Welcome to Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc. (RATS)

RATs is a triathlon and multisport club catering for all levels of ability and activity, from beginners to Olympic hopefuls.

Our training sessions are open to all and you can participate at your own level.

So if you’re not already a member, check out our Facebook page, try a training session or two, join up and get involved!

Kids Duathlon

Tuesday 6th March 2018
Calling all Year3 to Year8 kids – This is a great event! Enter through your school now!!
Further details and maps are here

Moonride Volunteers

Once again RATs is supporting the Craigs Investment Partners Moonride on Saturday 10 March. We need 15 RATs to man 5 different marshal course points. The timings are:

10 am – 2 pm
2 pm – 6 pm
6 pm – 10 pm

Feel free to dress up, bring music/bells/hooters, have lots of fun – directing riders and cheering them on. All marshal spots are within easy walking or riding in distance from the Waipa MTB carpark.

Please let us know if you can help by emailing us with your preferred time.

Ironman Aid Station

We need volunteers for Ironman New Zealand in Taupo on 3 March approx 8am – 1 pm. We’ll be doing our usual spot on the second lap of the bike course, at the field by Rifle Range Road and the Fire Station.

Sign up by flicking us an email
IM Volies


The new membership year has started – 1 October!
Re-join now, so you don’t miss out on any of the awesome benefits of belonging to our club!
(Like: entry discounts to the upcoming Podium Rotorua Half Marathon and associated events)

Life members should have been sent a code. Please contact us if not.

Wetsuit Hire

RATs recently purchased some new wetsuits in a range of sizes – these are for our members to borrow. Cost is $100 bond which is returned to you when the wetsuit comes back. Great opportunity for those looking to get into open water swimming or triathlon but aren’t sure about making the leap to buying a wetsuit.
You will need to fill in this form and email Rats to arrange a hire.

New Club Kit from Ultimo

We now have our Club Kit available from Ultimo.
We have teamed up with Ultimo to put together a new ordering system for our club kit. Is there any interest for more orders? If so we will arrange for Ultimo to set it up for ordering once again. Email Rats to register your interest.

Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in and/or volunteered at the Ecomist Blue Lake Multisport Festival. The weekend was once again a huge success. Was great to see a RATs member take out King of the Lake (it has been a long time!) – congrats to Sam Osborne. A world-class athlete, taking out the King title back at home – great to see. Also congrats to Hannah Knighton who took out Queen. Thanks to everyone who came along and gave any of the events a go!
Results are here

Rats Summer Programme


Buried Village Aid Station

Thanks so much to the RATs who ran the Buried Village Aid Station at Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km, on Saturday 11th November.



RATS Events Calendar

We have summarised upcoming events and training sessions into one handy calendar. We will keep this updated throughout the course of the year.


RATS Club Champs -New Qualification System

We have rejigged our Club Champs so that members can look to achieve points at a range of events across the year, including RATs events. No longer will you need to attend the Ohope Sprint Tri in February to have your only chance to have a crack at the club champs. (But we would encourage you to do the Ohope Sprint Tri anyway, cos its rad and that tidal-assisted swim is on-point!).

These are still in draft format however we plan to progress with this or something very close to it. As a minimum, it will help you identify the events and sessions you can attend in order for your results to be considered in our Club Champs tally. Check it out here.


Splash & Dash for Steph

This was held on Monday 23rd October at the Blue Lake in memory of our dearly missed friend Stephanie McHale.

Kick-starting our Monday summer training days, we had over 60 people in attendance and raised over $500 for SCBU -Special Care Baby Unit -in Rotorua.
Was a great first Aquathon (swim & run) of the 2017 season!


Financial Awards

A reminder that any RATs financial member can apply to the committee for a Financial Award. This is a way for members to apply for financial assistance to achieve their goal. More information can be found here.


The club is now on Instagram. Give the account a follow AND when you’re uploading your own relevant pics, use the hashtag #ratsrotorua

RATs Strava Club

We have set up a club on Strava – request to join! It is a good way to find other training partners or see where others RATs are running and riding to get some inspiration – and also we will be running a few Strava challenges for members over the off-season to keep you motivated.

Blue Lake Buoy distances

Blue Lake – Distances between buoys Updated 26/01/2016

Buoy number, starting at Ski Club end Distance between (m) Distance from beach (m), ONE WAY
Beach 0
1 50 50
2 92 142
3 108 250
4 100 350
5 90 440
6 80 520
7 110 630
8 90 720
9 130 850
10 100 950
11 80 1030
12 100 1130
13 80 1210
14 100 1310
15 60 1370
Far Beach 40 1410