Series grows as a family affair

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 11/03/2014
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FUTURE STARS: Children competing in the triathlon series

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Some 900 children have tried the Kids Triathlon at Skoglund Park and the Freyberg Community Pool in Palmerston North this summer, at an event growing along with the families who join in.

It has been seven years since 12-year-old Hayden Storrier ran, cycled and swam the course for the first time, and he is joined now by brother Blake, 10, and sister Danielle, 8.

It is a family affair that is repeated for hundreds of Palmerston North parents and children during the five-week season.

Last night Palmerston North turned on a perfect autumn evening for about 700 participants in the last of the season's five triathlon meetings.

For families like the Storriers, it has become the thing to do on first term Monday evenings.

"We do it for fun," said father Grant Storrier.

"If they did not want to do it, we would not come."

Mother Viv Storrier said the event was always well run, so it was never a hassle.

Although she appreciated the fact it was more about participation than competition, she has been quietly timing the offspring and noting that they improve on their personal best each time.

"Some of the children who come regularly have really got into it," she said.

The three Storriers were unanimous that the swim at the end of the event was the best bit of the triathlon.

But Blake said the transition from cycling to swimming was the hardest - just getting rid of the bike, helmet and shoes and preparing to hit the water.

More than 600 children aged 4 to 12 received medals at last night's prizegiving for completing at least four triathlons this year.

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