White Lake Spring International 2018

Event #4 of the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series

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8:30 AM


Saturday, April 21, 2018


NC FFA Center - White Lake, NC
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1500 Meter Swim
45K Bike
10K Run


Wednesday, April 18, 2018  8:30 AM


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White Lake Spring International





Registration Opens - 11/1

Registration for all NCTS races opens up on November 1st.
2019 will feature some exciting new race formats, a few date changes, and an upgraded registration platform.











                                                       Pajama Pants for the first 250 to register:

They're back. The pajama pants that became synonymous with our Beach2Battleship event are coming back in 2018. The first 250 people to register for the White Lake Spring International will automatically receive these pajama pants at packet pick-up.

These same pajama pants will also be given to the first 250 people who register for the White Lake Spring Half.

It's all part of our enhanced swag program for 2018 at all NCTS events.

NOTE:  Relay teams will only receive one swag item per team - additional swag may be purchased at the conclusion of the event.


2018 Entry Fee/T-Shirt Policy: (same policy as 2017)

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 (Saturday, April 7, 2018), 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.


The White Lake Spring International takes place in conjunction with the famous White Lake Spring Half this year.

Course Descriptions:

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 would 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 a triangular shaped course. Participants exit the water at the end of the easternmost pier/dock and run about 300 yards to the transition area. Swim caps will be provided.

Check out the USA Triathlon wetsuit rules if you are not familiar with them - the rules can be found on the following link.

The 45K bike course is a one loop design. It is a very fast, flat course. Absolutely the fastest International bike course in North Carolina. 

The 10K run is an out & back course. The course is flat and fast.

Event Site Rules

Event Capacity :  400

Important Run Course Rule : Runners must stay inside the traffic cones along Hwy 701. (The Penalty for running outside 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 14 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

Packet Pickup

  • Additional Packet Pick Up - Thursday (April 19th) 5-7pm at New Balance of Wilmington!
  • Friday, April 20th (3:00 PM - 7:00 PM) @ Race Site
  • Saturday, April 21st (6:00 AM - 7:30 AM) @ Race Site
  • Packet pickup location is in the FFA Center Dining Hall opposite the pavilion.

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.


A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, April 20th 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


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



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.



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:
8) White Lake Christian Camp: 910-862-3473
9) Goldston's Beach: 910-862-4064
10) Crystal Beach: 910-862-3660

11) Melwood Court Motel:

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

Additional Motels/Hotels within 30 miles of White Lake:

Columbus County - Lumberton, NC -

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.


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.


Refund are not available for this event.


Transfers MAY be allowed if requested within 15 days of event.  Please email for transfer information.


While we understand that most events that would require a deferral to the following year's event are last minute, we are UNABLE  to accommodate any requests for deferrals after 30 days prior to the event.  There are NO exceptions made to this rules.


This event has a cut off date for receiving a T-Shirt. The cutoff is 13 day(s) before the event. That time has passed.

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.


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.

Overall Results






Category Results

CLICK HERE to view category results.

Relay Team Information

  • Relays can comprise of a 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 2018 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.
  • Relay teams will only receive one swag item per team - additional swag may be purchased following the event.

Bike & Run Course Aid Station Information

Bike Course:

There will be three aid stations located at the 13.6 mile point. Aid stations will have only water available. Water will be Deer Park 20 oz. sport cap bottles. If you require an energy drink during the bike, we suggest you carry this with you. Please do our volunteers a big favor and if you're going to drop a bottle - please do so at the aid station locations. Keep in mind that littering on the bike course will result in a penalty courtesy of our USAT officials.

Aid Station Supplies:

NBS Hydration will be our official on course nutrition.  Their goal is to provide athletes high quality, evidence based nutrition at a cost effective price point. They focus on what’s inside the bag, stripping away all the BS that surrounds the sports nutrition industry.

Their products first hit the market in 2016, through a partnership with Dr. Stacy Sims. NBS Hydration helps guard against dehydration caused by exercise and extreme heat by working with your body’s specific physiology. The exact type of sugars and electrolytes in the proper ratios is included to ensure optimal hydration and get to you to the finish line faster. They also offer preload, recovery, and goodnight products to round out your in-season nutrition. 

  • Water
  • Flat cola
  • HammerGel
  • E-Caps
  • Oranges
  • Salty Snack
  • Ice
  • Cold towels
  • First Aid Kit
  • Port-A-Let

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.

Pasta Dinner

Pasta Dinner:

The Sawmill Restaurant will provide a pasta dinner at race site on Friday evening. Dinner will be served from 5:00-8:00pm. Pasta, Salad, bread and tea will be available for $9.00 a plate. Our own "Italian Cafe" will be set up under the pavilion, lake side.  Don't miss this chance to enjoy your fellow athletes while "carbing up" for your big day.

In addition to Friday night's pasta dinner, the Sawmill Restaurant will be on site on Saturday all day serving lunch and dinner. A variety of meal choices will be available for purchase, including kid friendly options.

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 $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, 2018. 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.


  • John Smith is 39 and will turn 40 on November 20, 2018. John will be considered 40 for all 2018 races - and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2018 races.
  • Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2018. Sally will be considered 30 for all 2018 races - and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2018 races.


Award Categories & Category Information

Top 3 in each of the following categories

Advanced (M & F)
Age Groups (M & F):15 & Under,16-19,20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,
                                50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69,70-75,75-79, 80+
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 switch to Aquabike you can switch back to your previous category at any time without penalty.

Below is a brief description of each race category:

Advanced - 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

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 (70 hours) 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 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.
  • 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 Advanced category is the ELITE category.
  • Relax and have fun!