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Same award categories for both races (except Relays and AquaBike)
Top 3 in each of the following categories
Advanced (M & F)
Age Groups (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+
Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +)
Athenas (Females - 165 Lbs +)
Aquabike (M & F) - No AquaBike in F-1 Sprint
Novice (M & F)
Relay Teams (1 category only) - No relays in F-1 Sprint
NCTS rules state that once you compete in a particular race category in an NCTS race - you must remain in that same category for all future NCTS races in that calendar year. The exceptions to this rule are the Aquabike, Novice and Weight categories. You may begin the year as a Novice and then switch into another qualifying category (ie: Age Group, Clydesdale). For Weight categories (Clydesdale 220+ and Athena 165+) it allows for you to drop to Age Group if you go below the weight limit for the category. If you switch to Aquabike you can switch back to your previous category at any time without penalty.
Below is a brief description of each race category:
Advanced - Category for Elite participants. These are typically the fastest people in the race and they compete on an Elite/Professional level.
Age Group - Participants competing in their age group.
Clydesdale - Category for participants who are over 220 lbs.
Athena - Category for women over 165 lbs.
Aquabike - Category for participants doing the Swim and the Bike only. Your race ends when you cross the Bike Finish mat.
Novice - Category for beginner participants. Participants competing as a Novice have usually done less than 3 events. No age restrictions.
NOTE: You may fit into one or more of the above categories, so whichever category you choose to compete in is completely your choice. Choose the category that you feel you would have the most fun competing in.