BENDIGO is set to get a new kids triathlon event in December to replace the popular Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon, which failed to return to the city in 2019.
The locally organised and managed Bendigo Kids Triathlon is a partnership between City of Greater Bendigo, Empowering Eaglehawk, Bendigo Telco, Bendigo Bank, In2-Adventure and Triathlon Victoria, and hopes to attract 400 participants.
It will be held at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park precinct, with participants swimming at Peter Krenz Leisure Centre, riding around Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb, before finishing with laps of the Canterbury Park oval.
It’s a non-competitive, participation first event aimed at those aged 7-15.City of Greater Bendigo’s tourism and major events manager Terry Karamaloudis said the event would help to encourage young people to follow a healthy lifestyle and have fun.
“We know that habits form early and that if we can show them the right way from a young age, they will generally stick with it,“ he said.
He said the event was grown from Sanitarium’s departure, and aimed to stay for the long-term.
“We clearly saw that the community had an appetite to support events that showcased health and fitness and healthy lifestyles for children,“ he said.
“The significance of this one is this is all homegrown, put together by many stakeholders in the Bendigo community.”
Robyn Lazenby of In2Adventure, who are managing the event, said it was about getting kids involved.
“It’s putting those achievable challenges where you have to push yourself a little bit, but not the state where it’s not comfortable.”
The event will be held on Sunday, December 1, visit bendigokidstriathlon.com.au