| Can you walk during the run portion of a triathlon?

Can you walk during the run portion of a triathlon?

TN asked:

I want to get into triathlons (I trained a lot for them in my teens) but due to an extensive hip injury, I can no longer run. I am still as active as possible and have walked in 5ks since my injury. I can also swim and bike so my question is, if I do the swim and bike okay, can I walk the run portion of the triathlon? Or is that usually against the rules? Thank for any help!

Also, as a sidebar to that question, I know that you can’t take the road bikes off-road (obviously) but can you ride a mountain bike in road triathlons? I know it makes the ride harder but is there actually a rule against it? Thanks so much!
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3 Responses to “Can you walk during the run portion of a triathlon?”

  1. Name on May 28th, 2009 5:36 am

    i dunno. i don’t see anything wrong with walking, except u would lose tho, so u probably can walk.

  2. Jose on May 29th, 2009 10:34 am

    Yes you can walk if you are very tired.

  3. Coach Jen on May 30th, 2009 10:12 pm

    Yes…of course you can walk in a triathlon. No, there is not a rule of what bike you use. You have to have a ANSI helmet approved. My first triathlon was with a mountain bike. Have fun with your triathlon and enjoy the moment!