30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Karyn Ballance joined husband Scott as an Ironman New Zealand winner. Photo: Delly Carr 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Lisa Bentley–two-time winner in Taupo. Photo: Ian Heppenstall 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Tim DeBoom–breakthrough victory in inaugural race in Taupo. Photo: Ross Land 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Bevan Docherty–race record in his first Ironman. Photo: Darryl Carey 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Cameron Brown on Lake Taupo waterfront–10-time winner. Photo: Delly Carr 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Erin Baker, one of only two triathletes to win all four world championships–Ironman, Long Distance, Olympic-Distance and Duathlon–was a regular fixture at Ironman New Zealand, taking four wins in the 1990s. In addition to being made a Member of the Order of the British empire for her performance as a triathlete, she collected NZ’s supreme sports award, the Halberg Award, in 1989. Photo: Ross Land 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Lawn, a nationally ranked junior tennis player and international cyclist, finished fourth in her Ironman New Zealand debut in 2001. She returned in 2003 to add “Ironman Champion” to her list of athletic accomplishments. Her continued improvement saw her to seven Ironman New Zealand winds, including a course record of 9:16:00 in 2008. Photo: Darryl Carey 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Ironcouple Ken Glah and Jan Wanklyn have a total of five Ironman New Zealand championship titles in their household. Today, the two reside in West Chester, Penn., and will compete as age-group triathletes at the 30th anniversary of Ironman New Zealand. Photo: Alan Nelson 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Scott Molina won the inaugural Ironman New Zealand in 1985. He then went on to claim more than 100 triathlons, including the 1988 World Championship title in Hawaii. Molina, who now runs a successful coaching business, will return to his racing roots at the 30th anniversary event in Taupo. Photo: Alan Nelson 30 Years of Ironman New Zealand Finn Pauli Kiuru about to pass Ken Glah virtually on the line in the 1990 race in Auckland. Photo: Fotopress/NZ Herald
Saturday will mark the 30th running of the Ironman New Zealand triathlon. Take a look back through history with this photo gallery.