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Welcome and Introduction

From the Cook Islands Triathlon Association we extended a warm welcome to the 20th annual Air New Zealand Rarotonga International Triathlon festival.

The triathlon will be held May 3, 2014, with the other festival events starting on Thursday, 1-May, and ending on Tuesday, 6-May.


We invite you to experience a triathlon in an island paradise - a swim in warm clear water of one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful lagoons, a cycle around the entire island and a run along palm fringed roads.  It is an olympic distance triathlon (1500m/41k/10k), however has proven to also be popular with long course triathletes as well as first timers.


If you are looking for a different sort of race, this is one that most club level and age group competitors will enjoy. This race is high in enjoyment and with the opportunity to sample Polynesia – its islands and its laid back lifestyle. The event was covered in the September 2009 issue of the New Zealand Multisport and Triathlete magazine, and was previously reported on in the July 2008 issue.

A couple of short videos of the 2013 Triathlon and Boiler Swim have been posted and will give you a flavour of the event:

<2013 Raro Tri Video> / <2013 Boiler Swim Video>.

A photo album with photos from the 2013 events (Boiler Swim, Triathlon, Tour de Raro) has been posted by professional photographer Scott Taylor. These will give you a good idea of what to expect if you attend in 2014, and if you were there in 2013, you might find yourself among the collection <2013 Photos>

For general information on the Cook Islands, please visit the Cook Islands Tourism site

Cook Islands Triathlon Association Facebook page


Recent Updates

19-Apr-14  Race Package Pickup can be done at the Boiler Swim event (Trader Jacks in Avarua) from 3:00pm, or at the Pasta Party (Edgewater Resort) from 7:00pm
Note also there have been a few minor changes to start times to a few events to cater for the larger number entrants this year. Refer to the Calendar (below) or the updated 2014 Race Booklet (page 2). The Triathlon will start at 1:30pm this year. The Race Booklet also has maps and other information that first timer's should read, and bring any questions to the Pasta Party.

15-Apr-14  Not long to go! We will post information on Race Pack pickup in a week or so. If you have not booked your vehicle/scooter then now is the time! We encourage you to support one of our major sponsors, who have just announced a special deal for those attending (participants and supporters).  Visit to make your booking:

1-Feb-14 Some exciting news from Rarotonga: we now have a fully equipped bike shop, complete with professional mechanics. Drop in to get your bike checked after your flight if you have any issues, or just to say "Hi!". Their website is

Your entry fee covers all events from Thursday through Tuesday so book your flights accordingly.

2014 Triathlon Week Calendar

Our overseas visitors are welcome to join the locals at these events.  All are of a social nature yet with a competitive edge. They are appropriate for all skill levels from first timers to elites.



Modest prize money along with sponsors products applies for the Triathlon, however the main reason for you entering should be to have fun, enjoy the challenge and even make a sporting holiday of it. The first male and female competitors will win return air tickets sponsored by Air New Zealand.  For the other events, there will be sponsor's product prizes.


Competitors must be present at the prize giving dinner to claim prizes.


Should you require any further information please contact Jennie George on email:

For Accommodation,Vehicle Hire and Travel Options please support our event sponsors:

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