What is the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a non-competitive event. It is a community engagement program that assists kids to develop self esteem. Australia’s largest Kids TRYathlon series aims to encourage kids to get fit & active while having fun with their friends.

The TRYathon is conducted along the lines of an adult triathlon, i.e: swim, ride and run in one event.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is for kids aged 7 – 15 years of age.

It doesn’t matter if you have participated in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series before or not. The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is all about TRY-ing your best and having a go!

Note that the format of the day is that kids will first do the Swim Leg, then the Cycle Leg, and finally the Run. When kids cross the finish line, an all-Australian sporting champion will be there to award them a medallion and they will receive a certificate too.

What are the distances that kids swim, cycle and run?

Age Swim Cycle Run
11 – 15 150m* 6km* 1km*
7 – 10 75m* 3km* 500m*

*approximate distances – may vary slightly with each location.

Who actually runs the event?

Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company run the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon program to encourage kids to enjoy being physically active more often.

How long does it take to do the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

This depends on the age group and whether the child is strong in swimming, cycling and running or all three! 11-15 year olds generally take about 15-20 minutes while the 7-10 year olds can take about 18 -25 minutes. However, you should allow a morning for everything to be done on Event day from the time you check in to the time you get the bike out of transition. There are lots of fun things to do while other kids are completing the course but do note that to maintain a safety priority, all Kids are started in waves- which makes each age group take longer than the individual time of any specific child

Does your child get times/places?

No, the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is about fun, participation and giving it a go. We believe that every kid’s a winner, and so every participant receives a medallion as they finish – there are no times or places kept.

How old do kids need to be to participate in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

Kids need to be aged no younger than 7 years of age and no older than 15 years of age on the Event day for which you are registering them.

Is there a limit to how many kids can enter the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

Yes. At each event there are limited places so you will need to get in early!

Just so you have an idea of how many kids are expected at each event:

Sydney  2,600
Central Coast  1,500
Canberra  1,500
Bendigo 1,000
Melbourne 2,500
Perth 2,500
Adelaide 1,500
Gold Coast  1,000
Brisbane 2,000
Townsville 1,000

And do note that for every child that participates they usually bring 2 or 3 friends and/or family with them, so expect a BIG event.

How safe is the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

We aim to provide your child with the safest possible environment. At every stage along the course (swim, transition, cycle and run) there are friendly life savers or volunteers who are there to assist as they need it. Our volunteers will be wearing official HELP TEAM shirts so they will be easy to spot.

If your child has a medical and/or physical condition that may require assistance during the course, make sure that you tell us on your entry form when you register or call 1800 989 999. This way, we can advise and make sure our crew or volunteers are there to help you if you need it.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon will start with the Swim Leg, then move onto the Cycle Leg and finally the Run. All kids start in their age and gender groups with about 20 – 30 children in each group. This gives them room to move, even though there will be others swimming/cycling/running near them. If you have any other questions regarding safety, please call us on 1800 989 999.

In order to maintain absolute safety at all events we do ask that parents, family and friends please refrain from walking, running or sitting on any part of the course. Our marshals will man crossing points where needed. Please listen and obey all officials on course. They are there to assist in your child’s participation in a fun and safe event.

How do I enter my child?

You can enter online right here or alternatively download an entry form here. For entries eligible for early bird pricing (please refer to Event Info for your location) download early bird entry form here.

What if my child is registered to participate in a team?

TRYathletes can complete the event as a Team of two. The first team member will complete the swim and later the run leg then the second team member will complete the bike and run legs.

There are two team options, Junior and Senior. If you are part of the Junior Team then you and your team members will be aged from 7-10 years of age. If you are part of the Senior Team then you and your team members will be aged from 11-15 years of age.

We do not allow mixed ages between the 7-10 and 11-15 teams, so you and your team members must be part of the same age bracket.

Each Team member has their own TRYathlete bib number provided. For safety reasons, both team members must have this number written on their arm and leg at the numbering station before entering transition and this will also assist our official photographers with identifications for photo delivery.

If you are a Team swimmer or cyclist, it will state on your bib number what sections of the TRYathlon you are participating in. For example, if you are doing the bike leg your sticker will contain the word ‘BIKE’. If you are doing the swim leg your sticker will say ‘SWIM.  All team members finish with the run.

The team members come together into transition where the cyclist will rack their bike either in the 11-15 TEAM AREA or the 7-10 TEAM AREA (not their individual age group rack)

The team swimmer will leave their running gear under the team cyclist’s bike. Only the swimmer goes to briefing when that team age group is called.

Once the 11-15 swimmer goes to briefing, the 11-15 year old cyclist will go to the 11-15 year old entry point to transition, where they will be taken to the 11-15 teams holding area. The 7-10 year old cyclists wait for the announcement for the 7-8 individual participants and 7-10 team swimmers to go to briefing and the cyclist will go to the 7-8 year old entry point to transition where they will be taken to the 7-10 teams holding area to wait for their turn to complete their part of the event.

The team swimmer will return to the right age group holding area to tag the team cyclist. Once the cyclist has returned, they will complete the run to the finish line together and receive their gold medal from a sporting champion..

Please note that due to health and safety reasons, if one of your team members is unable to make it on event day we are unable to accept team substitutions on the day.

What is the Parent's Agreement, Waiver and Acknowledgement form?

The Terms and Conditions of entry are specified in the Parents Agreement, Waiver and Acknowledgement Form.

This must be read, understood and accepted by the parent or legal guardian to be able to register the child.

If you are registering online, you will be asked to read the form and click a button to say you agree to the conditions. If you are registering by mail, you must sign the appropriate section on the entry form

How old do kids need to be to participate in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

Kids need to be aged no younger than 7 years of age and no older than 15 years of age on the Event day for which you are registering them.

Is there a limit to how many kids can enter the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

Yes. At each event there are limited places so you will need to get in early!

Just so you have an idea of how many kids are expected at each event:

Sydney  2,600
Central Coast  1,500
Canberra  1,500
Bendigo 1,000
Melbourne 2,500
Perth 2,500
Adelaide 1,500
Gold Coast  1,000
Brisbane 2,000
Townsville 1,000

And do note that for every child that participates they usually bring 2 or 3 friends and/or family with them, so expect a BIG event.

What does the Kids TRYathlon cost and what do I get for it?

Individual entry starts at $44.00 (early bird price), Teams (of 2) start at $39.00 (early bird price), and families (of 3-6) start at $39.00 (early bird price). All prices include GST.

There is also a special discount of 15% for participants who are Bupa Australia members.

Please see full pricing schedule on event location pages.

You will receive:
• An entry to the event nominated in your entry as part of the national Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.
• An Official Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T shirt (You MUST wear this on the cycle and run)
• A Swim Cap (You MUST wear this for the swimming leg)
• Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon 2017 Medallion (on Event day)
• Your Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon numbers (you MUST wear your chest bib number on your T shirt when you are doing the cycling and running)
• FREE Weet-Bix “Breakfast of Champions” after you have finished
• Celebrities and sporting stars at each event to cheer you on and award medals!

Is there a late fee?

Yes, a late fee applies after the registration closing date for each event if you wish to enter on the day by turning up with your child on the Event day. Because of the extra costs involved in registering late entries, any individual who registers after the registration closing date will need to pay an extra $10 on top of the entry fee, or $10 for a family entry of 3 or more.
Online registration cannot be made after the closing date and late entries will only be accepted if capacity allows.

Can I get a refund if I want to drop out of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

  • Cancellation of registration by participants will incur a $10 cancellation fee (per participant) provided that the cancellation is requested by email to tryathlon@sanitarium.com.au prior to the published event closing date.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations after the published event closing date.
  • In the event where the participant has already received their TRYathlete Kit, an additional $10 will be charged (per participant) if they wish to keep the kit. This $10 will not be charged if the TRYathlete kit is returned to the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Team within 10 days of cancellation.

What happens if it rains?

If it has rained or is raining, and the event can still be conducted safely, the event will go ahead – with possible course adjustments if required. However, if weather conditions before or on the day of the event make it unsafe for the event to proceed, and adjustments cannot be made to make it safe, the event will be cancelled. An event may be cancelled depending on the effect or likely effect of actual or forecast weather conditions.

Please note that the decision to cancel an event is not made lightly and safety is our priority when making this decision including the safety of the children

Could the event be cancelled?

Yes. It is unlikely, but not impossible. If the event is cancelled before event day, every effort will be made to notify all participants. This will include email notification (to the email address provided when you register) and a notice on the website home page. We recommend you check both email and website tryathlon.com.au before leaving for the event. Even if the weather and everything seems ok, unforeseen incidents may cause a cancellation pre event or on the day.

Please note that the decision to cancel an event is not made lightly and safety is our priority when making this decision including the safety of the children.

What should I prepare and ensure is brought along on event day?

  • Please take a look at our Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Event Guide, which will be emailed to you approximately one week prior to your Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon, outlining the most important details to ensure a fun and successful event day.
  • The sheet containing the bib number.
  • Swimsuit and goggles.
  • A towel – a brightly coloured towel will make it easier for your child to find their bike in the transition area.
  • ASSA approved bicycle helmet.
  • The child’s bike (in safe condition with working brakes, all mechanical parts checked and working and safe tyres inflated to correct pressures)
  • A good comfortable pair of running shoes.
  • Sun screen and a hat or cap.
  • A T-shirt or jumper to wear after the child has left their Weet-Bix shirt with their bike in Transition.
  • Warm clothes for after the event.
  • Healthy snacks, like fresh fruit, and drinks.
  • Why not make a day of your Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event? Bring a picnic lunch to have after the event, and bring your whole family!
  • You might like to allow your child to bring some pocket money to purchase items on offer in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Village.
  • Most important of all help your child to bring a positive attitude and a big smile for the photographers!
  • Make sure the swimsuit is the right size so it won’t cause rubbing and chafing.
  • Test goggles for leaking or scratches and check the head band is not perished.
  • Make sure your helmet complies with Australian Safety Standards. (the sticker should be inside the helmet)
  • Ask your local bike store to give your child’s bike a thorough safety check.
  • Make sure everything is packed the night before so you don’t have to worry about finding things on the morning of the event!

Should my child eat before they come to the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

We suggest that they eat something light before the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Perhaps some fruit, an Up & Go®, a piece of toast or some Weet-Bix® should help to settle your tummy. Try not to eat a big breakfast as we don’t want you to feel sick during the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Sanitarium will be providing a FREE “Breakfast of Champions” for all the kids who Check In to the event and we recommend they have the FREE breakfast after they finish.

Do kids have to drink anything special for the event?

There will be water available at the event site so that your child can refill a bottle of water.
We suggest that they have their water with them next to their bike in the transition area. They can then take a drink after the Swim Leg and before the run.

What should participants eat for dinner the night before?

Your normal family dinner is fine.

What if I have only ever swum in a pool? Will I be able to touch the bottom in open water locations?

The swims will be very clearly marked with swim buoys and lifesavers will be there to assist all children. Many swim legs are held in swimming pools e.g. Canberra will be in the Australian Institute of Sport pool, and Sydney will be held at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre. See the location maps for more details. Depths will be published for all events, some will have swim sections where water depth will be greater than children’s height.

Do participants have to do any special training?

No, that’s the best thing about the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Anyone can do it. But we also recommend that kids get out swimming, riding and running before the event and check out the Bupa GET READY zone. Take them down to your local parklands or swimming or go riding with them. Perhaps you could invite some of their friends to enjoy swimming, riding and running. They can have a lot of fun getting ready and it will be good for them.

When does the event kit arrive by post?

Event Kits will be posted 2 weeks prior to each event provided you have registered early enough (see home page for closing date details). If Kits are not received by you by the Wednesday before the event contact us by email with the registered participants name – click here

What should I prepare and ensure is brought along on event day?

  • Please take a look at our Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon pre-event checklist to ensure you are well-prepared for the day.
  • The sheet containing the bib number and the T shirt from the participant pack that was posted to your child
  • Swimsuit and goggles
  • A towel – a brightly coloured towel will make it easier for your child to find their bike in the transition area.
  • ASSA approved bicycle helmet.
  • The child’s bike (in safe condition with working brakes, all mechanical parts checked and working and safe tyres inflated to correct pressures)
  • A good comfortable pair of running shoes.
  • Sun screen and a hat or cap
  • A T-shirt or jumper to wear after the child has left their Weet-Bix shirt with their bike in Transition.
  • Warm clothes for after the event
  • Healthy snacks, like fresh fruit, and drinks
  • Why not make a day of your Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event? Bring a picnic lunch to have after the event, and bring your whole family!
  • You might like to allow your child to bring some pocket money to purchase items on offer in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Village
  • Most important of all help your child to bring a positive attitude and a big smile for the photographers!
  • Make sure the swimsuit is the right size so it won’t cause rubbing and chafing.
  • Test goggles for leaking or scratches and check the head band is not perished.
  • Make sure your helmet complies with Australian Safety Standards. (the sticker should be inside the helmet)
  • Ask your local bike store to give your child’s bike a thorough safety check.
  • Make sure everything is packed the night before so you don’t have to worry about finding things on the morning of the event!

What should I do on the day?

  •  It is important that you arrive on time. You must complete Check-In and place the bike in the transition area before 8:30am (8.00 am in Geelong). Allow plenty of time for this.
  • Encourage your child to stretch and warm up before the event.
  • Encourage your child to pay attention to the instructions and rules that will be given before the event in their briefing session but please note the briefing area is for kids and event officials only.
  • Keep drinking water throughout the day to make sure you don’t get dehydrated.
  • Please note that one parent can help the child familiarise themselves with the transition area and all exits and entries. Parents are not allowed in transition whilst the event is in progress.
  • Lay out your child’s Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T shirt from your participant pack and a bright towel on the bike, and place the running shoes on the ground close to their bike so they can reach them easier.

Is there a limit to how many kids can enter the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

Yes. At each event there are limited places so you will need to get in early!

Just so you have an idea of how many kids are expected at each event:

Sydney  2,500
 

Central Coast

  1,250
 

Canberra

 

  1,250
 

Bendigo

 

 

1,000

 

 

Melbourne

 

 

2,500

 

Gold Coast  

TBC

 

Perth  

2,500

 

 

Adelaide

 

 1,250
 

Townsville

 

 

1,000

 

 

Brisbane

 

TBC

 

And do note that for every child that participates they usually bring 2 or 3 friends and/or family with them, so expect a BIG event.

How safe is the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

We aim to provide your child with the safest possible environment. At every stage along the course (swim, transition, cycle and run) there are friendly life savers or volunteers who are there to assist as they need it. Our volunteers will be wearing official HELP TEAM shirts so they will be easy to spot.

If your child has a medical and/or physical condition that may require assistance during the course, make sure that you tell us on your entry form when you register or call 1800 989 999. This way, we can advise and make sure our crew or volunteers are there to help you if you need it.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon will start with the Swim Leg, then move onto the Cycle Leg and finally the Run. All kids start in their age and gender groups with about 20 – 30 children in each group. This gives them room to move, even though there will be others swimming/cycling/running near them. If you have any other questions regarding safety, please call us on 1800 989 999.

In order to maintain absolute safety at all events we do ask that parents, family and friends please refrain from walking, running or sitting on any part of the course. Our marshals will man crossing points where needed. Please listen and obey all officials on course. They are there to assist in your child’s participation in a fun and safe event.

What do the volunteers look like?

All volunteers will be wearing an official HELP TEAM t-shirt so you can spot them easily. Don’t be scared to ask them for help – that is what they are there for!

Does it matter if my child has not done a Triathlon before?

No, the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is designed for kids to learn about triathlon and to have lots of FUN in their participation in a BIG event! We explain everything they need to know (briefing) and there are lots of people to help on the day. It’s all about ‘giving it a go!’ You can encourage your child to be swimming, riding and running before the event and to be part of BUPA GET READY

Do I need to get any special equipment for my child?

No, your child does not need any special equipment, however, each participant will need the following:

  • A bike. Any type is allowed as long as it is safe, sound and serviced. PLEASE have a bike store give your bike a safety check.
  • A bicycle helmet that has passed the relevant safety checks (ASSA) – This is the Australian Safety Standard Association. If the helmet has passed the relevant safety checks it will have a sticker located inside the helmet.
  • Swimming suit and goggles – Aqua shoes and/or wetsuits may be allowed you are allowed.
  • Running shoes. You MUST wear shoes for both the Cycle Leg and Run. Your shoes should fully cover your feet – no thongs or sandals.

Can any type of swimming stroke be used?

Yes! But freestyle is recommended.

Can floaties or flippers be worn?

Every participant in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon MUST be able to swim. Floaties and flippers can obstruct other participants while swimming so we ask that floaties and flippers or other items to help your child swim are not worn. If you need any further information on swim safety at our event, please contact 1800 989 999

Where will the swim, ride and run be?

Sometimes the swim is in safe open water but most swims are in suitable public pools usually Olympic size. The run is usually on an adjacent field or parkland. At most of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon events you will have to ride on the roads that are closed to traffic so they are safe. See MY LOCATION for further details.

What is Transition?

Transition is like a ‘change over’. When a participant comes from the swim, they will ‘change over’ to the bike ride. When they finish the bike ride, they will come back to transition to ‘change over’ to the run.

Can kids share bikes?

Participants cannot share bikes during the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event. Each participant, including kids from the same family, must have his or her own bicycle. Sharing bikes can compromise safety and security.

Can parents help their child?

Parents or legal guardian (one adult only) can help set up the bike and helmet in the transition area before the event. Once this is ready, the parent or legal guardian must leave the transition area. There will be lots of friendly Help Team Volunteers that will help you along the way whenever the child needs them. Once certain age groups are completely finished and an official announcement is made, one parent only is allowed to come into the transition area to help the child collect their bike. Bikes are not allowed to be taken from the transition area until advised by the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Event Course Director.

What if my child has a medical or physical condition?

On the entry form is a place for you to write down your childs medical or physical condition. We request that you call us on 1800 989 999 and outline the condition if there is not enough room on the entry form. Please make sure the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon team know about it. We need to make sure that you will be safe on the day!

If the child does not feel well during the course of the event they can let a Help Team Volunteer (in a red shirt) or official know straight away. They will be able to look after your child and help them to receive attention from the medical or first aid staff on site.

Do kids have to drink anything special for the event?

There will be water available at the event site so that your child can refill a bottle of water.
We suggest that they have their water with them next to their bike in the transition area. They can then take a drink after the Swim Leg and before the run.

What time do I need to arrive?

It is probably best to allow the whole morning for the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

Event check-in starts at 7am at all events except Geelong where the timetable is half an hour earlier. Give yourself plenty of time to park, register and relax before the first children start the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon at 9am. Keep in mind that at some events it may be difficult to find a parking space, therefore it might be a good idea to arrive early. Allow at least a half-hour for the check-in process, which includes getting a registration number and putting your childs bike into the transition area.

TYPICAL PROGRAM/TIMETABLE*

7.00-8.20am Check-In Numbering at Event Check-In
7.00-8:30am Bikes to be racked in the transition area
8.30am Event Check-In CLOSES
8.45am Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon briefing for 11-15 yr old individuals and team members near the swim start
9.00am Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon start for 11-15 yr old individuals and team members at the swim start
9.30am** Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon briefing for 7-10 yr old individuals and team members near the swim start
9.45am** Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon start for 7-10 yr old individuals and team members at the swim start
11.30am** Stage Presentation

*Note Geelong is half an hour earlier and times may vary according to the size of the event. See specific details at MY LOCATION
**All kids must Check In. Any child not checked in time will not be permitted to participate.
***Start time may vary particularly for 7-10 year olds due to variances in entry numbers in each location.

Where do we park on the morning of the event?

Each event has different parking areas. Select an event to view details.

Will family and friends be able to watch?

Yes, spectators will be able to see much of the event and access varies from venue to venue. But they will have to move around and stay behind the safety barriers. Spectators are not allowed on the course.

What happens if my child needs to go the toilet?

We suggest that kids go to the toilet before the event starts. If they need to go during the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon and cannot hang on, they can just let a Help Team Volunteer know and they will be able to take them to the toilet. They will be able to rejoin the course at the place where they left.

What if my child gets lost?

It’s highly recommended at the beginning of the day you organise with your child a special spot to go to if they cannot find you or you cannot find them. At each of the events there will be a “Meeting Point” tent that you can go to. Everyone can ask one of the friendly Help Team volunteers (in an official t-shirt) where the ‘Meeting Point’ is. HELP TEAM members are also stationed in the tent to look after “lost” kids and attend to lost parents too.

How does my child find thier bike in the transition area?

Your child will need to remember which row you placed your bike in when you first placed it in the transition area. The transition area is split up into age and gender groups and we use animal symbols and colours to identify each row eg the dog row. So your child can know their area, and marshals are also there to help them.

When can my child pick up their bike after they have completed the event?

Bikes may not be collected until all children have finished the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Event Course Director will let you know when the transition area is open. Only one adult may accompany their child into the transition area after the event to collect their bike, and Help Team Volunteers will be available to assist if needed. This is to provide ongoing safety and security at the event.

Do participants have to wear goggles in the swim?

No, they are not compulsory. You should only wear them if you are used to swimming with them.

How do kids get their T shirt on when they are all wet?

It is a little tricky but they can take their time. If they get stuck, a HELP TEAM volunteer will help and there’s always that brightly coloured towel for them to use to dry off a little.

Can kids get dressed after the swim?

Normally, once kids return to Transition they just put their T shirt on over their swimmers and then put on their shoes and socks. However, if they feel more comfortable wearing shorts, they can take their time and put them on. Remember that they are not being timed, so they can take as long as they need to.

Should kids wear a hat in the run?

f they feel comfortable and you want them to be sun smart then we suggest they do wear a hat.

What are the numbers on my child's arms and legs and how do I remove them from my child's skin?

The numbers applied to children between Registration and Transition emulate those applied to triathletes in general competition and are a great part of the overall TRYathlon event experience. They are also used to further identify a child if they lose their event bib and also allow our photographers to sort photos of all the kids in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon into their event number for ease of finding, post event. The numbers are easily removed by spraying on Aerogard and wiping off with tissues or a cloth; baby oil and/or soap and water will also work, but are slower in removing the numbers.

Why can’t parents take the bike out of transition as soon as kids have finished the bike leg?

Personal safety of our Weet-Bix Kids participants is a priority. We have an obligation to offer all participants the same transition environment free from obstacles and additional people not participating. While participants are on the course, running, or wheeling bikes in transition, there is danger if parents or participants are also trying to extract bikes from the transition area while things are in progress.

So, we ask parents, guardians and participants to wait until the Event Course Director advises through the Event Commentator that transition is open for a particular age group. This is usually after the last bike is parked back in transition for a particular age group. (This is exactly the same process as a grown up’s triathlon.)

Please note that the times will vary, dependent on various abilities on course and also on the number of kids on course. So expect a big field to take a longer time per age category if there are many kids participating.

However, to assist you we do split the smaller events into two groups and the big events into three groups, allowing families to reunite and head home a little earlier, once the fun of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is over.

Why do some age groups have to wait over an hour after we put our bikes into transition to start the swim leg?

The wait time depends on your age, according to your nominated start time and the number of participants in each age group. At events with a large number of participants there will be a longer wait time.

Like the start time the event briefing times also vary according to the number of participants. In an effort to make wait times easier we allow all kids to accompany their parents from Transition until being called into the Briefing, which is immediately before their turn to participate in the swim that opens the TRYathlon course.

Whilst our operating team continually looks to minimise time on course for all participants, we are also very conscious of making safety of your children our number one priority as your child completes the course.

For safety and to ensure each kid has a clear start and can swim the distance regardless of their speed, we start the event in small groups which greatly impacts on the speed at which we can start each age group.

Please be aware, especially if you are participating with more than one family member in different age categories, your time at the venue and on course could be as long as the whole of the Event day morning.

How safe is the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon?

We aim to provide your child with the safest possible environment. At every stage along the course (swim, transition, cycle and run) there are friendly life savers or volunteers who are there to assist as they need it. Our volunteers will be wearing official HELP TEAM shirts so they will be easy to spot.

If your child has a medical and/or physical condition that may require assistance during the course, make sure that you tell us on your entry form when you register or call 1800 989 999. This way, we can advise and make sure our crew or volunteers are there to help you if you need it.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon will start with the Swim Leg, then move onto the Cycle Leg and finally the Run. All kids start in their age and gender groups with about 20 – 30 children in each group. This gives them room to move, even though there will be others swimming/cycling/running near them. If you have any other questions regarding safety, please call us on 1800 989 999.

In order to maintain absolute safety at all events we do ask that parents, family and friends please refrain from walking, running or sitting on any part of the course. Our marshals will man crossing points where needed. Please listen and obey all officials on course. They are there to assist in your child’s participation in a fun and safe event.

Can floaties or flippers be worn?

Every participant in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon MUST be able to swim. Floaties and flippers can obstruct other participants while swimming so we ask that floaties and flippers or other items to help your child swim are not worn. If you need any further information on swim safety at our event, please contact 1800 989 999.

Can any type of swimming stroke be used?

Yes! But freestyle is recommended.

Where will the swim, ride and run be?

Sometimes the swim is in safe open water but most swims are in suitable public pools usually Olympic size. The run is usually on an adjacent field or parkland. At most of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon events you will have to ride on the roads that are closed to traffic so they are safe. See MY LOCATION for further details.

What is Transition?

Transition is like a ‘change over’. When a participant comes from the swim, they will ‘change over’ to the bike ride. When they finish the bike ride, they will come back to transition to ‘change over’ to the run.

Can kids share bikes?

Participants cannot share bikes during the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event. Each participant, including kids from the same family, must have his or her own bicycle. Sharing bikes can compromise safety and security.

Can parents help their child?

Parents or legal guardian (one adult only) can help set up the bike and helmet in the transition area before the event. Once this is ready, the parent or legal guardian must leave the transition area. There will be lots of friendly Help Team Volunteers that will help you along the way whenever the child needs them. Once certain age groups are completely finished and an official announcement is made, one parent only is allowed to come into the transition area to help the child collect their bike. Bikes are not allowed to be taken from the transition area until advised by the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Event Course Director.

What if my child has a medical or physical condition?

On the entry form is a place for you to write down your childs medical or physical condition. We request that you call us on 1800 989 999 and outline the condition if there is not enough room on the entry form. Please make sure the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon team know about it. We need to make sure that you will be safe on the day!

If the child does not feel well during the course of the event they can let a Help Team Volunteer (in a red shirt) or official know straight away. They will be able to look after your child and help them to receive attention from the medical or first aid staff on site.

What happens if it rains?

If it has rained or is raining, and the event can still be conducted safely, the event will go ahead – with possible course adjustments if required. However, if weather conditions before or on the day of the event make it unsafe for the event to proceed, and adjustments cannot be made to make it safe, the event will be cancelled. An event may be cancelled depending on the effect or likely effect of actual or forecast weather conditions.

Please note that the decision to cancel an event is not made lightly and safety is our priority when making this decision including the safety of the children.

Could the event be cancelled?

Yes. It is unlikely, but not impossible. If the event is cancelled before event day, every effort will be made to notify all participants. This will include email notification (to the email address provided when you register) and a notice on the website home page. We recommend you check both email and website tryathlon.com.au before leaving for the event. Even if the weather and everything seems ok, unforeseen incidents may cause a cancellation pre event or on the day.

Please note that the decision to cancel an event is not made lightly and safety is our priority when making this decision including the safety of the children.

Can my child that is 10 years old go into the 11-15 group to participate in a longer distance?

There are guidelines set for triathlon distances that children can participate in based on their age. If an older child wishes to participate in the shorter distance then we are happy to accommodate this too. Please contact 1800 989 999 if your child is 11 and wishes to participate in the 10 year old groups shorter distance. However, we do not allow younger children to participate in the longer distance at Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.

What happens if my child needs to go the toilet?

We suggest that kids go to the toilet before the event starts. If they need to go during the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon and cannot hang on, they can just let a Help Team Volunteer know and they will be able to take them to the toilet. They will be able to rejoin the course at the place where they left.

What if my child gets lost?

It’s highly recommended at the beginning of the day you organise with your child a special spot to go to if they cannot find you or you cannot find them. At each of the events there will be a “Meeting Point” tent that you can go to. Everyone can ask one of the friendly Help Team volunteers (in an official t-shirt) where the ‘Meeting Point’ is. HELP TEAM members are also stationed in the tent to look after “lost” kids and attend to lost parents too.

How does my child find thier bike in the transition area?

Your child will need to remember which row you placed your bike in when you first placed it in the transition area. The transition area is split up into age and gender groups and we use animal symbols and colours to identify each row eg the dog row. So your child can know their area, and marshals are also there to help them.

Why can’t parents take the bike out of transition as soon as kids have finished the bike leg?

Personal safety of our Weet-Bix Kids participants is a priority. We have an obligation to offer all participants the same transition environment free from obstacles and additional people not participating. While participants are on the course, running, or wheeling bikes in transition, there is danger if parents or participants are also trying to extract bikes from the transition area while things are in progress.

So, we ask parents, guardians and participants to wait until the Event Course Director advises through the Event Commentator that transition is open for a particular age group. This is usually after the last bike is parked back in transition for a particular age group. (This is exactly the same process as a grown up’s triathlon.)

Please note that the times will vary, dependent on various abilities on course and also on the number of kids on course. So expect a big field to take a longer time per age category if there are many kids participating.

However, to assist you we do split the smaller events into two groups and the big events into three groups, allowing families to reunite and head home a little earlier, once the fun of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is over.

Why do some age groups have to wait over an hour after we put our bikes into transition to start the swim leg?

The wait time depends on your age, according to your nominated start time and the number of participants in each age group. At events with a large number of participants there will be a longer wait time.

Like the start time the event briefing times also vary according to the number of participants. In an effort to make wait times easier we allow all kids to accompany their parents from Transition until being called into the Briefing, which is immediately before their turn to participate in the swim that opens the TRYathlon course.

Whilst our operating team continually looks to minimise time on course for all participants, we are also very conscious of making safety of your children our number one priority as your child completes the course.

For safety and to ensure each kid has a clear start and can swim the distance regardless of their speed, we start the event in small groups which greatly impacts on the speed at which we can start each age group.

Please be aware, especially if you are participating with more than one family member in different age categories, your time at the venue and on course could be as long as the whole of the Event day morning.

When can my child pick up their bike after they have completed the event?

Bikes may not be collected until all children have finished the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Event Course Director will let you know when the transition area is open. Only one adult may accompany their child into the transition area after the event to collect their bike, and Help Team Volunteers will be available to assist if needed. This is to provide ongoing safety and security at the event.

What happens after the event?

After the kids finish the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon they can have a Weet-Bix “Breakfast of Champions”, meet with their parents, check out some of the fun activities and goodies for sale, listen for the Event Prize Draw announcement and find out if they are a lucky winne or perhaps if their school has won a prize! So remember to stay around the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Village where all the fun of the day continues!

What are the numbers on my child's arms and legs and how do I remove them from my child's skin?

The numbers applied to children between Registration and Transition emulate those applied to triathletes in general competition and are a great part of the overall TRYathlon event experience. They are also used to further identify a child if they lose their event bib and also allow our photographers to sort photos of all the kids in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon into their event number for ease of finding, post event. The numbers are easily removed by spraying on Aerogard and wiping off with tissues or a cloth; baby oil and/or soap and water will also work, but are slower in removing the numbers.