Wairakei Estate Ironkidz triathlon event is open to anyone aged between 7 and 15 years. Splash & Dash is for those aged between 5 and 7 (yes you can enter either event if your child is 7, whichever you think is the best option for them).
There are two events: The triathlon for everyone aged 7 – 15 years old, and a Splash & Dash event for 5 – 7 year olds.
To complete the triathlon, competitors complete a swim, following by a bike ride, followed by a run. You can enter on your own – which means you swim, bike and run (in that order) – or as part of a team of three, which means you swim or bike or run. You are also able to enter as a team of two. If you enter as a team of two, one of you will do two of the three legs (swim, bike, run).
You can enter on your own, or in a team with friends. Either way, everyone’s a winner and having fun is the name of the game!
Note: Elite section – there are no teams, you must have a road bike (mountain bikes will not be accepted), be a competent swimmer and be a member or either a triathlon club or a school triathlon group. This club/group must be stated on entry form. Entries will be limited to 30 per age group. This is a timed event with time limits on each leg and trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
The Splash & Dash is a paddle in Lake Taupo and a short run along the lakefront. Children do not need to be able to swim and parents can accompany their child if they wish.