AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series


AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series



Set Up Events will debut three new races in Wilmington on August 19th.

1) Cape Fear 16 @ RiverLights

Swim: 750 meters - Bike: 20K - Run: 5K
Race starts at 8:00AM

2)  Triathlon 101 @ RiverLights

Swim: 300 yards - Bike: 4.5 miles - Run: 1 mile
Race starts at 9:30AM

NOTE:  The Triathlon 101 race is targeted at kids (8 & over) and Novices.

3) Cape Fear Duathlon @ RiverLights

Run:  3K - Bike: 20K - Run: 5K
Race Starts at 8:15AM


Both triathlons will feature open water swims in a 38-acre man made lake that features fresh water from the sub-terraneon springs that feed the lake, a sand bottom, and a depth of only 10' at its deepest point.

The bike course will be totally CLOSED to traffic and will take part on the new section of River Rd. that features a grass median in the middle, wide lanes, and nice smooth pavement. This will be a fast bike course and a fun course.

The run course stays on the lakeside trail that encirlces the lake - completely flat and never more than 10' from the lake (in case anyone decides to cool off during the run).


The Cape Fear 16 @ RiverLights is part of the North Carolina Triathlon Series.

The Triathlon 101 @ RiverLights and the Cape Fear Duathlon @ RiverLights can be found in the "Other Events" section of our website.


The AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series is the premier triathlon series on the east coast; both the largest and oldest.

From Asheville in the heart of the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains to the beautiful beaches of southeastern North Carolina we boast

  • 3 Halfs
  • 2 50's
  • 5 Internationals
  • 2 Sprinter's (Sprint/International hybrid)
  • 12 Sprints
  • Over 10,000 participants in 2016.

Started in 1999, the NCTS is comprised of such iconic long-standing races like the Azalea Triathlon in Wilmington, The White Lake Half, the Wilmington YMCA Sprint, The Triangle Triathlon in Raleigh, and the Tri Latta Triathlon in Charlotte, and has continued to add competitive, quality races though its existence.

Experience a North Carolina Triathlon Series event in 2017. 

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Series Rules

USA Triathlon Santioning

  • All AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series events are USA Triathlon sanctioned. 

Qualification Rules

  • Click HERE to learn about series qualification rules.

USAT Age Up Rule

  • Click HERE to learn about the USAT age up rule.

USAT Wetsuit Rules

  • Click HERE to learn about the AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series Wetsuit usage policy.

Series Weights, Categories and Divisions

In 2017 the event weight classification will undergo a number of changes to increase participation and the competiveness of the events in the AAA NCTS series.

Event Weight Classification Table

Event DistanceDistance Factor

Depth of Field Factor

(400+ registrations in 2016)

Minimum Age

Sprint 0.90 0.91 10
Sprinter 0.92 0.93 12
Olympic/International 0.95 0.96 14
50 0.97 0.98 15
Half 0.99 1.00 16


Based on the above formula the event weights for the 2017 North Carolina Triathlon Series events will be as follows:

2017 North Carolina Triathlon Series Event Weights
EventEvent Weight
Azalea Sprint 0.91
Granite Falls Sprint 0.90
White Lake Spring Half 0.99
White Lake Spring International 0.95
White Lake Spring Sprint 0.90
Kerr Lake International 0.95
Lake Norman State Park Triathlon Sprinter 0.92
Pinehurst International 0.96
Tri Latta Sprint 0.91
Enka @ Biltmore Lake Sprint 0.90
Carolina Beach Double Sprint 0.90
Triangle Sprint 0.91
Buckner Mission Man Sprint 0.90
Lake Logan Half 1.00
Lake Logan International 0.95
Lake Logan Sprint 0.90
Lake Lure Sprint 0.90
White Lake Fall Half 0.99
White Lake Fall International 0.95
White Lake Fall Sprint 0.90
Wilmington YMCA Sprint 0.91
Sandling Beach 50 0.97
Lake James 50 ** 0.97
Lake James Sprinter ** 0.92

 ** These races are tentative pending race site approval.

Individual Race Categories:

Click HERE for a description of all the race categories that are available for individuals in North Carolina Triathlon Series events.

Series Scoring and Current Standings

Year to Date Series Standings

Past Standings:

How the Series is Scored

Only the 5 HIGHEST scores are counted. We added a column in the standings that is called Count. That number is the number of scored events that person has competed in. You must compete in at least 5 events to qualify for series awards. Also, remember events competed in as Novice or Relay are NOT scored or counted towards series scoring or prizes. For complete details on series scoring click the link above.

Series Awards

Distinctive Awards:

Custom awards TBD will be presented to the TOP 5 individuals in the following event divisions at the end of the year based on the final series standings.

As stated earlier, individuals must compete in a minimum of 5 scored events to be eligible for awards (novices & relays are not scored).


Open (M & W)
Age Groups (M & W)
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 (Men, 220 Lbs & Over)
Masters Clydesdales (Men, 220 Lbs & Over, 40 years of age & older)
Athenas (Women, 165 Lbs. & Over)
Aquabike (M & W)

2017 Series Qualifier Package

We are working hard to source and determine the 2017 Series Qualifying package back for athletes who register for 5 AAA Car Care NCTS races.

Last year the qualifier package made it well worth registering for 5 races. We look forward to offering you another great incentive package in 2017.

Make sure you have liked us on Facebook and signed up for AAA NCTS Emails so you will be the first to know the package details. 

2016 AAA NCTS Series Package Qualifiers

Past Event Results

Click here to view event results that are no longer on the event calendar.

About the AAA NCTS

The AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series is the largest and longest running triathlon series in the U.S.

Totaling 24 events, the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series is comprised of early season pool swim sprint distance events, traditional sprint distance events, international distance events, and three half iron distance events.

AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series events are staged from the heart of the of the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains, to the beautiful beaches of southeastern North Carolina, from the metropolises of Charlotte and Raleigh to wide-open out of the way places like White Lake.

Over 8,000 different people race in the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series with the 25 events attracting over 10,000 registrations.

2017 will be an exciting year, and these changes are designed to keep the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series vibrant and progressive.

Experience an AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series event in 2017.