Event & Athlete Information

Port of Tauranga Half

With the 2018 Port of Tauranga Half presented by Compressport 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.

Entry Lists
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 Race Manual includes:

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

Click here to read the  2018 Race Manual.

Pre-Race Briefing Video
2018 Registation will take place on Friday 19th January from 2:30-6pm at the Mount Sports Centre.

Bike raking will be from 3-7pm on the 20th at Sailsbury Wharf, 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 1 December.

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

Event Waiver  – 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 (or other event memorabilia)
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 (or other event memorabilia)
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 (or other event memorabilia)
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.

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.


The organisers of the Port of Tauranga Half presented by Compressport 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 contact the race office. 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 presented by Compressport boasts more than $18,000 in cash and prizes.

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.

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

Friday, 19th January 2018
Registration & Bike racking

2.30pm – 6pm – Registration & Expo
4pm – 6pm – Bike Racking at Pilot Bay

Saturday, 20th January 2018
Race Schedule

5:00am – Transition Opens
5:00am – Body Marking available
7.00am – Swim Course open for warm up
7.20am – Transition closes
7.25am – Swim Course closes for warm up
7.25am – 5 minute warning for individuals to start line
7.30am – Individual Elite Men
7.32am – Individual Elite Women
7.39am – Individual Male under 45
7.42am – Individual Male 45+
7.45am –  Individual Female
7.50am –  Rolling Start of remaining athletes
8.00am – Swim course opens for teams warm up
8.15am – Swim course closes for teams warm up
8.20am – Teams start
10.00am – Swim Course cut off time
1:00pm – Cycle Course cut off time
4.00pm –  Run Course Cut off time

6.00pm – Prize Giving at Mount Drury

Race Schedule is subject to change

Age Groups

The Port of Tauranga Half presented by Compressport is run under Tri NZ Rules. The event runs 5 year age groups with your age calculated as at 31 December 2018. 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.

Male, Female, Mixed

Course Map

The 2018 Course Maps can be viewed here

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 – Post Race Massage will be provided in the Athlete Recovery Lounge – details to be confirmed.

Bike collection – transition will be closed until all competitors have started on the run course (approx.1pm). 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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