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Series Description

The North Carolina Triathlon Series is celebrating its 23rd anniversary in 2021, and has been recognized as the premier statewide triathlon series in the U.S. 
From the heart of the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains to the beautiful beaches of southeastern North Carolina the NCTS consists of the following:

•   2 Halfs
•   5 Internationals
•   11 Sprints

Started in 1999, the NCTS is comprised of iconic long-standing races like the Azalea Sprint in Wilmington, the White Lake Half, the YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint, the Triangle Sprint in Raleigh, and the Pinehurst International - all five races part of the NCTS since its inception in 1999.


Experience a North Carolina Triathlon Series event in 2021. 

Series Awards & Categories

Qualifying for Series Awards:

In order to qualify for NCTS series awards and year-end "swag", participants must compete in a minimum of 4 NCTS races.

Award Categories:

Distinctive awards will be presented to the top 3 in each of the following categories

  • Advanced Men & Women

  • Age Groups (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 & Over)

  • Clydesdales (men 220 lbs. and above)

  • Athens (women 165 lbs and above)

  • AquaBike Men & Women

Series Scoring

In order to qualify for NCTS series awards a participants must compete in 4 races

Participants receive scores based on their finish times for each event - combined with the event weighting (below).

If a participant competes in more than 4 races - ONLY the top 4 scores will be counted


NCTS Events are weighted by two factors; the length of the race and the size of the race.

  • For example, a Half is going to be weighted higher than a Sprint.
  • Also, a Sprint with 500 participants is going to be weighted higher than a Sprint with 200 people.

Event Weight Classifications:

Race Distance Factor: (weighting for events based on distance) 
*  Sprint:  .90
*  International:  .95
*  Half:  .99

Race Size Factor: (weighting for events that are larger from a participation standpoint) 
*  Sprint: .91
*  International: .96
*  Half: 1.0

2020 North Carolina Triathlon Series Event Weights

  • Azalea Sprint: .91

  • White Lake Spring Half:  .99

  • White Lake Spring International:  .95

  • White Lake Spring Sprint:  .90

  • Lake Norman State Park Sprint:  .90

  • Pinehurst International:  .95

  • Pinehurst Sprint:  .90

  • Triangle Sprint:  .91

  • Carolina Beach Double Sprint:  .90

  • Lake Logan Half:  .99

  • Lake Logan International:  .95

  • Lake Logan Sprint:  .90

  • Lake Lure Sprint:  .90

  • White Lake Fall International:  .95

  • White Lake Fall Sprint:  .90

  • YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint:  .91

  • Sandling Beach Sprint:  .90

  • Sandling Beach International:  .95