One of the most serious violations a participant can commit is competing in a santioned event without properly registering and paying for entry. Anyone who assists someone who participates in an event without registering is equally guilty.
"Race bandits," as those who participate without registering and paying are known, are a threat to the existence of the sport. Bandits are uninsured, they have not signed a waiver, we cannot identify them if they are hurt or receive medical transport, and they steal income from event organizers. USA Triathlon will rigorously pursue those who violate the rule, either from direct participation or by providing an entry to someone who has not registered.
The penalty is one year suspension of membership and a ban from participation in any sanctioned event. A second violation will result in a lifetime ban from triathlon.
Here's the rule:
3.5. Unregistered Participants.
a. Any person who participates in any portion of a sanctioned event without first properly registering and paying any required registration fee shall be suspended or barred from membership in USA Triathlon and barred from participation in any sanctioned event for a period of up to one year.
b. Any person who in any way assists another athlete to violate section 3.5a by providing or selling a race number to that athlete shall be suspended or barred from membership in USA Triathlon and barred from participation in any sanctioned event for a period of up to one year.
Any second violation of this section shall result in a lifetime suspension or ban from membership in USA Triathlon.
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