Marlborough Quadrathon 2014

3 02 2014

Jeremy McKenzie on his way to winning the 2012 Quadrathon

Edited 4/2/14

The Marlborough Quadrathon is in its 28th Year! The event has also been moved to the earlier date of Sunday 2 March.

Click here to pre enter for this event before 28 February 2014

Receipts or race packs will not be posted out.

Late entries will be accepted up to 7:45am on race day, at WaikawaBay . An additional fee of $10.00 will be imposed on late entries ie those not registered online


Sunday 2 March 2014

7-30 – 8.00am Registration (Waikawa Bay Foreshore)

8.15am Race Briefing

All team members must be present at the prerace briefing at Waikawa Bay.

8.45am Race Start (Quadrathon and Open water swim start same time)

800m SWIM commences at the Waikawa Bay Jetty. Swim around buoys out in the bay and back to Waikawa Bay jetty. Exit on the south side of the jetty. Team swimmers must tag their kayaker at the waters edge before continuing their next swim lap. (Kayakers then run to their boats)  All swimmers will exit the water and round a cone at the waters edge on each lap. (note that this year there will also be 800m and 2400m Swim options as part of the Quik Kiwi Open Water Swim.

8km KAYAK starts from Waikawa Bay foreshore, paddle to Whatamango Bay keeping to the shoreline on your true right all the way there. Once you have rounded Karaka point keep going all the way to the end of the bay near the small DOC camp ground. There will be a big orange marker buoy that competitors must go around, then head back to waikawa via the same route. Competitors are urged to stay as close as practical to the shore line in the interests of safety.

Alternative Course:

In case of extreme weather conditions the organiser and or Harbour Master reserves the right to change the course.

33km CYCLE leg leaves Waikawa bay and heads directly towards Picton, turning just before the township onto Wellington Street which goes up hill for two hundred meters before turning right into Broadway Street. At the end of this short street competitors turn left onto State highway 1. Cyclists head to Tuamarina and turn left here onto Pembers Road carrying into Rarangi Road. The cycle transition is near the Monkey bay carpark at the northern end of Rarangi beach.

8km RUN From the transition runners run up the walking track onto Port Underwood Road, then run along the right hand road verge for approximately 500meters then back onto the track that leads to Whites bay. Once past Whites bay runners will then join onto the Black Jack track which again heads up hill in a loop before returning to Whites Bay finishing on the grass next to the Surf Life Saving club rooms.

There will be a drinks table as you pass through Whites bay. Average time for a runner is  approx 45 minutes

Check out the run course here


Teams can consist of 2,3 or 4 people. Mixed Teams must include one female. Vet Team members must all be over 40 years old. Couples teams are a new category this year.

Entry Fees

Quadrathon Individual $30, Quadrathon Team $45, Open Water Swim $20

Race Rules

SWIM LEG Floatation devices and propulsion aids will not be permitted. Goggles, hats and wetsuits may be worn and support boats will be around the course if required.

KAYAK LEG Approved buoyancy vests must be worn throughout the kayak section. In case of rough weather all kayakers must have wind-proofs on hand. Be prepared to help fellow competitors who may be in trouble.

CYCLE LEG ALL ROADS WILL BE OPEN. Approved helmets must be worn throughout the cycle section. Cyclists should be courteous to other traffic and obey road rules. Support vehicles must not follow or lead cyclists on the course.  Competitors are responsible for their own repairs. Drafting is not permitted.

RUN LEG take care on the Black Jack Track, if you injure yourself it may be some time before we can get to you.

SUPPORTERS All solo competitors should have a supporter to assist at transition points.

TEAM MATES  If you require a team mate or two, please contact the race organiser as we can make up teams

If you withdraw from the race you must tell the nearest official.

This event is also supported by Cycle World, Uncle Joes, Park Orchard, Qwik Kiwi coaching and Mitchell Sports




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