Health and Safety

Safety is our #1 priority

Safety is our number one priority when hosting the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. At every stage of the course (swim, transition, cycle and run) there are HELP TEAM marshals to assist your child if they need it.

Our marshals will be wearing shirts branded HELP TEAM so they will be easy to spot. The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon consists of three activities - the swim leg, cycle leg and finally the run. We stage the event in age and gender groups of no more than 20-30 kids at a time. That way each participant has room to move even though there will be others swimming and cycling near you.

Each event has a limited capacity. This is the maximum number of participants we can safely fit into the transition area and on course.

Please Note: Bikes will not be able to be removed from the transition area until the conclusion of prize giving and the announcer says it's OK. This is for the safety and enjoyment of ALL participants so please plan your day at the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon to be until approximately 1pm.

The event will still be held even if it rains, unless the rain is torrential and considered dangerous. We encourage you to check our website for event status, our facebook page or listen to your local Classic Hits station on the morning of the event.

There are some important things we need you to do before coming to the event to make sure your child will be safe:

1. Check your child’s bike

Prior to the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon, it is strongly recommended you have your child's bike and helmet safety checked at your local Avanti bike store. The Avanti store checking your child's bike and helmet for the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon will do so according to the Pre Event Cycle Checklist.

It is not compulsory to have your bike checked, but again, it is strongly recommended!!

If you do not have time to get to an Avanti Store prior to the event, the Avanti Team will be there on the day to check bikes. Just look for the blue Avanti tent & make sure you allow enough time in the morning. Please note that the Avanti Team on the day may not have all the equipment on hand, to be able to make any major repairs if needed.  All participants who have their bike safety checked will go into the draw* to win an Avanti Black Thunder or one of 10 Weet-Bix Merchandise Packs.

* Bike will be drawn on Monday 14th April 2014 at Avanti Head Office

2. Swim safety

  • What if participants have only ever swum in a pool? Will they be able to touch the bottom in open water locations?

The swims will be very clearly marked with swim buoys and lifesavers and swim safety teams will be there to assist your child at every stroke. Beach swims are run parallel with the shore so children will always be able to touch the bottom. To check the pool depth in your location click please check the MY LOCATION PAGE.

  • Can floaties or flippers be worn?

Every participant in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon must be able to swim. Flippers can obstruct and injure other participants while swimming so we ask that flippers or other items to help you swim are not worn.

Floaties (arms) are permitted. There are flutter boards and "noodles" available (pool swims only). If you need any further information on swim safety at our event, please contact our Registration and Call Centre Team on 09 531 5080.

3. Special Needs

  • What if my child has a medical or physical condition?

On the entry form is a place for you to note down your child's medical or physical condition. If due to a medical or physical condition your child will require the assistance of a parent or caregiver to participate in the event we request that you call 09 531 5080 or email us tryathlon@sanitarium.co.nz at least 5 days prior to the event so that our Special Needs Participants Coordinator can arrange a HELP TEAM shirt for you so that you are able to access all areas of the event (including transition) with your child.

Please make sure the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon team know about it. We need to make sure that your child will be safe on the day!

4. Parents educating their kids

Please make sure that your child knows;

  • That their helmet should be a tight but comfortable fit. Help them with their helmet straps before they come to the event so that their helmet fits correctly.
  • That in the transition from Swim to Cycle, it is a MUST for them to do their shoe laces up well. Have a practice before the event so that they get used to making sure laces are tied before they start the cycle leg.
  • To approach a Help Team Marshall (in a red shirt) if they feel unwell at any time during the event. The incredible Help Team will be able to look after and are in contact with St John’s and Health and Safety Team Leaders who are positioned at various locations around the course.