Over The Mountain International 2014

Event #8 of the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series

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8:00 AM


Saturday, May 17, 2014


Kings Mountain, NC


Event Completed


1.5K Swim
45K Bike
10K Run


Wednesday, May 14, 2014  8:00 AM


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Over The Mountain International




5/15/14: current water temperature for the Over the Mountain Tri is 74°. Another reading will be taking tomorrow.

2014 Bib numbers are posted!  Click here for yours!  Registrations will still be taken at packet pickup.


Race Logistics:
This race involves some special logistics due to the point-to-point nature of the race. The swim takes place at Moss Lake - west of Kings Mountain. The bike course starts at Moss Lake and finishes in downtown Kings Mountain. The run course takes place in downtown Kings Mountain. Please familiarize yourself with these details in the "Race Logistics" section of this page.

Course Descriptions:
(for course maps - click on "Course Maps" button above)

The race starts at Moss Lake - located about 10 miles west of downtown Kings Mountain. Participants enter the water at the Moss Lake Park Dept. office and boat launch area and swim 1,500 meters across the lake - exiting at the New Camp Creek Rd. park area - the location of transition area #1. Moss Lake is a beautiful clean lake - one of the most popular swim venues in the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series. With water temperatures expected to be in the mid 60's, this will be a wetsuit legal race. 

The bike course is easily the featured element of this race. The 45K course starts at the 1st transition area at Moss Lake and finishes at Patriots Park in downtown Kings Mountain. The bike course is both challenging and beautiful. The course takes participants through two state parks, one national park, and in and out of South Carolina along the way. There are a few long gradual climbs, but nothing too steep. Hardly any portion of this course is level - lots of rollers and moderate ascents and descents. There will be one water bottle handoff location at mile 15 (water only).


The run course will now be an out and back 10K through the local neighborhoods. Aid stations will be located every mile (water & energy drink).



Event Site Rules

Event Capacity:


USAT Sanctioned:

The Over the Mountain Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

Cut-Off Time:

All participants must complete the race in under 4 hours minutes. Event officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to complete the race in under 4 hours.

Minimum Age:

The minimum age allowed for participating in the Over the Mountain Triathlon is 14.

Timing System:

The Over the Mountain Triathlon will be timed using the ChampionChip Tming System.
(5 splits provided)

Packet Pickup

1) Friday (5/16/14): 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life & Conference Center

904 East King Street (Hwy 74 Business) Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

2) Saturday (5/17/14): 5:30 AM - 7:00 AM @ Swim Finish Location - Moss Lake. Map on website.

A photo ID is required for packet pick-up.

Cash or check only please.
All participants must pick up their own race packet.
(including all relay team members).

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 $12.

Lodging Information

Holiday Inn Express

100 Woodlake Pkwy

Kings Mountain, NC 28086


Quality Inn

722 York Road

Kings Mountain, NC 28086



This event does not issue refunds.


Withdrawals are no longer available for this event.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event accepts a one time deferment up to 30 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled.

The deferral event is the 2015 - Over The Mountain International.

The deferral cutoff date was Thursday, April 17, 2014 and has passed. No further deferral requests will be accepted for this event.


In the event of inclement weather the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement weather does not pass in time to complete the event safely in the original or modified format, the event will be cancelled. If the weather passes and the event cannot be held within the permitted time limits, the event will be changed to a duathlon format and possibly modified in length to meet these restrictions.

Every effort will be made to hold 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.

Purchase Event Photos

There will not be a professional photographer at this event.


Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out the volunteer form.

A race official will be in touch with you the week of the race.

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Race Logistics

The Over The Mountain Triathlon is a "point-to-point" race. As such - this race presents participants and race organizers with some unique logistical challenges. We have attempted to make this as easy for participants as possible. It will be important that all participants follow these instructions. At packet pick-up, all participants will be given an envelope containing two plastic bags w/drawstrings. Both plastic bags will contain your race number and the two bags are identical. You will use these bags at swim start and at the swim finish transition area.
Participants will have the option of checking their bikes into the Swim Finish transition area on Friday between 4PM - 7PM.

Paid security guards will be on duty from 3PM until 5AM on Saturday morning (when race organizers and volunteers arrive). This is being done to make things a little easier for you in the morning and also to cut down all the traffic out at the Swim Finish location,
If you choose this option, you'll notice that the bike racks in the swim finish transition area will be numbered in ranges- look for your specific rack. These racks at swim finish (Moss Lake) are NOT individually numbered (the bike racks at the downtown T.A. are individually numbered). For the swim finish transition (T1), you may rack your bike anywhere on the rack with your number range. Remember where you are in the transition area - you won't see this spot again until you run up out of the water following the swim.
1) On race morning, participants who already picked up their race packets on Friday and checked their bikes into the Swim Finish transition area on Friday, will go directly to the downtown transition area (proceed to paragraph #3);
2) On race morning, participants who have NOT picked up their race packets will go to the Swim Finish Location. Those participants will pick up their packets and drop off their bikes and all their bike gear at the Swim Finish Transition Area. The bike racks in the transition area will be numbered in ranges- look for your specific rack. These racks at T1 (swim finish) are NOT individually numbered (the bike racks at the downtown T.A. are individually numbered). You may rack your bike anywhere on that rack. Remember where you are in the transition area - you won't see this spot again until you run up out of the water following the swim. Security will be present - so participants should not worry about leaving their bikes and gear. Make sure you leave everything you will need for the Swim-to-Bike transition. Included in this will be one of your plastic bags - marked with your race number. When you exit the water and get to the transition area - stuff your goggles, swim cap, and all other belongings (including your wetsuit - if applicable) into the bag - and leave it at your spot.
3) Participants will then drive their cars to downtown Kings Mountain (15 minute drive) where the Race Finish is located. Once downtown, participants will be directed to parking areas close to the finish line. Before you drop your run gear in the downtown transition area, grab your run number and pick up your timing chip at the green tent, located near the T.A. and right next to the bus staging area. You will need to show your run number in order to receive your timing chip. Once you have your timing chip, drop your run gear in the downtown transition area - adjacent to the finish line. Once again, find your numbered bike rack. At the downtown transition area - the bike racks will be individually numbered. Find your specific spot and lay out your run gear. As with the other transition area - make a note of where you are - to eliminate confusion when you come in off the bike.
4) At this point you're ready to be transported to the Swim Start location. Buses will be provided to take you out to swim start. Friends and family are welcome to ride out on the buses - these buses will be returning to the downtown finish line following the swim start. OR - you're welcome to provide your own transportation out to the swim start area. Make sure you take your second plastic bag with you to swim start - and DON'T FORGET YOUR TIMING CHIP & ANKLE BAND. When the race starts - you can insert anything you're not wearing during the swim into this plastic bag. Leave the plastic bag in the designated "bag drop location" - which will be at the base of the flag pole.
5) When the race is over - your plastic bags from swim start and from the swim finish transition area will be transported back to the race finish location. Your two bags will be placed together - all bags lined up in numerical sequence - to allow you to easily find your gear. These bags will be back to the finish line location before the final competitor finishes the race. This will prevent you from having to go back out to the lake following the race.

Relay Team 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). Teams can consist of any mix of genders.
  • 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 at the top of the page 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 at the top of the page, 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.

Category Results

CLICK HERE to view category results.

Participant Meeting

A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 16th at the packet pick-up location (Patrick Center). 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.

USAT Rules and Information

Most Commonly Violated USAT Rules:

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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 $12.

CLICK HERE to be taken 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, 2014. 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, 2014.

John will be considered 40 for all 2014 races - and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2014 races.

Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2014.
Sally will be considered 30 for all 2014 races - and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2014 races.

This same policy applies to the all race categories in NCTS races (Open, Clydesdale, etc).

Example: Fred Peters is 39 and will turn 40 on August 15, 2014.
Fred has registered to race in the "Open" category.
Since Fred will turn 40 in 2014 and will be considered 40 in all 2014 races, Fred will automatically be switched into the "Masters Open" category.

Award Categories & Category Information

Top 3 in each of the following categories

Open (M & F)
Masters Open (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, 70-74,75-79,80-84, 85+
Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +)
Masters Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +, 40 & Over)
Athenas (Females - 165 Lbs +)
Novice (M & F)
Masters Novice (M & F)
Relay Team (Mixed)

AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series rules state that once you compete in a particular race category in an AAA-NCTS race - you must remain in that same category for all future AAA-NCTS races in that calendar year. The exception to this rule are the Novice and Masters Novice categories. You may begin the year as a Novice or Masters Novice and then switch into another category (ie: age group, clydesdale, etc.)

Below is a brief description of each race category:

Open - Category for Elite participants. These are typically the fastest people in the race and they compete on an Elite/Professional level.

Masters Open - Same as above, but these Elite participants are 40 and over.

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.

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.

Mixed Relay Team - A relay team that consist of all Male and/or Female members (2 or 3 members).

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.

AAA NCTS Helpful Hints

Here are some helpful information regarding our series and things we do:

  • Event Details are always posted the week of the event. This document can be viewed and printed out by clicking on the "Event Details" button on the top, right-hand side of the event page. This button will NOT appear until we post the document. READ this information. 99% of the questions we get at packet pick up are answered in this document, so the more information you read ahead of time, the quicker we can move people through the packet pick up process.
  • A pre-event e-mail will be sent out the afternoon AFTER online registration has closed. We wait until we have all the registrations before sending this e-mail because we want to make sure everyone gets the information.
  • We always post the Official Participant List with everyone's bib (race) number after online registration has closed, usually by the afternoon after registration closes.
  • Get in the habit of checking this Official Participant List for your bib number. If you come to packet pick up with your Photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) out and ready to hand to us, and tell us your race number as you approach the table, packet pick up moves about 5 million times faster. Yes, it makes that much of a difference. If it takes you 5 minutes to find your ID, then that's 5 minutes that the people behind you have to wait.
  • Everyone MUST show a photo ID at packet pick up, and you can NOT pick up anyone elses packet. This is a USAT rule that we must follow, so please do not ask and then get frustrated with our staff when the answer is no. We do not keep this information a secret. If you have a friend who is not competing, then you can pick up their shirt and any other swag they may have gotten, but you will not be given their numbers.
  • If you get your shirt at packet pick up and are not happy with the size, then you will be able to exchange it BUT not until packet pick up ends event morning. We do this to make sure everyone gets the size they registered for first. Otherwise everyone would go to the same size, then we would run out of that size and the people that actually registered for it would not get it.
  • Online registration always closes 3 days (72 hours) before the event. This is a system wide feature. This allows us enough time to begin to get everything prepped that we need to for the event. If there are still spots available after online registration has closed, then we will post this information and you will be able to register for the event at the posted packet pick up times. Any time you register for an event on-site, it is ALWAYS CASH OR CHECK ONLY.
  • For pool swims, all participants that register on-site will be seeded amongst each other by 100-yard swim time and will begin after all the pre-registered athletes. We leave a LARGE time gap between the last pre-registered athlete and the first on-site sign up to make sure the pool is clear and no one is swimming over anyone else.
  • ALWAYS check your swim time more than 2 weeks before the event. After 2 weeks, the system locks you out so no changes can be made, and there are many times that participants think they have entered an accurate swim time when they actually have not. So just always check it to be safe.
  • Double check your race category. Remember events competed in as Novice and Relay do not count towards series points, and remember that the Open category is the ELITE category.
  • Relax and have fun!