Youngsters enjoy their Tryathlon

Last updated 05:00 03/04/2014

1600 children from around the region joined in the fun at New Plymouth's Ngamotu beach.

New Plymouth Weet-Bix Tryathlon
1600 kids participate in New Plymouth's biggest Weet-Bix Tryathlon.

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Some jogged and others raced to the finish, but there were lots of smiles and high fives as more than 1600 children completed the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon.

The Weet-Bix guy, with his super large hands, was the main cheerleader on the home straight encouraging the kids to lift their arms as they crossed the finish line on Ngamotu Beach yesterday morning.

And more than 170 volunteers were on hand to ensure the event went smoothly and the children stayed safe.

Then there were parents, grandparents and teachers taking photos, holding gear and buying food.

Robbie White, 10, from Oakura School was the first across the line. He led the first group into the water and didn't look back.

"It was really fun."

The water was cold, but he got used to it, he said.

While Robbie was going hard out some of the girls from his school were taking a more social approach.

Friends Belle Evans and Rosie Bolger, both 10, enjoyed hanging out together during the race.

Belle liked the bike leg the best because the two friends were "chatting away".

Rosie enjoyed the swim and didn't find the water cold, she said. "We were splashing each other."

Sanitarium nutrition manager Cherry Barker said the event was all about participating.

"It's not about being first. It's about being involved and doing what you can, where ever you are at."

The numbers were up on last year, but they had to keep a cap on numbers for safety reasons, she said.

The Tryathlon had been running for 22 years and was spreading to more towns and cities every year.

"Last year we added Gisborne and this year Rotorua. There is more demand every year."

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