Spectators reach out to congratulate Ollie Walker as he finishes the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon on Sunday morning. Photo: Phillip Rollo.

Kids make the most of Tryathlon


A record number of Nelson kids took part in the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Tryathlon, even though the event had to be postponed due to a potential threat from Cyclone Lusi earlier in the month.

Sanitarium have confirmed that 1811 local kids age seven to 15 years old took part in the Tryathlon, held at Tahunanui Playing Fields and Tahunanui Beach.

Sporting celebrities, including Ironman triathlete Cameron Brown and former Tall Black Phill Jones, joined in the fun at the event by cheering kids on and handing out Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon medals at the finish line.

Sanitarium general manager Pierre van Heerden was thrilled with how popular it was, with kids from all over the top of the south taking part.

The Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon, now in its 22nd year, holds the world record for being the largest children’s sporting event of its kind in the world, and will travel to 14 cities and towns throughout New Zealand in 2013 and 2014.