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To The Bridge and Back

October 3, 2015

Upper James River
American Legion Post 354
4800 Welby Turn
Midlothian, VA 23113

Wetsuit / Swimsuit Rules

Non-Wetsuit Category

Swimwear shall include only a swimsuit, cap or caps (which may include those made of neoprene) and goggles. Swim caps shall be defined as head gear conforming to a traditional swim cap design and shall not extend to protect the neck and shoulders. Nose clips, ear-plugs, wristwatches and grease are also allowed.

The competitor shall wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials. For men, the swimsuit shall not extend above the navel nor below the knees, and for women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder nor extend below the knees.

The Race Director or designee may grant exemptions to these restrictions to a swimmer, on a case-by-case basis. Exemptions will be granted only for conflicts due to the swimmer’s verified religious beliefs or verified medical conditions. The decision of the Race Director or designee is final.

(1) No exemptions to these restrictions will be granted for swimwear that would give a swimmer a competitive advantage.

(2) Swimmers are not permitted to wear or use any device or substance to help their speed, buoyancy or endurance during a swim (such as wetsuits, webbed gloves, fins, snorkels, buoyant armbands, etc.). Any kind of tape on the body or flat armband is not permitted unless approved the Race Director. Any devices used to maintain body heat are not permitted.


Wetsuit Category

Swimwear that does not meet the requirements of the “Non-Wetsuit Category” swimwear shall be considered “Wetsuit Category” swimwear.

“Wetsuit Category” swimwear may include a swimsuit or wetsuit, cap or caps, goggles, arm bands and rash guards. Nose clips, ear plugs, wristwatches and grease are also allowed. Wetsuits or any other heat-retaining swimwear may be allowed at the discretion of the event director when the water temperature does not exceed 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Any published results or records will clearly indicate which swimmers wore wetsuits.

Swimmers are not permitted to wear or use any additional device or substance to help their speed, buoyancy or endurance during a swim (such as webbed gloves, fins, snorkels, etc.). Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by the Race Director.