RACE DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17. REGSITRATION STATUS - OPEN.

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    Note these changes will only come into affect when we close of registrations in December - that ‘s when we make all the changes.

    To change distances or start times, you will need your ORDER ID from your confirmation EMAIL,

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    DATES
    • Saturday, 17 December 2022
    • Saturday, 16 December 2023
    • Saturday, 14 December 2024


    HALF IRONMAN
    • Half Ironman - men under 7 hours 5:45 AM, women under 7 hours 5:50 AM
    • Half Ironman - 7 hour plus competitors - start times option of 5:15 AM
    • Half Ironman TEAMS - 5:50:00 AM.
    • Aquabeer - 5:50:00 AM.

    QUARTER IRONMAN
    • Everyone in the Quarter Ironman + Quarter Ironman TEAMS - 6:00 AM. HOOKSIE’S HEROES - OPTIONAL
    • Half Ironman – expected to take over 7 hours can start at 5:15 AM and will forever be referred to as Hooksie’s Heroes.

    AQUABEER
    • Swim 2K, Cycle 90 KM - Saturday, all competitors. Start time 5:50 AM.

    RUN EVENTS
    • 21.1 KM and 10.5 KM Run, 7:30 AM.

    Those who will take longer than 7 hours.

    ENTRY FEES:

    Refer to the entry page.

    REFUND POLICY

    THE ROTORUA HALF HAS A NO REFUND POLICY.

    At time of registration, you were given the option to purchase transfer insurance to the next year. This allows you to transfer your registration to the next years event. The policy lapses 14 days prior to race day. Only those who have purchased transfer insurance are eligible for a transfer.

    If you didn’t choose this option, your entry will NOT be transferred (fair's, fair mate). Our policy is no refund nor no changes to another person regardless of circumstance. Someone can collect your awesome race pack on the Friday or Saturday.

    Who are Hooksie’s Heroes?

    The short answer, all of triathlon’s heroes – those that take on themselves and the course but are going to be out there are long time.

    If you feel you will take over 7 hours, go in the 5:15 wave. Honestly, it’s the best experience ever.

    REGISTRATION
    • HOLIDAY INN FROM 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M. FRIDAY
    • HOOKSIE’S HEREOS - 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M. FRIDAY PLEASE.
    • TIKITAPU (Blue Lake) Saturday Morning from 4 A.M.
    RACE PACKS
    • No race packs are being couriered.
    • Everyone must collect their race packs.
    • A friend can collect your packs without ID – just let us know.
    • There are no swim caps.
    • Transponder bracelets are in the race packs.
    • You need a race belt.
    • 21 KM and 10.5 KM only will get pins only for race numbers.

    LATE ENTRY
    • Walk-up registrations will be taken on Friday from 5-8 P.M. at Holiday Inn - CASH ONLY

    TRANSPONDERS AND RACE NUMBERS – TRIATHLON INDIVIDUAL ONLY

    IMPORTANT. Put on your leg before you leave the hotel room when your leg is dry and keep it on. Don’t apply to a wet leg or leg with any oil.

    • You wear them around your ankle.

    • You can keep them on all night if you wish.

    • There is one race number in your pack. It must worn FORWARD on the run and BACKWARD on the bike.

    • If you don’t use a race belt, have your number facing forward for the bike and the run.

    • RACE BELTS ARE COMPULSORY for the individual triathlon only. There will be no race belts for sale at registration.

    TEAMS TRANSPONDERS AND RACE NUMBERS

    • Teams don’t get an ankle transponder.

    • Teams gets one race number.

    • The Runner gets one and wears it facing forward.

    • The swimmer doesn't get one.

    TEAM CHANGE OVERS

    • The runner tags the swimmer at waters edge.

    • The runner runs to the bike rack and tags the cyclist.

    • The cyclist does the ride and tags the runner at their bike rack.

    RUN 21 and RUN 10 RACE NUMBERS

    • Wear number facing the front.

    HELMET STICKER AND SWIM CAPS

    • There are no helmet stickers or swim caps. Wear your own swim cap. 

    CUT OFF TIMES

    • In 20+ years we have never pulled a single person off the course. However, we will stop operating traffic management and aid stations at specific times below. Anyone that misses these junctions can continue – under road rules with your own food and hydration.

    • Lake Rotoma turn will be pulled at 8:30 and all bikes still on the way out will be turned around and allowed to continue. If in doubt start at 5:15 A.M.

    • 7:15 AM - you must be onto Te Ngae Road.

    • 7:30 AM – right at SH30.

    • 8:30 AM - 45 km turnaround point at Lake Rotoma.

    • 11:00 p.m. Green Lake Aid Station

    • 12:30 p.m. Hot Corner Aid Station

    WHAT ARE THE QUARTER CUT OFF TIMES

    There are no cut off times for the Quarter.

    BRIEFING

    • There are no pre-race briefing for any started, only the written briefing below.

    • We will make courtesy announcements over the P.A. pre-swim start on each day.
    ON RACE MORNING

    • The race morning announcements will NOT cover off the bike or run course.
    • It will however cover off the swim course along with any other race day changes (if any).

    • Update on road conditions and notify of glass, potholes etc.

    5:15 STARTERS.

    All competitors that have signed on to the 5:15 AM swim must have completed all registration formalities or by courier BY Friday night. You guys must be ready to go come Saturday morning. You must have your race pack and transponders already sorted out.

    BYO HEADLAMPS.

    • Wear headlamps as it will be dark when you first arrive onto site.

    SWIM. IF IN ANY DOUBT - DO NOT ENTER THE WATER.

    • We will be putting flashing lights on swim cans to assist you with navigation. It will be barely light when you start but is the coolest, bestest swim in triathlon. It’s epic.

    BIKE
    The following is crucial for your safety.

    We have decided that all volunteers on the cycle course that have the responsibility for directing you will not be standing in the centre of the road, they will be on the side pointing. In terms of direction, that is where it ends for us.

    Remember though, over every second of the bike course:

    YOU AND YOU ALONE DECIDE WHETHER IT IS SAFE TO ENTER AN INTERSECTION. PLEASE, APPROACH ALL INTERSECTIONS, HANDS-ON BRAKES, RIDING DEFENSIVELY AND PREPARED TO STOP.

    The traffic controllers will do everything they can to get you safely through the intersections without stopping – BUT. It isn’t up to them it’s up to you to make all turns safely.

    RIDE DEFENSIVELY AND BE PREPARED TO STOP.

    If you have to stop, appreciate for those few seconds that our traffic management team has done the job and delivered to you a safe race.

    So remember, the Marshalls will be wearing bright orange jackets and will point you in the right direction but they will be standing on the sides of the road and not in the middle of it. Please look behind you for motorists as you make the move to the centre of the road to turn right and

    NEVER CROSS THE CENTRE LINE

    Remember, at all times you must obey the road rules, the roads are open at all times to traffic and you must never cross the centre line.

    Obey all road rules.

    Major intersections have traffic management but will not be until 6 AM.

    Again, we stress you to study the maps and know with complete competency the correct way to get out of town.

    RULES OF THE ROAD.

    Nothing changes. Every single cyclist, not just those in the early waves must comply with road rules.

    KNOW THE COURSE

    This is rule one of triathlon. This rule applies to the elites and to you as well. It is the responsibility of competitors to know the course. It is not the responsibility of marshals or other officials to direct you. You and you alone must know the correct course. We advise you to get into town early drive over the course, even a ride through the residential section of town could be greatly beneficial to you.

    WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER

    You guys, look after each other out there, okay. Help each other, support each other and just get round the course.

    KNOW WHERE TO TURN.

    Quarter turn on a slight uphill and there is no water to your left.
    Half turns next to a lake.

    HOW NOT TO GET CLEANED UP AT THE QUARTER TURN

    Take extra caution at the quarter turnaround.

    At this one point, there will be a genuine mix of novice beginners making the U-turn and more experienced triathletes heading straight on. Again, our advice needs to be heeded.

    Quarter riders - use your voice to cyclists around you. Shout out “quarter turn, quarter turn”.

    Half riders -be vigilant. Listen for a call and never, under any circumstances pass a cyclist on the right at any point of the quarter turn.

    While you are at it, wish you novice little brothers and sisters a “good ride back” because we are all in this wild gig together.

    EVENT RULES FOR A COMPETITOR ARRIVING AT A BIKE CRASH SCENE.

    1. Ensure your own safety first. Try and make sure no further accident occurs and only then...

    2. Flag down the next cyclist through the accident scene.

    3. Scene declared an "accident" scene. Attend to cyclist only when safe to do so.

    4. Locate a phone and call 111 - AMBULANCE and state BIKE ACCIDENT and the location.

    5. Follow instructions of the operator.

    6. Call the emergency number on your race number and repeat the incident information.

    MANAGING THE ACCIDENT SCENE

    1. One of the (at least) two stopped cyclists must go forward of the accident scene - towards the field of cyclists

    2. Stand safely to the side of the road.

    3. Cross arms above chest and loudly yell at all competitors "ACCIDENT AHEAD - SLOW DOWN"

    4. A member of the public or marshal can also use the same instructions to declare the scene and accident scene (FOR RACE PURPOSES ONLY.)

    ACCIDENT SCENE = 20 KPH FOR COMPETITORS

    As soon as any competitor declares the scene an accident, the race is immediately neutralised and the following rules apply.

    Cyclist must:

    1. Immediately drop and maintain speed to 20 km an hour

    2. Ride with left hand on drop

    3. Raise right hand to indicate to cyclists around they are travelling through an accident scene

    4. Maintain the speed until they are well clear the accident scene

    RAISE RIGHT ARM. DECLARE AN ACCIDENT

    Any cyclist can declare the scene of an accident at any stage by raising the right arm and yelling "accident" to all competitors around them. All cyclists must then drop speed and maintain a slow pace and ride with extreme caution, riding with the right arm raised and left hand on the drop until safely through the accident scene.

    RULES TO BE ENFORCED

    1. Any cyclist that deliberately right faster than 20 km an hour through an accident scene - will have the number recorded and be immediately disqualified from the race and face a possible BAN from future events.

    2. Any cyclist that passes another cyclist through the accident scene will also receive immediate disqualification.

    3. Competitors are encouraged to record the numbers of cyclists that blatantly ignore the speed through an accident scene rule.

    4. Any competitor(s) that stops and renders assistance will suffer no time penalty as a result of stopping. These competitors need to instruct the timing team who will deduct the appropriate amount of time from the overall time.

    SWIM

    The swim course is two laps for the Half Ironman.

    The swim is one lap for the Quarter Ironman.

    It starts in front of the terraced area

    Swim 450 m, turn left. Swim 100 m, turn left. Return 450m.

    The wearing of flippers is legal for any swimmer that can prove their last Ironman swim was over 1:45.

    TRAINING ON THE SWIM COURSE

    After meeting with the harbour master and local council event support staff, we all thought it prudent to reinforce to all competitors training for the swim, to do all your swim training in the correct section of the lake.

    The lake has different designations. The main body of water, directly in front of the water ski club and boat ramp is designated completely for power boats. This makes this section of water a 100% no go area for swim training. At all times. I will say this again, do not swim, ever, in the main body of water directly in front of the water ski club and the boat ramp.

    The lake has two designated "passive" areas for swimmers. Always check the maps on display at the lake to see where the passive areas are displayed.

    NEVER, AT ANY STAGE SWIM AROUND THE BUOYS AND BEGIN SWIMMING INSIDE THE ZONE DESIGNATED TO MOTORISED BOATS.

    Thanks in advance.


    BIKE COURSE DISTANCE / TURN / ROAD


    6 KM RIGHT SELWYN ROAD
    6.7 KM LEFT ILES ROAD
    7 KM RIGHT WARWICK DRIVE
    7.4 KM AHEAD BASLEY ROAD ROUNDABOUT
    7.4 KM AHEAD MORLEY ST BECOMES PORIKAPA ROAD
    9 KM LEFT WHARENUI ROAD
    9.5 KM RIGHT TE NGAE ROAD (SH 30)
    16 KM RIGHT SH30
    22 KM RETURN QUARTER TURN
    30 KM AID AID STATION LAKE ROTOMA (WATER)
    45 KM RETURN HALF IRONMAN
    60 KM AID AID STATION LAKE ROTOMA (WATER)
    74 KM LEFT TE NGAE ROAD (SH 30)
    81 KM LEFT WHARENUI ROAD
    81.5 KM RIGHT PORIKAPA ROAD
    82.5 KM AHEAD BASLEY ROAD ROUNDABOUT
    83 KM LEFT ILES ROAD
    83.2 KM RIGHT SELWYN ROAD
    84 KM LEFT TARAWERA ROAD
    90 KM FINISH BLUE LAKE

    RUN COURSE

    Refer maps page.

    WETSUIT DIPPING

    We take the physical health of the beautiful lake we swim in seriously. What follows is a really simple definition of exactly who needs to get their wetsuits dipped.

    WHAT ARE THE RULES ABOUT WETSUIT DIPPING?

    If it is completely dry, you do not need to get your wetsuit dipped.

    A wet wetsuit from ocean swimming does not need to be dipped.

    If your wetsuit is wet from swimming in Lake Taupo, Lake Karapiro, other lakes around Lake Rotorua, or river - you must get your wetsuit dipped.

    WHAT TIME DOES PARKING OPEN?

    From 4:00 A.M .

    WHERE DO WE PARK?

    We are parking all cars directly above transition until 5:45 am or the carpark fills. As you come down the hill towards the lake, there may be vehicle queues in front of you so please slowdown as you start your approach to the lake.

    CAN I FOLLOW MY MATE ON THE BIKE COURSE?

    I BEG you, don’t do it. If you do, you are just being a selfish wanker and here’s why – you guys become the number one hazard to others out there to our bikes. You don’t hold to the speed limit. You slow down. You talk to your mates out the window. This isn’t shits and giggles. This is for real. Please don’t follow.

    BIKE RACKING
    1. No Racking on Friday.
    2. All racking on race morning.
    3. Racking is first up best dressed.
    4. Family and friends are welcome in our transition before 5:45am.
    5. Transition will be cleared of all competitors and supporters including teams from 5:45 a.m. so please make sure you have everything ready by that time.
    6. Give the early swimmers a hearty cheer and plenty of room.
    7. Some of them will be out before the main start.

    WILL THERE BE ENOUGH BIKE RACKS THIS YEAR?

    Yeah, probably not. Find a place on the ground or a fence if late. If it was good enough for Gomez, it’s good enough for you.

    TEAM CHANGEOVER

    Runner tags the swimmer at shore edge (cause they are wearing the transponder).

    All cyclists must wait RACKED at their bikes for their runner to tag.

    All Runners must wait in the transition for their cyclist.

    TEAMS TRANSPONDERS AND RACE NUMBERS

    Teams don’t get an ankle transponder.

    Teams gets two race numbers.

    The Runner gets one - facing forward.

    The swimmer doesn't get one.

    The cyclist gets one - facing backward.

    Make sure the runners tag crosses the mats.

    AWARD TIMES

    Quarter Ironman prize giving 10:00 at lake Saturday.

    Aquabeer prize giving 11:00 at lake Saturday.

    Teams prize giving 11:00 at lake Saturday.

    21K and 10K prize giving 10:00 at lake Saturday.

    Half Ironman prize giving 11:45 at lake Saturday.

    HALF IRONMAN
    MALE 1ST 2ND AND 3RD OVERALL
    WOMENS 1ST 2ND AND 3RD OVERALL
    FIRST THREE IN AGE-GROUP
    MEN UNDER 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
    WOMEN UNDER 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

    AQUABEER
    AQUABEER - 1ST MALE AND 1ST FEMALE ONLY

    HALF IRONMAN TEAMS
    MENS TEAM - FIRST ONLY.
    WOMEN'S TEAM - FIRST ONLY. MIXED TEAM - FIRST ONLY.

    QUARTER IRONMAN
    MALE 1ST 2ND AND 3RD
    WOMENS 1ST 2ND AND 3RD
    FIRST ONLY IN FOLLOWING AGE GROUPS
    MEN UNDER 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
    WOMEN UNDER 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

    THE 21.1KM RUN AGE-GROUP AWARDS


    OVERALL ONLY
    MALE 1ST 2ND AND 3RD
    WOMENS 1ST 2ND AND 3RD

    THE 10.5KM RUN AGE-GROUP AWARDS
    MALE 1ST
    WOMENS 1ST

    BIKE AID STATION

    The aid station is at the 30 KM and 60 km mark on the bike.

    Please approach the aid station with hands on brake levers and WATCHING, please no riding on your aerobars through the aid station.

    The aid station will have the following:

    Your own pre packed special bags that we have collected at registration on Friday night.

    There is no aid station on the bike for the Quarter.

    QUARTER TURNAROUND

    There is just one turnaround point on the Quarter bike. 5.2 KM along SH 30. (Enter 516 State Highway 30, Tikitere 3074 into Google Maps if you are going out for a looksie)

    HALF TURNAROUND

    Put 507 State Highway 30, Rotoma 3074 into the Google. If you hit Whakatane, you've gone too far.

    RUN AID STATIONS

    There are 3 aid stations - one at the waterski club, one at Hot Corner and one at the Green Lake Turn. Here is the order of aid stations on the run.

    Waterski Club 100m

    Hot Corner 3.5km

    8 Mile Gate 9.0km

    Hot Corner 13.35km

    Waterski Club 15.5km

    Hot Corner 18.85km

    WHAT'S ON THE AID STATION

    Water, Coke, R-LINE Electrolyte Hydration

    DRAFTING ZONE

    The draft zone is a10 metre GAP and no riding two wide.

    IS THERE A BOX

    There is no "box". It’s 10 metres. One more than 9.

    WHERE DO I SIT ON THE
    ROAD?

    All cyclists will be
    expected to sit hard left on the road.

    The next bike will be
    a further 10 metres back and so on.

     It will look like a
    giant pace line with all competitors 10 metres apart.

     

    HOW DO YOU PASS?

    If you pull into the
    road, you'll be considered to be in a passing manoeuvre. 

    A passing manoeuvre
    is considered DELIBERATE AND OBVIOUS, you need to be travelling at a speed that
    is "obviously a passing speed".

    The marshals will be
    using a mixture of cars and bikes.

    The official will MAY OR MAY NOT stop you or inform you of your penalty.  4 minutes will then be added to your overall
    time. 

    HOW DO I GET DQ’D?

    Two drafting infringements equal disqualification.

     

    WHAT DO THE DRAFT MARSHALS LOOK FOR?

    Don't stress bunching
    on the climbs or descents; we will completely leave you alone there.

    Our focus is the flat
    road out to the airport and also around the lakes once you drop down the Hell's
    Gate Hill (Tikitere).   

     

    HOW FAR IS 10M?

    10 metres is the length
    of two cars.

    WHAT ARE THE 3 THINGS THAT GET YOU DQ’D?

     2 drafting offences.

     Littering.

     Being a dick.

    CAN YOU APPEAL A DQ?

    Sure, write it down
    on a $100 bill, give it to Hooksie’s wife and she’ll take care of it.