AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series


AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series



10/14/2018: 2018 Final SCTS Scoring posted below. If your gear was not collected at the banquet, please review the 2018 SCTS Award Shipping and Collection Page here for all information on obtaining your gear.

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 2018 SCTS SEASON!  We look forward to seeing you again in March 2019.   



The 2018 AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series (AAA-SCTS) is a collection the region's best triathlons spanning the beautiful state of South Carolina. Racing From the Mountains to the Sea, the AAA-SCTS offers a variety of course types, distances and difficulties perfect for every level of triathlete. First timers, middle of the packers and elite athletes alike will find pleasure from racing the AAA-SCTS circuit. Professional service that comes with a smile is our way of doing things here in South Carolina.

Full details of the 2018 AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series may be found by navigating your way through this page. Here you will find series rules, current standings, award categories, and more. We look forward to having you compete in our wonderful state.

Series Rules

USA Triathlon Sanctioning

  • All SCTS events are USA Triathlon sanctioned. 
  • USAT's Most Commonly Violated Rules: If you are new to the sport or are wondering why you got a penalty at your last event, click HERE to read USAT's most commonly violated rules.
  • Click HERE to read all of USAT's Competitive Rules 

Open (Elite) Rules

  • Click HERE to learn about the SCTS Open rules.

Qualification Rules

  • Click HERE to learn about series qualification rules.
  • The minimum age allowed for participating in the SCTS is 10 years of age for most events. Exceptions will be made based on parent/guardian request.  

USAT Age Up Rule

  • Click HERE to learn about the USAT age up rule.

USAT Wetsuit Rules

  • Click HERE to learn about the SCTS Wetsuit usage policy.

USAT Membership 

  • Click HERE to check your USAT membership or print your card.  All SCTS events will require you to present your current USAT membership card or either pay the one-day USAT permit fee ($15).

Series Weights, Categories and Divisions

Event weights for 2018 will be roughly based on criteria established by USA Triathlon for the purpose of administering their national rankings system. For the SCTS events will be weighted based on distance and size of event. The event weight index will be used to calculate scores for all participants (See Scoring below).

Event Weight Classification Table
Event DistanceDistance Factor

Depth of Field Factor

(300+ finishers in 2017)

Depth of Field Factor

(400+ finishers in 2017)

Sprint 0.90 0.92 0.94
Sprinternational 0.92 0.94 0.96
International 0.93 0.95 0.97
Half Iron 0.96 0.98 1.00
Championship/ Qualifier Status + 0.05 + 0.05 +0.05
Special SCTS Bonus Event +0.10 +0.10 +0.10


Again in 2018 one SCTS event will be designated as a Special SCTS Bonus Event earning that event an extra 0.05 base points. The 2018 SCTS Bonus Event is the Lake Murray Sprint.

Based on the above formula the event weights for the 2018 SCTS events will be as follows:

2018 SCTS Event Weights
EventEvent Weight
Parris Island 0.92
Tri the Midlands 0.90
Clemson Sprint 0.92 ***
Lake Murray Sprint 1.00
Mountains to Main Street 0.96
Middle Tyger YMCA 0.90
Tri the Swamp Rabbit 0.92
Greenville Sprint 0.92
TriFecta Sprint 0.90
TOUGHMAN South Carolina 0.96
TOUGHMAN SC International 0.93
The Dam Triathlon Sprinternational 0.92

Series Scoring and Current Standings

SCTS Course Records

Current Course RecordsSpreadsheeet (Excel)


2018 Final Standings

2018 Open Male/Masters Open Male
2018 Open Female/Masters Open Female
2018 Male Age Groups
2018 Female Age Groups
2018 Clydesdale/Master Clydesdale
2018 Athena
2018 Aquabike Male/Female


SCTS Final Standings - 2017 & prior


Event Scoring Details

  • The top five men's finish times will be used to create an average time that all men's finish times will be divided into. The top five women's finish times will be used to create an average time that all women's finish times are divided into.
  • All male participants' finish times will be divided into this average male "base" time to create raw scores. (same for females)

How the Series is Scored:

Click HERE for details on how the South Carolina Triathlon Series is scored.

NOTE: Only the TOP 5 scores from each athlete are used the calculate the final series score. This practice is geared to reward performance and not simply number of events raced.

NOTE ON SCORING: The series is still scored the same as it always has been, but we have decided to make the scores "cleaner". All scores are multiplied by 10000 when calculated to make the score an integer rather than a decimal. Now you can really watch your score grow with each race! We have also broken the brackets down so all participants are not grouped together in the same file. This allows participants to find their information quicker and easier.



Series Awards

Cash Purse
($5,800 Total Cash Purse)
1st Place Open $1000 $1000
2nd Place Open $600 $600
3rd Place Open $350 $350
4th Place Open $250 $250
5th Place Open $150 $150
1st Place Masters Open $300 $300
2nd Place Masters Open $150 $150
3rd Place Masters Open $100 $100


Distinctive Awards

Click Here to see definitions for each of the event categories offered by Set Up Events

  • Top 5 Open (M & F)
  • Top 3 Masters Open (M & F)
  • Top 3 Age Group (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+
  • Top 3 Aquabike (M &F)
  • Top 3 Clydesdale
  • Top 3 Master Clydesdale
  • Top 3 Athena

Qualifiers Rewards

Any athlete who participates in a minimum of five (5) 2018 SCTS events will qualify for SCTS qualifier rewards. The tiered qualifier system will work as follows:

  1. Any athlete who participates in a minimum of 5 SCTS events will receive a custom pair of SCTS socks/sleeves or similar and a SCTS t-shirt. This is also the minimum number of events needed to qualify for series awards.
  2. Any athlete who participates in a minimum of 7 SCTS events will receive a custom pair of SCTS socks/sleeves, a SCTS t-shirt and a SCTS jacket/vest/pullover or similar garment.
  3. Any athlete who participates in a minimum of 10 SCTS events will receive a custom pair of SCTS socks/sleeves, a SCTS t-shirt, a SCTS jacket/vest/pullover and free entry into any three (3) 2019 SCTS events (excluding half distance events).  

NOTE: Athletes must at least complete the swim portion of each event in order to have that event count toward the minimum number of events needed to qualify for these rewards.

NOTE: As stated above in the Qualification Rules, events raced as a Novice (or other non-scored categories like relay, aquathlon, duathlon etc) will not count toward the number of events for the Qualifier Rewards.

NOTE: All qualifier rewards and series awards MUST BE collected at the 2018 SCTS Awards Banquet. Awards and rewards not collected at the banquet will be gathered and dropped off at popular locations (Greenville or Columbia tentatively).  All others outside of those drop off locations may be shipped directly to your home address; however there will be a charge to ship these items. 


2018 SCTS Awards Banquet

2018 AAA-SCTS Athlete Celebration Banquet

Where:  EdVenture Children's Museum - Canal Room
             211 Gervais Street
             Columbia, SC 29201 (map)      

When:  Saturday, October 13th from 6 - 10 PM

Who: Anyone who has raced in at least one SCTS event in 2018 (Friends and family are also invited to attend)

How: Register for the SCTS Awards Banquet by clicking the link below:

2018 SCTS Athlete Celebration Banquet Reservations

2018 Tentative Menu:
Shrimp & Grits
Smoked Chicken
Mixed Vegetables
Roasted Potatoes
Tea, Lemonade, Water
Beer & Wine
*this is subject to change*


Regional Championship Series

We have discontinued the Regional Championship Series in 2018.

First Time Triathletes

Are you thinking about joining the triathlon world?

First time triathletes who race their first triathlon with us in the AAA South Carolina Series can do so for free.  Simply email  to receive your single use entry code for one free event entry fee.  Offer applies to those who have never participated in any triathlon event and is good for one free entry into any sprint, sprinternational or international distance event which is part of the AAA South Carolina Triathlon Series.