January 21st 2023
Mount Maunganui

It’s officially race week and we can’t wait to kick off racing on Saturday!

Here are a few of the frequently asked questions ahead of the race – Please make sure you read these before emailing us, the team is busy putting the finishing touches on the race with limited access to emails.


Can I still enter?

Online entries have closed, but there will be onsite entries.

Onsite entries are available from 2:30 – 6pm at Pilot Bay on Friday for all events.

Race day entries are available but please allow plenty of time.

Tauranga Half 5:00 – 5:45am

Mount Run 6:00am – 7:00am

Pilot Bay Swim 6:00 – 8:00am


Where and what time is registration?

2:30 – 6pm on Friday at Pilot Bay. Head for the big white marquee


Do athletes and spectators need to have vaccination certificates?

Yes, all athletes must have a vaccination certificate to take part. All spectators within our designated event village area also need to show their vaccination certificates. Passes will be sited and wristbands issued so you can come and go throughout this area.


Can I make changes to my entry or change distances?

Yes you can, but any changes now need to made onsite at Registration on Friday during onsite entry hours (Or Saturday morning for the Pilot Bay Swim or Mount Run).


Can I collect my race pack on race morning?

All athletes are encouraged to collect their race packs on Friday from 2:30 – 6pm. If you are entering the Mount Run or Pilot Bay Swim and cannot attend on Friday you can collect your pack on Saturday morning. (6am – 7am for the Mount Run and 6am – 8am for the Pilot Bay Swim). Athletes in the Tauranga Half and AquaBike MUST collect their race packs on Friday and rack their bikes.


I am entered in a team, do we all need to be there to collect our race packs?

Yes, all team members must be at registration to collect their race packs and have their vaccination pass sited.


I can no longer make it, do I need to let anyone know?

Yes, please send an email to mountfestival@smcevents.co.nz to withdraw your entry. This means someone else might be able to take your spot if races are close to selling out


Do you have athlete tracking or results?

Yes we do – Check it out here https://my.raceresult.com/190100/results


I am doing the AquaBike, how do I finish the race?

Your time is taken from when you cross the finish line. You will need to rack your bike, and then ‘run’ down the run exit and down the finishing chute. You are welcome to have running shoes in transition for this.


Is there a swim familiarisation?

Yes there is – Meet at the Blue seventy tent at 6pm on Friday


What is the event schedule and key timings?

5.30am – Transition opens for all athletes

6.05am – AquaBike & TGA Half Elite Swim course open for warm-up

6.20am – AquaBike & TGA Half Elite Swim course closes for warm-up

6:30am – Transition Closes (individuals)

6:30am – Tauranga Half Elite Male Swim start

6:32am – Tauranga Half Elite Female Swim start

6.34am – AquaBike Male race start

6:35am – AquaBike Female Swim Start

6.40am – Tauranga Half Swim Course open for warm up

6.45am – Tauranga Half Team transition closes

6.50am – Tauranga Half Swim Course closes for warm-up

7.06am – Tauranga Half Age Group: Individual Male <45 start

7.12am – Tauranga Half Age Group: Individual Male +45 start 

7.17am – Tauranga Half Age Group: Individual Female start        

7.22am – Tauranga Half Team start

7.50am – Mount Run Start – 21km

8.00am – Mount Run Start – 10km

8.10am – Mount Run Start – 5km

8.35am – Pilot Bay Swim Start – 3.7km

8.36am – Pilot Bay Swim start – 2km

8.37am – Pilot Bay Swim start – 750m

9.02am – AquaBike Swim Course Closes

9.02am – Tauranga Half Swim Course closes

11:15am – Pilot Bay Swim course closes

12.00pm – Cycle Course cut off, Domain/Tara Road

12:52pm – Bike Course closes

12.30pm – Mount Run Course closes

3.30pm – Tauranga Half, AquaBike, full Race Closure

5.00pm – Prize Giving begins at Coronation Park


Where can I find the athlete manuals?

Tauranga Half


Mount Run

Pilot Bay Swim