Event Category Definitions

Age Group Duathlon
Aquabike Physically Challenge/Paratriathlete
Aquathlon Relay Team — Female
Athena Relay Team — Male
Clydesdale Relay Team — Mixed or Coed
Collegiate

 

Age Group

The age-group athlete makes up the vast majority of all athletes at an event. If you do not assign yourself to any of the categories listed here, you will race as an age grouper. If there is any doubt as to where you should classify yourself, this is likely the category for you.

 

Aquabike — Male or Female

The aquabike category is for those athletes who wish to only do the swim and bike portions of a multisport event. Your race time will end at the completion of the bike leg of the race, which as soon as you cross the mat to enter the transition area. After racking your bike, please proceed at any pace you wish to the finish line for your finish-line photo and your medal. Aquabikers get the best finish line photos around as there is plenty of time to clean up for that photo! Not all Epic events offer this category. Please check the individual series/event pages to see if your event offers this division.

 

Aquathlon — Male or Female

The aquathlon category is for those athletes who wish to only do the swim and run portions of a multisport event. The normal format will be swim-run, with the aquathlon typically going off with the final swim wave and heading straight to the run. Not all Epic events offer this category. Please check the individual series/event pages to see if your event offers this division.

 

Athena

USA Triathlon recognizes the Athena Category. As Epic Races triathlons are sanctioned by USA Triathlon, we also offer this competitive category. To compete in the Athena category, women must meet the official minimum weight standard of 165 pounds. The age breakdown will be 39 years of age and under and 40 years of age and up. If you are competing in one of the Athena category, you are eligible for awards within that category but are ineligible for age-group awards. Athena awards are as follows:

  • 1st Overall Athena, ages 39 and under
  • 1st Overall Athena, ages 40 and up

 

Clydesdale

USA Triathlon recognizes the Clydesdale Category. As Epic Races triathlons are sanctioned by USA Triathlon, we also offer this competitive category. To compete in the Clydesdale category, men must meet the official minimum weight standard of 220 pounds. The age breakdown will be 39 years of age and under and 40 years of age and up. If you are competing in one of the Clydesdale category, you are eligible for awards within that category but are ineligible for age-group awards. Clydesdale awards are as follows:

  • 1st Overall Clydesdale, ages 39 and under
  • 1st Overall Clydesdale, ages 40 and up

 

Collegiate

A collegiate athlete is any athlete enrolled full time in an accredited college or university as of the date of the event. School ID is required at Packet Pick-Up to verify enrollment. Not all Epic events offer this category. Please check the individual series/event pages to see if your event offers this division.

 

Duathlon — Male or Female

The duathlon category is for those athletes who wish to only do the bike and run portions of a multisport event. The normal format will be run-bike-run, with the duathlon typically going off with the first swim wave. Not all Epic events offer this category. Please check the individual series/event pages to see if your event offers this division.

 

Physically Challenged/Paratriathlete

A physically challenged athlete is an athlete racing without the use of a limb or combination of limbs (i.e., leg, arm). Athletes may race with or without the use of prosthetics. Not all Epic events offer this category. Please check the individual series/event pages to see if your event offers this division.

 

Relay Team — Female

A female relay team is made up of two or three team members who are all female. Many races simply have one relay division and do not break teams down by gender. In this case, all teams would race under a single “Relay Team” division. For more details about how the relay division works, click here.

 

Relay Team — Male

A male relay team is made up of two or three team members who are all male. Many races simply have one relay division and do not break teams down by gender. In this case, all teams would race under a single “Relay Team” division. For more details about how the relay division works, click here.

 

Relay Team — Mixed or Co-Ed

A coed (mixed) relay team is made up of two or three team members who are of different genders. Many races simply have one relay division and do not break teams down by gender. In this case, all teams would race under a single “Relay Team” division. For more details about how the relay division works, click here.