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Port of Tauranga Half -new Elite confirmed

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Port of Tauranga Half -new Elite confirmed

20th December 2012

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Well performed iron distance triathletes Gina Crawford and Julia Grant have thrown their hats into an already hugely competitive ring at the Port of Tauranga Half, confirming they will line up at The Mount on January 5th alongside the likes of Jo Lawn, Candice Hammond and internationals Monica Dolidawicz (Canada) and Amanda Balding (Australia).

While 32 year old Crawford is very much an expert over the longer distance, there is no doubt of the threat she will pose to Jo Lawn and others in the elite women’s field. However, Crawford is not setting herself any results focused goals on the day.

“I don't tend to have placing goals for the half distance races as I see them as training races with the aim to get stronger working towards the ironman races. I will be happy if I am back up on the podium and have met my individual time goals and achieved a good workout.”

It is not the first time Crawford has lined up in the event, finishing 3rd back in 2007 when she was very much a rookie in the sport, having taken it up in 2005 after a break of 7 years from all sporting activity.

Crawford says the timing is perfect ahead of Challenge Wanaka, where she will look to defend her title two weeks after racing at The Mount.

“I am working on changing my bike set up and my technique with the aim of improving over the flat bike courses and I would like to test this out prior to racing Challenge Wanaka. Also I have come off the back of my most successful year in ironman racing and I found that racing the half distance two weeks before an iron distance event works really, really well for me.

“The intense workout helps a great deal in the building of my strength and fitness; I have come to love racing the half distance, although my strength is still very much over the longer races. I also enjoy coming to Tauranga to race and especially look forward to running around The Mount. It's also a very nice place to bring my family (husband Brett and son Benji) for a little beach holiday!”

Crawford is not daunted by the strength of the field either, in fact she welcomes it as an incentive to race hard.

“Yes it means that I will be chasing hard the whole race and will get the intense workout that I need and am looking forward to.”

27 year old Grant is heading into the race in a similar head space to Crawford; keen on a strong showing but with Wanaka lurking in the back of her mind.

“It was a last minute decision to enter the Port of Tauranga Half, thanks mainly to my cycling team Benchmark Homes who made it possible,” said the Christchurch based triathlete. “I've only ever done the race once before and had a shocker. Now I'm keen to start fresh and change that. I'm using it as a build up to Challenge Wanaka with of course the ultimate goal of taking it out.”

The race gets underway at 6.30am on Saturday 5th January


Media wishing to attend the event should contact Andrew Dewhurst for further information and assistance pre and on event. A comprehensive race review will be distributed post event and results made available online.

For further information contact:

Andrew Dewhurst

Media Manager

Port of Tauranga Half

021 535501 MOB

Port of Tauranga Half

Event Schedule

Friday 4th January

9am – 4pm Avanti Bike Check                Koops Cycles and Avantiplus Mt Maunganui

1pm – 5pm Registration                           Registration marquee, transition

1pm – 5pm Bike Racking                         Entrance to bike transition, The Mall


1pm – 6pm Port of Tauranga Sports Expo

Check out specials and displays in the Expo Marquee on The Mall

5.15pm Compulsory Race Briefing       Coronation Park

Saturday RACE DAY 5 January

5.00am                                   Transition Opens

5.00am – 6.00am                 Body Marking (Teams and Individuals)

6.30am                                   Race start for ELITE Male + Female

6.32am                                   Race start for AGE GROUP Men

6.34am                                   Race start for AGE GROUP Female

7.00am                                   Team race starts

8.00am                                   Swim course closes

11.30am                                Bike course closes

1.45pm                                  Run course closes and event finishes

4.45pm                                  Coronation Park for prize giving, start approx 5.30pm

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