TryCharleston Half 2014

Event #3 of the AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series

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7:00 AM


Saturday, April 19, 2014


KOA Campground - Mt. Pleasant, SC


Event Completed


1.2 mile Swim
56 mile Bike
13.1 mile Run


Wednesday, April 16, 2014  7:00 AM


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TryCharleston Half




4/16/2014 - TryCharleston 2014 Bib List posted here.  Please review and remember your number as it will make packet pick-up a little quicker for everyone. If you have questions regarding your bib number or category, feel free to ask at packet pick-up.  Late registration is still available.

4/15/2014 - Saturday Packet Pick Up Has Been Changed to the Finish Line Area - See Packet Pick Up Section of this Page for Details

4/14/2014 Swim Waves Announced - Official Event Details Have Been Posted Above


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The TryCharleston Half and Sprint races are moving into their fifth year after having found the perfect locations for this point to point event. This course is flat and fast starting with a two-loop swim is held at the KOA campground lake in Mt. Pleasant, SC and will be wetsuit legal. The one-loop bike will take participants on a 56 mile journey around the area on flat, mostly smooth roads with lots of brand new pavement. The 13.1 mile run will feature a two-loop out and back format allowing athletes to view their competition several times.

Full course maps may been seen above.

Affiliated Charities

This event benefits the TryCharleston Charities and the KOA Cares Camp.

TryCharleston are races with purpose!

TryCharleston's goal is to promote a healthier and more physically active community and thus our beneficiaries will focus on the needs of children in the Charleston County Elementary Schools and Meeting Street Academy for swimming initiative and wellness programs - as well as the Disabilities Foundation


The KOA system of campgrounds in the United States and Canada sponsors special non-profit programs for helping youngsters stricken with cancer and siblings to participate in the camping experience at an authorized "cancer camp".

KOA Kampground Owners through the Care Camps Program are dedicated to raising funds for children's cancer camps throughout the United States and Canada. These camps are designed especially for children with cancer, and have on-site medical facilities, specially trained counselors, and professional medical staffs..... almost entirely volunteers. Care Camps Trust members, who administer the program, are also all volunteers.




Event Site Rules

Event Capacity
This event is limited to the first 500 registrations.

USAT Sanctioned
The TryCharleston Half is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

Cut off Times
All participants must complete the event within 8 hours of the start of the final swim wave. Individual discipline cut off times are seen below and are listed as cummulative times from the start of the final swim wave. Event officials reserve the right to pull any athlete from the course if it appears he/ she will not complete the event within the posted cut off times.

Swim: 1 hour 15 minutes
Bike: 5 hours 30 minutes
Run: 8 Hours 00 minutes

Medical Form
The medical form is mandatory and must be filled out and turned in in order to get your event packet. Please download the form and bring it with you to packet pick up.

TryCharleston Medical Form

Minimum Age
The minimum age allowed for participating in the TryCharleston Half as an individual is 15 years of age.

Timing System
The TryCharleston Half will be timed using the ChampionChip Tming System.
(5 splits provided)

Packet Pickup

Friday April 18, 2014 (2:00 - 7:00 PM)
Trek Bike Store
Oakland Market Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

Saturday April 19, 2014 (5:00-6:30 AM)
Laurel Hill Primary School (Finish Line)
3100 Thomas Cairo Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466


Note: Participants must collect his/ her own event packets. This rule applies to relay team members as well. Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT. ALL USAT annual members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee ($12)


Pre-Event Meeting
There will be an optional pre-event meeting at the event site near the transition area 1 at 6PM On Friday April 18, 2014. At this meeting we will go over the event in detail and answer any questions you may have. This meeting is your best opportunity to learn about the event.

Lodging Information

Visit the official event site for all the hotel options


On-Site Camping Options
Tke KOA Campground offers a large selection of camping options including RV hook ups, primitive campsites and on-site cabins.

KOA Campground - Mt. Pleasant (Event Site)
3157 Hwy 17 North
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466


This event does not issue refunds.


Withdrawals are no longer available for this event.


This event does not provide transfers.


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 2015 - TryCharleston Half.

The deferral cutoff date was Thursday, March 20, 2014 and has passed. No further deferral requests will be accepted for this event.


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

  1. The event will be postponed until 7:30AM in hopes the inclement weather will pass.
  2. If inclement weather does not pass at 7:30AM the event will be changed to a duathlon with a time trial start 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run format.
  3. If a duathlon is not possible the event will be cancelled and a 50% credit will be issued for all registered participants into the 2015 event. No refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.
  4. If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather prior to event weekend a 50% credit will be issued for all registered participants into the 2015 event. No refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Purchase Event Photos

Tricycle Studios is the Official Photographer of the South Carolina Triathlon Series!
Their photographers will be attending this event capturing images throughout the race course.
Athletes will receive a customized email after the race, complete with race stats, and automated links to find your images. You may also go directly to the Tricycle Studios website to review their custom products, and purchase your photos from this and other Set Up Events.
Tricycle Studios | a Bird's Eye View, Inc. Company | 540-358-0001 |


Click HERE to view the possible jobs you may have at this event.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event please fill out the volunteer request form below.

Overall Results






Age Group / Category Results

Click HERE to view the age group / category results for this event

Novice Athletes

Thanks for making this event your first triathlon! There are many more people like yourself who will be racing this type of event for the first time. Below are links to information that you will want to review before race weekend.

Race Number & Body Marking
Timing Chip
Transition Area
USAT Triathlon Rules
Water Temperature & Wetsuits

Do you still have questions? If so please review these FAQ's. If you still have questions after reviewing this information please click here.

Awards / Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony
The sprint distance awards ceremony will begin at 10:00AM. The half distance awards ceremony will begin at 2:30PM. Both will be held at the finish line / T2 celebration area.

Award Categories
Awards will be given in each of the following divisions:


  • Open (M & F) - Top 3
  • Masters Open (M & F) - Top 3
  • TOP 3 - 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, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 & Over
  • Clydesdale - Top 3
  • Master Clydesdale - Top 3
  • Athena - Top 3
  • ParaTriathlete (M & F)
  • Novice (M & F) - Top 3
  • Aquabike (M & F) - Top 3


  • Co-Ed Relay (Top 3)

Click HERE to learn more about each of the divisions listed above.

Click here to have your 2014 award shipped.

Event Logistics

Please read through the following document to understand the movement and check in of gear and bikes at TryCharleston.

TryCharleston Event Logistics Description

Due to high traffic volumes along Highway 17, TryCharleston and Mt. Pleasant officials have decided to create a double transition area event. This action will dramatically reduce impact on the local area and create a more enjoyable day for everyone involved. With that said, this double transition area will create some unique challenges for athletes on event day. However, by following a few simple steps and understanding the transportation plan your event day can be relatively stress free.

  1. Transition 1 (Swim to Bike) will be held at the KOA Campground. Athletes will be bused to this area on event morning.
  2. Transition 2 (Bike to Run) will be held across Hwy 17 at the Laurel Hill Primary School. This area will also be site of the finish line and post event celebration.
  3. Parking for the event will be at Cairo Middle School (A short walk from the finish line / Transition 2 areas).

Food / Refreshments

Breakfast will be available for purchase from Chick-Fil-A beginning at 6AM until 8:30AM. Breakfast cost will be $5.00 to include a Chick-fil-A Biscuit, fruit and coffee or lemonade.

Lunch will be available beginning at 9:00AM until 3:00PM for athlete's family members and friends for $8.00 (free to athletes and volunteers). In the past the menu has consisted of BBQ, all the trimmings and vegetarian beans.

Google Maps

A Google Maps Interactive Location Map may be found HERE

Additional Details

Finisher's Medals
All Half athletes will receive a custom designed TryCharleston Half finisher's medal.


Aid Stations

Aid stations on the bike will be positioned at 3 locations on the bike course. These stations will be found at approximately miles 15, 30 and 45. Stations at mile marks 15 and 45 will have water only in sportscap water bottles which fit nicely into a standard water bottle cage. The station at mile mark 30 will have water and HEED in a standard bike bottle which will fit into a standard water bottle cage.

Please do our volunteers and the environment a huge favor by dropping bottles BEFORE the "End of Drop Zone" sign. Keep in mind that littering on the bike course will result in a penalty courtesy of our USAT officials and we will have designated volunteers writing down numbers of athletes who litter beyond the "Drop Zone"signed area.

Aid stations on the run will be positioned approximately every mile. These stations will contain:

  • Water and Hammer Heed
  • Hamer Gel and Electrolyte capsules
  • Pretzels and other salty snacks
  • Orange Slices
  • Flat Cola
  • Iced Rags

We ask that all participants deposit all their trash at the trash containers located at/near the aid stations.

Please do our volunteers a favor and make sure you don't throw trash along the run course. Our ability to hold this race is contingent upon how clean we leave the area following the race. Littering on the run course will result in a penalty from the USAT officials.


In addition to the standard fare of fruit, water, cola and salty snacks TryCharleston will offer free food to all registered athletes and volunteers (typically shrimp creole and rice).