PREPARING FOR/DURING THE EVENT
1 What should I do before the day?
Please take a look at our Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon pre-event checklist to ensure you are well-prepared for the day. As well as eating good healthy food and drinking adequate water, we also recommend you follow the Try.Tr@iner programme to ensure you are ready for the event. Log-in to MyTry to take a look.
2 What should I do on the day?
It is important that you arrive at the event venue on time. If you haven't selected the courier option, you will need to collect your event pack from the Administration tent and then rack your bike in the Transition Area before Event Briefing. Allow plenty of time for this.
Your event bib number will have a barcode on it that will need to be scanned as you enter into the Transition Area to drop off your bike and gear. This is called the Check-In process & you will receive your swim cap when you Check In
When you drop your bike off in the Transition Area, make sure you lay out your Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event t-shirt and your towel on your bike, and place your running shoes on the ground close to your bike so you can reach them easily. You'll also need to ensure your helmet is on your handlebars.
You will need to complete Check-In and place your bike in the Transition Area before 8.15am for Sunday events and 9.15am for Wednesday events.
Make sure your event bib number is written on your arm and leg so our photographers can identify you. Vivids are available for you to use on the poles of our merchandise tent.
Make sure you stretch and warm up before the event; we'll walk you through this at Event Briefing
Ensure you pay attention to the instructions of our Course Director at Event Briefing; this will ensure you know everything you need to for the event.
Keep drinking water throughout the day to make sure you don't get dehydrated.
Familiarise yourself with the Transition Area and all exits and entries
Ensure you bring sufficient snacks along to the event, and have a snack during the morning. This will ensure you have enough energy when it'stime to start your event.
Most of all, have FUN!
3 Should I eat before I come to the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?
We suggest that you eat something light before the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Perhaps some fruit, and Up & Go®, a piece of toast or some Weet-Bix® should help to settle your tummy. Try not to eat a big breakfast as we don't want you to feel sick during the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Alternatively, we will have the Weet-Bix Breakfast Challenge available for you on the day.
4 What time do I need to arrive?
The venue will open 2 hours before the Tryathlon begins to allow everyone to complete the check-in process and get bikes and gear into the Transition Area. To confirm that time the Administration Tent and venue site opens, please see the relevant event venue page. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to park, pick up your TRYathlete Kit, Check-In, drop off your gear and relax before starting the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to find a parking space. Allow at least a half-hour for putting your bike into the Transition Area, and also about 30 minutes to pick up your TRYathlete Kit from the Administration Tent.
5 What time will the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon finish?
Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon events generally last for 3-4 hours ao you should plan to be at the venue until approximately 1pm. However all indications of timing at events are approximate only. Please bring sunscreen, a hat and a picnic and enjoy the day.
6 What is the Transition Area?
Transition is like a 'change over'. When a participant comes from the swim, they will 'change over' to the bike ride. When they finish the bike ride, they will come back to transition to 'change over' to the run. The Transition Area is organised according to swim cap colour. Bikes will need to be line up with the flag matching your swim cap colour and your additional equipment kept to the side of your bike. For a map of the Transition Area, please see the relevant event venue page.
7 When can I remove my bike from the Transition Area?
Once your bike and required gear has been placed in the Transition Area prior to the event, except in the course of your race, you will not be able to access your equipment until after Prize-giving has been completed. The Transition Area constitutes as part of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon course, and as such, anyone other than participants currently racing is not permitted during the event. Marshals will be unable to make exceptions to this.
8 Can kids share bikes?
Participants cannot share bikes during the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event. Each participant, including kids from the same family must have his or her own bicycle. Sharing bikes can compromise safety and security.
9 What if I have only ever swum in a pool? Will I be able to touch the bottom?
The swim section of the event will be very clearly marked with lots of lifeguards so there is no need to be worried about it. All ocean swims are conducted parallel to the beach, so you will neber be far from land. For all events, the swim will take place in water that is no more than 2 meters deep, and in most cases, is much shallower than this. We have a large number of lifeguards there to look out for you. Some of these lifeguards will stand at the side of the pool or on the shore and some of these lifeguards will be based in the water for the entire event. THis is to make sure that we always have a lifeguard on hand for our TRYathletes should they require assistance. For more information on the swim leg, please see the relevant event venue page.
10 Do I have to wear shoes during the bike leg? What about the run?
Yes, especially for the bike leg you will not be allowed out of the Transition Area without both your shoes on and a properly fastened helmet. This is for the safety of all our Tryathletes. For health and safety reasons, shoes are compulsory for both the bike and run legs.
11 What happens after the event? Can I get my bike from the Transition Area?
After you finish your Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon and you receive your medal, you will have time to check out some of the other activities, such as the All Blacks Tryalist Stadium and the goodies for sale before Prize-giving. At Prize-giving, we give away bikes, helmets and merchandise packs, so make sure you're there with your race number on hand. Competitors not on site are unable to claim any prizes they may win. You will only be able to retrieve your bike and equipment once Prize-giving is completed.
12 What if I get lost?
It's a good idea at the beginning of the day to organise with your family and friends a special spot to meet up if you get separated. At each of the events, our Lost Kids/First Aid tent will be a 'Meeting point'. Just ask one of the friendly HELP TEAM in red t-shirts to point you in the right direction. It helps our volunteers greatly if participants or other children on-site on the day have a parents' or family members' mobile number written on their arm so our 'Meeting point' team can quickly make contact.