They came in droves to the Narrowneck Beach Reserve on Sunday 21 March to participate in the annual Weet-Bix Tryathlon – a sporting event run by the Sanitarium Health Food Company. The event is all about participation and encourages young people to get out there, have a go and achieve a personal best.
In 2009, the Weet-Bix Tryathlon attracted over 19,000 participants, making it the world’s largest sporting event for kids (as certified by the International Triathlon Union).
Anyone between the ages of 7 and 15 years can participate in the Weet-Bix Tryathlon, which consists of a swim, followed by a cycle and a run. Because the event is non-competitive and designed to encourage participation, there are no place-getters, and every entrant receives a Weet-Bix Tryathlon race t-shirt and medal to celebrate their achievement.
Since its creation in 1992, the Weet-Bix Tryathlon has grown from a single event at St Heliers with 500 children, to twelve annual events throughout New Zealand.
There were varying distances depending on age. For 7 year olds there was a 50m swim, 4km bike ride and 1.5km run. For 8 to 10 year olds there was a 100m swim, 4km bike ride and 1.5km run. And for 11 to 15 year olds there was a 200m swim, 8km bike ride and 1.5km run.
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