When you register for an event, you will see the following options:
- Elite: The Elite Heat, for our most competitive racers, is split between Elite Male and Elite Female. These are the first two start times of each race day. Racers in the Elite Heat are eligible for cash prizes and Elite rankings. For more info, see the Elite Category FAQ
- Age Group: Similar to the Elite heat except you only compete against racers in the same age bracket (and gender based on heat capacity). Some age brackets will have their own start time. The top three finishers in each age bracket will receive awards. For more info, see the Age Group Category FAQ
- Early Morning: Early Morning Heats will be the first two Morning start times of the day (exact times may vary), after the Elite and Age Group Start. The Early Morning Start times are a part of the non-competitive category. Participants who select these prime Early Morning start times will not be moved to the general morning or afternoon heats to race with their team.
- OPEN: Start times in the Open Category are non-competitive time blocks. The Open Category is comprised of Morning and Afternoon start times. Racers in the non-competitive Open Category will be auto-generated a specific start time within the morning and afternoon blocks 10 days prior to race day. Open heats are for all ages and skill levels, no prizes are awarded for these heats.
*All teammates registered for Early Morning will be grouped together, but teams spread across both Early Morning and regular Open heats will not be grouped together.
Racers registering as individuals will be given the opportunity to select a Preferred Start Time within their selected time block during registration for Open Heats (Morning & Afternoon). While our staff will do their best to accommodate your request, preferred start times are not guaranteed.
Racers that are on a team will be grouped within their selected time block only.
For example, if a team has members registered for BOTH Early Morning and Open Morning Time Blocks, all Early Morning Time Block team members will be moved together within the Early Morning Time Block, and all Open Morning Time Block team members will be grouped together within the Open Morning Time Block.
For additional information on Team Registration, please see Team Registration & Start Times.
*Specific start times for each category may vary by race, see individual event pages for details.