Participation comes first at Kilbirnie triathlon

Participation comes first at Kilbirnie triathlon

Kilbirnie tryathlon photo

Ngaio School students Logan Keith, 7, and Tyler Keith, 9, with their medals after completing the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon in Kilbirnie Park on Sunday, March 19. Photo by Callum Roberts

More than 2000 kids  crossed the finish line at the largest-ever children’s triathlon held in Kilbirnie Park on March 19.

This year marked the 25th anniversary of an event which encourages children aged between 7-15 to participate and receive a medal upon completion.

Sanitarium’s national vending manager Ronny Davidson confirmed 2317 kids registered for the event, beating the participation record last year.

Seven-year-old Logan Keith took part for the first time on Sunday. The Ngaio School student said running was his favourite part of the event while cycling proved to be more challenging. “The peddling was hard.”

His sister Tyler, 9, had participated last year. She said she enjoyed cycling most this time.

Getting up especially early was a challenge for both kids. The two were woken up at 5.45am and taken from Ngaio to the event by their biggest supporters – mum and dad.

Parents Jacinda and Tony Keith were cheering for their children as they competed in a run, cycle and swim across and around Kilbirnie Park. Tony, a triathlete himself, said the early start was part of the sport but a bit hard for the kids. “We’re just glad to have a full day with the kids sharing sport we all love.”

The triathlon’s focus on participation helped get them involved and across the finish line. “There’s no pressure on them.”

The medals given to both Logan and Tyler have been displayed by their beds, Keith said.

The day was supported by 208 volunteers from various business sponsors.

 

 

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