Tauranga Half Event & Athlete Information

With the 2019 event 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 Fees

Entry Fees

Individual 

  • Opening Special $270 (inclusive of booking fee) – 25/05/2018 – 27/05/2018
  • Earlybird Rate $320 (inclusive of booking fee) – 28/05/18 – 31/10/18
  • Standard Rate $350 (inclusive of booking fee) – 1/11/18 – 31/12/18
  • Late Rate $380 (inclusive of booking fee) – 1/01/2019 – 8/01/2019
  • Onsite Rate $400 (inclusive of booking fee) – 11/01/2019

Teams

  • Opening Special $350 (inclusive of booking fee) – 25/05/2018 – 27/05/2018
  • Earlybird Rate $380 (inclusive of booking fee) – 28/05/2018 – 31/10/2018
  • Standard Rate $410 (inclusive of booking fee) – 1/11/19 -31/12/18
  • Late Rate $430 (inclusive of booking fee) – 01/01/19 – 08/01/19
  • Onsite Rate $450 (inclusive of booking fee) – 11/01/2019

The Race Organisers reserve the right to reject any entry or issue special invitations.

All athletes will receive a item of event memorabilia (t-shirt / cap / visor etc) and all individuals and teams who finish within the cut-off times will also receive a commemorative medal.

Online registrations close Sunday 8th January at midnight.

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 – 2019 race Manuals will be available closer to the event.

Pre-Race Briefing Video
The 2019 Race Briefing video will be available closer to the event

Race Briefing VideoWatch the POT Half 2018 Athlete Race Briefing here.

Registration
2018 Registation will take place on Friday 11th January from 2:30-6pm at the Mount Sports Centre, Corner of Maunganui and Hull Road

Bike racking will be from 3-7pm on the 11th at Sailsbury Wharf, Pilot Bay.

Event Waiver

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.

Drafting

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.

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

Friday, 11th January 2019
Registration & Bike racking

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

Saturday, 12th January 2019
Race Schedule TBC

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.

Teams:
Male, Female, Mixed

Pro Athletes

Pro Athletes

Athletes who enter the Pro/Elite category must be able to provide proof of the following times for a half iron-distance 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.

There are a limited amount of entries held for professional athletes who meet the elite criteria and/or are recognised by the Tri NZ High Performance Programme should the event reach capacity.  These are limited and are not guaranteed.  Entries fee will still apply so you are recommended to enter through the standard entry process to guarantee your entry.

Course Map
2019 Course maps are TBC

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.

Refunds & Withdrawals
There are no automatic refunds available. The organisers may, however, at their sole discretion grant a refund of fees paid, or a transfer to the following year, if they deem it appropriate prior to 1 December.  In the event of a refund under this clause, the organisers shall retain a $100 administration fee. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OR TRANSFERS AFTER THIS DATE
If the event has reached capacity the available slot will be offered to the next person on the wait list.

To request a refund/withdrawal please advise the race office in writing (letter or email)

Email: mountfestival@smcevents.co.nz

Post: PO Box 74081, Market Road, Auckland 1543

It is the athletes’ responsibility to ensure that the withdrawn confirmation has been received by the race office. Any requests not acknowledged by race office will not be considered valid and therefore will not be refunded.
Please note after this date there are no refunds available under any circumstances.

Team Member Changes/Withdrawals

Team member changes are permitted up to 1 December providing one original member of the team remains. To request a change of team member please contact the race office.

Email: mountfestival@smcevents.co.nz

If all team members are unable to take part you are advised to contact the race office prior to 1 December. There are no automatic refunds available however the organisers may, at their sole discretion, grant a refund of fees paid or a transfer to the following year if they deem it appropriate. In the event of a refund under this clause, the organisers shall retain a $100 administration fee. The team entry will then be offered to the next team on the waitlist.

Transfers/ Waitlist

Entry fees are non-transferable to other people, other events, or other years. The organisers may, at their discretion, grant a transfer to another person, other event, or the following year based on individual circumstances.  A medical certificate may be requested in order to grant any transfers for injury or illness.  Any transfer requests must be received and approved prior to 1 January 2019.  Transfers to other people will incur a $50 admin fee.

No transfers will be accepted after the 1 January 2019 under any circumstances.

If the event has reached capacity any withdrawals will be offered to the first person on the waitlist.

The waitlist is managed in a clear and transparent process. Waitlist entries are time logged when they are submitted and as the race office receives withdrawal requests the next person on the waitlist is contacted and offered the slot.

Any entries found to be traded on public websites and forums will be deemed invalid and will NOT BE accepted by the race office. Private transfers are not permitted and will not be accepted. Athletes involved may be banned from any further participation in the event.

Health and Safety standards at this event are high and any athletes who are identified participating in the event under any other name than their own will be disqualified and both athletes may be banned from any further participation in the event.

Entry fees will not be refunded if the event is cancelled or if the format is altered due to storm, rain, sea conditions, weather or other “Acts of God.’

Please contact the Race Office if you have any questions.

Email: mountfestival@smcevents.co.nz

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