Tamati whānau going the distance for Iron Māori

Five years on since Iron Māori began, it has now grown to seven events on the national calendar including across the ditch.  It's been life changing for many, who put in hours of training.

But for Trina Tamati training means travelling back to New Zealand from Sydney every week.

With Iron Māori tickets selling out in less than 10 minutes, this sporty trio were some of the 2500 to get their hands on some.

Training is a juggling game for Trina, the events manager for the NRL, who travels back to New Zealand from Sydney every week, and when she can, she makes it down to train with her dad Mike and Uncle Kevin in Hawke's Bay.

The brothers, now both in their 60s, have done every individual event since it began in 2009.  Kevin, a former Kiwi from the mid-1980s, takes that same grit from the game to the circuit.

Within this family affair comes a competitive edge, all aiming to cross the finish line - with the fastest time.