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Last Updated: 9/15/2011

See below for details on Southeast regional rankings. Please send questions to  

NOTE: Race directors are required to send in results for a race within 15 days of the race date. Please do not inquire about race results until after the initial 15 day period. If the results are not listed in the "Race Winners" file then they have not been received by the Southeast Region; feel free to contact the race director to ask that the results to be sent to The rankings will be updated on the 15th and 30th of each month. 


There are four factors that need to be kept in mind when considering how the ranking system works:

  • First, this ranking system only considers triathlons that are conducted within our region (Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi & the panhandle of Florida (west of the Apalachicola) and those that are USA Triathlon sanctioned.
  • Secondly, any national championship events held within the region, while counted very heavily in the national ranking system, are treated with the same weight as any non-regional event. This is because the USAT/SE ranking system is a regional rankings system, which is trying to highlight regional performances.
  • Thirdly, the regional ranking system depicts an athlete's performance as he/she competes against the overall male/female winners of each race. Specifically, how you finish in your age group may help you gain hardware, but if the age group was comparatively weak, your relative performance may actually hinder your overall rankings. Bottom line: to do well in the annual rankings, you must strive to come as close as possible to the overall winning time in each race. As you will see below, this is what has the greatest bearing on your final score.
  • Finally, at the beginning of each season, the 52 male and 20 female triathletes are selected. These selections come straight from the previous year's final rankings and are used to factor the strength of the race. All races start with a minimum weight of 90 points, but can be worth as much as 100 points for non-championship events. State championships are worth 102 points and regional championship events are worth 105 points (the sprint distance is worth 102). The difference in the weight of the race depends on how many elite athletes finish the race. For an event to receive its maximum weight, 20 top tier triathletes must complete the event. This rule does not apply to state or regional championship events, which maintain their max score no matter how many top tier athletes, are present. 

Example of how this works:

XYZ Triathlon – 12 elites finish the race, so the race would be worth 96 points. (gaining ½ point per top tier athlete x 12 = 6 points)

XYZ State Championship Triathlon – Since this a state championship event it will be worth 100 points.

Some athletes may not like this method of scoring, but it is an essential aspect to keep athletes from "cherry picking", that is competing in weak races to avoid head to head competition.

Example of how the formula works in determining your ranking score for a race: 
The men's times are compared to the men's winning time & the women's times are compared to the women's winning time. Change the finishing time to hours & fractions of an hour. Winner's time 1:57:10 = 1.9527 (1+ (57/60) + (10/3600)) Athlete's time 2:18:30 = 2.308 (2+ (18/60) + (30/3600)) Divide the winner's time by the athlete's time. 1.9527/2.308 = .846 Multiply that time by the point value of the race. Let's say the race was worth 93 points. 93 x .846 = 78.7 points for that race.

There are several factors that also go into determine who is eligible for the rankings:

  • In order to be ranked, each athlete must be a member in good standing of USA Triathlon and the region (annual member & resident in the USAT/SE region). Buying a 1 day membership will eliminate you from the rankings.
  • To be included in the final rankings an athlete must complete a minimum of three triathlons held in this region.
  • Race directors are required to send in results for a race within 15 days of the race date. Please do not inquire about race results until after the initial 15 day period. If the results have not been received, feel free to contact the race director to ask for the results to be sent to the SE region chair. The rankings will be updated on the USAT-SE webpage the 15th and 30th of each month.
  • A permanent requirement is that all athletes who wish to be ranked must have a current USAT number and must provide each race they compete in with this number. Athletes will be ranked by their USAT number in order to eliminate confusion from misspelled or duplicate names.
  • "Open" (or "Expert") waves are NOT included in regional rankings due to a potential unfair advantage given to participants in that wave.
  • That's the ranking system as it is administered. The explanation is long, but should answer many of your questions. If you have problems or corrections to your ranking, please send an email to The rankings season closes out every Nov. 15th. The cutoff for corrections/additions is usually 30-60 days after that.

Ten Easy Ways Not to Get Ranked:

10. Didn't do the required number of races (three).
9. Race director didn't send in the results.
8. Name misspelled in results.
7. Not a current USA Triathlon member on race day.
6. Changed name during the season, as in marriage.
5. Used a hyphenated name, such as Rodham-Clinton.
4. Used a middle initial.
3. Name contains a space, as in Erick Van Steele.
2. An apostrophe, as in O'Hara.
1. Not being consistent with first names, as in Ed in some races and Edward in others.