The Race Directors of the Orange County Triathlon have many years experience dealing with inclement weather and making the correct decisions when it comes to athlete, spectator and volunteer safety.
We will host the race under most weather conditions: rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather (severe winds, lightning, heavy rain, etc), Acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances the Race Director reserves the right to delay, adjust or cancel the race for the safety of all participants, volunteers, and spectators. This protocol is in place according to USAT recommendations. The Race Director shall consult with local safety officials and USAT officials regarding this decision.
Every effort will be made to conduct the race; if the race is cancelled there will be no refunds. This position is consistent with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of triathlon. Each athlete must accept any such risk for their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as t-shirts, insurance and online administrative fees. All fees collected are used to develop and produce the event and a significant portion is donated to the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.
In the event severe weather conditions or other circumstances alter the race start, the decision will be posted at the event, on the event website and communicated at the race venue via the PA announcing system.
In the event of unsafe swim conditions, the event will be changed to a duathlon. All racers will start according to their wave. If the water is unsafe, the race will become a duathlon, with the 1500 meter swim being replaced by a one-mile run. The rest of the race will run as usual with a 14 mile bike and a 5K run. If we feel the water conditions are not in favor of the event swim, we will cancel the swim without question!
A duathlon would start at Transition and follow the planned 5K course running up Restaurant Row to the turnaround point past Torches on Hudson and heading back to transition.
Duathlon is an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons. The International Triathlon Union governs the sport internationally.