KiwiTri Set to Make a Splash across the Capital

22 January 2009

Children throughout Wellington are gearing up for the KiwiTri triathlon series, which kicks off on Sunday 1 February and runs through until Saturday 21 February.

KiwiTri has been an annual fixture in Wellington since 1994 - giving kids aged 5 to 12-years-old a chance to compete as individuals or in teams of three, in an event involving a run, swim and cycle. The event has grown increasingly popular in recent years and more than 1,000 people took part in last year's triathlon.

This year instead of a single triathlon, KiwiTri has been expanded to include four events - two triathlons and two duathlons - that will take place at different pools around Wellington:

  • Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (triathlon) – Sunday 1 February
  • Karori Pool (duathlon) - Sunday 8 February
  • Tawa Pool (triathlon) - Sunday 15 February
  • Keith Spry Pool (duathlon) - Saturday 21 February

The Council's Sport and Recreation Portfolio Leader, Councillor John Morrison, says it was a great idea to expand the event. "KiwiTri has always been a fantastic event - offering a fun incentive for kids of all ages and abilities to get active. Now, with a series of four events across the city, more children than ever will have a chance to take part."

Each event will include six categories with varying distances depending on age. There's even an adult and child - for 5 to 6-year-olds - relay event, so parents won't miss out on the action.

There will also be free KiwiTri information nights for children and parents held the week prior to each event:

  • Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre - 4.00pm, Tuesday 27 January
  • Karori Recreation Centre - 4.00pm, Tuesday 3 February
  • Tawa Pool - 4.00pm, Tuesday 10 February
  • Keith Spry Pool - 4.00pm, Tuesday 17 February

Registrations for the KiwiTri series are now open. Entry is $8 per event for individuals or $20 for teams of three (or $4/$10 for Community Services Card holders). Entries close at 6.30pm on the Wednesday before each event.

You can pick up registration forms from Wellington City libraries, swimming pools, recreation and service centres or from the Feeling Great website.