Eastern Shore youngsters tackle KidFit triathlon

CHILDREN from across the Eastern Shore and surrounding areas descended on Lauderdale late last month to tackle one of the state’s largest multi-sport events – the Bupa KidFit Triathlon Series.

Now in its 19th year, the annual event is supported by ‘Life. Be in it.’ and Bupa and offers children the opportunity to challenge themselves while having fun.

Held on Sunday 25 February, the 2018 event saw whole families get involved with a kid’s triathlon, family fun run and family zone of activities run by local sporting groups.

AFL legend and Bupa Australia’s head of market development Peter Hudson said the event was a “great way” for families to be active together in a friendly environment.

“It’s a way for kids to have fun with their families and create lifelong memories together,” he said.

“It’s been fantastic to see the positive impact that this event has had on Tasmanian families over the years and this is now being passed on to the next generation.

“We’ve had some parents come up to us to tell us that they used to take part in the triathlon as youngsters and now they’re bringing their kids along.

“It’s a great day out.”

Over the course of the event’s 19-year history, an estimated 20,000 kids have participated, swimming a combined distance of 2000-kilometres, riding 30,000-kilometres and running more than 12,000-kilometres.

The Team Family Fun Run was open for all ages and took participants on a choice of either a one-kilometre or two-kilometre loop course.

The event was free though a gold coin donation, which was donated to the local Little Athletics club.

Life. Be in it. Tasmania state manager Stephen Dimsey said the series encouraged Tasmanian families to get together, have fun and improve their health and wellbeing.

“The events were designed for all abilities so everyone can get involved,” he said.

“It encourages families to get into healthier habits together and shows that this can be achieved in fun, simple ways.

“Good health and wellbeing habits are shown to give kids the best start in life and ultimately reduce long-term chronic health risks.”

For more information, visit www.kidfitseries.com.au.

Caption: Local children put their best foot forward at the recent Bupa KidFit Triathlon Series, held in Lauderdale in late February.

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