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White Lake Fall Sprint 2017


Event #21 of the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series

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TIME:

8:00 AM

DATE:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

PLACE:

NC FFA Center - White Lake, NC
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STATUS:

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DISTANCE:

750 Meter Swim
14 Mile Bike
5K Run

OPEN UNTIL:

Thursday, September 07, 2017  10:00 AM

INFO:

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PARTICIPANT LIST:

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White Lake Fall Sprint

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2017 Entry Fee/T-Shirt Policy: (same policy as 2016)

We are freezing our entry fees after the first of the year. The price you pay on January 1st will be the same price you will pay three days before the event. In order to be able to have this sort of pricing system, we have to implement a t-shirt cut-off date. We must submit our shirt order two weeks prior to the event. Consequently, anyone registering for the event a minimum of 14 days prior to the event will receive a race shirt. 

Anyone registering after that t-shirt cut-off date (Sunday, August 27, 2017), will not receive a race shirt.

People not receiving a race shirt will have the option of purchasing a shirt after the race for $10 while supplies last.

 

"Logo-Free" Shirts:

The race shirts will contain the race design/artwork on the front and nothing on the back - no logos.

 

Description

Course Descriptions:

Swim:
The basic reason that the White Lake races  have become so popular over the years is the lake itself. White Lake is one of the finest lakes you will ever have the pleasure to swim in – a perfect oval, two miles long and one mile across. The lake which is fed by subterranean springs is crystal clear with a sand bottom – about nine feet deep out in the very middle. Most mornings, White Lake is so perfectly flat; you’d swear you were looking at a sheet of ice. This is an in-water start with participants lining up with the end of the two piers/docks at the NCFFA Center. The swim course is triangular shaped. Participants exit the water at the end of the easternmost pier/dock and run about 300 yards to the transition area. 

Bike:
The bike course is a two-lap course - each lap being 7 miles in length. The course circles White Lake and is very fast. There are only 2 right hand turns on this course, and there are no hills whatsoever.

Run:
The 5K run is an out & back course. Runners take a right out of the FFA center onto Hwy 53, down 53. Run behind the Wam Squam onto 701, turn around and back to the FFA Center.

Category Pricing

Open Male
Open Female
Age Group Male
Age Group Female
Clydesdale
Master Clydesdale
Athena
Physically Challenged Male
Physically Challenged Female
Novice Male
Novice Female
On or Before Saturday, December 31, 2016$55.00
On or Before Thursday, September 07, 2017, 10:00 AM$65.00
On-site Registration$85.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Mixed Relay
On or Before Saturday, December 31, 2016$95.00
On or Before Thursday, September 07, 2017, 10:00 AM$115.00
On-site Registration$135.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Aquabike Male
AquaBike Female
On or Before Saturday, December 31, 2016$50.00
On or Before Thursday, September 07, 2017, 10:00 AM$60.00
On-site Registration$80.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Note: On-line Registration for this event closes on 09-07-2017 at 10:00 AM.

There is a $15.00 fee for each non USAT - Adult registrant.

On-site registration is available for this event on 09-09-2017 during normal packet pick up hours.

On-site registration is available for this event on 09-10-2017 during normal packet pick up hours.

Event Site Rules

Event Capacity : 500

Important Run Course Rule : Runners must stay inside the traffic cones along Hwy 701. (The Penalty for running outisde the cones - DISQUALIFICATION). This is for your safety.

USAT Sanctioned : This event is a USA Triathlon sanctioned race.

Cut-Off Times:

  • Participants must finish the entire race under 4 hours from the start of the event.
  • Race officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to meet the above time requirements.
  • This is a safety issue, our permits, water safety, volunteers, police, ems, etc are only reserved for the above time restrictions.

Minimum Age : The minimum age allowed for participating in this event is 10 years old.

Timing System : This event is timed using the ChampionChip Timing System. All run turn locations will have timing mats to verify completion of the course.

Dogs : Dogs are not permitted inside the NC FFA Center property. Anyone with a dog will be asked to remove the dog.

Packet Pickup

 

  • Saturday, September 9th (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM) @ Race Site
  • Sunday, September 10th (6:00 AM - 7:00 AM) @ Race Site
  • Packet pickup location is in the FFA Center Dining Hall opposite the pavilion.
  • Due to the White Lake Half on Saturday, packet pick-up for the White Lake Sprint will not begin until 5:30 PM. 
  • Please do not show up prior to 5:30 PM on Saturday.

FFA Address is

North Carolina FFA Center
1247 Hwy 53 East
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Important things to remember :

  • A photo ID is required for packet pick-up.
  • Cash, Check or Credit Card are accepted.
  • 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 $15. No exceptions.

PARTICIPANT MEETING:

A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 9th under the FFA center pavilion. 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.

Lodging Information

NCFFA Center Accommodations:

Reservations must be made online.
Two night minimum required for all NC FFA Center accommodations.  Friday & Saturday nights.

1) Lodge Rooms:
Air-conditioned, private bath, accommodates 3 people. Beds are provided, must bring your own linens.
Cost: $200 for 2 nights - Friday & Saturday

LODGE ROOM REGISTRATION

2) Cabins:
Screened windows, no air conditioning, accommodates 10 people. Beds are provided - but no linens. Access to FFA Center bathhouse.
Cost: $150 for 2 nights - Friday & Saturday

CABIN REGISTRATION

 

Refund Policy on FFA Center Accommodations:
A 50% refund will be made on any FFA Center accommodations up till 21 days from the event - no matter when you cancel - even if you need to cancel the day after you make the reservations. See accomdation page for refund cut off dates.


Camp Clearwater

Located on the beautiful shores of White Lake, Camp Clearwater is North Carolina's largest family campground. Long considered the nation's safest beach, White Lake's 1,100 acres of crystal-clear water, white sandy bottom and gently sloping shores have made it a popular vacation spot for families from East Coast states, especially North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida. At Camp Clearwater you will be able to enjoy White Lake's natural beauty on our 1,300 feet of private white sandy beach or from any of our four piers. We offer a wide variety of sites to suit your Overnight, Seasonal, and Year-Round camping needs. Camp Clearwater also has sites to accommodate your Manufactured Home or Park Model if you are interested in camping with us for many years to come.

910-862-3365


Hotel/Motel Accommodations:

Motels at White Lake:
1) Langston's: 910-862-2597 or 910-654-4011
2) Carolyn's: 910-862-5363
3) Sundeck: 910-862-2358
4) Brisson's: 910-862-2495
5) Alpine: 910-862-1444
6) Isley's: 910-862-4030
7) White Lake Holiday Resort: www.whitelakeholidayresort.com
8) Lasley's: 910-862-3473
9) Goldston's Beach: 910-862-4064
10) Crystal Beach: 910-862-3660

11) Melwood Court Motel: www.melwoodcourt.com

White Lake Condos:

1) White Lake Pines Association - Tim Todd, LLC - 3 condos on the lake that sleep 8 people - 910-795-8799

2) Two bedroom / two bath condo - Contact Betty - 910-624-4255

3) Tar Heel Cottages (910)862-3373 www.tarheelcottages.com

Additional Motels/Hotels within 30 miles of White Lake:

Columbus County - Lumberton, NC - www.lumberton-nc.com

1) Clinton, NC: (30 minutes - north)
(see "Driving Directions" - top of this page)

* Days Inn: 910-590-0660
* Comfort Inn: 910-592-8220
* Budget Inn: 910-592-4747
* Ashford Inn: 910-596-0961

2) Whiteville, NC: (30 minutes - south)

* Holiday Motel: 910-642-5162

3) Elizabethtown (10 minutes from White Lake)

* Days Inn: 910-862-7444

4) Six Runs Plantation Bed In Breakfast

* 2794 Register Sutton Rd, Rose Hill, NC 28458 (910) 532-4810

Camping Information:

Tent camping is available at Jones Lake State Park which is approx. 10 minutes from White Lake.
Jones Lake State Park is located on Hwy 242 N.
From White Lake - take Hwy 701 towards Elizabethtown. Turn right on Hwy 242 N. - Jones Lake State Park is about 2-3 miles on left.

910-588-4550

They do not take reservations.
Campsites are on a first come - first serve basis.
Tent campsites are $20 per night - Maximum of two tents and two cars per campsite.
Call for access times in and out of park in evening and in morning.

Refunds

Refund are not available for this event.

Withdrawals

Withdrawals will be available after Friday, August 11, 2017.

Transfers

This event accepts transfer to another event up to 14 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled.

The events eligble for transfer are below.

  • 2017 - White Lake Fall Half plus any difference in registration price.
  • 2017 - White Lake Fall International plus any difference in registration price.
  • 2017 - Lake James 50 plus any difference in registration price.
  • 2017 - Sandling Beach 50 plus any difference in registration price.
  • 2017 - Lake James Sprinter plus any difference in registration price.

The transfer cutoff date is Sunday, August 27, 2017 or in 31 day(s) from today .

Click here to go to your profile and request a transfer for this event.

Deferrals

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 2018 - White Lake Fall Sprint.

The deferral cutoff date is Friday, August 11, 2017 or in 15 day(s) from today .

Click here to go to your profile and request a deferral for this event.

Policies

This event has a cut off date for receiving a T-Shirt. The cutoff is 13 day(s) from the event or 31 day(s) from today.

Inclement Weather

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.

Volunteer

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out the volunteer form. A race official will be in touch with you the week before the race.

Volunteer Form

Overall Results

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Category Results

CLICK HERE to view category results.

Relay Team Information

  • Relays can be comprised of 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 2017 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, log into your profile and click on change category next to the event you wish to convert to a relay. It will walk you though the steps to change from an individual to a relay.

USAT Rules and Information

Most Commonly Violated USAT Rules:

Most Common

Blocking

Drafting

Position


USAT INFORMATION:

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.

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, 2017. 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.

Examples:

  • John Smith is 39 and will turn 40 on November 20, 2017. John will be considered 40 for all 2017 races - and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2017 races.
  • Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2017. Sally will be considered 30 for all 2017 races - and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2017 races.
  • Fred Peters is 39 and will turn 40 on August 15, 2017.  Since Fred will turn 40 in 2017 and will be considered 40 in all 2017 races and wants to register ion the "open" class, Fred will only be able to register in "Masters Open" category.
  • This same policy applies to the all race master race categories in AAA NCTS. (Open Male and Female, Clydesdale, Master Clydesdales).

Award Categories & Category Information

Top 3 in each of the following categories

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+
Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +)
Masters Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +, 40 & Over)
Athenas (Females - 165 Lbs +)
Aquabike (M & F)
Novice (M & F)
Relay Teams (1 category only)

AAA NCTS 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 exceptions to this rule are the Aquabike, Novice and Weight categories. You may begin the year as a Novice and then switch into another qulifying category (ie: Age Group, Clydesdale). For Weight categories (Clydesdale 220+, Master 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 swithch to Aquabike you can switch back to your previous category at any time without penalty.

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.

Age Group - Participants competing in their age group.

Clydesdale - Category for participants who are over 220 lbs.

Master Clydesdale - Category for participants who are over 220 lbs. and are 40 or over.

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.

AAA NCTS Helpful Hints

  • 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 a few days prior to the event. 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, the packet pick-up process will move faster. 
  • Everyone MUST show a photo ID at packet pick up, and you can NOT pick up anyone elses packet. This is a USAT rule. 
  • If you get your shirt at packet pick up and are not happy with the size, you can exchange it immediately after the race.
  • Online registration closes 3 days before the event (usually by 10am). 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. We always accept cash or check and if we have internet connectivity we will accept credit cards.
  • For pool swims, all participants who register on-site will be seeded 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.
  • For a pool swim ALWAYS check your swim time more than 2 weeks before the event. 
  • 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.
  • If you're in the wrong race category, you can make that change at packet pick-up.