Children compete in last year's Plains Junior TRYathlon at Mosgiel. Photo supplied.
Mosgiel Memorial Park will be a hive of activity this Friday
when about 240 children compete in the Plains Junior
Event co-ordinator Suzanne Watt said the triathlon was the
East Taieri home and school committee's annual fundraising
event, but primarily it was held to get children active, fit
''It's an opportunity for kids to get active, get involved
and see what they can achieve - it will push them to their
It was also a way of making children aware of sports that are
available, and giving them a chance to try different things.
It was hoped the event would raise enough funds to provide
buses to get East Taieri School pupils to and from swimming
lessons over the next near.
The Plains Junior TRYathlon course will see children aged
5-14 run up to 1km and cycle up to 2km around circuits on
Mosgiel Memorial Park, before swimming up to 150m in the
There are individual and team categories in three age groups:
5-7 years; 8-10 years; and 11-14 years.
Mrs Watt said as well as medals for the winners, there would
also be two major spot prizes this year - vouchers from Rebel
Sport and a computer tablet.
The event begins at 6pm and a barbecue will be held during
the races to encourage family and friends to come and cheer
on the competitors, she said.