events-overview

Event Category Definitions

Open
Anyone may participate as an Open athlete. However, this designation is normally reserved for those who place very highly in the overall rankings and/ or their respective age groups. At most events the Open athletes will begin in the first wave to allow them to race head to head. USAT Rules currently dictate that anyone racing in this sort of special category does not receive standard USAT ranking points. Keep this in mind if you are trying to gain national ranking by USAT. All Set Up Events series rules state you must declare yourself as an Open Athlete at the first series event of the year in you wish to participate as an Open Athlete. Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.

Masters Open
A Masters Open athlete is anyone who meets the standards of an Open Athlete AND is 40 years of age or older as of December 31 of the current race year. Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.

Age Group
The age group athlete makes up the vast majority of all athletes at an event. If you do not assign yourself to any of the categories listed here you will race as an age grouper. If there is any doubt at to where you should classify yourself this is likely the category for you.

Clydesdale
A clydesdale athlete is a male who weighs more than 220 pounds. Spot checks are often carried out at packet pick up to verify the weight of those choosing to race in this division.

Masters Clydesdale
A masters clydesdale is someone who meets the standards of a clydesdale AND is 40 years of age or older as of December 31 of the current race year. Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.

Athena
An athena is any female athlete weighing greater than 165 pounds. Women meeting this criteria can chose to race as an athena or not.

Novice
A novice athlete normally is someone who is participating in their first year of triathlon. While you may participate as a novice as long as you wish, we do suggest moving out of the novice divsiion as you become more comfortable with the sport of triathlon. Novices normally begin in smaller swim start waves toward the end to insure comfort with the open water start. At pool swims novices also will begin at the end. Novices do not receive series scoring points or awards at any of the Set Up Events Triathlon Series. Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.

Masters Novice
A masters novice athlete is someone who meets the standards of a novice AND is 40 years of age or older as of December 31 of the current race year. Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.

Physically Challenged / ParaTriathlete
A physically challenged athlete is an athlete racing without the use of any limb or combination of limbs (leg, arm). Athletes may race with or without the use of prosthetics. Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.

Collegiate
A collegiate athlete is any athlete enrolled full time in an accredited college or univeristy as of the date of the event. School id is required at packet pick up to verify enrollment. Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.

Military
A military athlete who is any active duty or retired military. Normally events offering this division have separate categories for Active Duty and Retired, but in the event they do not this category is open to both active and retired military.

Male Relay Team
A male relay team is made up of two or three team members who are all male. Many races simply have one relay division and do not break teams down by gender. In this case all teams would race under a single Relay Team division.

Female Relay Team
A female relay team is made up of two or three team members who are all female. Many races simply have one relay division and do not break teams down by gender. In this case all teams would race under a single Relay Team division.

Co-Ed or Mixed Relay Team
A co ed (mixed) relay team is made up of two or three team members who are of different genders. Many races simply have one relay division and do not break teams down by gender. In this case all teams would race under a single Relay Team division.

Aquabike Male or Female
The aquabike category is for those that wish to only do the swim and bike portion of the event.  Your time will end at the completion of the bike leg of the race.  Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.

Aquathlon Male or Female
The aquathlon category is for those that wish to only do the swim and run portion of the event.   The normal format will be swim - run with the aquathlon typically going off in the final swim wave and heading straight to the run. Not all Set Up events offer this category. Please check the individual series/ event pages to see if your event offers this division.