These are the wetsuit guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. Those guidelines state:
- USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
- USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
- If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
For Midwest Event Services awards purposes:
- If the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower everyone will be in contention for awards.
- If the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees and you elect to wear a wetsuit, you will not be eligible for awards for that event.
- If the water temperature is 84 degrees or higher, no one may wear wetsuits.
In addition to the USAT rules, Midwest Event Services have wetsuit requirements and recommendations for temperatures below a certain number for safety reasons.
- If the water temperature is below 65 degree a wetsuit is recommended for any competitor. Any type of wetsuit may be worn, (John or Full).
- If the water temperature is below 60 degree a FULL wetsuit will be mandatory for any competitor. Any person who is not wearing a FULL wetsuit will not be allowed to compete.
- If the water temperature is below 58°, the swim may be shortened or canceled, pending race director and event swim safety coordinator decision. Any decision to modify or cancel the swim is final, and is not up to athlete discussion or comment.
Expected water temperatures will be posted leading up to the event.