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Wilmington YMCA Sprint 2017


Event #21 of the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series

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TIME:

7:00 AM

DATE:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

PLACE:

Wrightsville Beach, NC
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STATUS:

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DISTANCE:

1350 Yard Swim
11.5 Mile Bike
5K Run

OPEN UNTIL:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  10:00 AM

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Description

 Course Descriptions:

(for course maps - click on "Course Maps" button above. Course maps are satellite photos on PDF files and may take an extra few seconds to load.)

Swim:
This race starts out with a 1,350 yard swim - which is unusual for a sprint distance triathlon. The reason the swim is longer than the normal sprint distance swim is because the swim is a point-to-point swim that always takes place with an incoming tide. Check out the swim times from previous years - the swim actually seems more like 750 yards- 1,000 yards depending on how fast the current is moving. It is important to note that while this swim takes place in salt water - this is not an ocean swim. The swim takes place in a channel system between Wrightsville Beach and the mainland. Numerous busses are used to transport participants from the transition area (and swim finish location) to the swim start location at the Blockade Runner hotel. This is another race that becomes a race day decision for wetsuits - as the water temperature at this time of the year along the southern North Carolina coast is always around 78 degrees. We will post a water temperature on the website on Thursday night of race week.

Bike:
The course is flat (not a surprise) as the race is at the coast. The one loop course takes participants over the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge and onto the mainland. Participants need to be very careful crossing the metal grading on the drawbridge - don't make any sudden turns or movements (ride carefully!!).

Run:
The 5K run course is a one-loop design and also flat. The run takes place on the very popular "loop" at Wrightsville Beach with 90% of the run being on the sidewalk system - the other 10% is on a very quiet side street - used to get the necessary distance

Affiliated Charities

This event benefits Wilmington YMCA.

Category Pricing

Open Male
Open Female
Age Group Male
Age Group Female
Clydesdale
Master Clydesdale
Athena
Novice Male
Novice Female
On or Before Saturday, December 31, 2016$55.00
On or Before Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 10:00 AM$65.00
On-site Registration$85.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Mixed Relay
On or Before Saturday, December 31, 2016$95.00
On or Before Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 10:00 AM$115.00
On-site Registration$135.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Aquabike Male
AquaBike Female
On or Before Saturday, December 31, 2016$50.00
On or Before Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 10:00 AM$60.00
On-site Registration$80.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Note: On-line Registration for this event closes on 09-20-2017 at 10:00 AM.

There is a $15.00 fee for each non USAT - Adult registrant.

On-site registration is available for this event on 09-22-2017 during normal packet pick up hours.

On-site registration is available for this event on 09-23-2017 during normal packet pick up hours.

Event Site Rules

Event Capacity : 800

USAT SanctionedThis event is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

Cut-Off TimeAll participants must complete the race in under 2 hours, 30 minutes from the start of their swim.

Event officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to complete the race in under 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Minimum AgeThe minimum age allowed for participating in this event is 10 years old.

Timing SystemThis event will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing System. All run turn locations will have timing mats to verify completion of the course.

Packet Pickup

  • Friday, September 22nd (12:00PM - 7:00PM) @ Two Wheeler Dealer, 4408 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC
  • Saturday, September 23rd (5:00AM - 6:00AM) @ Race Site

 Race Site

Wrightsville Beach Town Hall
321 Causeway Dr
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Important things to remember :

  • A photo ID is required for packet pick-up.
  • Cash, Check or Credit Card are accepted.
  • All participants must pick up their own race packet. (Including all relay team members)
  • USA Triathlon requires that all USAT annual members must show their USAT membership card at packet pick-up.
  • Any USAT annual member who does not present his/her valid membership card at packet pick-up, will be required to pay the USAT one-day fee of $15. No exceptions.

Participant Meeting

A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, September 22nd at the race site. We will cover as many details as possible about the race and questions will be encouraged. A representative from USA Triathlon will also be on hand to discuss USAT issues and concerns relative to rules and safety. This meeting should last about 30 minutes - we encourage everyone to attend.

Lodging Information

Host Hotel Resort:

Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Oceanfront. Surf to Sound. Train. Compete. Relax.
275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910.256.2251

Check the Blockade Runner website for full Event Series and Special Rates
www.blockade-runner.com/tri-paradise

 

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Refunds

Refund are not available for this event.

Withdrawals

Withdrawals will be available after Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Transfers

This event does not provide transfers.

Deferrals

This event accepts a one time deferment up to 30 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled.

The deferral event is the 2018 - Wilmington YMCA Sprint.

The deferral cutoff date is Thursday, August 24, 2017 or in 148 day(s) from today .

Click here to go to your profile and request a deferral for this event.

Policies

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement weather does not pass in time to complete the event safely in the original or modified format, the event will be cancelled. If the weather passes and the event cannot be held within the permitted time limits, the event will be changed to a duathlon format and possibly modified in length to meet these restrictions.

Every effort will be made to hold this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy.

By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.

Volunteer

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out the volunteer form. A race official will be in touch with you the week before the race.

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Category Results

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Relay Team Information

  • Relays can be comprised of 2-person (one person does 2 legs, and one person does 1 leg) or 3-person teams (each person does 1 leg of the event). Teams can consist of any mix of genders.
  • EACH Relay member MUST pick up his/her own packet.
  • EACH Member MUST have their photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) to pick up their packet.
  • If a member is a minor (17 or under), then a parent/guardian must show an ID to get their packet.
  • If a member turns 18 by the end of 2017 they are considered an Adult per USAT, thus they must pick up their own packet.
  • If you need to replace a relay member you can e-mail us using the Contact Us button at the top of the page with the changes.
  • If it is the week of the event and you need to make a change to a relay member then you can make this change at packet pick up.
  • At packet pick up you will be given a sheet of paper that explains how the relays will work (chip hand off, tagging spot, etc.).
  • If you are an individual that wishes to switch to a relay team, log into your profile and click on change category next to the event you wish to convert to a relay. It will walk you though the steps to change from an individual to a relay.

USAT Rules and Information

Most Commonly Violated USAT Rules:

Most Common

Blocking

Drafting

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USAT INFORMATION:

ALL USAT members must show proof of a current membership at packet pick up. If you have recently renewed a membership, then you MUST print out a temporary card or receipt of payment (that shows length of the membership period) to show at packet pick up. We will not take your word for it that your membership is current; you must SHOW us. Failure to do so will result in having to pay the one-day fee of $15.

CLICK HERE to be taken to the USAT website where you can renew your membership or print out a temporary card. You can also renew your membership at packet pick up if that's easier for you.

If I entered my USAT information when I registered, then why do I need to show my card at packet pick up? USAT rules state that all USAT members must show a valid membership card at packet pick up and failure to do so will result in having to pay the 1-day fee. Our events are sanction by USAT, therefore, we must follow these rules. Our website is not connected to USAT's website, so the information that you enter when you register could be incorrect. We must physically document the current expiration date of your membership when you pick up your packet as this is the only way we can confirm 100% that your membership is in fact current.

USAT's "Age Up" Policy:

An athlete's age for any USAT sanctioned race will be his/her age as of Dec. 31, 2017. The age he/she is on 12/31 will determine his/her racing age group. If an athlete is due to "age-up" into the next group, it will happen at the beginning of the year, not after the athlete's birthday. This action aligns regular U.S. age group racing with the method used by USA Triathlon for its National Rankings Program and its new Grand Prix Series.

Examples:

  • John Smith is 39 and will turn 40 on November 20, 2017. John will be considered 40 for all 2017 races - and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2017 races.
  • Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2017. Sally will be considered 30 for all 2017 races - and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2017 races.
  • Fred Peters is 39 and will turn 40 on August 15, 2017.  Since Fred will turn 40 in 2017 and will be considered 40 in all 2017 races and wants to register ion the "open" class, Fred will only be able to register in "Masters Open" category.
  • This same policy applies to the all race master race categories in AAA NCTS. (Open Male and Female, Clydesdale, Master Clydesdales).

Award Categories & Category Information

Top 3 in each of the following categories

Open (M & F)
Age Groups (M & F):15 & Under,16-19,20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69,70+
Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +)
Masters Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +, 40 & Over)
Athenas (Females - 165 Lbs +)
Aquabike (M & F)
Novice (M & F)
Relay Teams (1 category only)

AAA NCTS rules state that once you compete in a particular race category in an AAA NCTS race - you must remain in that same category for all future AAA NCTS races in that calendar year. The exceptions to this rule are the Aquabike, Novice and Weight categories. You may begin the year as a Novice and then switch into another qulifying category (ie: Age Group, Clydesdale). For Weight categories (Clydesdale 220+, Master Clydesdale 220+ and Athena 165+) it allows for you to drop to Age Group if you go below the weight limit for the category. If you swithch to Aquabike you can switch back to your previous category at any time without penalty.

Below is a brief description of each race category:

Open - Category for Elite participants. These are typically the fastest people in the race and they compete on an Elite/Professional level.

Age Group - Participants competing in their age group.

Clydesdale - Category for participants who are over 220 lbs.

Master Clydesdale - Category for participants who are over 220 lbs. and are 40 or over.

Athena - Category for women over 165 lbs.

Aquabike - Category for participants doing the Swim and the Bike only. Your race ends when you cross the Bike Finish mat.

Novice - Category for beginner participants. Participants competing as a Novice have usually done less than 3 events. No age restrictions.

NOTE: You may fit into one or more of the above categories, so whichever category you choose to compete in is completely your choice. Choose the category that you feel you would have the most fun competing in.

AAA NCTS Helpful Hints

  • Event Details are always posted the week of the event. This document can be viewed and printed out by clicking on the "Event Details" button on the top, right-hand side of the event page. This button will NOT appear until we post the document. READ this information. 99% of the questions we get at packet pick up are answered in this document, so the more information you read ahead of time, the quicker we can move people through the packet pick up process.
  • A pre-event e-mail will be sent out a few days prior to the event. We wait until we have all the registrations before sending this e-mail because we want to make sure everyone gets the information.
  • We always post the Official Participant List with everyone's bib (race) number after online registration has closed, usually by the afternoon after registration closes.
  • Get in the habit of checking this Official Participant List for your bib number. If you come to packet pick up with your Photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) out and ready to hand to us, and tell us your race number as you approach the table, the packet pick-up process will move faster. 
  • Everyone MUST show a photo ID at packet pick up, and you can NOT pick up anyone elses packet. This is a USAT rule. 
  • If you get your shirt at packet pick up and are not happy with the size, you can exchange it immediately after the race.
  • Online registration closes 3 days before the event (usually by 10am). This allows us enough time to begin to get everything prepped that we need to for the event. If there are still spots available after online registration has closed, then we will post this information and you will be able to register for the event at the posted packet pick up times. We always accept cash or check and if we have internet connectivity we will accept credit cards.
  • For pool swims, all participants who register on-site will be seeded after all the pre-registered athletes. We leave a LARGE time gap between the last pre-registered athlete and the first on-site sign up to make sure the pool is clear and no one is swimming over anyone else.
  • For a pool swim ALWAYS check your swim time more than 2 weeks before the event. 
  • Double check your race category. Remember events competed in as Novice and Relay do not count towards series points, and remember that the Open category is the ELITE category.
  • If you're in the wrong race category, you can make that change at packet pick-up.