The DC Triathlon Club (hereafter “the Club”) strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for all who are interested in participating in multi-sport events. This Code of Ethics and Conduct is intended to outline the standards that members of the Club are expected to uphold in order to retain the privileges of membership. Certain behaviors are unacceptable for Club members, regardless of when or where they occur, if they affect other Club members, the reputation and well-being of the Club, or other participants in sporting events. Failure to abide by the guidelines may result in suspension or revocation of membership in the Club. Expectations for Club members include, but are not limited to, the following:

Exercise Honesty: Members shall be honest in their dealings with the Club and sporting officials. Members shall not knowingly submit false information to the Club or to organizers of sporting events. Members shall not knowingly violate race rules to gain competitive advantage.

No Harassment: The Club works to create an environment where all can be comfortable and welcome.  Members shall not harass other members. 

Train and Race Safely: When participating in Club events, Members will conduct themselves in a way that ensures their personal safety and the safety of others. This includes wearing appropriate safety gear, such as bike helmets, and riding safely and respectfully on a bike. Members shall be personally responsible for familiarizing themselves with the rules of the sport, and the necessary safety precautions and handling skills.

Avoid Abuse: Members shall not engage in behavior that may threaten or appear to threaten other individuals, nor shall members create a hostile environment at Club events. Members shall refrain from inappropriate language or unsportsmanlike conduct toward Club members or other participants at sporting events.

No Discrimination: No manner of discrimination, verbal or otherwise, will be tolerated in any function of the Club, be it based on race, color, nationality, religion, disability, age, appearance, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran status, political belief, or athletic ability.

No Substance Abuse: Members shall not participate in Club events while impaired by illegal substances. Members choosing to drink at Club social events must do so responsibly.

No Illegal Activities: Members shall not cause or participate in any illegal activity as defined by local, state, or federal law while participating in a Club event.

Be courteous of others: Members are expected to be courteous and cordial to others (including, but not limited to, Club members, spectators, guests and officials) in any Club or sporting event. In the context of Club activities or while representing the Club or invoking the name of the Club be it in person or on social media, members shall not use any form of communication in a derogatory or personally damaging way, nor conduct or condone any programs, activities, publications, speeches and conduct which are offensive or in poor taste or otherwise considered detrimental to the best interests of the Club.

Be responsible: When signing up for a Club event for which entry is limited or a fee is required, Members shall exercise their best efforts to attend and if unable to attend, shall notify the event’s organizer as early as possible but no later than 24 hours in advance.

Make payments promptly: Members shall make prompt payment to the Club of any outstanding balance, including but not limited to payment of fees for membership, special events, uniforms, and other clothing or equipment.

Respect Club Partnerships: The Club has many official partnerships with local and national businesses, providing members access to exclusive benefits, discounts, and services. Members shall use discretion when dealing with our partners, including the use of discounts and adherence to our partner’s policies, to ensure the club maintains our strong relationships.