History

THE BEGINNINGS

An excerpt from the 25th Anniversary souvenir booklet (2014)

They banked on a few dozen hardy souls showing up, dusting off the New Years hangovers and hitting Pilot Bay on a gloomy Tuesday morning in 1990.

Organisers, however, didn’t consider the triathlon boom was about to sweep New Zealand, or how one local’s mad-cap ideas would morph into a race that would eventually enthral a city. 

When the gun went off at 7am, January 2, more than 230 individuals and 80 team swimmers plunged into the tide and headed off into the maze of boats clustered in the mist.

“We thought if we got 100 people in total, we’d be going ok,” inaugural race director Bruce Trask said. “It pretty much went off without a hitch – even though it rained like hell. Looking back, it seemed pretty casual but in reality, that was because we’d done the work beforehand, there were no injuries, no accidents and everyone had a really good time.”

The seeds of the race were sown six months earlier, when local adventurer and multisport athlete Troy Griffin approached then Mount Maunganui Borough Mayor Wayne Moultrie with an idea for an event. Griffin, an original from the Kiwifruit Coast Triathlon Club (now Triathlon Tauranga), competed in Ironman Hawaii in its early days and returned home enthused about its potential……

CURRENT COURSE RECORDS

Male

Female

3:45:38

4:10:47

Bradon Currie (2017)

Samantha Warriner (2009)

RECORDS OVER THE YEARS

YEAR

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

2006

2009

2013

2017

MALE

Scott Ballance 4:16:51

Dave Bradding 4:04:45

Tony O’Hagan 3:57:15

 

Tony O’Hagan 3:50:24

 

Walter Thorburn 3:48:47

Nathan Richmond 3:47:54

 

Graham O’Grady 3:47:54

Bradon Currie 3:45:38

FEMALE

Karen Williams 4:53:53

Cori Lyons 4:49:18

 

Megan Robertson 4:48:04

Sue Clark 4:27:59

Sue Clark 4:22:06

Jenny Rose 4:13:21

 

Sam Warriner 4:10:47

PORT OF TAURANGA HALF WINNERS 

Year Male Time Female Time Male Team Time Female Team Time Mixed Team Time
1990 Scott Balance  4:16:51 Karen Williams 4:53:53  –  –  –  –  –  –
1991 Dave Bradding  4:04:45 Corie Lyons 4:49:18  –  –  –  –  –  –
1992 Tony Ohagan  3:57:15 Megan Robertson 4:53:20  –  –  –  –  –  –
1993 Frank Clarke  4:00:09 Megan Robertson 4:48:04  –  –  –  –  –  –
1994 Tony O Hagan  3:50:24 Sue Clark 4:27:59  –  –  – –   –  –
1995 Scott Balance  3:57:35 Sue Clark 4:22:06  –  –  –  –  –  –
1996 Walter Thorburn  3:48:47 Jenny Rose 4:13:21  –  –  – –   –  –
1997 Tony O Hagan  3:51:45 Karyn Mills 4:25:04  –  –  – –   –  –
1998 Cameron Brown  3:56:31 Heidi Alexander 4:28:42  –  –  – –   – – 
1999 Cameron Brown  3:55:00 Karyn Mills 4:20:34  –  –  –  –  –  –
2000 Cameron Brown  3:49:12 Robyn Roocke 4:14:21 Port of Tauranga 3:40:07 Kerryn Gardiner Lifestyle 4:53:02 Heb Contractors 3:45:49
2001 Cameron Brown  3:51:57 Nicole Cope 4:23:30 Mark Watson Nike One 3:41:25 Mark Watson Nike One  4:17:15 John Ledger Team  3:59:10
2002 Cameron Brown TBC Rebekah Keat TBC TBC  TBC TBC TBC TBC  TBC
2003 Cameron Brown  3:49:49 Rebekah Keat 4:13:36 Mark Crowther Team  3:41:09 Sarah Ulmer Team 4:03:44 Robbie Johnson Team  3:52:52
2004 Cameron Brown  3:51:08 Rebekah Keat 4:21:13 Craig Kirkwood Team  3:39:50 Shanelle Barrett Team 4:02:18 Anne Maree Johnston Team  4:05:04
2005 Craig Alexander  3:49:16 Samantha Warriner 4:28:58 Team Cervelo  3:36:30 Team Asics  4:13:00 Team Orca  3:44:02
2006 Nathan Richmond  3:47:54 Joanna Lawn 4:14:39 Team Rehab  3:36:44 The Sue-Perbs  4:40:03 The Bod & The Blokes  4:15:19
2007 Cameron Brown  4:00:05 Joanna Lawn 4:24:26 Balance 1 – Sports Nutrition  3:49:02 Balance Girls – Sports Nutrution  4:46:59 Rehab Physio  3:53:30
2008 Kieran Doe 3:56:41 Kate Bevilaqua 4:17:54 Balance Elite Mens  3:46:27 Balance Elite Womens  3:23:32 Balance Elite Mixed  3:55:10
2009 Duncan Milne  3:56:55 Samantha Warriner 4:10:47 Balance Nutrition Elite Men  3:46:58 Cute But Deadly  4:29:20 Performance Bicycle Tuning  3:57:09
2010 Michael Poole 3:56:33 Samantha Warriner 4:17:04 Rehab Physio  3:37:09 Balance Nutrition Elite Women  4:19:54 Blue Seventy  3:38:29
2011 Callum Millward  3:49:55 Joanna Lawn 4:15:38 Capp/McCauly/McDonald  3:37:09 Vitasport  4:09:44 Performance Bicycle Tuning  3:53:19
2012 Cameron Brown  3:53:42 Joanna Lawn 4:22:54 TBC  TBC TBC  TBC TBC  TBC
2013 Graham O Grady  3:47:54 Gina Crawford TBC TBC  TBC TBC  TBC TBC  TBC
2014 Cameron Brown 3:54:11 Catriona Morrison 4:11:22 Rehab Physio 3:41:56 Vitasport 4:17:04 Foglongs 4:15:44
2015 Craig Alexander 3:48:03 Gina Crawford 4:22:05 Rehab Physio 3:48:43 Waiariki ‘91 5:03:36 Triathletes Corner Profile Design 4:04:23
2016 Braden Currie 3:52:26 Amelia Watkinson 4:16:26 Rehab Physio 3:52:09 Waiariki ‘91 4:52:25 Sports Lab 3:56:28
2017 Braden Currie 3:45:38 Amelia Watkinson 4:16:30 Blue Seventy Bandits 3:39:05 Move to Auckland, Jessi 4:41:08 Team Gizzy  3:58:30
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