It's the first day of the Festival of Multisport with hundreds of people coming out to cheer the contenders on.
The 2018 Port of Tauranga Half Marathon headlined the festival today, as well as events for people of all ages and abilities such as the Under Armour Mount Run and Jetts Dash for Cash.
The Port of Tauranga Half Marathon, presented by Compressport started at 7.30am where elite athletes, female and male athletes and teams participated.
The participates swam 2km from Salisbury Wharf and back, biked 90km from Adams Ave to The Mall twice and then ran 21.1km from The Mall around Mauao to the end of Marine Parade and back.
The top five Professional/Elite place getters, male and female, received the following prize money:
• 1st $4000
• 2nd $2000
• 3rd $1000
• 4th $500
• 5th $250
While the half marathon is now over, the Under Armour Mount Run continues until 4pm for all ages and fitness levels. Entrants have the option to run, jog or walk one of the two tracks (5km or 9km) from Pilots Bay, either around or over the Mount and back to the start point.
There is also the Jetts Dash for Cash, at 3pm, where kids aged 8 to 12 dash 100m, giving them the chance to sprint 100m down the same finishing strip as the Port of Tauranga Half competitors and win some great prizes in the process.
The results for the half marathon is still to be announced. For more information go to: http://mountfestival.kiwi/