Record Kiwi Participation in World’s Largest U16 Triathlon Event
Organisers of the world’s largest u16 triathlon event are advising Kiwis to enter early as record demand has seen entries sell 85% faster than previous years.
Ten of the 18 Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon events around NZ were sold out last year and while organisers have increased capacity at some events, they are expected to sell out again.
Event spokesperson Nigel Chenery says that demand for the TRYathlon is unprecedented in the 27 years the series has been running. Up to 40% of entries have already been sold for some events, within the first 2 weeks of entries opening.
“To accommodate the nationwide growth, the season will start earlier running from 25 November through until the first week of April but already thousands of children have entered - 85% more than the same time last year. We expect to see a record 33,000 Kiwi kids participate in this years series.”
“If this rate of demand continues we anticipate the events will be sold out significantly faster than in the past. Some events sold out up to eight weeks in advance last season.” he says.
Chenery says while the demand and growth in numbers is fantastic, they also want to ensure that the TRYathlon is accessible to less fortunate children.
The Weet-Bix TRYathlon Foundation, was established by Sanitarium staff to give underprivileged Kiwi kids the opportunity to take part in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon, through subsidised entry or the donation of equipment such as a bicycle.
“Our research has found 99% of parents believe participation in the event has had a positive impact on their child’s self-esteem and that is why the Foundation was established, to ensure all Kiwi kids have the opportunity to participate and benefit from the experience.” he says.
“During the 2017/18 series, the Foundation along with other charitable trusts were able to provide over 3500 Kiwi kids the chance to participate in the TRY,” he says.
Chenery says parents wanting to secure a place for their children should visit try.weetbix.co.nz