Bluff triathlon an event for everyone

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FAMILIES are pounding the pavement, putting pedal to the metal and donning their goggles in preparation for the annual Try-Whanau in Bluff next weekend.

For the fourth year, Awarua Whanau Services is hosting the Try-Whanau triathlon at the Bluff Oyster Festival site. “It is a day for whanau to come together, have fun and be active,” community health promotions Joyce Manahi said.

Individuals or teams of up to five could take part in a short course (150m swim, 7km bike, 3km run/walk), or long course (300m swim, 20km bike, 10km run/walk).

There would be spot prizes on offer, including two family passes for the Shotover Jet in Queenstown courtesy of Ngai Tahu Tourism.

There would also be kai stalls and free activities, including SNAG (Starting New at Golf) and a bungee run.

Mrs Manahi said families who previously had not been active were exercising in preparation for their first triathlon, and adults who had never learned to swim were having lessons so they could take part.

Businesses were also getting involved, she said, using Try-Whanau as a workplace challenge to boost morale and camaraderie among the staff, and improve health and well-being in the workplace.

Awarua Whanau Services staff were available for help with training, Mrs Manahi said.

“Come along and have a day of fun with the family.”

Try-Whanau, Bluff Oyster Festival site, March 17. Entry $20 for individuals or teams of up to five. Registrations open on the day.

To pre-register go to www.awaruashs.maori.nz/events/try-whanau-2019 or Awarua Whanau Services Facebook page.

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