Record numbers try their skills

Seven-year-old boys wait for their turn to swim in the Weet-Bix Kids' Tryathlon in Mosgiel...
Seven-year-old boys wait for their turn to swim in the Weet-Bix Kids' Tryathlon in Mosgiel yesterday. PHOTOS: CHRISTINE O'CONNOR
Ty Murphy (9), of Dunedin, admires his medal.
Ty Murphy (9), of Dunedin, admires his medal.
Jessie Roff (9), of Mosgiel, crosses the finish line.
Jessie Roff (9), of Mosgiel, crosses the finish line.

A major record tumbled at this year's Weet-Bix Kids' Tryathlon in Mosgiel, but it did not involve the fastest time or speed of a competitor.

Rather, it was a record number of participants, an event spokesman said.

"It was a sell-out event - 1485 participants. So that's a new Dunedin event record."

He said the event was first held in 1992, when it attracted about 800 entrants.

Entries of children aged 7-15 continued to increase and this year's entries sold 85% faster than in previous years.

The young triathletes swam, cycled and ran their way around Memorial Park and the Mosgiel Pool.

For crossing the finish line, all received a medal from Olympic and Commonwealth Games shooter Natalie Rooney, Paralympic gold medallist Anna Grimaldi and triathlete Janus Staufenberg.

"It's all about participation. Everyone gets a medal.

"It's really designed as a confidence-builder so kids can get out there and do something for their own personal achievement, as opposed to being the fastest around the track.

"This event is really a starter event for a lot of kids and they'll go on to do more competitive things from here."

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