kids duathlon
On your marks, get set, go…Competitors take off in the five and six-year-old girls’ race at a Goldfields Duathlon event. Photo Supplied

Grab the sneakers and bike, the Goldfields Duathlon is returning following a year’s absence.

Covid chaos curtailed last year’s event, and the parent fundraising committee at Goldfields Primary School has made the call to push play this Sunday to ensure competitors don’t miss out two years on the trot.

Fundraising committee chair Natasha Sinclair says it’s a great family day out.

Participants are encouraged to give it a go and have fun competing with and against their mates.

“There’s been plenty of things that our kids have missed out on over the past 18 months, so we’re so excited to be able to host this event for our community again this year.”

Youngsters aged from preschool to 13 years are invited to take part in the biking and running race, and there’s the option for them to grab a mate and compete as part of a team or take up the challenge solo.

Courses start from a 50-metre bike, 50-metre run for the youngest competitors, through to a three-kilometre bike, two-kilometre run for the 11 to 13 year olds.

Careful planning by teaching staff and parent volunteers means the school is able to run the event under Alert level two Covid restrictions, but community support is needed to keep everyone safe.

Adults and young people 12 years and over must wear masks, although masks can be removed to run and bike.

There’s two QR codes that will need scanning, one is the school’s QR code and a requirement for the Ministry of Education, the second the QR code for the event for the Ministry of Health.

Alongside the racing, Mr Whippy will be in attendance, and a coffee van, offering some extra motivation to get little and big people alike to the start line.

The duathlon will be held on Sunday, October 31, at Goldfields Primary School, 25 Gilling Place, Cromwell. Registration is from 9am, with the first race at 10am.

Enter online https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/goldfields-school-kids-duathlon/cromwell or in-person on the day (although pre-registrations are preferred for health and safety planning).