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Port Nelson Kauri Kids Aquathon

March 25th 2012

Port Nelson

All entrants will receive a free event t-shirt*

Run the Kauri Trail of the Centre of New Zealand, then climb over the NBS inflatable obstacle course (includes extra challenges laid out by the Nelson Cadets), before heading to Riverside Pool to swim two lengths.

The Kauri Trail course is modified from the course used in previous years due to the damage caused by December's flooding on the original track.  You will still pass a Kauri Tree on the trail!

Open to Teams or Individuals in Years 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 only.

Year 4 & 5 entrants will complete one lap of the Kauri Trail, Year 6, 7 & 8 will complete two laps.

* All entrants receive a t-shirt included in their entry (for entries received by March 15th). Please indicate preferred size on your entry form.  Entries received after March 15th cannot be guaranteed a t-shirt (as we have to order these in for a print run).  We have limited old stock of shirts (which are depleting rather quickly - sizes remaining at present are size 6 and size 14).

What is an Aquathon?
Aqua - meaning water - means a swim. This will be the second discipline of the Aquathon and will be two lengths of Riverside Pool
Aquathon - sounds like triathlon and duathlon - yep, that's right, it is similar to a triathlon, but instead of having three different disciplines (swim, cycle and run) we have two. A run up the Kauri Trail of the Centre of New Zealand then a swim at Riverside Pool.

Technically we could call it a Triathlon as there kind of are three disciplines - you will also get to climb over the NBS Obstacle course.
There will also be a transition to go through and a second run/walk as you make your way from the Botanical Reserve to Riverside Pool. (The swimmer in the team entry will do the second run/walk).

Get the whole family involved - train together, achieve together in 2012!

Port Nelson Blokes' Day Out - Sunday March 25th (am)
Taylors Nelson Women's Triathlon - Sunday April 1st

 

Event Categories:
Years 4 & 5 Individual
Years 6, 7 & 8 Individual

Years 4 & 5 Team
Years 6, 7 & 8 Team

Year 4 & 5 entrants will complete one lap of the Kauri Trail, Year 6, 7 & 8 will complete two laps.

The team registration will be taken from the oldest year group of the team, ie if you have both Year 5 and Year 6 members, then the team will be entered into the Year 6, 7 & 8 Team category.

Event Registration:
Registration at the Botanical Reserve (bottom of the Centre of NZ track, off Milton St) on race day.
Registration will open at 1.00pm and close at 1.45pm

Briefing:
There will be a compulsory briefing for all entrants at 1.45pm.

Start:
From 2pm
Wave starts will depend on numbers in each entry category - we will post start times closer to event date.
All participants will have started by 2.20pm

Race Entry:
Entry to the 2012 Port Nelson Kauri Kids Aquathon is NOW OPEN

You can enter online or by completing an entry form and sending it in to us at Nelson Events, PO Box 129, Nelson, 7040 - click the Entry tab on the right of the screen for more information on how to enter.

Individual $20
Team $30 ($15 per individual)

All entrants receive a t-shirt included in their entry (for entries received by March 15th). Please indicate preferred size on your entry form.  Entries received after March 15th cannot be guaranteed a t-shirt (as we have to order these in for a print run).

UPDATE: We have limited old stock of shirts (which are depleting rather quickly - sizes remaining at present are size 6 and size 14).

You must be capable of swimming two lengths of Riverside Pool before entering as an individual (or swim section Team entry).
Riverside Pool is 30 metres in length and half of this will be over your head in depth.  Lifeguards are present if you get into difficulty.

Prizes and Prizegiving
There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs in 2012.
Prizegiving will be back at The Botanics at approximately 3pm once all competitors have finished.

Supervision
Parents - please note that we are unable to supervise your child. There must be a designated caregiver accompany your child before they start, and be there when they finish at Riverside Pool to help them get back to the Botanics for prizegiving.

Why do an Aquathon?
As well as doing a aquathon, you'll have great fun and get to compete with your friends.
In your race bag you will receive your special Kauri Kids T-Shirt and certificate

Do I need to train?
No training is required, all you need to be able to do is swim and run. Help is available on the day if you need it. However, if you want to prepare, practice each element of the aquathon and focus on the hard part - the transition.
This is the bit where you move from one activity to the other as quickly as possible.
Try taking off and putting on your shoes as fast as you can. The more times your try this, the easier it will be on the day. Maybe get yourself some elastic shoe laces so you don't have to tie those double bows!

Safety Tips:
When running make sure you don't clip the heels of the person in front, and save some energy for the climb over the NBS Obstacle Course.
As you come into the first transition place your shoes carefully in your age group area and please remember where you left them. There will be crew members in the transition area to help you get your shoes on and off (especially tying your laces).  After climbing off the NBS Obstacle Course return to your shoes quickly, and put them back on for the dash to the pool - don't forget your goggles if you're going to wear them.

Be careful, crossing the road we have marshals to aid you, but always check before crossing the road. Listen carefully to their instructions.
Cross the bridge and follow the path along the river to the Riverside Pool.

In the second transition place your shoes and clothing carefully in your age group area.

When you start the swim remember not to run by the edge of the swimming pool as if you slip your race could be over. You can only WALK in the pool area.

Give yourself lots of space when you're swimming. Goggles will help you see underwater if you have them!

You will swim down the pool, then at the end of your first length will go under the lane rope and then swim up to do your second length.  

All that stands between you and the finish tape are two lengths of the pool so dig in deep, you're nearly there!

Smile as you exit the pool - you are now An official KAURI KID!

Stage 1 - Running
This is the first bit of your race, the start is tough go easy and settle into your rhythm. If you are feeling a bit tired, take your time. Remember, this is not a race, it is about doing your best. Look where you are going and focus on getting round the loop.

Transition One
To get on the NBS Obstacle Course you will need to take your shoes off. Place your shoes in your age group area as quickly as you can.

Stage 2 - The NBS Obstacle Course
This is the fun part, take your time and watch out for others. Follow the instructions of the course marshalls and navigate your way through the obstacles laid out by the Nelson Cadets and the NBS inflatable obstacle course.

Transition Two
When you get off the NBS Obstacle Course head round to the transition area and locate your shoes and googles.

Stage 3 - Swimming
An Aquathon ends with the swim. You will be swimming with lots of other kids, so make sure you focus on your swim, keep an eye on the end of the pool and don't worry about anyone else. There will be life guards on hand - if you need them they will be there.  You will swim down one length of the pool, then at the end, you will go under the lane rope and then swim back up the pool.

The Finish
Smile - you've made it!

Entries will be taken on the day from 1.00pm - 1.25pm for late entries

Please download the entry form and bring with entry fee to the Botanics Registration Tent

Download entry form

Keen to train up for the Port Nelson Kauri Kids Aquathon?
Well done! You've made the first step and have set yourself the goal of completing the Aquathon either in a team or as an individual entrant.

No training is required, all you need to be able to do is swim and run. If you want to prepare, practice each element of the aquathon and focus on the hard part - the transition.
This is the bit where you move from one activity to the other as quickly as possible.
Try taking off and putting on your shoes as fast as you can. The more times your try this, the easier it will be on the day. Maybe get yourself some elastic shoe laces so you don't have to tie those double bows!

Try to do some kind of physical activity every day - this might be sports class at school, or playing a bit of basketball at lunchtime or walking to and from school. Train with your friends and get your parents involved.

You will swim two lengths of Riverside Pool so why not get a group of you together and head down to Riverside Pool during their public swimming hours and get some practice in.
Monday - Friday 9.30-12pm or 1.30-5pm
Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm

The Port Nelson Kauri Kids Aquathon is held in central Nelson.

We recommend parents park in Bridge, Nile or lower Milton Street and walk through to the start to avoid congestion and to keep the course safe.

Congratulations to all kauri kids of 2012!

Awesome effort today - we were super impressed with you all.

Provisional 2012 Results

There was one team that started in a different wave - can you please email us at admin@nelsonevents.co.nz and we can make sure we have your wave start time correct (allowing correct time calculation for your certificate).

Photos will be available from www.shuttersport.co.nz soon

Age Group & Team Category Winners - Kauri Trees will be on their way to your school soon.
Provisional Results
School with most entrants:  St Joesphs Nelson
Year 4:  Male: Dion Taikato, Wakefield School, 15:27.  Female: Tatiana Keogan, Hampden Street, 15:44. 
Year 5: Male: 1st equal - Jacob Patel (Nelson Central) and Owen Barnett (St Josephs), 14:18. Female: Eloise Beattie, Henley, 14:57. 
Year 6: Male: Jonny Lewis, Nelson Central, 20:51.  Female: Amelia Abbott, Hampden Street, 20:27. 
Year 7 & 8: Male: Max Meffan, Nelson College Prep, 17:26.  Female: Demi Salton, Waimea Intermediate, 23:20. 
TEAMS. 
Year 4&5: Josh Flowers and Lily Campbell, Richmond Primary, 19:04. 
Year 6, 7, & 8: Omar Drummond (Nn Intermediate) & Daniel Wopereis (St Joesphs), 25:35. 

 

Previous Results

2011 Results

2010 Results

2009 Individual Results

2009 Team Results


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