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Transfield Triathlon at Cooks Beach in February.

29 December 2014

Cooks Beach is the venue for the first ever Transfield Triathlon which is open to adults and children aged 8 and older, taking place at 10am on Sunday 1 February 2015

Devised by Mercury Bay Sports Park coordinator Sue Costello and Sport Waikato there are short and long courses to cater for different ages and fitness levels. The short course involves a 300m swim, 12km bike and 5km run. The long course is a 500m swim, 25km bike and 5km run.

"Last year we held our first triathlon in Whitianga from Robinson Rd," says Sue. "We had a good turnout with 85 adults and children competing. This year we wanted to make the event a little more challenging, which is why there is a long option available. We also want to try and get 100 people signed up this time around," says Sue.

The swim is along Cooks Beach, which the Hot Water Beach Surf Lifesaving Club will marshal. The short bike and run will be around Cooks Beach but the long bike option will take competitors out around the Hahei Loop.  Thanks to Whitianga Lions Club for their assistance with road marshalling.

"We're extremely grateful to both organisations for their assistance, along with The Mercury Bay Community Board, which has given a $2400 grant toward the event," says Sue.

"We also want to thank Transfield for being our official sponsor and taking care of the  traffic management and safety plans.

Entry fees are $25 for individual and $30 for a team with any profits going back to the volunteer groups helping on the day and developing the event for the following year. Entries received before 18 January will receive an event T-shirt.

"We'd really like businesses, sports codes and individuals young and old in our community to join together and take up the challenge," says Sue.

“It's also great to be able to provide a community triathlon locally," says Justine Baverstock, Sport Waikato Regional Sports Coordinator.  "The popularity of the Weetbix Tryathlons show how keen kids are to try the sport of triathlon.  Now people don’t have to leave the Coromandel to experience this particular sport."

If there is any cancellation it will be notified on Coromandel FM at 8am on the day or just check our Facebook page

Holiday activities to keep you active.

Here's some other things to look out for over the holidays;

  • 5 January  - KiwiSport Fun Day at the Beach Pauanui - look out for the Green Kiwi Sport Flags by the Surf Club, 10am – 1pm. Sports include Cricket, Football and Golf.
  • 6 January - KiwiSport Fun Day at the Beach Whangamata  - look out for the Green Kiwi Sport Flags by the Surf Club, 10am – 1pm.  Sports include Cricket, Football, Golf.
  • 14 January Great Race - Kauaeranga Visitor Centre in conjunction with DOC’s summer time programme. Use your navigation and clue finding skills to answer various questions based around the centre.
  • 15 January SNAG Golf, Cricket and Orienteering Holiday Programme Thames High School, 10 - 2pm.  Contact Adam 021902466.
  • 17 January – Whitianga Junior Tennis Open.  Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park or contact Sue Costello.
  • 21 January Piraunui guided walk in conjunction with DOC summer time programme.  Leaving from the Kauaeranga Visitors Centre this walk climbs a gentle gradient up to the Kopu Hikuai Road with fabulous views across the valley.  Cool off with a refreshing swim in Shag Stream when we return.

Whangamata Holiday Programme by Kelly Sports

  • January 5 – 16.  Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm, half day options available.  Fun sports and activity sessions.  Children 5 – 13 years. 
  • email: Facebook: Kelly Sports Waikato Phone: 078399017