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How to Setup a Category

 Category Setup is used to create the categories for which participants register. 

For example, many running races include a 5K and a 10K, or offer different prices for youth and/or senior participants, and many cycling races include Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3/4, and Cat 5 categories with separate start times. Even if your event is just a single race with one price, you’ll still need to set up at least one category in order to collect registrations.

To create new categories or edit existing categories:

1. Login to your Event Director Area, and click the name of your event in your event list.

2. Click on "Category Setup" under "Event Setup."

3. Click the button for "Add New Category," or click the edit dropdown menu to the right an existing category. 

OR select multiple categories by using checkboxes to the left of category names and then clicking "Edit Selected Categories." 

4. Edit or enter information in General, Sanctioning, Team SetupFee ScheduleSeriesWaitlist, and Restrictions areas, and click "Save." 

When creating a new category, category name, entry fee and start time are required in the General section. Optional fields include description, distance, field limits, reserved entries and prizes. 

Use the “Update Restrictions from Category Name” button under "Category Name" to jump to the Restrictions sections with auto-detected restrictions. For example, entering a category name of “Women 3/4” will suggest that the category be restricted to females with category 3 or category 4 racing license numbers. Be sure to review all restrictions before saving your category.

Events with many categories, such as cycling road races, may wish to use the "Copy from Existing Category" feature, in the grey box at the top of any new category window.

Event directors may also wish to update all categories at once, for example, to set fee increases. To do this, choose the categories you wish to edit by checking the boxes to the left of the categories on the main category page, and then click the green “edit selected categories” button. This is called a “bulk edit.”


For events with lots of categories, use Category Headers to help participants find what they are looking for. After selecting the event you wish to update, click "Edit Categories," then the green "Add New Group Header" button. Create titles for the group headers and then drag and drop categories into the correct sections.

For example: