What Happens On The Day - FAQ's
What should I do before leaving home on event day?
Please take a look at our Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon pre-event checklist to ensure you are well-prepared for the day and have packed all the items needed for a safe and fun day. Some items are recommended to bring but others are compulsory such as closed in shoes for the bike & run legs and helmet.
If you have received your event kit make sure that you have your child’s event number sticker and that it is stuck to
- The front of their event t shirt. (it is best to do this with the t shirt lying on flat surface)
- The front of their helmet
- The handle bars of their bike
We also strongly recommend that you write your child’s number on their right arm & right leg. This is important as in the event of an accident it means we are able to identify your child & contact you via the mobile number you supply during the registration process. Numbers must be clearly written with a black permanent marker as shown in the photograph, one on your right arm and one on the shin of your right leg.
What happens if the weather is bad?
If the weather is not looking great on the morning of the event, make sure you check our website try.weetbix.co.nz or Facebook page to check the event status. It is very unlikely that the event will be cancelled but it may change format from Triathlon to Duathlon, Aquathon or Fun Run. Safety is our first priority so adjustments to the format will be made as necessary.
If there is a change to the event we aim to have the website & facebook updated by 7.00am. Updates will also be broadcast on your local Classic Hits station.
Please check our event policies.
What do we need to do once we arrive?
If you registered by the courier cut off date & have your event kit, thanks to Courier Post, you can avoid the ADMIN TENT – PACK PICK UP QUEUE & head straight to Transition. You will pass though a CHECK IN TENT where your childs bib number will be scanned. This scanning system helps us to care for your child’s health and safety and to be able to quickly contact the parent or guardian in the event of any incidents. It also registers your child into the Event Day prize draw.
If you need to collect your Event Kit, head straight to the ADMIN TENT & thereafter to Transition. (CHECK IN TENT)
What is Transition?
Transition is the big fenced off holding pen for participants’ bikes and it is the ‘change over point’. The Transition area is organised according to swim cap colour. Bikes will need to be lined up with the flag matching your child’s swim cap colour and your additional equipment kept to the side of the bike.
All bikes & equipment need to be in Transition by 8.15am (for Sunday events) and 9.15am (for Wednesday events).
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.
Once your child’s bike and required gear has been placed in the Transition Area prior to the event, except in the course of their race, parents or children 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, no one other than participants currently racing are permitted inside during the event.
Event Briefing will take place in front of the container stage at 8.30am (for Sunday events) and 9.30am (for Wednesday events). All the information you & your child will require; start times, swim order etc will be covered in this briefing.
When can I remove my child’s bike from the Transition Area?
Once your child’s bike and required gear has been placed in the Transition Area you will not be able to access your equipment until after prizegiving. 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.
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.
What if I have only ever swum in a pool? Will I be able to touch the bottom?
Each venue is a little bit different so we recommend you check the My Location page to check the depth of the swim at your child’s event. As a general rule, for beach swims participants will be able to touch the bottom at all times as the swim is parallel to the beach. For pool swims it is very likely that participants will not be able to touch the bottom at the deep end of the pool.
There are always lots of lifeguards on hand to help if your children are struggling. Some of these lifeguards will be based in the water for the entire event For pool swims flutter boards are available if required.
Do participants have to wear shoes during the bike leg? What about the run?
Yes, for health & safety reasons participants must wear closed in shoes for both the bike and the run leg of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. No exceptions will be made to this.