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Ironman captures the highs and lows
Candid camera: Former Ironman
photographer Kurt Brandon captured
the highs and lows of the gruelling
triathlons from Auckland's first event in
1985 until the 1990s. Photo: JESS LEE
Ironman details: Ironman 70.3 is a half iron-distance triathlon consisting of a
1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run.
Photos: MARK TAYLOR
By JESS LEE
Each Ironman 70.3 Auckland com-
petitor, whether they be world
champion triathletes or everyday
Kiwis, has a story behind how they
came to stand at that starting line.
And former Ironman photogra-
pher Kurt Brandon has seen it all.
The Freemans Bay resident was
the original photographer for the
Ironman New Zealand races as
Auckland became the event's first
international venue in 1985,
playing host for 14 years before it
moved to Taupo.
Mr Brandon photographed the
race until the mid 1990s and has
stepped across the finish line as a
competitor in 1987, 1989 and 2009.
The 46-year-old will be competing
in the inaugural Ironman 70.3
Auckland on Sunday treading parts
of the original Ironman course from
One of the great things about not
racing and having access to the
course is you got to see a lot of ath-
letes from the front and back of the
pack. So you saw some big smiles
and some real pain,'' he says.
It's a hugely individual event
and there are hundreds of stories
out there for why someone would
want to be out on the course for
eight or 16 hours.''
A highlight for Mr Brandon was
snapping former professional
triathlete and two-time winner of
the Hawaii Ironman event Scott
Tinley sitting on a road side.
He'd pulled out and had had a
Being the first on the scene to
crashes involving leading competi-
tors was also an eye-opener, he
Everyone has their own goals
and that's what the Ironman and
half-Ironman events are really good
for. They allow people to push them-
selves to their own limits.''
This weekend's race is Auckland's
inaugural Ironman 70.3 event and
the first time the triathlon has gone
over the Harbour Bridge.
The 70.3 refers to the total dis-
tance in miles (113 kilometres)
covered in the race.
The event is the official Asia
Pacific Ironman Championship and
there will be 30 qualifying spots to
the Ironman World Championships
Ironman 70.3 Auckland manager
Janette Blyth is excited about the
event and its future.
Like Ironman New Zealand, we
believe it will become a must-do
event for both international visitors
To catch all of the action close
up and see the athletes cross
the finish line go to the Event
Village at the Viaduct Events
Centre which has free
grandstand viewing from
10.30am to 3pm.
Spectators are advised to
choose to watch either the
start or finish of the swim
course to minimise pedestrian
Athletes will exit the water at
the Karanga Plaza Steps.
From this vantage point
spectators will be able to see
cyclists and athletes turning for
a second lap on Halsey St.
For the swim start head to
Princes Wharf from 6.30am to
For the cycle course action
go to St Heliers township from
8.15am to 11.30am
For the run course go to Quay
St from 9.15am to 2pm.
Go to ironmanauckland.com
for more information.
Drivers are warned to expect
delays as sections of the
Auckland Harbour Bridge and
Northern Motorway close for the
event from 1.30am till 11am on
Auckland Harbour Bridge: Two
lanes of the southbound box-
girder (clip-on) closed
Shelly Beach Rd off ramp:
Northern Motorway (SH1):
Inside lane closed from just
north of the Esmonde Rd
interchange to the Auckland
Onewa Rd on-ramp southbound:
Closed (to be reopened at
Northern Busway: Closed
The Esmonde Rd interchange
will remain open for all traffic.
Go to ironmanauckland.com for
more information on the course,
parking and road changes.
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