Ironman 70.3 Contingency Course Implemented Due to Algae-Affected Lake Taupo
Due to dense mats of potentially toxic algal species at five sites around Lake Taupō, prompting a Council warning for
the public to avoid swimming in affected areas, organisers of IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo have been forced to remove the swim leg
and implement a contingency course, consisting of a 3km Run, 90km Bike and 21km Run.
After receiving reports from the public of algae blooms, Waikato Regional Council scientists collected a number of algae
samples on Tuesday and again yesterday from five sites.
Testing overnight by NIWA scientists has confirmed the presence of potentially toxic algal species, including Phormidium, at areas within Five Mile Bay, Acacia Bay, the main lake front in Taupō, Whakaipo Bay and Kinloch Beach.
Race organisers were notified of the warning at 8pm Thursday 7 December, and have been working quickly to notify all
registered athletes of the change, and the options open to them.
The new format will be a 3km RUN – 90km BIKE – 21km RUN. The start location will be on Ferry Road above the original
swim start. Start times and waves will remain the same.
Race Director Wayne Reardon acknowledges this is not the race Athletes were hoping for, but says the health of all
competitors is the first priority in this situation.
“We know athlete’s will be disappointed about this news, as we are. However, our team are still committed to putting on
a fantastic raceon Saturday, albeit in a modified format. We look forward to seeing athletes at Athlete Check in
tomorrow and on the start line on Saturday.”
Reardon acknowledges that many athletes’ will be disappointed not to have the opportunity to complete the full course,
so IRONMAN will also offer all athletes the opportunity to transfer their entry at no cost to any 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 race
in Australia or New Zealand.CLICK HERE
to see the list of races
Athlete’s wanting to transfer to another ace must apply in writing via email to Taupo70.firstname.lastname@example.org
before 5pm NZT 20 December 2017 and confirm which event they would like transfer to. Further terms and conditions
apply, CLICK HERE
Members of the public who notice algal blooms in other areas can report them to the regional council on 0800 800 401.
For health advice, people should call the Healthline on 0800 611 116. For advice on drinking water and beach access call
the district council on 0800 ASK TDC (0800 275 832).
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