Swimming Cycling Running
There are three events for the vegetarian triathlon. Participants are given a range of options to suit all abilities and fitness levels.
• compete in all 3 events
• compete in 1 or 2 events
• compete in a team with each team member participating in their chosen event.
There are 3 events for the Vegetarian Triathlon event: swim, cycle and run (or walk):
Swim: 150m or 300m or 600m (3, 6 or 12 laps)
Cycle: 5km, 10 km or 15 km
Run: 1.5km, 3 km or 4.5km
Participants may choose to do the short, medium or long options for each event:
Short event: 150mtr swim, 5km bike ride, 1.5 km run
Medium event: 300mtr swim, 10km bike ride, 3km run
Long event: 600mtr swim, 15km bike ride, 4.5km run
Participants can choose to do:
• all the long events
• all the medium events
• all the short events
The swimming event starts poolside at the 50m pool at QE2. Lanes are roped off for the triathlon. Participants have a choice of either swimming this event or aqua jogging if the participant cannot swim or does not want to.
NB Please note that aqua jogging takes considerably longer than swimming. Aqua jog belts are provided poolside by QE2 or you can bring your own.
Please note: If you are a non or poor swimmer, you must use a float board or aqua jog belt. If you do not know how to use these and have not trained in advance for the event, you must identify yourself at registration for allocation of a life saver pool marshal and instruction in aqua belt use. The pool is deep and you cannot touch the bottom.
Each length is 50 metres.
• Short route: 3 lengths for 150mtr swim
• Medium route: 6 lengths for 300mtr swim
• Long route: 12 lengths for a 600mtr swim
A marshal will be inside to direct you on which lanes to use.
After exiting the pool, participants then run to their bikes which will be stationed at the transition area.
Participants will need to provide their own cycles and helmets. Non-helmeted participants will not be allowed to compete. Out of town participants will be able to hire cycles for the day from the many cycle hire companies in Christchurch (check the Internet Yellow Pages for listings).
The cycle route follows the coastline along Marine Parade.
Please note that the roads will not be closed to traffic for the triathlon. Cyclists will need to follow all normal road rules.
Click here to view cycle map.
Follow Mark Treffers Drive to Dick Taylor Drive, Continue to Bower Ave exit, Left into Bower Ave, Turn Right into Beach Road at Roundabout, Continue on Beach Road to Turn right into Marine Parade (at Waimariri Beach Surf Club), Remain on Marine Parade until Turn around past Halsey Street before Caspian Street, Return By same route to Turn Left into Bower Ave at roundabout, Turn Right into Dick Taylor Drive and return to transition.
Follow Mark Treffers Drive to Dick Taylor Drive, Continue to Bower Ave exit, Left into Bower Ave, Turn Right into Beach Road at Roundabout, Continue on Beach Road to Turn right into Marine Parade (at Waimariri Beach Surf Club), Remain on Marine Parade until Turn around past Hood Street before Rodney Street, Return By same route to Turn Left into Bower Ave at roundabout, Turn Right into Dick Taylor Drive and return to transition.
Cyclists return to the Vegetarian Triathlon assembly point. Rack your cycle so that you can immediately begin the run/walk event.
A marshal will direct you run towards the fitness track. We will be running this track anti-clockwise.
Click here to view running map
Directions: Exit Transition and turn right to run around the perimeter of Ascot Green, following Mark Treffers Drive and then back along Ascot Avenue. Continue on, along the side of the golf course, through the No.2 Ground and up to the maintenance yards and workshop. Turn left here and watch for the marshal who will direct you where to turn around. Run back following the same route until you meet the final marshal who will direct you to transition where you will have completed your first circuit.
Short route 1.5km - run the circuit once
Medium route 3km - run the circuit twice
Long route 4.5km - run the circuit three times
At the end of the triathlon, return to the transition area.
Unless you tell us not to, your timings will be recorded for the triathlon. These timings will not be shared or published without your consent. This is for your own personal benefit so that you can have a record of your performance to match subsequent triathlon performances against. Your timing will be for your overall time to complete the triathlon and not for individual events.