Event Day

On the day

Setting up

For the seniors (13+) cycles and kayaks must be in place by 8:30am Saturday 4th March 2023 at Hans Bay, Lake Kaniere (see map). For juniors, bikes must be in place by 1pm.

Race brief

Senior Race Briefing is at 9:15am at the hub. All senior athletes must attend.

Junior Race Briefing is at 1:15pm at the hub. All junior athletes must attend.

Race number

To be clearly visible on the chest. Swimmers may display theirs on their arm or leg (pens will be provided at the start if required).


Senior runners be capable of running 10km. All runners must run on the right hand side of the road. Juniors aged 7-10 must be capable of running 1.6km and 11-13-year-olds 4km.


Policy attached on kayak descriptions permitted.  Life jacket or buoyancy aid MUST be worn.  Kayaks must be scrubbed down before the race. Kayaks will be scrutinised at 8:30am at Hans Bay. If Kayaker cannot complete the course, they are to cease paddling, and raise paddle into the air.


Senior cyclists must have their bikes racked by 8:30am. Junior cyclists must have their bikes racked by 1pm. Cycle helmets MUST be worn.  No drafting is allowed. E-Bike users to follow guidelines. Senior cyclists must dismount on the road, and rack their own bike. All competitors unless entered in the e-bike category must use a bike without a battery/means of powering (other than athletes legs!). Juniors aged 7-10 must be capable of riding 4km and 11-13-year-olds 7km. The course is a combination of tar seal/gravel for seniors, so a mountain bike or gravel bike is advised. Junior cycle course is all on seal.


Senior swim tri competitors must be capable of swimming 680m. Swimmers to wear a bright cap, and start treading water and raise their hand if they cannot complete the course. Long distance swimmers must be aged 13+ years, and capable of swimming 2km in open water. Junior swimmers aged 7-10 must be capable of swimming 100m and 11-13-year-olds 150m in open water unaided – no life jackets or buoyancy devices to be used.

No road closure

All roads will be open to traffic at all times. Please obey all road rules, and be aware of all forms of traffic.


Relay changes are by touch of hand.  At the completion of the kayak leg, kayaks will be cleared by marshals. Kayakers must remove life jackets and run through a chute for their time to be recorded.


Assistants may only aid competitors by directing them to canoes or cycles – NO practical or physical assistance is permitted. Marshals for the senior event will not be catching bikes – senior competitors must rack these themselves. KEEP OUT OF ROPED AREAS and stay clear of any changeover points. For the Junior events, parents are most welcome to do the run and bike course with their children – but are not to provide any physical assistance.

Red Cross and marshals

St Johns and marshal volunteers are there to help you should you need it. An information tent will be manned if any direction is needed.


Failure to comply with any of the rules of the race OR follow directions of officials OR to complete the course as set out will result in disqualification. Disputes will be handled by the Triathlon Committee, whose decision is final.

Final Word

This is a fun day – with a huge amount of support. The event schedule is laid out as follows – some are subject to change depending on competitor finish times.

8:30am Senior kayaks and bikes to be in place for inspection 

9:15 Senior race briefing for all seniors to be done at the HUB

9:30 Senior race start

1pm Junior bikes to be in racks for inspection 

1:15pm Junior race briefing for all junior competitors to be done at the HUB

1:30pm Junior race start 

3pm (subject to all juniors finished) Junior prize giving to be held at Hans Bay

5pm Senior prize giving to be held at Stumpers – Hokitika

Lastly – cannot wait to have you all there!