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A triathlon is a athletic competition involving three continuous races of different disciplines with each leg of the race being a different sport. Triathlons can be competed in individually or as part of a relay team where each member competes in a different leg. The most common athletic disciplines in a triathlon are swimming, cycling and running.

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yellow card

Sports; Triathlon

This is a warning card given out by a race official for a violation, which occurs during the running or cycling leg of the triathlon.

red card

Sports; Triathlon

If a competitor receives a Red Card he /she is disqualified from the race. A Red Card would be issued in the running or cycling portions of the race for dangerous or repeat violation of the rules.


Sports; Triathlon

Buoys are markers that float in the water and mark the course every 55 yards (50 meters).


Sports; Triathlon

See Swimming Cap.


Sports; Triathlon

There are usually eight timekeepers in a triathlon and their main duty is to time all of the competitors and record the time they finish the race in.


Sports; Triathlon

A sudden burst of speed to get ahead of a pack or group of riders.

bike rack

Sports; Triathlon

The stand that holds bicycles in place in the transition area so a competitor can quickly get on his / her bike.

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