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AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series Event Categories

Event Categories:

1) Open

  • Category for Elite participants.
  • Minimum age for racing Open is 15.
  • If you choose to race Open you must remain in the Open category for the entire AAA NCTS season. The only exception to this is Aquabike and you may freeely switch between the two categories during the year.
  • Open participants start every AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series event in Wave 1 in open water swim starts and at the front of all the pool swim events.
  • Open participants are all 39 years of age and younger.
  • Rules only apply to AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series events, you may compete in another category in one of our other event series  (South Carolina Triathlon Series).

2) Masters Open

  • Same rules as "Open" category, except participants must be 40 years of age and older.

3) Age Group

  • Participants will automatically compete in their respective age group unless they declare to compete in one of the other specific categories.
  • If you choose to compete in an Age Group you must remain in your age group for the entire AAA NCTS event season determined by the USAT "aging up" policy. (see above). The only exception to this is Aquabike and you may freeely switch between the two categories during the year.
  • Rules only apply to AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series events, you may compete in another category in one of our other event series  (South Carolina Triathlon Series).

4) Clydesdale

  • Men 220 lbs. and over - 39 years of age and younger.
  • If you choose to race Clydesdale, you must remain in the Clydesdale category for the entire AAA NCTS event season. The only exception to this is Aquabike and you may freeely switch between the two categories during the year.
  • If during the season your weight drops below 220 lbs. - you may switch to another category for other AAA NCTS events, HOWEVER, you will start over in series points. In other words, you will not be able to transfer your points into your age group category. 
  • EXAMPLE: You do 4 events as a Clydesdale and accumulate a total of 3.125 series ranking points in the Clydesdale category. You then switch to your age group and compete in 3 more events. You accumulate a total of 2.435 points for these 3 events in your age group. In the series rankings - you're listed in the Clydesdale category with 3.125 points and you're also listed in your age group with 2.435 points. You're not eligible for series awards in either category as you must
    compete in a minimum of 5 events in a particular category to be eligible for awards. However, you will be given credit for doing 7 AAA NCTS events.
  • Rules only apply to AAA NCTS events, you may race in another category in one of our other event series (South Carolina Triathlon Series).

5) Masters Clydesdale

  • Men 220 lbs. and over - 40 years of age and older.
  • All other rules as in the Clydesdale category above apply.

6) Athena

  • Women 160 lbs. and over
  • All other rules as in the Clydesdale category above apply.

7) Aquabike

  • Anyone may race in the Aquabike category. 
  • Aquabike is the completion of the first two segments of the triathlon. The swim and the bike. Your race is completed once you cross the bike split mat.
  • The Carolina Beach Double Sprint will not incude an Aquabike category.
  • Aquabike is the only category you may compete in in conjuction with another category in the same year, however, you cannot compete in two different categories in the same event.

8) Novice

  • Anyone may race in the Novice category - there are no qualifications.
  • The Novice category is designed for people who are new to the sport or do not feel comfortable racing in their age group.
  • Novices compete against each other for event awards, but do not compete against age groupers for event awards.
  • You may begin the season as a Novice and then switch into your age group (or another category) at any time.
  • Novices do NOT receive any AAA NCTS points.
  • Novices begin all AAA NCTS events at the back; in the last wave in open water swims or at the back in pool swim races. This is done for safety reasons so that Novices are not being passed by faster age groupers during the swim or the bike.
  • Rules only apply to AAA NCTS events, you may race in another category in one of our other event series  (South Carolina Triathlon Series, Virginia Triathlon Series, Maryland Triathlon Series, Georgia Triathlon Series).