School builds bike track

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Keep­ing kids healthy is the aim of Pu­taruru Pri­mary School’s bike trail which will be ready for rid­ing by March.

The school’s ‘‘en­er­giser’’ Lee Fitz­patrick has been work­ing on the 1 kilo­me­tre track for more than a year and said once it is com­plete it will trace the perime­ter of the school.

An en­er­giser is hired by the school to pro­mote healthy life­styles in­clud­ing ex­er­cise.

Mrs Fitz­patrick said dig­ging will start early July and the track will be open and ready to host a triathlon on March 22.

The trail has had a mound of sup­port from peo­ple in the com­mu­nity with busi­nesses do­nat­ing money or ma­te­ri­als.

Pu­taruru Pri­mary has also se­cured $5000 fund­ing from the Kiwi Sport Kick Start Fund to buy around 18 moun­tain bikes.

Hel­mets have been do­nated by Bike on NZ.

Mrs Fitz­patrick says the ul­ti­mate goal is to ex­pand the fleet so even­tu­ally whole classes can utilise the track us­ing the school’s bikes.

The bikes will be stored in a school build­ing un­til enough funds are se­cured to buy a con­tainer.

She says the bik­ing com­mu­nity is grow­ing in the South Waikato.

Photo: PET­RICE TARRANT

Bike trail: Lee Fitz­patrick, left, is or­gan­is­ing a moun­tain bike trail at Pu­taruru Pri­mary School to keep kids like Baeleigh Brad­nock, Jahdeen Davis, Sum­mer Ogle-Mikara, Mar­gann McGuire and Ni­cole Lawrence ac­tive and healthy.

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