TryCharleston Half 2013
Event #5 of the AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series presented by Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas
Saturday, April 20, 2013
KOA Campground - Mt. Pleasant, SC
1.2 mile Swim
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:00 AM
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Visit the official event web site at www.trycharleston.org
The TryCharleston Half and Sprint races are moving into their fourth year with the 2012 event having found the perfect locations for this point to point event. This course is flat and fast starting with a two-loop swim is held at the KOA campground lake in Mt. Pleasant, SC and will be wetsuit legal. The one-loop bike will take participants on a 56 mile journey around the area on flat, mostly smooth roads with lots of brand new pavement. The 13.1 mile run will feature a two-loop out and back format allowing athletes to view their competition several times.
Full course maps may been seen above.
This event benefits the TryCharleston Charities and the KOA Cares Camp.
TryCharleston are races with purpose!
TryCharleston's goal is to promote a healthier and more physically active community and thus our beneficiaries will focus on the needs of children in the Charleston County Elementary Schools and Meeting Street Academy for swimming initiative and wellness programs - as well as the Disabilities Foundation
The KOA system of campgrounds in the United States and Canada sponsors special non-profit programs for helping youngsters stricken with cancer and siblings to participate in the camping experience at an authorized "cancer camp".
KOA Kampground Owners through the Care Camps Program are dedicated to raising funds for children's cancer camps throughout the United States and Canada. These camps are designed especially for children with cancer, and have on-site medical facilities, specially trained counselors, and professional medical staffs..... almost entirely volunteers. Care Camps Trust members, who administer the program, are also all volunteers.
2/6/2012 - TryCharleston Half and Sprint to go 5 DEEP in Age Groups
TryCharleston will be awarding age groups 5 Deep in both the sprint and Half distance events.
11/1/2012 - Registration to Open November 12, 2012
Early bird pricing runs through the month of November.
Event Site Rules
This event is limited to the first 500 registrations.
The TryCharleston Half is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.
Cut off Times
All participants must complete the event within 8 hours of the start of the final swim wave. Individual discipline cut off times are seen below and are listed as cummulative times from the start of the final swim wave. Event officials reserve the right to pull any athlete from the course if it appears he/ she will not complete the event within the posted cut off times.
Swim: 1 hour 15 minutes
Bike: 5 hours 00 minutes
Run: 8 Hours 00 minutes
The medical form is mandatory and must be filled out and turned in in order to get your event packet. Please download the form and bring it with you to packet pick up.
The minimum age allowed for participating in the TryCharleston Half as an individual is 15 years of age.
The TryCharleston Half will be timed using the ChampionChip Tming System.
(5 splits provided)
Friday April 19, 2013 (2:00 - 7:00 PM)
Trek Bike Store
Oakland Market Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Saturday April 20, 2013 (5:00-6:30 AM)
KOA Campground (Event Site)
3157 North Highway 17
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Note: Participants must collect his/ her own event packets. This rule applies to relay team members as well. Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT. ALL USAT annual members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee ($12)
There will be an optional pre-event meeting at the event site near the transition area 1 at 6PM On Friday April 20, 2012. At this meeting we will go over the event in detail and answer any questions you may have. This meeting is your best opportunity to learn about the event.
Visit the official event site for all the hotel options
On-Site Camping Options
Tke KOA Campground offers a large selection of camping options including RV hook ups, primitive campsites and on-site cabins.
KOA Campground - Mt. Pleasant (Event Site)
3157 Hwy 17 North
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Policies and Refunds
This event accepts refunds of 50% of the paid event price up to 14 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled. Event entries are not transferable between persons, events or years. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy.
The refund cutoff date was Saturday, April 06, 2013 and has passed. No further refunds requests will be accepted for this event.
In the event of inclement the following procedures will be followed:
- The event will be postponed until 7:30AM in hopes the inclement weather will pass.
- If inclement weather does not pass at 7:30AM the event will be changed to a duathlon with a time trial start 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run format.
- If a duathlon is not possible the event will be cancelled and a 50% credit will be issued for all registered participants into the 2014 event. No refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.
- If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather prior to event weekend a 50% credit will be issued for all registered participants into the 2014 event. No refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Purchase Event Photos
Tricycle Studios is the Official Photographer of the South Carolina Triathlon Series!
Their photographers will be attending this event capturing images throughout the race course.
Athletes will receive a customized email after the race, complete with race stats, and automated links to find your images. You may also go directly to the Tricycle Studios website to review their custom products, and purchase your photos from this and other Set Up Events.
Tricycle Studios | a Bird's Eye View, Inc. Company | 540-358-0001 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Click HERE to view the possible jobs you may have at this event.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event please fill out the volunteer requet form below.
Age Group / Category Results
Click HERE to view the age group / category results for this event
Thanks for making this event your first triathlon! There are many more people like yourself who will be racing this type of event for the first time. Below are links to information that you will want to review before race weekend.
Race Number & Body Marking
USAT Triathlon Rules
Water Temperature & Wetsuits
Do you still have questions? If so please review these FAQ's. If you still have questions after reviewing this information please click here.
Awards / Awards Ceremony
The sprint distance awards ceremony will begin at 9:30AM. The half distance awards ceremony will begin at 2:30PM. Both will be held at the finish line / T2 celebration area.
Awards will be given in each of the following divisions:
- Open (M & F) - Top 3
- Masters Open (M & F) - Top 3
- TOP 5 - 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 & Over
- Clydesdale - Top 3
- Master Clydesdale - Top 3
- Athena - Top 3
- ParaTriathlete (M & F)
- Novice (M & F) - Top 3
- Co-Ed Relay (Top 3)
Click HERE to learn more about each of the divisions listed above.
Please read through the following document to understand the movement and check in of gear and bikes at TryCharleston 2013.
Due to high traffic volumes along Highway 17, TryCharleston and Mt. Pleasant officials have decided to create a double transition area event. This action will dramatically reduce impact on the local area and create a more enjoyable day for everyone involved. With that said, this double transition area will create some unique challenges for athletes on event day. However, by following a few simple steps and understanding the transportation plan your event day can be relatively stress free.
- Transition 1 (Swim to Bike) will be held at the KOA Campground. Athletes will be bused to this area on event morning.
- Transition 2 (Bike to Run) will be held across Hwy 17 at the Laurel Hill Primary School. This area will also be site of the finish line and post event celebration.
- Parking for the event will be at Cairo Middle School (A short walk from the finish line / Transition 2 areas).
Food / Refreshments
Breakfast will be available for purchase from Chick-Fil-A beginning at 6AM until 8:30AM. Breakfast cost will be $5.00 to include a Chick-fil-A Biscuit, fruit and coffee or lemonade.
Lunch will be available beginning at 9:00AM until 3:00PM for athlete's family members and friends for $8.00 (free to athletes and volunteers). The menu will consist of BBQ, all the timmings and vegetarian beans.
All Half athletes will receive a custom designed TryCharleston Half finisher's medal.
Aid stations on the bike will be positioned at 3 locations on the bike course. These stations will be found at approximately miles 15, 30 and 45. Stations at mile marks 15 and 45 will have water only in sportscap water bottles which fit nicely into a standard water bottle cage. The station at mile mark 30 will have water and HEED in a standard bike bottle which will fit into a standard water bottle cage.
Please do our volunteers and the environment a huge favor by dropping bottles BEFORE the "End of Drop Zone" sign. Keep in mind that littering on the bike course will result in a penalty courtesy of our USAT officials and we will have designated volunteers writing down numbers of athletes who litter beyond the "Drop Zone"signed area.
Aid stations on the run will be positioned approximately every mile. These stations will contain:
- Water and Hammer Heed
- Hamer Gel and Electrolyte capsules
- Pretzels and other salty snacks
- Orange Slices
- Flat Cola
- Iced Rags
We ask that all participants deposit all their trash at the trash containers located at/near the aid stations.
Please do our volunteers a favor and make sure you don't throw trash along the run course. Our ability to hold this race is contingent upon how clean we leave the area following the race. Littering on the run course will result in a penalty from the USAT officials.
FINISH LINE FOOD
In addition to the standard fare of fruit, water, cola and salty snacks TryCharelston will offer free Shrimp Creole and Rice to all registered athletes and volunteers