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Race Conduct: Indecent Exposure

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 08, 2014, 5:07 p.m. (ET)

This week's rule is 3.4n — Indecent Exposure. 

The rule is enforced throughout the course, but most commonly in transition area, where an athlete may decide to remove his swimsuit to change into bike shorts, and on the bike or run course, where a participant might relieve himself a little bit to close to the road where it may be obviously offensive. Participants need to respect and be sensitive to the standards of the community where the event takes place and make sure their behavior is consistent with the expectations of the other participants, race officials and the community. 

If one wishes to change clothes and there is no changing tent, then one may be wrapped in a large towel where the change can be made modestly. If no portable restrooms are available on the course, then the participant needs to move well off the course, preferably in the cover of trees or shrubs, to relieve himself. Additionally, the participant needs to be cognizant of local laws that may prevent such behavior. 

Here's the rule:  

3.4n. Indecent Exposure.
Public nudity at any time during the event is prohibited. Any violation of this Section shall result in a variable time penalty.

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