Blue Lake Multisport Festival

Photos taken by Troy Baker, the official BLMF2020 sports photographer, can be viewed on the Blue Lake Multisport Festival photo gallery page

Results from 25 and 26 January 2020 are available here


25 and 26 January 2020 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend)
Blue Lake Reserve, Tarawera Road, Rotorua
SIX events, two days and one great location!

Enter HERE
Online entries close on 23 January 2020 at 9PM. You will require cash for on-the-day entries at the lake, and will be charged a $10 late admin fee.

Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2020 Health and Safety

On Sunday morning of the Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2020, there was a health and safety issue on the triathlon cycle course. This arose from a traffic control fault at the Tarawera /Okareka Loop Road intersection, which meant we had motor vehicles travelling in the same direction as the cyclists. Fortunately, the issue was identified and no athletes were injured, but the risk was unacceptable.

Together, Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc. (RATs), Owner/Manager of the Blue Lake Multisport Festival, and Traffic Management New Zealand (TMNZ), Contractor for the BLMF, have identified changes needed to reduce the likelihood of any type of health and safety incident or near miss, taking place in future.

We agree that, on the day of the event, our high standards of safety and commitment to athlete welfare were not met. This created a risk for athletes, spectators and road users on part of the course. While we are jointly thankful there were no reported incidents, we recognise the gravity of this error and would like to apologise to all participants and stakeholders.

Our statements and commitments are attached below.

Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc. (RATs)

1. We, RATs, have accepted Traffic Management New Zealand’s confirmation that part of the approved traffic management plan was not implemented correctly, specifically related to the correct direction of travel for vehicles.

2. RATS and TMNZ have established new processes to double check the course before it is officially opened and ensure future traffic management plans are implemented accurately.

3. We, RATs, are working to identify further checks and balances that support greater connectivity between contractors, our organising team and our wonderful volunteers.

4. We, RATs, are reviewing our Operational Plan, Health and Safety Plan and documentation to identify any further practical improvements that can be made.

We remain thankful to those who helped on the day, and are open to any further feedback or ideas about how the event can be improved. If you have any further information or would like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact

Nga mihi
Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc.

Traffic Management New Zealand

We would like to apologise for the incorrect implementation of part of the approved traffic management plan at the Blue Lake Multi Sport Festival on 26 January 2020, that caused risk for athletes and road users navigating the event course, particularly at the Tarawera/Okareka Loop Rd intersection.

Health and safety process and policy is critical to TMNZ’s business, and we sincerely regret this error.

We are working closely with Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc (RATS) to establish new processes for course and traffic set up and monitoring. It is our pleasure to continue to be involved with triathlon and help to ensure the safety of all athletes, volunteers and the wider community, and we’d like to thank those who helped to identify the error on the day.

BLMF Pricing

Online entries closed 23 January 2020. On-the-day entries attract a $10 late administration fee.

Course Plans for the Blue Lake Multisport Festival

Course plans for the Blue Lake Multisport Festival.

Red Stag Timber King & Queen of the Lake – Series – 25 & 26 January 2020

To qualify for the Red Stag Timber King & Queen of the Lake series, you must complete The Go Physio Aquathon; Swim T3 2 km Open Water Swim; and the Cyclezone Sprint Triathlon.

All series finishers will receive a special Series Finisher medal.
Series entrants are restricted to 100 (because) there are 100 medals πŸ™‚

Saturday 25 January 2020

7:00AM Registration opens. Closes at 8:00AM for Athlete’s briefing on the start/finish line at 8:15AM
8.30 am – Go Physio Aquathon
A reverse aquathon – a 5.5km offroad run followed by an 800m swim (2 x 400m laps)

9:30AM Registration opens for the Lumberjax Mini Golf Kids Triathlon. Bikes can be laid out in the appropriate age-group area as directed by Transition Marshals until 10:35AM.
11.00 am – LumberJax Mini Golf Kids Triathlon
The kids triathlon is a great first step into triathlon, or an ideal follow up from the Weetbix Tryathlon series.
The distances are approximately 100m swim/2km bike/1km run.
Please note the kids’ tri always sells out in advance of the event, and event numbers are strictly limited to 150 children across all categories. To avoid disappointment, enter early.

2PM Swim registration opens.
4.00 pm – Swim T3 Open Water Swim – 2km (including the Hinemoa Trophy)
Competitors will catch a bus to the Blue Lake Lookout. Buses will leave at 3.20pm and 3.40pm. All competitors MUST be on the start by 3.50pm for race briefing. Race briefing: 3.50pm at the Blue Lake Lookout beach.
The Hinemoa Swim trophies are awarded to the first male and female competitors that complete the 2km swim without wetsuits.

4.00 pm – Swim T3 Open Water Swim – 750m
One lap of the swim course, in the beautiful & iconic Blue Lake. Starting on the beach opposite the holiday park, and finishing at the main gantry.

Sunday 26 January 2020

6:30AM Registration opens for all Sunday events until 8AM. Transition area will be open for racking bikes from 6:30 – 8:10AM when you will need to gather at the startline(s) for the Athletes Briefing at 8:15AM

8.30 am – Cyclezone Sprint Triathlon
There will be wave starts for Male, Female and Teams, approximately 3 minutes apart starting at 8:30am
Swim – One x 750m lap. Cycle – 16km (Two 8km laps). Run – One x 5.5km loop


CYCLEZONE Sprint Triathlon course map

8.35 am – ZeroTwenty2 SportsCo Tikitapu Taster Tri
Swim – One x 400m lap. Cycle – 8km (one lap). Run – An offroad run on a shorter course (2 to 3km in length) to finish.
Start approx 8.30am

8.30 am Running on Oils Offroad Fun Run & Walk
This is a non-competitive fun run or walk. Competitors will be eligible for spot prizes. Race Briefing: 8.15am at the Start/Finish line