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What to expect at this fun event
If your kids love being active and trying new things then why not encourage them to give the Weetbix Kids TRYathlon a go? Now in its 21st year the series will be held in 10 locations around Australia in 2019.
Give this fun event a TRY in 2019 (Image Credit: Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Australia)
The event is designed for kids aged 7 - 15 years. No experience in triathlons is required, just the ability to swim, ride a bike and run. My own children have participated in the series for the past five years and have loved challenging themselves and the confidence this event has given them.
As with a regular triathlon the Weetbix Kids TRYathlon consists of a swim leg, bike ride and run. The distances for each leg depend on what age group your child belongs to:
* for 7 - 10 year olds - 75m swim, 3 km cycle, 500m run
* for 11 - 15 year olds - 150m swim, 6 km cycle, 1 km run
The first leg in the TRYathlon is the swim leg (Image Credit: Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Australia)
Before you register for a Weetbix TRYathlon in a location near you here are the things you need to know:
Kids must have their own bike and helmet to enter
Prepare for an early morning. Most events will open at 7am for Check In and all competitors are expected to have their bikes racked and ready in the transition area before 8.30am
Give yourself plenty of time before your race. Arrive early so you don't have to rush around too much as there are a number of things you will need to do when you arrive
First you will need to attach your competitor number to your bike and helmet for the ride leg and to your shirt for the run leg
Collect your swimming cap at the Check In lines
Have your number written on your arm and leg by one of the volunteers for the swim leg
Next up you need to take these items in to the transition area: bike, helmet, Weetbix shirt, shorts, running shoes and socks, towel, hat/visor and water bottle
In the transition area there are different sections for each age group and the racks are marked with animal pictures to make it easier for the younger children to find their bike. Your child will need to go with you to find a spot as they will need to remember where their bike is located. It is important to be aware that parents are not allowed in to the transition area whilst the event is in progress
The transition area is where you change from swim to bike leg and from bike to run leg
It is important to remember to take a spare t-shirt, shorts, hat and thongs so your child can walk around in the event village comfortably before their age groups starts
While you wait for your event to start you can enjoy the event village which usually includes a free Weetbix breakfast, coffee vans and sponsor stalls. There are usually fun activities for the kids such as the Up & Go Climb and Jump wall or the Weetbix Hit the Target activity. At the Bupa tent you can create a team support board to cheer on your participant.
Enjoy the Weetbix World Event Village before and after your event(Image Credit: Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Australia)
Consult your Event Guide for the starting times but also listen for the announcements as to when each age group is called to their briefing at the pool. The briefing area is outside the pool and is usually marked with a Briefing arch or flag.
After you have taken your child to their briefing you can make your way to the spectator area of the pool or a spot along the bike / run course to cheer your child on
At the finish line the event medals are given out and your chld can have their photo taken by one of the event photographers. It is a good idea, especially with younger children, to decide on a meeting point in the village for after their race as the area around the finish line can get crowded
After the event you may be able to get an autograph or your photo taken with one of the Try Heroes / event ambassadors
You might be lucky enough to meet an event ambassador on the day (Image Credit: Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Australia)
Another important piece of information to be aware of is that bikes must remain in the transition area until the event director says they may be removed. Announcements are made for each age group as to when the transition area is open for bike collection. Only one adult may accompany their child in to the transition area to collect their bike
I would definitely recommend signing up for the photo package when you register. I found that when I was trying to take photos myself that I missed a lot of the action when I was moving from one location to another. So unless you have your own team of photographers stationed at each leg I think it is worthwhile to buy the photo package. The official photographers always get some great action shots of my children on each leg of their race and it usually only takes a couple of days for the photos to be ready after the race.
While there is a lot of information to take in, especially before your first Weetbix TRYathlon, I can assure you that this is a well organised and structured event, which in my experience usually runs very smoothly .There are a lot of volunteers in attendance who are there to direct you and provide any help or information needed.
The great thing about the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is that it is a non-competitive event, designed to help improve kids self-esteem and encourage them to be active while having fun. Every child can go at their own pace, they don't have to worry about places and times, instead they just need to do their best and have a go.
In 2019 the Weetbix Kids TRYathlon will be held in 10 locations around Australia. Events have been held in Sydney, Canberra, the Central Coast and Camden during January and February.
Upcoming events will include:
Melbourne - Sunday 10th March 2019
Perth - Sunday 24th March 2019
Adelaide - Sunday 7th April 2019
Gold Coast - Sunday 5th May 2019
Brisbane - Sunday 19th May 2019
Townsville - Sunday 26th May 2019