Family fun at Whanau Tri
It was a family affair as the Whanau Tri returned for its fourth year in Palmerston North.
More than 500 people took up the challenge to swim, bike and run at the annual event at Ongley Park on Sunday.
Sport Manawatu chief executive Trevor Shailer said the day had gone well.
‘‘It is about getting everyone active and that lifelong love of sport and recreation.’’
Shailer said there had been some nerves from those doing it for the first time, but they had turned into feelings of accomplishment.
‘‘It is not about winning, it is about getting amongst it.’’
Shailer said it was an event for all ages.
‘‘You see the kids being really proud of mum and dad being active.’’
James Wall completed the full triathlon for the second time, and was joined by his mum, daughter and partner who also took part.
Wall said he had done similar events when he was young, but that had dropped off as he got older.
‘‘I never thought I’d be able to do something like this.’’
Wall’s partner Hayley Kemp said she was pleased with her efforts and said it was a great event.
‘‘It is all ages, anyone can do it.’’
Kemp said she had a feeling of pride as she crossed the finish line and would be back next year.
Kohae Cherrington, 9, was one of the youngest to take on the full individual triathlon.
It was his second go at the Whanau Tri and he was happy with his race.
‘‘It is all about having fun. It is also cool, just the whole experience.’’
Sport Manawatu active communities adviser Taylor Hakaraia-Woon said they ran a programme preparing people for the triathlon.
The goal was to encourage people who did not exercise or had fallen away from it to get back into it, he said.
One lady had been pre-diabetic and could not walk 30 metres without being puffed, he said.
Since training she had lost weight, and was no longer prediabetic.
‘‘Her confidence has gone through the roof. She believes in herself.’’
Subtle changes became big ones, he said.
Rihari Shedlock, 4, Rawiri Shedlock and Te Tiwha Shedlock, 5, test the gold at the finish line.