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Race Conduct: Unfair Advantage

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 15, 2014, 4:58 p.m. (ET)

This week's rule is called "Unfair Advantage."

This is a rule that only rarely gets violated, despite what its name may indicate. "Unfair advantage" specifically addresses conduct such a physically grabbing someone and pulling them backwards, using elbows or arms to push through a group of runners, or to hold someone from making forward progress.  That kind of behavior is pretty rare, but still illegal.  Here's the rule:

3.4g. Unfair Advantage. No participant shall use his body, head, arms, or legs to gain an unfair advantage, or to push, pull, hold, strike, or force through one or more participants. Any violation of this Section shall result in a variable time penalty.

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