Ironman 70.3 New Zealand 2012 Results Analysis

After being postponed one day due to strong storms, and following concern of similar weather on the new race day, organizers converted Ironman New Zealand to a Half Ironman: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run.

As race day dawned, weather conditions had much improved, albeit a bit cold (as we've experienced on the NZ course twice). But the decision to race the 1/2 Ironman was set, and more than 1400 triathletes entered Lake Taupo by 7am to start the 70.3 mile journey.

What happens when you get a field of triathletes who have prepared all year to compete in a full ironman, and ask them to compete in half the distance instead? Fast times -- a 5:45 overall average, and faster than average compared to RunTri's Toughest Half Ironman Races -- and very few DNFs -- only 1% did not finish.

Here's our analysis, finish and split time comparisons across all age groups, and a bike/run correlation analysis. For more, visit our extensive archive of race statistics and analysis to see how New Zealand's race stacks up against other half ironman races.