Short Course Details

It is the responsibility of all competitors to study all Course maps. Marshals or signs will be located at key junctions, but don't rely on them to get you around the course.

Kayak & SUP (5.5 km)

Kayak 1 lap of Lake Ototoa, anticlockwise around the buoys.

  • Wash hanging is permitted
  • Kayakers may be assisted into and out of their kayaks
  • Lifejackets/buoyancy aid or a PFD must be worn at all times on the water
  • Paddlers need to be able to self-rescue in the event of capsize

Kayak Short Course Map

Mountain Bike (15 km)

Riders tackle a short loop of the northern section of Woodhill Forest. All riding is on gravel roads with relatively easy riding until you reach the most northern end of the loop, make sure you leave fuel in the tank for a grade 4 hill climb.

  • The Forestry Roads are open to other vehicle traffic
  • You must adhere to New Zealand road rules
  • Cyclists must wear an approved cycling helmet


Shoe Science Albany - Run (4.5 km)


Once off the bike, the final leg sees everyone head back into the forest for an out and back off-road run comprising of mainly gravel and dirt track. 

  • All course marks must be followed – no short cuts
  • Runners may not be paced or have an escort
  • There are no drink-stations on the course – take adequate fluid

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