Quick Facts

Port of Tauranga Half
Accommodation
January is a busy time of year in Mount Manganui so you will need to book in advance.

Athletes are strongly advised to book and confirm accommodation early.

The official accommodation provider for The Mount Festival of Multisport is the Trinity Wharf Hotel 

Click here for more details and hotel packages

Aid Stations
All Aid Stations will have:

  • Balance 100% Natural Almond, Coconut & Cacao bars and Balance Fuel 2 Go Banana Caramel Bars
  • Horley’s Raspberry & Lime Gels (run course only)
  • PURE Electrolyte Hydration Drink
  • Dole Bananas
  • Water
  • Coke
Awards Ceremony
The Port of Tauranga Half Awards function is a casual, relaxed ceremony held at Mt Drury. A great time to relax after the race and catch up with friends and ‘rivals’ to talk about the race.

The awards ceremony will held after the event at 5:30pm, with the Night Owl Cinema to run shortly after conclusion with live music and food vans available from 8pm.

Awards will be presented to the top 3 age groupers in the different age group categories. Awards will also be presented to the top local female and male athletes. Prize money will be presented to the top 5 elites and top 3 teams in the male, female and mixed categories.

Prize giving will start at approximately 5.30pm on Saturday 7th January 2017 

Carparking

Car parking within 500m of the transition is prohibited. Car parking along Maunganui Road Mainstreet is limited and patrolled regularly and there will be no vehicle access to ‘The Mall’ from Friday night, so to avoid hefty fines and possible towing please park elsewhere. Please also be respect the local residents who support this event and avoid parking on private property, disabled or reserved parking.

Refunds, Transfers, Waitlist and Team Changes

Team Member Changes

Team member changes are permitted up to 25 November  providing one original member of the team remains. Contact the race office (mountfestival@smcevents.co.nz) with any new details (team name, new name, age and shirt size and who they are replacing – shirt sizes are not guaranteed).

If all team members are unable to take part you are advised to contact the race office prior to 8 December and apply for a refund. There are no automatic refunds available. The organisers may, however, at their sole discretion grant a refund of fees paid if they deem it appropriate prior to 8 December. 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.

Individual Refunds/Withdrawals

There are no automatic refunds available. The organisers may, however, at their sole discretion grant a refund of fees paid if they deem it appropriate prior to 8 December. In the event of a refund under this clause, the organisers shall retain a $100 administration fee.
If the event has reached capacity the available slot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.

To request a refund/withdrawal please advise the race office in writing (letter or email mountfestival@smcevents.co.nz)

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.

Transfers/Waitlist

You are not permitted to transfer your entry to another person or another event without the consent of the race office. If the event reaches capacity prior to the closing date of 25 November wait-list will become operational.

There are no transfers/refunds or withdrawals processed after 25 November under any circumstances.

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. The new person will have 72 hours to accept and complete the online registration and payment. If not completed the entry will be passed to the next person on the waitlist.

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 (mountfestival@smcevents.co.nz)if you have any questions.

Race Start & Cut Off Times
SATURDAY 7TH JANUARY

RACE DAY TIMING

5am Transition opens

5-6am Body marking at entry to transition

5.50am Water OPENS for warm up. All individuals must cross the timing mat before entering water

6.00am Transition closes

6.10am 5min warning for individuals

6.15am Race start for ELITE MALE

6.16am Race start for ELITE FEMALE

6.20am Race start for AG Men <45

6.22am Race start for AG MEN 45+

6.24am Race start for all AG Female

6.25am Rolling Start of remaining athletes

6.45am Team swim warm-up opens

7.05am Team swim warm-up closes

7.10am 5min warning for team swimmers

7.15am Team race starts

8.15am Swim course closes

12.00pm Bike course closes

12.00pm Transition opens (approximate)

3.00pm Run course closes – event cut off

3.00pm All bikes must be removed from transition

5.30pm Prize Giving – Mt Drury

8.00pm Night Owl Cinemas – Mt Drury

 

COURSE CUT OFF TIMES

To ensure the safety of all athletes and volunteers the below cut off times are for all athletes across the event. Should an athlete not be able to reach on of these cut off time, they will no longer be able to continue racing. Results will be classified as Did Not Finish (DNF).

Event personal will assist in transporting the athlete back to the Event Village should assistance be required.

 

BLUESEVENTY SWIM COURSE

All swimmers must be in the water by 7.15am.

All swimmers must be out of the water by 8.15am.

Any swimmers still in the water by 8.15am will be assisted to shore by the water safety personal and registered as a DNF.

 

BALANCE CYCLE COURSE

The Tail End Charlie (TEC) will depart transition at 10:00am and complete one lap of the bike course at a speed of 22.5km per hour. Should a rider be overtaken by the TEC they will be notified that they need to increase their speed and stay ahead of the TEC to continue on the course. If they are unable to do so their number will be noted and they will be asked to return to transition.

Any cyclists sent back to transition by the TEC will be registered as a DNF.

The TEC will pass the following points at the following times:

10:32am Domain Rd Roundabout (heading out)

10:53am Cycle Aid Station

11:11am Bike Turn around

11:46 Past Golf Road (heading back)

 

GARMIN RUN COURSE

The TEC will depart transition at 1.30pm and complete one lap of the run course holding a pace of 8min per km. Should a runner be over taken by the TEC they will be notified that they need to increase their pace and stay ahead of the TEC to continue on the course. If they are unable to do so their number will be noted and they will be asked to return to transition.

Any runner sent back to transition by the TEC will be registered as a DNF.

The TEC will pass the following points at the following times:

1:36pm Aid Station # 1 (Cnr Adams Ave/The Mall) ON WAY OUT

1:50pm Aid Station # 2 (Marine Parade/Banks Ave) ON WAY OUT

1:56pm Aid Station # 3 (Marine Parade/Sutherland Ave) ON WAY OUT

2:06pm Aid Station # 4 (Marine Parade/Sutherland Ave) ON WAY BACK

2:14pm Aid Station # 5 (Marine Parade/Banks Ave) ON WAY BACK

2:22pm Aid Station # 6 (Base Track Entry) ON WAY BACK

2:47pm Aid Station # 7 (Base Track Exit) ON WAY BACK

Entry Fee & Closing Date

Entry Fees 

Individual Earlybird – $275.00 (first 500 entrants only)
Individual – $285.00
Late Registration – $300.00 (after 4th January 2017, onsite registrations only)

Teams – $345.00
Late Registration – $375.00 (after 4th January 2017, onsite registrations only)

Online entries will officially close at midnight on Wednesday January 4th. However please note that if you enter after midday 13th December, you will not have a personalized race bib and may not appear on the published start list. We will be taking registrations on the day, however there will be limited race numbers available and a significant wait time.

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

All athletes will receive an event t-shirt and sponsors products. All individuals who finish within the cut-off times will also receive a commemorative medal.

What do I get for my money?

All entries (individuals and ALL team members) include an event t-shirt, race program and sponsors products.

All individuals finishing the event within the official time will receive a commemorative medal.

Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the Age Group Winners.

Spot Prizes are also awarded at prize giving – you must be present to receive prizes.

What is at the finish line?
All Individual finishers (within time limit) will receive a Finishers Medal. After finishing all competitors will be directed into the athlete’s recovery lounge, where medical support, food, fluid supplement and water will be available.

Finisher certificates are available for download at http://results.racetiming.co.nz/

Minimum Age & Age Group Categories

All competitors entered in the individual division must be 18 years of age or older on race day.

All competitors entered in the teams division must be 14 years of age or older (one race day) to complete the swim section and 16 years of age (on race day) or older to complete the bike and run sections.

Event Age Groups
The event is run under Tri NZ Rules. The event runs 5 year age groups with your age calculated as at 31 December 2017.

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+

There are 3 team categories: Male, Female and Mixed.

Race Briefing
A compulsory race briefing video will be available online as well as at the Registration Expo brought to you by Jetts 24hr Fitness. By collecting your registration pack you are confirming you have read the athlete manual and watched the athlete safety video.

The 2017 Port of Tauranga Half Race Briefing Video can be viewed here.

What is registration?

The 2017 Port of Tauranga Half Registration Expo, brought to you by Jetts 24hr Fitness, will be held at Club Mount Maunganui on Kawaka Street, from 5-8pm on Friday 6th January. Bike racking will be held at Pilot Bay from 6-9pm the same evening.

Road Restrictions and Open Roads

Full details will be available in the race manual, however a portion of the cycle course will be on open road.

While there is a general road restriction on the run course, normal road rules must be followed. Competitors must be aware that motorists may be using the road to access their residences or work places.

Pro/Elite Category

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

Timing

The Port of Tauranga Half will use a electronic timing system, your swim, bike and run split will be recorded as well as your transition times.

The transponder will act as the Teams Baton. The swimmer must start with transponder on their ankle and the runner must cross the finish line with the transponder on their ankle.

All transponders must be returned at the completition of the race. Any transponders not return will result in the athlete been charged a $150 fee.

If you register on Friday night and for any reason do not start the race on Saturday you can hand the transponder to the Timing Tent during the day or post back to the address on the label.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Any Individual & team who is over the age of 18 and has entered the race online has already agreed and signed the waiver at the time of entry are not required to post a copy.

Any persons entered into the Individual event who is not yet 18 (although will be on race day), must have a parent/guardian sign waiver and submit to the race office prior to 25 November.

Course Distances
Port of Tauranga Half distances are as follows:
2km swim, 90km cycle, 21.1km run
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