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We hope everyone is hunkered down and staying safe during these turbulent and trying times. Obviously 2020 has gotten off to a rotten start for everyone, but we’ll all get through this.
We think it’s important that we keep the triathlon community apprised of our plans regarding the triathlons that we produce. This announcement pertains to North Carolina Triathlon Series events.
Today we are officially cancelling the Azalea Triathlon on April 11th, and all three races at White Lake on April 25th & 26th.
People who have already registered for Azalea or any of the spring White Lake races will have two options. You may defer to the 2021 race or transfer your registration to a fall 2020 race. Either of these options will be done at no further expense to participants.
We hope people understand that we will not be offering a refund option. We realize that this contradicts a statement in an email that went out two weeks ago, but after reassessing how we can move forward and remain in business, this is the policy that we have decided to adopt. We feel like our policy is fair and either matches or surpasses the policies implemented by other event producers. This is also consistent with our normal policy regarding event cancellations. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.
As we move forward we will be making cancellation announcements three weeks before event dates. As an example, the Lake Norman State Park Sprint is scheduled for May 2nd. Consequently, we will make an announcement about the status of that race on April 11th. We will handle each subsequent race in the North Carolina Triathlon Series the same way. This timetable could be altered if we are instructed by local government officials to cancel an event. Should that happen, we’ll notify participants immediately.
At this juncture and with everything so up-in-the-air, this is the best we can do.
We look forward to being able to produce triathlons again as soon as conditions improve and it’s safe and appropriate to do so.
Event #1 in the 2020 North Carolina Triathlon Series
Distances: S: 300 yards - B: 9 Miles - R: 5K
NEW for 2020 - "No Shirt/No Swag" Registration Option
For 2020, participants will have the option of registering for a race at a discounted price and NOT receiving the race shirt and any “swag” given away at the race. If you opt to do this, select the registration category that fits you (Individual or AquaBike), and when you get to the stage during this registration process where you pick your t-shirt size – you’ll see a “No Shirt/No Swag” option – and the discounted amount.
If by chance, at a later date, you decide that you'd like to have the race shirt or swag, you'll be able to purchase a race shirt and the swag at the race site following the conclusion of the race. Be aware, that should you do this, the items will cost more than by purchasing them when you register.
1) Anyone registering after 4/01 - WILL NOT receive a race shirt or swag
2) Relay teams do NOT have this “No Shirt/No Swag”option. All relay team members will automatically receive shirts and swag.
All participants must submit a 100 yard swim time for seeding purposes.
Being a pool swim with a staggered start, participants are seeded from fastest to slowest.
It is in your best interest to submit an accurate 100 yard "pace" time for your 300 yard swim. In other words, don't submit your fastest 100 yard swim time, submit a 100 yard time that represents what you'll do on race day over the 300 yard distance.
By seeding yourself properly, you'll end up swimming near people who swim the same pace as you. This will reduce the number of people who you will need to pass or the number of people who will be passing you. Click HERE to learn how to submit and change swim times.
Seeding Order: Participants in the Advanced category will be seeded first (sorted by 100 yard swim time), followed by Age Groupers/Clydesdales/Athenas/Relays (sorted by swim 100 yard swim time), and finally Aquabike and Novices. There will be a 5-6 minute break between the last Age Grouper, etc. and the first swimmer from the Aquabike and Novice category's. This is to allow time for the pool to clear so the fast novice swimmers do not have to swim over anyone. We seed Novices this way so they can all compete together with the other beginners.
Please remember that the Advanced category is for the Elite participants! If this is your first triathlon, this is NOT the category to compete in. Read category descriptions to find the category that fits you best.
Pool Swim Etiquette : It is appropriate for a swimmer to yield at the wall and wait to be passed if the person behind them is "on their feet" or "tickling their toes". These issues come about it seems from not properly determining an accurate 100 yard swim time.
Changing Swim Times : EVERYONE should get in the habit of double checking their swim time. Even if you THINK you entered a correct time, DOUBLE CHECK IT! Every single year, at every single pool swim, there are participants that had "fat fingers" and keyed in an extremely incorrect swim time and end up seeded last. So just double check your time to be sure it is keyed in correctly. And remember this is a 100 yard swim split (not 50!).
Our registration system allows for people to access their registrations and adjust their swim times prior to the race.
NOTE: All swim times must be adjusted no later than Wednesday, April 01, 2020.
Packet Pickup will take place at the at the following times:
Friday (4/10): 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm @ Fleet Feet Sports 1125 Military Cutoff Rd D, Wilmington, NC 28405 Google map
Saturday (4/11): 6:00 am - 9:30 am @ Set Up Trailer finish line/ race site 720 Hamilton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403 Google map
A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday April 10th at the race site. Google map We will cover as many details as possible about the race and questions will be encouraged. A representative from USA Triathlon will also be on hand to discuss USAT issues and concerns relative to rules and safety. This meeting should last about 30 minutes - we encourage everyone to attend.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?