Event & Athlete Information

Port of Tauranga Half
The Port of Tauranga Half is back for its 28th year in 2017! Founded by Sport Bay of Plenty, Port of Tauranga Half is one of the longest running and most popular triathlon events in New Zealand and with a rich history in the local Tauranga and triathlon community.

The Port of Tauranga Half is set to be the pinnacle event at the Mount Festival of Multisport!

Entry available for both individuals and teams.

With the 2017 Port of Tauranga Half promising to be bigger and better than ever before, we invite you to browse through the links below for all the information you need to know before the race.

2017 Race Manual
The event manual contains important information you need for your race. Please ensure you read ALL the information in the manual as these are important for your convenience and safety. It is quite a long document but please do take your time to read and understand it.

The 2017 Race Manual includes:

– Compulsory Safety Briefing information
– Bike Checks
– Rolling Starts or Wave Starts (Individuals only)
– Course maps

Click here to read the 2017 Race Manual.

Pre-Race Briefing Video

2017 Race Briefing VideoWatch here.

Registration
2017 Port of Tauranga Half registrations will take place between 5pm to 8pm on Friday 6th January at Club Mount Maunganui, located at 45 Kawaka Street.

Bike racking will run from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 6th January at Race HQ, located at Salisbury Wharf, in Pilot Bay.

Event Waiver

All individuals under the age of 18 at time of entry, but 18 by race day , must download, sign and return the waiver to the race office before 26 November.

Teams no longer need to sign a team waiver. Waivers can now be approved by the main registrant during the registration process on behalf of other team members.

Please post, scan and email:

Scan and Email: mountfestival@smcevents.co.nz

Post: PO Box 74081, Market Road, Auckland 1543

Click here for waiver

Loyalty Program

As a special way to say THANK YOU for racing the Port of Tauranga Half again and again, we’d like to pay special recognition to the following participants:

5th to 9th time participating:

5 Year Club written on t-shirt
5 Year stamp on race bib
Priority race day registration
Acknowledgement on honour roll board
Access to VIP area onsite

10th to 19th time participating:

10 Year Club written on t-shirt
10 Year stamp on race bib
Priority race day registration
Priority bike racking
Acknowledgement on honour roll board
Access to VIP area
Free 15 minute massage

20+ time participating:

Free race entry
20 Year Club written on t-shirt
20 Year stamp on race bib
Priority race day registration
1st priority bike racking
Acknowledgement on honour roll board
Access to VIP area
Free 15 minute massage
VIP parking

Athletes will automatically be eligible for the loyalty program upon event entry. For more specific loyalty rewards, we will touch base with you directly.

Road Restrictions

We wish to thank the residents and businesses of the Mount Maunganui region for their patience and understanding during the event.

For more information head over to our resident information page here

If you have any specific concerns around the event please contact the Race Office for more information.

Tri NZ Rules & Regulations

All Tri NZ rules and regulations can be found here.

Drafting

The organisers of the Port of Tauranga Half wish to ensure that the race is fair to all competitors. The event is a officially Triathlon New Zealand Sanctioned Event.

Tri NZ will have trained technical officials at the event who will monitor the rules as outlined here

In this event, drafting is illegal and thus considered to be cheating. If the athlete receives a third penalty, they will be disqualified.

In this event, penalties will be served as a ‘Stand Down’ in the Penalty Compounds on course. Any athlete given a penalty is required to stand down at the next penalty box. Any athlete who does not stand down at the next official penalty box will be disqualified.

Drafting rules are outlined in the Tri NZ rules

Please make sure you understand this rule –if you have any questions please see the race director following the briefing. It is your responsibility as an athlete to know the rules.

In the end the responsibility for a race without major drafting issues lies in your hands as triathletes to compete fairly, honestly and within the both the rules and moral values of our sport.

Prize Money
The Port of Tauranga Half boasts more than $18,000 in cash and prizes.

Individuals
The top five Professional/Elite place getters, male and female, receive the following prize money:

Note: Age-group competitors are not eligible for prize money.

  • 1st $4000
  • 2nd $2000
  • 3rd $1000
  • 4th $500
  • 5th $250

Note: Figures are $NZ and New Zealand IRD rules apply.

To qualify for Individual prize money you must have declared your Professional status on your entry form and have finished within 10% of the time of the second place competitor in your gender category.

Athletes who enter the Pro/Elite category must be able to provide proof of the following times for half iron-distance events or similar level results. All other athletes should enter the Age Group Category.

Men: Sub 4.20
Women: Sub 4.50

Athletes who race under the Pro/Elite category are not eligible for age group awards and those athletes who race under the Age Group category are not eligible for prize money.

Teams
Paid to the top three teams in each category:

  • 1st $600
  • 2nd $300
  • 3rd $150

Note: Figures are $NZ and New Zealand IRD rules apply.

Any un-claimed prize money will be pro-rated among other prize getters.

Individual Prize money will be paid following the results of Drug Testing. Team Prize money will be paid following the results becoming final.

Race Schedule
2017 Port of Tauranga Half Race Schedule

Friday 6th January 2017
Registration & Bike racking

5.00pm – 8.00pm – Registration & Expo at Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka Street
6.00pm – 9.00pm – Bike Racking at Pilot Bay

Saturday 7th January 2017
Race Schedule

5:00am – Transition Opens
5:00am – Body Marking available
5:50am – Swim course opened for warm up
6:00am – Transition Closes
6:10am – 5 minute warning for individuals to start line
6:15am – Individual Elite Men
6:16am – Individual Elite Women
6:20am – Individual Male under 45
6:22am – Individual Male 45+
6:24am – Individual Female
6:25am – Rolling Start of remaining athletes
6:35am – Rolling Start complete
7:15am – Teams
8:15am – Swim Course cut off time
12:00pm – Cycle Course cut off time
3:00pm – Run Cut off time
5:30pm – Prize Giving at Mount Drury

Age Groups

The Port of Tauranga Half is run under Tri NZ Rules. The event runs 5 year age groups with your age calculated as at 31 December 2017. This will mean most of you will ‘age up’ one year.

The official Age Categories for both men and women following the Tri NZ Rules and are as follows:

  • 18-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80+
  • Pro Men
  • Pro Women

Event trophies are awarded to the top three in each age group.

Teams:
Male, Female, Mixed

Course Map

The 2017 Course Map is now available. Click here to view maps and download PDF.

Post-Race Information
Finishers medals will be presented to all individual competitors at the finish line who finish within the cut off time. Team runners will be presented with three medals to present to their team mates.

Finishers certificates will be available to download from results.racetiming.co.nz after your race.

The Athlete Recovery Lounge is open to all athletes to take some time to rest up and re-energize after crossing the finish line. There will be water, supplements, nutrition, sponsors products and massage available.

Massage – Right for Life Massage & Energy Centre are providing post massage services within the recovery lounge. The will be providing post event sports massage (medium pressure body flushes) to minimize possible aches and pains the next day. NB massages will be charged at $20 for 15 min and $25 for 20 min with eftpos and cash available. For more information visit www.rightforlife.co.nz

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Bike collection – transition will be closed until all competitors have started on the run course (approx.12noon). An announcement will be made when you are able to collect your gear and only competitors with their Athlete ID band or your support showing your bike collection card will be allowed to remove items from transition.

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