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Dual Receives Cross Triathlon National Champs Status

27th February 2013

For immediate release from Triathlon New Zealand and The Partners Life DUAL, for further information visit

Dual Receives Cross Triathlon National Champs Status

The hugely popular Partners Life DUAL event has received further kudos with official sanctioning as the Triathlon New Zealand Cross Tri Nationals, with athletes able to earn qualifying spots for the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships in Holland in July this year.

Based at Home Bay, Motutapu in the Hauraki Gulf, the Partners Life DUAL has in its four years already established a reputation as one of the more sought after events on the sports calendar. The DUAL is a trail-running or walking and mountain biking event that crosses the oldest and youngest land forms in the country and is staged on some of the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand, the Hauraki Gulf’s Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands.

Aaron Carter from total sport, the event organisers, is thrilled to have received the endorsement from Triathlon New Zealand.

“It is the first year we have introduced an off-road Triathlon to the Partners Life DUAL event menu, we’re excited about bringing an off-road Triathlon to Auckland. Our partnership with Triathlon New Zealand, which allows people the opportunity to qualify for the World Championships is a real plus for the Partners Life DUAL, which now has stunning event options for all levels of keenness and ability.”

Triathlon New Zealand for their part is equally enthused that The DUAL has agreed to act as the Cross Tri National Champs, offering competitors who wish to race at the sharp end of the event the chance to qualify for the World Champs in July.

“The organisers of The DUAL have been wonderful to work with and we couldn’t be happier to have an event of this stature and in this location to act as our Cross Tri National Champs,” said Tri NZ Operations Manager Community and Events, Haidee Stratford.

“The sport is growing at such a rate across all aspects and cross tri is not immune to that expansion. Tri NZ is thrilled to be able to put in place a clear qualifying pathway for athletes wishing to represent us at elite or age group level on the world stage, competing in The Partners Life DUAL is a key step on that pathway.”

Additional information

The Partners Life DUAL takes place on March 23rd this year with entries still open online at

Athletes wishing to qualify for the New Zealand team to The Hague in July must first enter The DUAL Cross Triathlon (1km swim, 30km mountain bike, 10km off-road/trail run) and then follow procedure to be eligible for nomination, including submitting the necessary forms prior to attempting to qualify.

All details can be found at the Triathlon NZ website or by following the links below.

The website for the ITU World Cross Tri Champs is:

Cross Tri World Championship Selection
Athletes must submit their selection nomination forms online prior to the qualifying races…all info can be found by clicking here
Athletes qualify by:
• Submit selection nomination form at the very latest, the night before the race by clicking here
• Be a member of TRIBE or Be a member of a Triathlon New Zealand affiliated club
• Within 20% of their age group winners time and in the top 15 of their age group

Should athletes have an injury/mechanical/sick/overseas, they may submit a Special Consideration form within 48 hours of the race by clicking here:


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