AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series


AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series



1/11/2016 XTERRA Myrtle Beach Joins the AAA South Carolina Triathlon Series
On April 24, 2016 the AAA SCTS will add an off-road triathlon to its existing schedule, marking the first time an Off-Road triathlon has been part of the traditionally on-road series.  We are very excited to offer our athletes a chance to earn points at this non-traditional event and hope it will inspire many of our "road triathletes" to give the off-road scene a try!  XTERRA Myrtle Beach is an exceptional event and we are certain everyone will love racing at the Horry County Bike Run Trails!

12/14/2015 Greenville Triathlon DATE CHANGE
Please note, due to a scheduling conflict we have moved the date of the Greenville Triathlon to Sunday August 14, 2016.  If for any reason this date will not work for anyone already signed up a full refund will be issued.


The 2016 AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series (AAA-SCTS) is a collection the region's best triathlons spanning the beautiful state of South Carolina. Racing From the Mountains to the Sea, the AAA-SCTS offers a variety of course types, distances and difficulties perfect for every level of triathlete. First timers, middle of the packers and elite athletes alike will find pleasure from racing the AAA-SCTS circuit. Professional service that comes with a smile is our way of doing things here in South Carolina.

Full details of the 2016 AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series may be found by navigating your way through this page. Here you will find series rules, current standings, award categories, and more. We look forward to having you compete in our wonderful state.

Series Rules

USA Triathlon Sanctioning

  • All SCTS events are USA Triathlon sanctioned. 
  • USAT's Most Commonly Violated Rules: If you are new to the sport or are wondering why you got a penalty at your last event, click HERE to read USAT's most commonly violated rules.
  • Click HERE to read all of USAT's Competitive Rules 

Open (Elite) Rules

  • Click HERE to learn about the SCTS Open rules.

Qualification Rules

  • Click HERE to learn about series qualification rules.
  • The minimum age allowed for participating in the SCTS is 10 years of age for most events. Exceptions will be made based on parent/guardian request.  

USAT Age Up Rule

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

USAT Wetsuit Rules

  • Click HERE to learn about the SCTS Wetsuit usage policy.

USAT Membership 

  • Click HERE to check your USAT membership or print your card.  All SCTS events will require you to present your current USAT membership card or either pay the one-day USAT permit fee ($12).

Series Weights, Categories and Divisions

Event weights for 2016 will be roughly based on criteria established by USA Triathlon for the purpose of administering their national rankings system. For the SCTS events will be weighted based on distance and size of event. The event weight index will be used to calculate scores for all participants (See Scoring below).

Event Weight Classification Table
Event DistanceDistance Factor

Depth of Field Factor

(300+ finishers in 2015)

Depth of Field Factor

(400+ finishers in 2015)

Sprint 0.90 0.92 0.94
Sprinternational 0.92 0.94 0.96
International 0.93 0.95 0.97
Half Iron 0.96 0.98 1.00
Championship/ Qualifier Status + 0.05 + 0.05 +0.05
Special SCTS Bonus Event +0.10 +0.10 +0.10


Again in 2016 one SCTS event will be designated as a Special SCTS Bonus Event earning that event an extra 0.05 base points. The 2016 SCTS Bonus Event is The Dam Tri.

Based on the above formula the event weights for the 2016 SCTS events will be as follows:

2016 SCTS Event Weights
EventEvent Weight
Parris Island 0.92
Downtown Columbia 0.90
Anderson YMCA 0.90
TryCharleston Half 0.96
TryCharleston Sprint 0.90
XTERRA Myrtle Beach 0.90
Clemson Sprint 0.94
Lake Murray Sprint 0.90
Mountains to Main Street 0.96
Caine Halter YMCA 0.90
Middle Tyger YMCA 0.90
Greenwood Triathlon 0.93
Tri the Midlands 0.92
Tri the Swamp Rabbit 0.92
Greenville Sprint 0.92
Langley Pond International TBD
Langley Pond Sprint TBD
Market Common Triathlon 0.90
The Dam Triathlon Sprinternational 1.02

Series Scoring and Current Standings

SCTS Course Records

Current Course RecordsSpreadsheeet (Excel)

2015 Final Standings

2015 Open Male/Masters Open Male
2015 Open Female/Masters Open Female
2015 Male Age Groups
2015 Female Age Groups
2015 Clydesdale/Master Clydesdale
2015 Athena
2015 Aquabike Male/Female

2015 Regional Standings
2015 Coastal Standings
2015 Midlands Standings
2015 Upstate Standings

SCTS Final Standings - 2014 & prior


Event Scoring Details

  • The top five men's finish times will be used to create an average time that all men's finish times will be divided into. The top five women's finish times will be used to create an average time that all women's finish times are divided into.
  • All male participants' finish times will be divided into this average male "base" time to create raw scores. (same for females)

How the Series is Scored:

Click HERE for details on how the South Carolina Triathlon Series is scored.

NOTE: Only the TOP 5 scores from each athlete are used the calculate the final series score. This practice is geared to reward performance and not simply number of events raced.

NOTE ON SCORING: The series is still scored the same as it always has been, but we have decided to make the scores "cleaner". All scores are multiplied by 10000 when calculated to make the score an integer rather than a decimal. Now you can really watch your score grow with each race! We have also broken the brackets down so all participants are not grouped together in the same file. This allows participants to find their information quicker and easier.



Series Awards

Cash Purse
($5,800 Total Cash Purse)
1st Place Open $1000 $1000
2nd Place Open $600 $600
3rd Place Open $350 $350
4th Place Open $250 $250
5th Place Open $150 $150
1st Place Masters Open $300 $300
2nd Place Masters Open $150 $150
3rd Place Masters Open $100 $100


Distinctive Awards

Click Here to see definitions for each of the event categories offered by Set Up Events

  • Top 5 Open (M & F)
  • Top 3 Masters Open (M & F)
  • Top 3 Age Group (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 Aquabike (M &F)
  • Top 3 Clydesdale
  • Top 3 Master Clydesdale
  • Top 3 Athena

Qualifiers Rewards

Any athlete who participates in a minimum of five (5) 2016 SCTS events will qualify for SCTS qualifier rewards. The tiered qualifier system will work as follows:

  1. Any athlete who participates in a minimum of 5 SCTS events will receive a custom pair of SCTS socks and a SCTS t-shirt. This is also the minimum number of events needed to qualify for series awards.
  2. Any athlete who participates in a minimum of 9 SCTS events will receive a custom pair of SCTS socks, a SCTS t-shirt and a SCTS jacket/vest/pullover or similar garment.
  3. Any athlete who participates in a minimum of 12 SCTS events will receive a custom pair of SCTS socks, a SCTS t-shirt, a SCTS jacket/vest/pullover and free entry into any five (5) 2017 SCTS events.

NOTE: Athletes must at least complete the swim portion of each event in order to have that event count toward the minimum number of events needed to qualify for these rewards.

NOTE: As stated above in the Qualification Rules, events raced as a Novice will not count toward the number of events for the Qualifier Rewards.

NOTE: All qualifier rewards and series awards MUST BE collected at the 2016 SCTS Awards Banquet. Awards and rewards not collected at the banquet may be shipped directly to your home address; however there will be a charge of $15 to ship these items. Click HERE to pay for shipment of your SCTS rewards/awards. Athletes living in Anderson, Columbia, and Greenville will have their rewards shipped to a central location for pick up and will not have to pay for shipping. 


2016 SCTS Awards Banquet

2016 AAA-SCTS Athlete Celebration Banquet

Where:  EdVenture Children's Museum
             211 Gervais Street
             Columbia, SC 29201         

When:  Saturday, October 8th from 6 PM - 10 PM

Who: Anyone who has raced in at least one SCTS event in 2016 (Friends and family are also invited to attend)

How: Register for the SCTS Awards Banquet by clicking the link below:

2016 SCTS Athlete Celebration Banquet Reservations (will be posted later in the year)


Regional Championship Series

SCTS Regional Logo

 In 2016 the AAA South Carolina Triathlon Series presented by Pennington Law Firm will showcase a "series within a series", awarding championship designations to regional champions across three geographic boundaries.  Champions in each age group and category will be designated in the Upstate, Midlands and Coastal regions with no extra registration or sign up required.  Simply race your races and we will determine the Regional Champions based on points gained through the normal AAA SCTS qualification point system.  Regional Champions will be recognized and awarded at the 2016 AAA SCTS Awards Celebration in Columbia, SC.  Full details are found below...



Regional Events


  • Anderson YMCA Triathlon
  • Clemson Triathlon
  • Mountains to Main Street Half
  • Caine Halter YMCA Triathlon
  • Middle Tyger YMCA Triathlon
  • Greenwood Triathlon
  • Tri the Swamp Rabbit 
  • Greenville Triathlon


  • Columbia Downtown Triathlon
  • Lake Murray Triathlon
  • Tri the Midlands
  • Langley Pond Triathlons (TBD)
  • The Dam Tri


  • Parris Island Triathlon
  • TryCharleston Triathlons
  • The Market Common Triathlon

Qualification Rules

  • Championship status will be awarded to the Top 1 in each AAA SCTS age group and category.
  • Champions do not need to reside within the specific geographic region to be crowned Region Champion.  Rather the qualification is based on the geographic region of each event.
  • To qualify a participant must race in a minimum of 3 events within that specific region.
  • The top 3 scores will be used to establish a final score even if the participant races more than 3 events within a specific region.
  • An athlete may be crowned champion of more than one region.
  • All champions will receive a custom long sleeve Region Champion t-shirt to recognize their accomplishment.
  • An athlete MAY qualify to be a Regional Champion even if he/ she does not qualify for overall AAA SCTS awards.

Region Upstate 2015  Region 2015 Midlands  Region 2015 Coastal