REGISTRATION / RACE PACKS / TRANSPONDERS / RACE NUMBERS

+ WHERE IS THE REGISTRATION VENUE?

Holiday Inn Rotorua 10 Tryon Street Whakerewarewa

+ WHEN IS REGISTRATION?

  • From 5PM until 8PM on Friday.
  • On site, at the finish line from 4:30 AM

+ WHERE DO I GET MY TRANSPONDER?

Holiday Inn From 5PM until 8PM on Friday. Finish Line from 4:00 AM.

+ WHAT IF I AM RUNNING LATE?

If you are running late, don’t stress, get your bag in the morning from the Blue Lake – at the FINISH LINE.

+ DO I GET A HELMET STICKER?

No, but you can make one if you like.

+ HOW DO I WEAR MY RACE NUMBER?

There is one races number. It must worn FORWARD on the run and BACKWARD on the bike. If you don’t use a race belt, have your number facing forward for the bike and the run. There are no helmet stickers.

+ ARE RACE BELTS COMPULSORY?

YES.

+ DO YOU SELL RACE BELTS?

There will be no race belts for sale at registration.

RACE START TIMES

+ RACE START TIMES HALF IRONMAN

  • All Half Men 0615
  • All Half Women 0620
  • All Half Teams 0620
  • Super Early Swim Start 05:15 (for 7 hours 30 plus competitors)
  • Early Swim wave 05:45 AM HALF ONLY

+ RACE START TIMES QUARTER IRONMAN

  • All Quarter Men 0615
  • All Quarter Women 0620
  • All Quarter Teams 0620

+ RACE START TIME HALF MARATHON AND 10.5K

9 AM

+ RACE START TIME THE AQUA BEER

  • Men 0615
  • Women 0620

The Aqua Beer does the swim and the bike of the Half distance event only.

+ WHAT IF I’M RUNNING LATE?

If you are late for your wave start then it sucks to be you. Get in the water and get swimming.


BRIEFINGS

+ WHEN ARE THE BRIEFINGS.

  1. Super early swim wave briefing is at Hoilday Inn, 7PM Friday.
  2. Early swim wave briefing is at 0540
  3. Race briefing is at 0605 AM at lakes edge for main start.

+ WHAT DO BRIEFINGS COVER OFF?

  • The race morning briefing will NOT cover off the bike or run course.
  • It will however cover off the swim course along with any other race day changes.

THE EARLY SWIM STARTS

This race has introduced a fantastic innovation - TWO super early swim starts.

+ CLICK HERE FOR THE BRIEFING NOTES FOR THE EARLY SWIMS

Briefing notes for the 5:15 AM swim and 5:45 AM swim.

Here are the briefing notes for 5:15 AM swim and 5:45 AM swim.

5:15 STARTERS.

All competitors that have signed on to the 5:15 AM swim must have completed all registration formalities on the Friday night. You guys must be ready to go come Saturday morning. You must have your race pack and transponders already sorted out.

5:45 AM starters.

We strongly recommend you also complete your registration formalities on the Friday evening. If you cannot make it into Rotorua on Friday evening, your race pack and transponders will be at the finish line.

Race morning location of all race packs and transponders.

In previous years, race packs have been next to transition and transponders at the water ski club. You now collect your race packs and transponders directly after the finish line.

BYO headlamps.

Wear headlamps as it will be dark when you first arrive onto site.

SWIM

We will be putting flashing lights on swim cans to assist you with navigation.

BIKE

This is the most important part of this briefing. For both the 5:45 AM swim start and 5:15 AM swim start - you must know the course.

There will be no marshals to direct you At turns. If you go the wrong way don't stress, just make your way towards the airport and after the airport make the first right.

Major intersections have traffic management but will not be until 6 AM.

Again, we stress you to study the maps and KnoW with complete competency the correct way to get out of town.

Rules of the road. Nothing changes. Every single cyclist, not just those in the early waves must comply with road rules. Be super cautious - watch yourself at intersections, ride defensively and be prepared to stop.

The good news is there will hardly be any traffic on the road as you make a way out of town.

KNOW THE COURSE

This is rule one of triathlon. This rule applies to the elites and to you as well. It is the responsibility of competitors to know the course. It is not the responsibility of marshals or other officials to direct you.

You and you alone must know the correct course.

We advise you to get into town early drive over the course, even a ride through the residential section of town could be very beneficial to you.

We are in this together

You guys, look after each other out there okay. Help each other, support each other and just get round the course okay.

The main field will start to catch you up out towards the bike turn.

Know where to turn.

If for some reason, you went enough 5:15 AM wave - swam 35 minutes and rode 90 minutes for the first 45 km - you will make it out to the half Ironman turn before the traffic management team. If this is the case, you shouldn't be in the 5:15 AM wave.

The half Ironman turn will be ready to go by 7:30 AM - specifically for all early starters.

Enjoy.

+ WHAT ARE THE TWO EARLY START TIMES?

  1. 5:15 AM
  2. 5:45 AM

+ WHO SHOULD START IN THE 5:15 AM WAVE?

The short answer? Our heroes – those that take on themselves and the course but are going to be out there are long time. For those that started in this wave wave, they found it enhanced their experience considerably. Safe and secure in the knowledge that they weren't right out the back of the field, feeling more involved and connect with other competitors.

If you feel you will take over 7 hours 30 minutes - Go in the 5:15 wave.

+ WHO SHOULD START IN THE 5:45 AM WAVE?

• This swim start is now compulsory for all competitors, Half Ironman only, not Quarter distance:
• If six hours plus is likely
• If you expected swim time is an hour plus
• If your expected bike time is over four hours - or slower than 22.5 km an hour average speed.
• Who have recorded the following times at events:
• Rotorua Half Ironman - six hours thirty plus
• Ironman in over fourteen hours plus
• Tauranga Half Ironman - six hours plus
• Taupo Half Ironman - six hours plus
• Olympic distance triathlon - longer than three hours

+ I AM IN THE QUARTER, CAN I GO IN AN EARLY WAVE.

We will only allow 5 hour plus triathletes to go in the 5:45 WAVE. No-one else.

+ IMPORTANT NOTICE – EARLY SWIM STARTERS

ROAD MARSHALS NOT ON COURSE UNTIL 7AM. Study the course maps and even go out and check where you turn right after the airport. The marshals will not be on this intersection until after 7 a.m. Be prepared to stop.

Please note, on the bike course you must fully comply with all New Zealand road rules and you are out there without marshal assistance.

+ HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE EARLY SWIM STARTS?

Click here and complete the form.


CUT-OFF TIMES

+ WHAT IS THE SWIM CUT-OFF TIME – HALF AND QUARTER.

  • 7:10 AM. If you cannot swim an hour, please go in the 5:45 AM wave start.

+ WHAT ARE THE BIKE CUT OFF TIMES – HALF?

  • 7:30 AM - you must be onto Te Ngae Road.
  • 7:45 AM – right at SH30.
  • 8:15 AM - 30 km mark of aid station.
  • 9:00 AM - 45 km turnaround point at Lake Rotoma.
  • 11:00 AM bike course closes .

+ WHAT ARE THE RUN CUT OFF TIMES – HALF?

  • 12:20 p.m. Green Lake Aid Station
  • 1:05 p.m. Hot Corner Aid Station
  • 1:45 p.m. Course closes

+ WHAT ARE THE QUARTER CUT OFF TIMES ?

  • If you cannot make the turn on the bike by 8:15 AM, start in the 5:45 AM wave.

  • This gives you 2 hours to swim 1K and ride 22.5 KMS. If you can’t make this go at 5:45. There are no other cut off times.

+ WHAT IF I MISS A CUT-OFF TIME?

With the addition of the early swim start we will now be enforcing the cut-off times and have introduced Passovers. If you have ANY doubts about your pace - go in the 5:15 or 5:45 AM wave.

No competitor - will be withdrawn from the event at any stage unless we feel it is unsafe for you to continue. However the event will now strictly apply "Pass over" times that we consider are adequately reasonable.

If Tail End Charlie (TEC) passes you, you are still in the race - you are however - PASSED OVER and need to follow your own way back to the finish line. There will be no marshals or traffic management operating after TEC passes the points below.

BIKE

At 7:30 a.m, if you have not made Te Ngae Road, you are PASSED OVER.

See above for points on the course.

RUN
At 11:00 a.m. Tail End Charlie will leave transition and start the run section.

Any runner that leaves transition after that time - must carry a camelback and their own food - and be of sound mind and body. We will be moving through the aid stations at the times listed above.

Reiterating - no one is being pulled from the course. All that is happening is that Tail End Charlie will hold a reasonable eight hour pace. If you stay ahead of him, you are guaranteed a time that starts with a seven. If you are behind him, we urge you to know the course and be prepared. The medals and beersies will still be waiting for everyone.

If in doubt, start early.


THE SWIM

+ WHAT IS THE SWIM COURSE?

  • The swim course is two laps for the Half Ironman.
  • The swim is one lap for the Quarter Ironman.
  • It starts in front of the terraced area
  • Swim 450 m, turn left. Swim 100 m, turn left. Return 450m.

+ FLIPPER CLUB

The wearing of flippers is legal for any swimmer that can prove their last Ironman swim was over 1:45.

+ TRAINING ON THE SWIM COURSE.

After meeting with the harbour master and local council event support staff, we all thought it prudent to reinforce to all competitors training for the swim, to do all your swim training in the correct section of the lake.

The lake has different designations. The main body of water, directly in front of the water ski club and boat ramp is designated completely for power boats. This makes this section of water a 100% no go area for swim training. At all times. I will say this again, do not swim, ever, in the main body of water directly in front of the water ski club and the boat ramp.

The lake has two designated "passive" areas for swimmers. Always check the maps on display at the lake to see where the passive areas are displayed.

NEVER, AT ANY STAGE SWIM AROUND THE BUOYS AND BEGIN SWIMMING INSIDE THE ZONE DESIGNATED TO MOTORISED BOATS. Thanks in advance.

WETSUIT DIPPING

We take the physical health of the beautiful lake we swim in seriously. What follows is a really simple definition of exactly who needs to get their wetsuits dipped.

+ WHEN ARE THE RULES ABOUT WETSUIT DIPPING?

If it is completely dry, you do not need to get your wetsuit dipped.

IF YOUR WETSUIT IS WET FROM SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN, DO YOU NEED TO GET YOUR WETSUIT DIPPED? No. A wet wetsuit from ocean swimming does not need to be dipped.

IS YOUR WETSUIT WET FROM SWIMMING IN LAKE TAUPO, LAKE KARAPIRO, OTHER LAKES AROUND LAKE ROTORUA OR ANY RIVER? Yes - you must get your wetsuit dipped.

I LAST SWAM AT LAKE TAUPO BUT MY WETSUIT IS NOW DRY, DO I NEED TO GET IT DIPPED?

No. If the suit is dry, it does not need to be dipped.

WILL THERE BE A WETSUIT DIPPING SERVICE ON RACE DAY?

There will be a wetsuit dipping service available on race morning for those who have a wet wetsuit from swimming in the lakes mentioned above and rivers around New Zealand.


BIKE COURSE

+ HOW TO STAY SAFE

The following is also crucial for your safety. We have decided that all volunteers on the cycle course that have the responsibility for directing you will not be standing in the centre of the road, they will be on the side pointing. In terms of direction, that is where it ends for us.

Remember though, over every second of the bike course:

YOU AND YOU ALONE DECIDE WHETHER IT IS SAFE TO ENTER AN INTERSECTION. PLEASE, APPROACH ALL INTERSECTIONS, HANDS-ON BRAKES, RIDING DEFENSIVELY AND PREPARED TO STOP.

The traffic controllers will do everything they can to get you safely through the intersections without stopping – BUT. It isn’t up to them it’s up to you to make all turns safely.

RIDE DEFENSIVELY AND BE PREPARED TO STOP.

If you have to stop, appreciate for those few seconds that our traffic management team has done the job and delivered to you a safe race.

So remember, the Marshalls will be wearing bright orange jackets and will point you in the right direction but they will be standing on the sides of the road and not in the middle of it. Please look behind you for motorists as you make the move to the centre of the road to turn right and NEVER CROSS THE CENTRE LINE

Remember, at all times you must obey the road rules, the roads are open at all times to traffic and you must never cross the centre line.

+ WHAT IF THE MARSHAL DIRECTS ME THE WRONG WAY?

So here’s a brutal fact of our sport. If a marshal directs you the wrong way, we don’t blame the marshal, we blame you. If you don’t know the course – it’s your fault. Know the course and get it right.


TURNING YOUR BARGE.

+ HOW TO CORRECTLY TURN RIGHT AND NOT GET DQ’D.

You only need to turn right 4 times. Don't cut blind corners. Last year, it was noted that some small element of the field were riding like this was world champs. It's not. You are racing for bunny rabbits. We will be placing marshals on the right-hand turn into Warwick Drive and Selwyn Drive. Their job is to note down anyone that cuts these corners and report back. If you cut the corner you will be disqualified. I understand that modern triathlon bikes handle like barges so sacrifice 1 of the 20,000 seconds you will be out there on race day and don't get DQ'd.


QUARTER TURN

+ HOW NOT TO GET CLEANED UP AT THE QUARTER TURN.

Take extra caution at the quarter turnaround. At this one point, there will be a genuine mix of novice beginners making the U-turn and more experienced triathletes heading straight on. Again, our advice needs to be heeded. Quarter riders - use your voice to cyclists around you. Shout out “quarter turn, quarter turn”. Half riders be vigilant. Listen for a call and never, under any circumstances pass a cyclist on the right at any point of the quarter turn. While you are at it, wish you novice little brothers and sisters a “good ride back” because we are all in this wild gig together.


AID STATION + TURNAROUNDS

+BIKE AID STATION

The aid station is at the 30 KM and 60 km mark on the bike.

Please approach the aid station with hands on brake levers and WATCHING, please no riding on your aerobars through the aid station.

The aid station will have the following:
- WATER ONLY, 800 MM BOTTLES

There is no aid station on the bike for the Quarter.

+QUARTER TURNAROUND

There is just one turnaround point on the Quarter bike. 5.2 KM along SH 30. (Enter 516 State Highway 30, Tikitere 3074 into Google Maps if you are going out for a looksie)

+HALF TURNAROUND

Put 507 State Highway 30, Rotoma 3074 into the Google. If you hit Whakatane, you've gone too far.


EVENT RULES FOR SPEED THROUGH AN ACCIDENT SCENE.

The safety of every single competitor in this event is all that matters. If a competitor arrives at an accident scene where a cyclist has crashed, the following rules of the event apply to all competitors.

+ EVENT RULES FOR A COMPETITOR ARRIVING AT A BIKE CRASH SCENE.

  1. Ensure your own safety first. Try and make sure no further accident occurs and only then...
  2. Flag down the next cyclist through the accident scene.
  3. Scene declared an "accident" scene. Attend to cyclist only when safe to do so.
  4. Locate a phone and call 111 - AMBULANCE and state BIKE ACCIDENT and the location.
  5. Follow instructions of the operator.
  6. Call the emergency number on your race number and repeat the incident information.

    + MANAGING THE ACCIDENT SCENE

  7. One of the (at least) two stopped cyclists must go forward of the accident scene - towards the field of cyclists
  8. Stand safely to the side of the road.
  9. Cross arms above chest and loudly yell at all competitors "ACCIDENT AHEAD - SLOW DOWN"
  10. A member of the public or marshal can also use the same instructions to declare the scene and accident scene (FOR RACE PURPOSES ONLY.)

    + ACCIDENT SCENE = 20 KPH FOR COMPETITORS

    As soon as any competitor declares the scene an accident, the race is immediately neutralised and the following rules apply. Cyclist must:
  11. Immediately drop and maintain speed to 20 km an hour
  12. Ride with left hand on drop
  13. Raise right hand to indicate to cyclists around they are travelling through an accident scene
  14. Maintain the speed until they are well clear the accident scene

    + RAISE RIGHT ARM. DECLARE AN ACCIDENT.

    Any cyclist can declare the scene of an accident at any stage by raising the right arm and yelling "accident" to all competitors around them. All cyclists must then drop speed and maintain a slow pace and ride with extreme caution, riding with the right arm raised and left hand on the drop until safely through the accident scene.

    + RULES TO BE ENFORCED

  15. Any cyclist that deliberately right faster than 20 km an hour through an accident scene - will have the number recorded and be immediately disqualified from the race and face a possible BAN from future events.
  16. Any cyclist that passes another cyclist through the accident scene will also receive immediate disqualification.
  17. Competitors are encouraged to record the numbers of cyclists that blatantly ignore the speed through an accident scene rule.
  18. Any competitor(s) that stops and renders assistance will suffer no time penalty as a result of stopping. These competitors need to instruct the timing team who will deduct the appropriate amount of time from the overall time.

DRAFTING

+ WHAT IS THE DRAFT ZONE?

The draft zone is a 10 metre GAP and no riding two wide.

+ IS THERE A BOX?

There is no "box". It’s 10 metres. 10 metres. One more than 9.

+ WHERE DO I SIT ON THE ROAD?

All cyclists will be expected to sit hard left on the road. The next bike will be a further 10 metres back and so on. It will look like a giant pace line with all competitors 10 metres apart.

+ HOW DO YOU PASS?

If you pull into the road, you'll be considered to be in a passing manoeuvre. A passing manoeuvre is considered DELIBERATE AND OBVIOUS, you need to be travelling at a speed that is "obviously a passing speed". The marshals will be using a mixture of cars and bikes. The official will NOT stop you or inform you of your penalty. 4 minutes will then be added to your overall time.

+ HOW DO I GET DQ’D?

Two drafting infringements equal disqualification.

+ WHAT DO THE DRAFT MARSHALS LOOK FOR?

Don't stress bunching on the climbs or descents; we will completely leave you alone there. Our focus is the flat road out to the airport and also around the lakes once you drop down the Hell's Gate Hill (Tikitere).

+ HOW FAR IS 10M?

10 metres is the length of two cars.


PARKING AND CARS FOLLOWING BIKES OUT ON COURSE.

+ WHAT TIME DOES PARKING OPEN

From 4:00 A.M .

+ WHERE DO WE PARK

We are parking all cars on the reserve to the left as you arrive to site. As you come down the hill towards the lake, there may be vehicle queues in front of you so please slowdown as you start your approach to the lake.

+ WHERE CAN’T WE PARK

Please be aware that you cannot park anywhere on the grass verges around the Blue Lake. You also cannot park in front of the camping ground. Any cars parked in these areas will be towed away.

+ CAN I FOLLOW MY MATE ON THE BIKE COURSE

I BEG you, don’t do it. If you do, you are just being a selfish wanker and here’s why – you guys become the number one hazard to others out there to our bikes. You don’t hold to the speed limit. You slow down. You talk to your mates out the window. This isn’t shits and giggles. This is for real. Please don’t follow. We will close this gate at 6:15 AM and it will stay closed until all bikes are back into transition.


BIKE RACKING

Once you have parked your vehicle, head to transition.  

+ WHAT’S THE GUTS WITH BIKE RACKING

  1. No Racking on Friday.
  2. All racking on race morning.
  3. Racking is first up best dressed.
  4. Family and friends are welcome in our transition before 6:05am.
  5. Transition will be cleared of all competitors and supporters including teams from 6:05 a.m. so please make sure you have everything ready by that time.
  6. Give the early swimmers a hearty cheer and plenty of room.
  7. Some of them will be out before the main start.

+ WILL THERE BE ENOUGH BIKE RACKS THIS YEAR?

Yeah, probably not. Find a place on the ground or a fence if late. If it was good enough for Gomez, it’s good enough for you.


BIKE IN TURNS

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+THE RUN COURSE IN BULLET POINTS HALF IRONMAN.

  • The run is now all trail or bush tracks.
  • Exit transition AT THE ROAD END and turn right heading down towards the water.
  • As you reach the boat ramp apron turn left and head past the motor camp onto the path beside Tarawera road.
  • Follow the path until you come to the car park between the Blue and Green lakes.
  • Say hi to the hand rail and the look out – first time today. Climb the lookout then head straight over the car park and into the forest on the Blue Lake loop track. Follow the track about 800m to the intersection with Lake Front Road.

* THIS IS HOT CORNER AID STATION.

  • Turn left at aid station and head down the slight hill to the lake front.
  • Follow the trail running along a south-westerly direction along the Green Lake.
  • At the end of Lake Front Road there will be a small 400m dog-leg (out and back)
  • After the dog leg you head up to the aid station about 200m up the hill.
  • Turn at the aid station and return the same way heading back to the Blue Lake loop track.
  • Back at the Hot Corner Aid station junction turn left to continue in a clockwise direction on the Blue Lake loop track.
  • Upon your return to the Blue Lake run past the start finish line and have a quiet cry and begin a final circuit of the Blue Lake loop track.
  • Say Hi to the lookout for the second time. Resisting the temptation to use the hand rail. Say a quiet curse to Hooksie and keep moving.
  • Continue around the Blue Lake loop track. At the intersection with Lake front road at Hot Corner turn right as it’s all downhill to the finish.
  • When you exit the forest, you will be directed to the finish line to complete the 21km run.

+WHERE ARE THE RUN AID STATIONS.

There are three run aid stations situated:
• Next to the water ski club
• The junction of the Blue Lake loop track and Lake Front Road
• The turnaround point at the end of Lake Front Road

+WHERE ARE DISTANCES TO AID STATIONS.

• 200m
• 3.5 KM
• 7.5K KM
• 12.5 KM
• 13.5 KM
• 15.5 KM
• 19 KM
• Finish

+WHAT’S ON THE RUN AID STATIONS.

• Water
• Coke
• Electrolyte (HEED)



TRANSPONDERS

+ WHERE DO I GET MY TRANSPONDER?

  1. Holiday Inn From 5PM until 8PM on Friday.
  2. Inside the water ski club rooms from 4:30 AM.

+ HOW DO I WEAR MY TIMING CHIP?

Thread the blue strap like a watch through the chip. Clip it on nice and snug.

+ HOW DO TEAMS WEAR THEIR TIMING CHIP?

Teams must use the Velcro given to them and attach the transponder of the Velcro.

The swimmer passes the transponder to the cyclist and the cyclist passes the transponders the runner.

+ TRUE STORY, I PICKED MY TIMING TO CHIP UP AT THE HOLIDAY INN AND THEN LOST IT.

If you forget your chip on race morning – go to the FINISH LINE, ask for the timing dude and say the following: “I’m a Muppet and I forgot my chip, can I have another one please.” If he’s in a good mood, he will give you a new one.


TEAM CHANGEOVERS

+ HOW DO TEAMS CHANGE OVER?

  • Teams change at their bikes.
  • All cyclists must wait RACKED at their bikes for their swimmer.
  • All Runners must wait in the transition for their cyclist.
  • The timing chip is your ankle bracelet. Teams, ask for a Velcro band for their timing tag.

AGE GROUP AWARDS + PRIZE GIVING

+THE HALF AGE-GROUP AWARDS.

PRIZE GIVING 1PM AT LAKE

OVERALL

  • MALE 1ST 2ND AND 3RD
  • WOMENS 1ST 2ND AND 3RD

AGE-GROUPS + TEAMS PRIZE GIVING 1PM AT LAKE

  • MEN UNDER 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • WOMEN UNDER 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • MEN'S TEAM - FIRST ONLY.
  • WOMEN'S TEAM - FIRST ONLY.
  • MIXED TEAM - FIRST ONLY.

+THE QUARTER AGE-GROUP AWARDS.

OVERALL ONLY – PRIZE GIVING 11AM AT LAKE

  • MALE 1ST 2ND AND 3RD
  • WOMENS 1ST 2ND AND 3RD

+THE 21.1KM RUN AGE-GROUP AWARDS.

OVERALL ONLY – PRIZE GIVING 11AM AT LAKE

  • MALE 1ST 2ND AND 3RD
  • WOMENS 1ST 2ND AND 3RD

+THE 10.5KM RUN AGE-GROUP AWARDS.

OVERALL ONLY – PRIZE GIVING 11AM AT LAKE

  • MALE 1ST 2ND AND 3RD
  • WOMENS 1ST 2ND AND 3RD