School builds bike track
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.
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.