Athletes ready to give it a ‘tri’

by Andy Bryenton

Kai Iwi lakes will once again host a challenging triathlon event on February 22, in what has become an annual pilgrimage for athletes to the picturesque Kaipara location.

The 2020 Fireco Kai Iwi Lakes Triathlon comprises swimming, cycling and running in the environs of Taharoa Domain, and attracts competitors from all around New Zealand.

Sport Northland, who host the event, is confident of another excellent turnout as in previous years. A raft of generous supporters including Fireco, Silver Fern Farms and the Kaipara District Council have made the event possible — now it’s up to the athletes to give it 100 per cent.

The return of the short course and the addition of a Try a Tri course have proven popular options, with big support for these ‘sprint plus’ and ‘mini’ events on social media.

The new Try a Tri event comprises a 100m swim, nine-kilometre cycle and two-kilometre run. The main short course event ups the ante with a 350m swim, nine-kilometre cycle and three and a half kilometre run. Meanwhile, the Sprint + Tri presents the challenge of a 350m swim, 20-kilometre cycle and nine-kilometre run. There are also options for children to take part in suitably sized competitions for their age groups.

Kai Iwi Lakes has proven a top drawcard for tourism this summer, with the hot weather seeing campground full to capacity through the entire season.

There’s still time for both adults, students and children to log on and compete at, or plan a day at the lakes watching the action from the start-finish line at Pine Beach.