On your marks at Puketaha

Champions, each and every one

It’s a 9.30am start for all those taking part in the annual Puketaha School Duathlon – and there’s still time to get yourself in at the starting line.

Teacher Natalie Jones says entries will be taking right up to the event.  “It’s all about participation and getting involved.”

Everyone is invited – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbours, teachers and principals.  “For a change, the children can support the adults, and cheer them on.”

About 150 took part in last year’s event, and everyone who enters gets a goodie race pack, she says.

Starting from Puketaha School, the event begins with a 1.5km run, then a 12km bike ride, ending with a 3km run.  Those of a slightly less energetic nature can opt for a 6km walk up the road.

“This was introduced last year and certainly appeals to some.  But it’s really not too exhausting, great for those just starting out, and excellent training for the more experienced.  There are lots of spot prizes, and places for first, second and third in all categories.”

The Duathlon can be done solo, or in a team, for a $25 entry fee.

A sausage sizzle and drinks will be available at the school, with face painting and sign making for kids.

“So they can help spur on their adults.  It’s a great community day, I took part three years ago and was impressed at how much fun it was.”

Click here for entry forms, and further details.

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