or significant other who uses abusive language towards an official or a volunteer might earn the athlete a disqualification for unsportsmanlike conduct. A coach who goes out on the bike course in a vehicle and in any way affects traffic or the safety of other cyclists might subject the participant to a disqualification for endangerment. 

So, keep friends and family as spectators, but remember that if they misbehave, you could be penalized.

Here's the rule:

3.12. Acts of Agents.
The conduct of any agent acting with apparent authority on behalf of a participant shall constitute grounds for penalizing such participant if such agent's conduct violates any of these rules.

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