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Ironman New Zealand

6:45am Sat 2nd Mar 2019
99 Tongariro St, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
Triathlon: Swim 3.8km, Bike 180km, Run 42.2km

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With half the field coming from outside the country every year, IRONMAN New Zealand is truly the worlds most international IRONMAN. This race has stood the test of time and will celebrate 35 incredible years in 2019.

Firmly established in its hometown of Taupo since 1999, the event showcases the best New Zealand and its breathtaking scenery has to offer. Thanks to the locals' pure Kiwi spirit, you will feel like a local the minute you arrive. The event attracts more than 2,000 volunteers from a population of just 22,000and you'll encounter the rest along the streets cheering you on.

Distances in this event

  1. Ironman

    Triathlon: Swim 3.8km, Bike 180km, Run 42.2km
    6:45am Sat 2nd Mar 2019
    NZD $870–NZD $915
    Event passed
What’s Included

Entry Fees Include:

  • Race Number
  • Timing Chip
  • Race Kit – Race Bib, Bike Seat Post Number Sticker, Helmet Number Sticker, Bike Pump Sticker, Special Needs Stickers, Gear Bag Stickers, Race Number Tattoo, Category Tattoo, ID Wristband, Coloured Swim Cap, Bike Collection Card
  • Personalised Race Products – must be entered by (1 February 2019) 4 weeks out to receive personalised race products
  • Gear Bags (Bike, Run, Special Needs)
  • Street Gear/Athlete Bag – including promotional material
  • Athlete Gift – Bag

During Athlete Check-in you will receive the following:

  • ID Wristband (to be worn from Check-In through to the end of the race)
  • Body Tattoos (numbers to be placed on right upper arm and letter category to be placed on left calf)
  • Black Street Gear Bag
  • Swim Cap – this must be worn over all other caps
  • Helmet Sticker (placed on the front of your helmet)
  • Bike seat post sticker (to wrap around the seat post of your bike and stick to itself)
  • Bike Pump Sticker
  • Race Bib (compulsory on the run leg only)
  • Bike Collection Card
  • Sponsor promotional items

Athlete Finisher Products:

  • Towel
  • Finisher T-Shirt
  • Medal
  • Category winners Trophy/Medal/Prizes
  • Ticket inclusion for Athlete to Welcome/Presentations

 

 

Raceday Logistics

Race Information

Date

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Start Time

6:45am

Location

Northern Domain, Taupo

Check In

Thursday 28 February 10:00am-4:00pm
Any athlete who does not Check-in by this time will not be eligible to race.

Event Schedule

Monday 25 February

1pm-6pm – Pre-Race Massage Serivce at Massage Marquee, Northern Domain

Tuesday 26 February

9am-6:30pm – Pre-Race Massage Service at Massage Marquee, Northern Domain

Wednesday 27 February

7am-9am – Wetsuit Checking at Yacht Club

9am-5pm – Event Information Centre at Great Lake Centre

9am-5pm – Kids Fun Run – Check-Inn at Great Lake Centre

9am-6:30pm – Pre Race Massage Service at Massage Marquee, Northenr Domain

9:30am-4pm – Wetsuit Checking at Northern Domain

10am-4pm – IRONMAN Merchandise Store at Merchandise Marquee, Northern Domain

Thursday 28 February – IRONMAN NEW ZEALAND ATHLETES MUST CHECK IN THURSDAY

6am-8am – Wetsuit Checking at Yacht Club

9am-4pm – Wetsuit Checking at Northern Domain

9am-10am – AWA Priority Athlete Check-In (IRONMAN New Zealand only) AWA IRONMAN ATHLETES ONLY AT THIS TIME at Main Marquee, Northern Domain

10am-4pm – Athlete Check-In (IRONMAN New Zealand only) ALL IRONMAN ATHLETE’S MUST CHECK IN DURING THESE TIMES At Main Marquee, North Domain

9am-5pm – Event Information Centre at Great Lake Centre

9am-5pm – Kids Fun Run – Check-In at Great Lake Centre

9am-5pm – Sports and Lifestyle Expo at Great Lake Centre

9am-5pm – Performance Bicycle Tuning Service Centre at Northern Domain

9am-5pm – IRONMAN Merchandise Store at Merchandise Marquee, Northern Domain

9am-6:30pm – Pre-Race Massage Service at Massage Marquee, Northern Domain

3pm-3:30pm – Elite Briefing at Great Lake Centre Green Room

5:30pm – Welcome Function at Taupo Events Centre

Friday 1 March

6am-8am – Wetsuit Checking at Yacht Club

10am-4pm – Wetsuit Checking at Northern Domain

7am-7:45am – Kids Fun Run – Check-In at Northern Domain

8am – Kids Fun Run – Event Start at Northern Domain

9am-10am – First Timers Seminar with Verna Cook-Jackson at Leaving from Theatre, Great Lake Centre

10am-10:30am – IRONMAN Transition Tour with Verna Cook-Jackson and Course Manager Adam McDonal – Outside Theatre, Great Lake Centre

9am-4pm – Event Information Centre at Great Lake Centre

9am-4pm – Sports and Lifestyle Expo at Great Lake Centre

9am-4pm – Performance Bicycle Tuning Service Centre at Northern Domain

9am-4pm – IRONMAN Merchandise Store at Merchandise Marquee, Northern Domain

9am-4pm Pre-Race Massage Service at Massage Marquee, Northern Domain

10am-4pm – IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand Check-In – (IRONMAN 70.3 ONLY) at Main Marquee, Northern Domain

10am-5pm – IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand Bike Racking at Transition Area, Northern Domain

10am-4pm – IRONMAN New Zealand Bike & Gear Bag Check-In at Transition Area, Northern Domain

11:30am-12pm – Meet the professionals at Finish Area, Northern Domain

Saturday 2 March

5am-6:40am – Transition Open – IRONMAN New Zealand only at Northern Domain

5am-7am – Transition Open – IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand at Northern Domain

5am-12 midnight – Event Information Centre at Northern Domain

6:15am – Traditional Maori Welcome at Lake Taupo, Opposite Taupo Yacht Club

6:45am – Male Professional Athlete Start – IRONMAN New Zealand at Lake Taupo, Opposite Taupo Yacht Club

6:48am – Female Professional Athlete Start – IRONMAN New Zealand at Lake Taupo, Opposite Taupo Yacht Club

6:50am – Water Open for warm-up at Lake Taupo, Opposite Taupo Yacht Club

7am – Age Group Race Start – IRONMAN New Zealand at Lake Taupo, Opposite Taupo Yacht Club

8:10am – Age Group Race Start – IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand at Lake Taupo, Opposite Taupo Yacht Club

8am-8pm – IRONMAN Merchandise Store at Merchandise Marquee, Northern Domain

9:20am – Swim Course Closes – IRONMAN New Zealand and IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand at Lake Taupo, Opposite Taupo Yacht Club

1:10pm – Bike Course Closes – IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand

4:10pm – Run Course Closes – IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand

5pm – Awards Ceremony IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand at Great Lake Centre Theatre

5:45pm – IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Roll – Down Ceremony at Great Lake Centre Theatre

5:30pm – Bike Course Closes – IRONMAN New Zealand

6pm – 12 midnight – Bike & Gear Bag Collection at Transition Area

Midnight – Run Course Closes/Race Finish

Sunday 3 March

8am-2pm – IRONMAN Merchandise Store (Include Finishers Range) at Merchandise Marquee, Northern Domain

9am-10am – Bike & Gear Bag Collection at Transition Area, Northern Domain

9:30am-4:30pm – Post Race Massage Service at Massage Marquee, Northern Domain

10am – IRONMAN World Championship Sign Up & Roll Down Ceremony at Great Lake Centre Theatre

10am-12pm – IRONMAN Medal Engraving at Great Lake Centre

10am-2pm – Event Information Centre at Great Lake Centre

5:30pm – Awards Function at Taupo Events Centre

Monday 4 March

6pm Mercury Volunteers Party at Taupo Events Centre

 

Travel

Getting to Taupo

The major gateway is Auckland International Airport. Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand with 1.5 million people. It is situated in the north of the North Island – either a 45-minute domestic flight to Taupo or an easy three to four hour drive.

Domestic Travel

Air New Zealand has regular flights each day to Taupo from a variety of destinations around New Zealand.

Race Day Parking

If you need to drive to the race start, please consider where you are parking as there is metered parking in the town centre. There is free parking available behind McDonalds and the BP Service Station on HeuHeu Street. Please note there is no access to Redoubt Street and no parking available on the Northern Domain or in the Great Lake Centre carpark on race day.

FAQs

Athlete Check-In

Athlete Check-In for all athletes in IRONMAN New Zealand will take place on Thursday 28 February 10:00am to 4:00pm at the main marquee adjacent to the Great Lake Centre on the Northern Domain. It is compulsory for all IRONMAN New Zealand athletes to Check-In during these times. No athlete will be accepted after 4pm Thursday 1 March. We cannot be responsible for late arrivals so please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements. You are required to show photo identification to register – i.e. Driver’s Licence or Passport

*You must check your wetsuit before you check in 

You are required to decontaminate your wetsuit before entry into Lake Taupo. This prevents the spread of invasive species such as didymo & hornwort. The Department of Conservation cleaning station times are:

  • Wednesday 27 February 7am – 9am Taupo Yacht Club
  • Wednesday 27 February 9:30am – 4pm Northern Domain
  • Thursday 28 February  6am – 8am Taupo Yacht Club
  • Thursday 28 February 9:00am – 4pm Northern Domain
  • Friday 1 March 6am – 8am Taupo Yacht Club
  • Friday 1 March 10am – 4pm Northern Domain

The Department of Conservation will give you a yellow card once you have cleaned your wetsuit. Please bring this with you to check in. You will not be able to check in if you have not dipped your wetsuit.

ID Wristband

Your ID wristband must be worn at all times as this will be your entry to ‘athlete only restricted areas.’ Your ID wristband will be secured to your wrist prior to leaving Check-In. This is your only means of entry to transition to rack your bike pre-race and to collect your gear and bike after the race, unless displaying your bike collection card. IRONMAN will not allow access into these area’s without athletes wearing their wristband. No Wristband = No Access.

Timing Chip Collection

You will collect your Timing Chip and confirm your identity with the timing personnel AT THE EXIT OF BIKE CHECK IN ON FRIDAY 1 MARCH. At this stage you will check that your chip corresponds with your race number and personal information. Please ensure you put it in a safe place and remember to have it with you on race morning Saturday 2 March. Timing Chips must be worn on your left ankle. On race morning, your timing chip must be on to enter transition. Officials will be checking this as you enter transition. If you do not start the race or pull out of the race for any reason you are to return the Timing Chip to the Event Information Centre on the Northern Domain. If your Timing Chip is not returned or is lost you will be charged $150 for a replacement. Timing results will include swim split, bike split, run split and finish time overall and category results.

Transition

The Transition Area is located on the Northern Domain. Bike racks for athletes will be set out in number order. Information on the transition procedures is provided under the ‘Bike Course’ and ‘Run Course’ sections of this guide. Security will be on patrol on Friday night and Saturday morning.

When you rack your bike on Friday 2 March between 10am and 5pm, please allow plenty of time to walk through the routes that you will take in the Transition area.

There will be Mercury volunteers in transition to answer any questions. Please note upon entering Transition your bike will be photographed by FinisherPix.

It is important to note that during the race, athletes will be required to have all race items neatly organised at your bike for transitioning from Swim-Bike and Bike-Run. No change tents are provided for 70.3 Athletes

Bike Check-In

Friday 1 March 10:00am – 5:00pm

Transition, Northern Domain. You must have already check-in and picked up your Race Kit prior to racking your bike.

Your bike must display your seat post sticker and correspond with your ID wristband. Officials will be checking both of these as you enter and exit transition. On Friday you must rack your bike by the handle bars. On Saturday morning you may change your bike to be racked by the seat, front wheel facing outward from the rack. When returning from the bike course, if you rack your bike by the seat, the front wheel must be facing outwards from the rack. No bike will be able to be Checked-In after 5.00pm on Friday 1 March.

Bike Checks

Your bike will be visually inspected by a Triathlon New Zealand official and allowed into transition upon passing this inspection. This is not a guarantee of safety. Athletes are responsible for their bikes being in safe working order. You should ensure your bike, is in safe working order before presenting it at transition to avoid rejection. Inspectors will be checking for such thing as:

  • End plugs on handle bars
  • Tyres in reasonable condition
  • Stripped cabling
  • At least one water bottle cage
  • Compliance with Triathlon New Zealand Race Competition Rules

Helmet Checks

Bike helmets are compulsory. Triathlon New Zealand officials will be conducting helmet checks as you enter the Transition area on Race Morning, please ensure you wear your helmet into the entrance of Transition. This is not a guarantee of safety. It is compulsory that no helmets are left with your bike on Friday night.

Helmets must meet the following specifications:

  • Your helmet must be approved by a recognised testing authority (eg. New Zealand Standards Certified).
  • Alterations to any part of the helmet are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, any alteration to the manufacturer’s chinstrap, and the addition or removal of an outer cover.
  • Helmets must be undamaged.

Clothing Drop

The clothing drop zone is at Strathmore Road opposite B3 on the return leg to Taupō at approximately the 50km mark. All clothing must be marked clearly with your race number. Clothing dropped will be bagged and returned to the Event Information Centre Lost Property. You will be able to pick this up on Sunday morning.

Gear Bags

STREET GEAR BAG DROP
The Street Gear Bag Drop will be located at the Main Marquee between 5.00am to 8.00am on race morning. Please ensure that you have the gear bag sticker (located in your Race Kit) clearly stuck to the bottom of the handle. Your Street Gear Bag will consist of any clothes you require post-race. It is compulsory to use the Street Gear Bag provided and no other bag.

Your Gear Bag will be available for collection from the Main Marquee/Recovery adjacent to the finish line on the Northern Domain. It is the responsibility of the athlete to hand in and pick up their bag from the appropriate location at the appropriate time, as well as ensure they are marked correctly.

Bike pumps should be handed in with supplied sticker from your athlete kit into the bike pump drop inside transition. Pumps should not be left next to your bike or inside your Street Gear bag, they will be available for collection post-event during Bike collection times.

Athlete Race Bib

Wearing your race number bib is compulsory for the Run Leg only. Your number must be clearly visible. You must not fold, cut or manipulate your race number in any way.

Athlete Tattoos

Wearing your race number tattoo and category tattoo is compulsory. Your race number must be displayed on your right bicep with the MDot logo at the top. Your category letter tattoo must be displayed on your left calf. The tattoos can be easily applied by peeling the clear film off, placing the number face-down on your body, firmly pressing the paper side with a damp cloth or sponge, holding for 60 seconds and gently peel back the paper. Any athlete who registers online after 5.00pm, 1 February 2018 unfortunately will not receive a Category Letter in their race kit. Please see Information on race morning as we can write the Category Letter on with a permanent marker.

Aid Stations

Pre Swim 

  • Water
  • Nuun electrolyte – Lemon & Lime

Transition 1 (Swim-Bike) 

  • Water
  • Nuun Electrolyte – Lemon & Lime
  • Bananas
  • CLIF SHOT Energy Gel – Citrus (Caffeinated), Razz, Mocha (Caffeinated)
  • CLIF Bars – Chocolate Chip
  • CLIF Bloks Energy Chews – Mountain Berry
  • Vaseline
  • Sunblock

Bike Aid Stations 

Bike Aid stations are located every 15km (approximately). Overseas athletes should note that in New Zealand we ride on the left hand side of the road and take-ups will normally be with the left hand, so the right hand is remaining on the handle bars:

  • Water
  • Nuun Electrolyte – Lemon and Lime
  • Cola – available at the final 2 aid stations as athletes return into town on 2nd lap
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate Bars
  • CLIF SHOT Gel – Citrus (Caffeinated), Razz, Mocha (Caffeinated)
  • CLIF Bars – Chocolate Chip
  • Vaseline
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilets

Transition 2 (Bike – Run) 

  • Water
  • Nuun Electrolyte – Lemon and Lime
  • Cola
  • Bananas
  • Cookies/Biscuits
  • Potato Chips
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Pretzsels
  • CLIF SHOTS Energy Gel – Citrus (Caffeinated), Razz, Mocha (Caffeinated)
  • CLIF Bars – Chocolate Chip
  • CLIF Bloks Energy Chews – Mountain Berry

Run Aid Stations 

Run Aid stations are location every 2.5km (approximately).

  • Water
  • Nuun Electrolyte – Lemon and Lime or Tri Berry
  • Cola
  • Bananas
  • Cookies/Biscuits
  • Barley Sugars
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Pretzels
  • Oranges
  • CLIF SHOT Energy Gel – Citrus (Caffeinated), Razz, Chocolate
  • CLIF Bars – White Chocolate and Macadamia; Coconut Chocolate Chip; Blueberry Crisp
  • Vaseline
  • Sunscreen
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