Fun for the whanau

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Christine Makitae (second from left) with her nieces at last year's Try-Whanau Triathlon. Photo: Supplied

PARTICIPANTS in the third annual Try-Whanau Triathlon in Bluff will swim, bike and run or walk on Sunday, February 4.

The event is being organised by Awarua Whanau Services (AWS) to encourage people to get more active.

Event organiser Joyce Manahi said they wanted more teams of up to five to register. For every entry a dollar would be donated to Relay for Life.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are or your fitness level and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve done these events before, because anyone can do them. It is about whanau being active together. We want to increase that whole family time and it is a good way to start the year,” Ms Manahi said.

“If people want to start training they can contact us and we can do our little fitness programme with them for free.”

There are long and short courses for teams or individuals as well as a 3km option for a run/walk.

The long course event consists of a 300m swim at the Bluff Pool, a 10km walk/run and a 20km bike ride on Foreshore Rd and Gore St, while the short course has a 150m swim, a 6km bike ride and a 3km walk/run.

“A new category this year is for businesses which want to challenge another business to see who is the best of the best. There is a trophy up for grabs, a lot of spot prizes as well as bragging rights,” she said.

“There will be games and fun activities for the whole whanau plus craft stalls, local produce and affordable healthy food options for the families. It will be a low-stress, easy day out.”

Try-Whanau Triathlon, Sunday, February 4, Bluff Oyster & Food Festival site, Lee St, Bluff, check in from 9am. Entry $20 for an individual or team. Entry forms are available on the Facebook page or phone AWS on (03) 218 6668. Registrations also on the day. This is a smoke-free event.

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