Overview

The AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series (AAA-SCTS) is a collection of 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 2019 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.


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Series News

11/8/2018:  2018 Deferrals Registering for 2019
ENTRY INTO 2019 IS NOT AUTOMATIC. Reserved entry links have been emailed to all eligible recipients. Please do not register for 2019 without your reserved entry. We are not able to offer refunds when an athlete is eligible for a reserved entry, but registers on their own. You must use the reserved entry by the race date. Deferrals are for one year only and will not be carried over into the following year. If you believe you were eligible for a reserved entry for 2019 and did not receive an email, please contact scts@setupevents.com.

October 19, 2018
- Registration for 2019 AAA South Carolina Triathlon Series Events to Open November 1, 2018

October  16, 20182018 SCTS Rewards and Awards Please check the list of those that need to pick up or have their rewards shipped.  The list can be found below.

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Series Rules & Category Definitions

Click HERE to see the AAA SCTS Series Rules & Category Definitions

Race Weights

Event weights 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).

BASE SCORES

  • SPRINT = 0.90
  • SPRINTERNATIONAL = 0.92
  • INTERNATIONAL = 0.93
  • HALF IRON = 0.96

SPECIAL WEIGHT ADDITIONS

  • Depth of Field (200+ Finishers in Prior Year) = +0.02
  • Depth of Field (300+ Finishers in Prior Year) = +0.03
  • Depth of FIeld (400+ Finishers in Prior Year) = +0.04
  • National / Regional Championship or Qualifier Designation = +0.05
  • SCTS Championship Event = +0.10

Based on these criteria, the 2019 Race Weights will be as follows:

  • Parris Island = 0.93
  • Tri the Midlands = 0.90
  • OconeeMan Half = 0.96
  • OconeeMan Sprint = 0.90
  • Lake Murray = 1.0 (2019 SCTS Championship Event)
  • Middle Tyger YMCA = 0.90
  • Tri the Swamp Rabbit = 0.92
  • Clemson Triathlon = 0.94
  • Andy's Race = 0.92
  • Trifecta = 0.90
  • ToughMan SC Half = 0.96
  • ToughMan SC International = 0.93
  • Dam Tri = 0.92

Series Scoring

**POSSIBLE CHANGES TO SCTS SCORING FOR 2019. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED WHEN AVAILABLE.**

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:

  • Only the BEST 5 scores from each athlete are used to determine the final series score. This practice is geared to reward performance and not number of events raced.
  • The top 5 men's times will be used to create an average time that all men's times will be divided into. The top 5 women's times will be used to create an average time that all women's times are divided into.
  • All male participants' times will be divided into this average male "base" time to create raw scores (same for females).

Example

  • The five lowest men's times are:
    • 1 Hr. 2'33"
    • 1 Hr. 2'48"
    • 1 Hr. 3'15"
    • 1 Hr. 3'21"
    • 1 Hr. 3'30"
  • The base time becomes 1 Hr. 3'9" (the average of the five)
  • All male's times are divided into 1 Hr. 3'9"
  • The winner of the race (1 Hr. 2'33") receives a base score of 1.0087 (1 Hr. 2'33" divided into 1 Hr. 3'9")
  • The fifth place finisher (1 Hr. 3'30") receives a base score of .9936 (1 Hr. 3'30" divided into 1 Hr. 3'9")
  • The base score is then multiplied by the event weight index for that particular event.
  • For purposes of this example, this event is the Middle Tyger YMCA Triathlon.
  • Middle Tyger has an event weight index of .91
  • The winner of the event would receive a score of 9179 (1.0087 X .91 X 10000)
  • This same method would be used to calculate women's scores.

In Summary

  • To establish the event score for participants, all times are divided into the base average time and then multiplied by the event weight index, then multiplied by 10000 to make the number an integer. Men's and women's times will be calculated separately.
  • This same process will apply for females. The fastest female time will become the "base" time that all female times are measured against.
  • Timing System: ChampionChip timing system

 

Series Awards

**POSSIBLE CHANGES TO SCTS SCORING FOR 2019. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED WHEN AVAILABLE.**

Cash Purse
($4,700 Total Cash Purse)
1st Place Open Male & Female - $1000
2nd Place Open Male & Female - $600
3rd Place Open Male & Female - $350
4th Place Open Male & Female - $250
5th Place Open Male & Female - $150

1st Place Masters Open Male & Female - To Be Determined
2nd Place Masters Open Male & Female - To Be Determined
3rd Place Masters Open Male & Female - To Be Determined

Distinctive Awards:
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) 2019 SCTS events will qualify for SCTS qualifier rewards. The tiered qualifier system will work as follows:

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.
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.
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) 2020 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 2019 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. 

2019 SCTS Awards Banquet

2019 AAA-SCTS Athlete Celebration Banquet 

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

When:  Saturday, October 12th from 6 - 10 PM

Who: Anyone who has raced in at least one SCTS event in 2019 (Friends and family are also invited to attend)

How: Register for the 2019 SCTS Athlete Celebration Banquet Reservations (posted later)

2019 Tentative Menu:
Shrimp & Grits
Smoked Chicken
Mixed Vegetables
Roasted Potatoes
Rolls
Dessert
Tea, Lemonade, Water
Beer & Wine
*this is subject to change*

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 jdavis@setupevents.com 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.

PLEASE NOTE WE CAN NOT ISSUE REFUNDS OR GIVE FUTURE CREDITS FOR FIRST TIMERS WHO DID NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER.