Great Lake Taupo, home to the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo, is a popular tourist destination, boasting the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and mountains made internationally famous after being featured in the Lord of The Rings trilogy.
Come for the race but enjoy so much more! World-class trout fishing, mountain biking, hiking, adrenaline pumping adventure activities, or just enjoy a relaxing stroll along the lakefront. There are restaurants and accommodation options abound; a dynamic boutique retail area; numerous arts and craft galleries and plenty of natural hot pools for soothing your muscles after the big race.
How to enter the Ironman 70.3 Taupo
- Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21.1km
Ironman 70.3 Taupo route
1.9km swim in the clear, fresh waters of Lake Taupo. Water temperature is normally around 19 degrees Celsius (approximately 64 degrees Fahrenheit). A deep water start in a wave start format out front of the Taupo Yacht Club with the first leg of 825m swim parallel to the shore followed by a second leg of 50m then returning 825m to a buoy adjacent to the Yacht Club. The final section of 200m heads back to the Taupo Yacht Club exiting up the beach. From the beach, athletes have a 400m run along the Boat Harbour to the steps leading to transition.
90km bike course starts to the cheers of spectators before heading into the rolling farmland surrounding Taupo. The course is described as undulating with enough challenging sections to create a fair race. Please note – there is a change from previous years on the return back into Taupo.
A three-lap run course that leads athletes through a picturesque 21.1km. Athletes will take in the flat lakefront scenery to the Napier-Taupo Road and return back to town.
Ironman 70.3 Taupo weather forecast
Possible light rain overnight.
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