Huntersville Sprint Triathlon

  • Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Location: Huntersville, NC
  • Start Time: 8:00 AM
  • Distance: Swim 200 yds SHORT COURSE option OR 400 yds LONG COURSE option, Bike 20K, Run 5K
  • Online Registration Closes: Thursday, April 26 at 12pm
  • Race Cap: 500
  • Minimum Age: 10 on 12/31/18

Important Details

Race Description

This event is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

On April 29, 2018, the Huntersville Sprint Triathlon takes on an exciting new format as an OPEN WATER SWIM style race. The 400m or 200m open water pool swim options . No more waiting for hours in the cold to get into the pool. No more problems with “improper” seed times. All athletes will be in the pool within 25-minutes of the start gun. There is an additional 25yd warm up pool for those who wish to warm up prior to their wave start!

The 50 meter competition pool is very spectator friendly and will be used in a unique fashion in that we will have athletes start in groups of 10 athletes as they head for the first turn buoy. Yes, we will have turn buoys instead of lane lines for this event as it is the first “pool open water race” in North Carolina! This location comes with a great bike and run courses as well! The bike course is a mix of rolling hills and flat sections and is a “big ring” course throughout. The run course follows Verhoeff Dr with a spectacular downhill finish.

This event is an open water style pool swim. Participants will choose between a 200 yd SHORT COURSE option or a 400 yd LONG COURSE option during registration. Athletes will go off in waves of 10, with all athletes being in the water within 25 minutes of the start. There will be no lane lines; a turn buoy will indicate when you turn. The bike and run course and distances are the same for both swim distance options. Swim caps are not provided for pool swim events. If you would like to wear a swim cap, then be sure to bring your own.

The 20K bike course for the Huntersville Sprint Triathlon is a one-loop design. The course is best described as moderately hilly. The roads are mostly two-lane and will be open to vehicular traffic, but should be relatively light on race morning. The western half of this course will be familiar to participants who race in the Tri Latta Triathlon.

The 5K run course is comprised of an out and back on roads.

Entry Fees


  • $55.00 November 1 – January 31
  • $60.00 February 1 – March 31
  • $65.00 April 1 – April 26
  • $70.00 at Packet pick up and Race Day


  • $85.00 November 1 – January 31
  • $95.00 February 1 – March 31
  • $105.00 April 1 – April 26
  • $115.00 at Packet pick up and Race Day
There is a $15.00 fee for each non-USAT registrant.
This pricing is based upon Date. Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier
On-site registration is available for this event during normal packet pick up hours.

Packet Pickup

Saturday, April 28
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
@ Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics
11725 Verhoeff Road
Huntersville,NC 28078
Sunday, April 30
6:00 AM – 7:30 AM
@ Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics
11725 Verhoeff Road
Huntersville,NC 28078


NOTE: Photo ID is required for packet pick-up. Everyone must pick up their own race packet.
USA Triathlon requires that all USAT annual members must show their USAT membership card at packet pick-up.
Any USAT annual member who does not present his/her valid membership card at packet pick-up, will be required to pay the USAT one-day fee of $15.


  • 6:00 AM – Transition Area Open
  • 6:00 AM – Race day registration, Chip Pick Up, Body Marking open
  • 7:30 AM – Race day registration, Chip Pick Up, Body Marking close
  • 8:00 AM – Race Start
  • 12:00 PM – Projected awards ceremony (will be adjusted based on last finisher’s time)

Participant Meeting
A participant orientation meeting will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, April 28 on the lawn outside of the HFFA.

Timing and Results Information

This event will be timed using the Mylaps timing system. A timing chip will be provided for you the morning of the event. You will need to show your run number to the volunteers at the Timing Chip Pick Up tent. They will hand you a disposable strap to use to fasten the chip to your ankle. We will have velcro straps available for $5 if you would rather purchase one of those (the disposable straps come with the chip). Volunteers will collect the timing chip from you at the end of the finish line chute. Relay teams will receive a velcro strap with their chip, as the chip is what is passed from member to member. The strap and chip will be collected at the finish line.

Five splits will be provided: Swim, T1 (transition from the end of the swim to the start of the bike), Bike, T2 (transition from the end of the bike to the start of the run), and Run.

For on site results, we have a large, flat screen TV scrolling the results. Results on the screen update about every minute so athletes are able to see their times pretty quickly after crossing the finish line.


We also provide live results and real time alerts (text, email, Facebook, Twitter). Live results means that the results will be streaming onto our website so people who are either not at the event or are spectating can access results as they happen. The live results feed has a leader board feature as well as a searchable feature if you are looking for times for a specific athlete. You can also check age group and category placings on the live results feed. The real time alerts allow for athletes, friends, family to sign up for alerts. You can choose the medium (text, email, Facebook, Twitter) with which you want to receive the alerts, and when the athlete you are tracking crosses the finish line or various split points, you will receive an immediate notification. This is a fun feature for both spectators and athletes. It allows spectators to track the athlete’s progress and it’s a great way for an athlete to immediately get their results.

The link to these pages will be available race week.

Example of Live Results webpage streaming results:

Full official results are posted on our 2015 Results Calendar within 1-2 hours of the last finisher crossing the line.


Top 3 in each of the following categories PER race (200 yd event and 400 yd event):

  • Top 3 M/F Overall
  • Top 3 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, 70-74,75-79,80-84, 85+
  • Top 3 Talent ID 15-19
  • Top 3 Clydesdales (Men 39 and Under, 220+ lbs)
  • Top 3 Master Clydesdales(Men 40+ and 220lbs+)
  • Top 3 Athenas (Women 165lbs+)
  • Top 3 Assisted Athletes (M/F)
  • Top 3 Novice (M/F)
  • Top 3 Master Novice (Beginners 40+) (M/F)
  • Top 3 Relay Teams (Mixed)

Category Info

      Below is a brief description of each race category:

    • Age Group – Participants competing in their age group.
    • Clydesdale – Category for male participants who are over 220 lbs.
    • Master Clydesdale – Category for male participants who are over 220 lbs. and are 40 or over.
    • Athena – Category for women over 165 lbs.
    • Mixed Relay – Mix of male and female team members.
    • Novice – Category for beginner participants. Participants competing as a Novice have usually done less than 3 events.
    • Master Novice – Same as Novice but these participants are beginners who are 40 or over.
    • Assisted Athlete (AA) – Person without the ability to propel themselves thru the race course.

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.

Relay Information

  • Relays can be 2-person (one person does 2 legs, and one person does 1 leg) or 3-person teams (each person does 1 leg of the event).
  • EACH Relay member MUST pick up his/her own packet.
  • EACH Member MUST have their photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) to pick up their packet.
  • If a member is a minor (17 or under), then a parent/guardian must show an ID to get their packet.
  • If a member turns 18 by the end of 2014 they are considered an Adult per USAT, thus they must pick up their own packet.
  • If you need to replace a relay member you can e-mail us using the Contact Us button with the changes.
  • If it is the week of the event and you need to make a change to a relay member then you can make this change at packet pick up.
  • At packet pick up you will be given a sheet of paper that explains how the relays will work (chip hand off, tagging spot, etc.).
  • If you are an individual that wishes to switch to a relay team, then you can e-mail us, using the Contact Us button, the following information: Team Name, Team Member Names, Team Member Shirt sizes. You will need to pay the difference to convert to a relay, which you can pay at packet pick up (cash or check only). If it is the week of the event, then you can make these changes at packet pick up.

Swim Time Information

  • Swim Times: All participants must submit a 100 yard swim time for seeding purposes. Being a pool swim, participants are seeded from fastest to slowest. It is in your best interest to submit an accurate 100 yard “pace” time for your 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 event 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. If you need to change your swim time, simply send an e-mail to Benji at
  • Seeding Order: All participants will be sorted by the submitted 100-yard swim time. Any athlete who registers at packet pick-up will be seeded AFTER the last pre-registered athlete begins. We will give a 4-5 minute break between the last pre-registered athlete and the first on-site registered athlete. This is to allow time for the pool to clear so the fast walk-in registered athletes do not have to swim over anyone.
  • A couple hints to guide you with your swim time if this is your first time doing this:

    50-80 SECONDS – (0:50 – 1:20): Super Fast (In contention to win the race and you swim competitively)
    81-105 SECONDS – (1:21 – 1:45): Fast Enough (still starting in the first 1/3 of the event)
    106-130 SECONDS – (1:46 – 2:10): Average Swimmer (Swim well enough and don’t need to stop at the end of each lane line
    131-164 SECONDS – (2:11 – 2:44): Novice (Still getting used to this thing called triathlon)
    165-259 SECONDS – (2:45 – 4:59): Complete Beginner/I want to start at the back

    Please note these are ranges. The best thing for you to do is to time yourself in a pool to get your time. There is no substitute for this.

  • Changing Swim Times: Athletes can request a change in swim time up until Friday, April 21, 2017. After that, no changes will be made. To make a change, email Benji at
Stay & Play Weekend

Make it a great tri weekend for everyone in the family when you Stay & Play at the beautiful and convenient Comfort Suites – Huntersville. Located just 1 mile from Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics guests will enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, oversized suites, flat screen televisions, pillow top mattresses, indoor heated pool, fitness center, free wireless high-speed internet access, free local calls and free coffee in the lobby.

14510 Boulder Park Drive
Huntersville NC 28078
(704) 875-6220
Code: Huntersville Aquatic
Family Tri Rate: $89/night + Tax

USAT Rules and Information

USAT Most Commonly Violated Rules

ALL USAT members must show proof of a current membership at packet pick up. If you have recently renewed a membership, then you MUST print out a temporary card or receipt of payment (that shows length of the membership period) to show at packet pick up. We will not take your word for it that your membership is current; you must SHOW us. Failure to do so will result in having to pay the one-day fee of $15.

You can go to the USAT WEBSITE where you can renew your membership or print out a temporary card. You can also renew your membership at packet pick up if that’s easier for you.

If I entered my USAT information when I registered, then why do I need to show my card at packet pick up? USAT rules state that all USAT members must show a valid membership card at packet pick up and failure to do so will result in having to pay the 1-day fee. Our events are sanction by USAT, therefore, we must follow these rules. Our website is not connected to USAT’s website, so the information that you enter when you register could be incorrect. We must physically document the current expiration date of your membership when you pick up your packet as this is the only way we can confirm 100% that your membership is in fact current.

USAT’s “Age Up” Policy:

An athlete’s age for any USAT sanctioned race will be his/her age as of Dec. 31, 2018 . The age he/she is on 12/31 will determine his/her racing age group. If an athlete is due to “age-up” into the next group, it will happen at the beginning of the year, not after the athlete’s birthday. This action aligns regular U.S. age group racing with the method used by USA Triathlon for its National Rankings Program and its new Grand Prix Series.

Example: John Smith is 39 and will turn 40 on November 20, 2018.

John will be considered 40 for all 2018 races – and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2018 races.

Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2018.
Sally will be considered 30 for all 2018 races – and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2018 races.

Policies and Refunds

REFUND POLICY: 50% of your entry fee will be refunded until April 12, 2018. No refunds will be issued for any reason after April 12, 2018. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another person, event, or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy. To request a refund, you must complete the refund request form below.
Refund Request Form

WEATHER POLICY: In the event of inclement the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed until 8:45AM in hopes the inclement weather will pass.
If inclement weather does not pass by 8:45AM , the event will be changed to a duathlon format.

Every effort will be made to have this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.