A total of 12 individuals and two teams tackled the 1200-metre swim, 31-kilometre around-the-island cycle, and 10-kilometre run course.
A calm lagoon, minimal wind, and cloud cover made for excellent racing conditions and everyone had excellent races.
Harriet Browning was first out of the water as predicted in 19.06 minutes, followed by Roland Neururer in 20.15 minutes.
On the bike, the positions in the field changed, with Neururer powering back after the ride into first place, followed 90 seconds later by Geoff Stoddart, who was fourth out of the swim behind Sherid Carter.
Next off the bike was an ever-improving Alyce Edwards just four minutes later, followed closely by Browning.
First team cyclist Adrian Cruz then cruised in, trailed by three more strong women in Adrianna Skurosz, Lucy McDonald and Sherid Carter.
On to the run, Neururer kept his strong lead, with Edwards having a mere minute on Browning heading out.
Once again Neururer took out the top male finisher title for the eighth year in a row, with a time of 2:00:32.
Browning took out first place in the women’s category, coming in second place overall as well, in a blistering time of 2:03:35 minutes.
Third over the line and second male home was stalwart Stoddart just two minutes later in 2:05:44 minutes.
Fourth overall and second female home was Edwards just five minutes after Harriet with a time of 2:08:35. Skurosz was third woman home and fifth overall in 2:14:47, with an amazing race from Carter who came in fourth in the women’s division and sixth overall, shaving off a massive 37 minutes from her time last year.
Mike Carr, who was next home with a time of 2:21:52, settled for the third spot in the men’s competition.
In the teams, the Carter Cruzers, made up of Sherid Carter, Adrian Cruz and Menard de la Cruz, took out first place with a time of 2:07:50. The Moore Fun team, made up of husband and wife Jason and Tarina Moorefield, managed second place with a time of 2:18:02.
The fastest swim and run time of the day went to Browning, while the fastest cycle of the day prize went to Stoddart.
Eventual individual winners Neururer and Browning and team champions Carter Cruzers received trophies and great prizes from The Bond Store.
A special mention was made for Carr, who completed his 28th Tin Man Triathlon.
A huge thank you once again to sponsors Bank South Pacific and The Bond Store for making this event so enjoyable with their generosity.
CITAI would also like to thank all participants, committee and helpers on the day for set-up, timing, kayaks, buoys, marshalling, water stops and cheering, etc.
The association is looking forward to seeing everyone geared up and ready for the Air New Zealand Rarotonga Triathlon on May 5. - CITAI