9 December 2017 
Swimming 1.9km in the pristine waters of Great Lake Taupō sounds like a dream. Biking 90km and running 21km not so much? 

IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō provides the perfect environment to grab together a couple of mates who are fond of biking and running, and create a relay team to enjoy a break away in Taupō before the chaos of Christmas. 

If you need help finding that third wheel for your team you can always check our NEW Find a Team Mate group on Facebook. Teams are always looking for a talented swimmer to team up with. It may lead to a lifelong friendship thanks to the incredible sport of triathlon. 

Join in the community and festival atmosphere of IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō 2017 and you never know, it may give you that realization you can tackle the full distance all by yourself next time.




So you want to try a tri but the thought of a swim, bike and run is daunting? Here’s the answer ...

Just like anything new, your first triathlon can be a confronting experience.

Sometimes all it takes to help settle those pre-event nerves is a friend to hold your hand, and if one friend can make a difference, imagine how two would make you feel.

Every IRONMAN 70.3, 5150 and sprint triathlon allows you to enter as a team of two or three.

Being part of a team allows you to get a taste of what the sport has to offer and means you only have to equip yourself for one or two of the legs instead of all three.

In 2011 the cast of Channel Ten’s Bondi Rescue introduced themselves to the world of triathlon by competing in a team at the IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship Melbourne.

That experience saw them back up in 2012 and take on the full distance as individuals.

 “After the teams’ event, we all hung around the finish to watch everyone cross the line and we thought, “We want to be one of them”, said Bondi Rescue’s Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid.

The nuts and bolts:

A team entry can consist of a team of two or three. A team of two requires one person to do two legs, in a team of three each person completes either the swim, bike or run.

One timing chip is used by the team. During the race it’s akin to a relay baton and passed from one team member to the other at the end of each leg.

If you have two team members but need a third, then sign up to our Team Match register.  This is a public forum where you can find that a third person to make your team a reality.

Conversely if you’re an individual wanting to join a team you can also sign up to Team Match and register your interest.

On the day:

Swimmers exit the water and meet their cyclist at their allocated numbered bike position and hand their timing chip to the cyclist. The timing chip acts as the relay baton, the swimmer must start with the transponder and the runner must cross the finish line wearing this around their ankle.

When the cyclist returns, they will rack their bike back in its allocated numbered position and hand the transponder to the runner.

There will be a pre-determined meeting point allocated by the event organizers, where the team swimmer and cyclist can meet the runner, allowing the entire team to run down the finishing chute together.

Above all else, it is a fun way to enjoy the company of your friends, your family or y our work colleagues. And at the same time keep active and healthy.






With plenty of award-winning attractions, activities and breathtaking natural landscape, there is no shortage of things to do in the Great Lake Taupo region. 



Kind Regards,

Wayne Reardon
Race Director