FAQS – Kids






What's the event about?

A fun duathlon just for kids aged 6-18 years. You get to run/walk, bike, and then do another run/walk to a spectacular finish!

This duathlon is all about having a go and making it to that finishing banner! We want you to try your best, have a go and most of all have lots of fun.

How old do I have to be?

You must be aged between 6-18 years, we have increased the age range again this year due to requests from older and younger kids!

What are the distances?

There are two different distances so that everyone can join in. You are welcome to do either race whatever your age, however, we expect that you will choose the event according to your age.

Event Run/walk Cycle Run/walk
Course 1 1 km 3 km 1 km
Course 2 2 km 5.5 km 1 km

Where will the event be?

The event will be at the Brancott Estate, Main Entrance, 180 Brancott Road, Fairhall (same venue as Marlborough Wine & Food Festival). You will be running and cycling on the gravel roads and some grass all within the vineyard.

How do I enter?

Your parent or guardian can enter you online here.

It is important to register as soon as you can after 20 July, as places are limited.

Can I enter on the day?
No, there are no entries on the day.  To ensure that everyone can participate safely and has a good time we need to know in advance how many children will be taking part before the day.

When do entries close?

Entries close on Thursday 23 September 2021

What should I bring?

Your race number - if you have already picked this up. A bike helmet and bike. We recommend that you get these checked at a cycle shop before the event. A pair of running shoes - no bare feet will be allowed on the course! Sun screen and a hat or cap. Warm clothes for after the event. Healthy snacks like fresh fruit and drinks for when you need some energy!

Bring your own reusable drink bottle.  There will be water available to refill your bottle.

Most important of all, a positive attitude and a big smile for the cameras and proud Mums and Dads! Please name everything you bring!

If you don't have a bike please contact us as we have some available for kids to borrow for the day.

How should I prepare?

Get your bike and helmet checked over in plenty of time before the event.  Remember the course is not suitable for training wheels, so practice without them if you're still learning to ride a bike.

Make sure your bag is packed the night before so you don't have to worry about finding things on the morning of the event!


How do I get my race number?

You will be given your race number and your t-shirt if you have ordered one, at the race number collection.  Your race number will also have your name printed on it.

Pre-race day: It's best if you pick up your race pack before the event so you have nothing to worry about on the day. You can do this on Friday 24 September from 3-6.00pm and Saturday25 September from 9.30am-2pm, at Harcourts Marlborough on Scott St, Blenheim.

On the day: You can pick up your race pack on the day at the venue between 8.30-9.00am

Can kids share bikes?

You can share your bike with a friend or someone in your family as long as you are not in the same race! There will be a 'shared bikes' area in transition and you need to make sure you pick up and return your bike here, so that the next person will know where to find it. Good job for being so kind!

Can my parents help me?

Your parent or guardian (one adult only) can help set up your bike and helmet in the transition area before the event. Once this is ready, your parent or guardian must leave the transition area. There will be lots of friendly volunteers that will help you along the way whenever you need them. Once the event is completely finished, you are allowed to have one parent only come into the transition area to help you collect your bike.

What do I need to do when I arrive on the day?

It is important that you arrive on time. If you need to collect your race pack on the day, you must do this first.

You must place your bike in the transition area before 9.00am. The event officials will tell you how and where to rack your bike.

Make sure you warm up before the event. Pay attention to the instructions and rules that will be given to you before the event in the race briefing. Keep drinking a little water to make sure you don't get dehydrated. Familiarize yourself with the transition area and all exits and entries.

What time do we have to turn up on the day?

The site will be open from 8.00am. Mum and Dad will need plenty of time to park and you will need time to relax before starting. Allow at least a half-hour for putting your bike into the transition area.

When does my race start?

Course 1 starts at 9.30am. Course 2 starts from 10.15am or when the last runners in the first race finish.

Should I eat before I come to the duathlon?

Yes! We suggest that you eat something light before the event. Some fruit and yoghurt, cereal, porridge or toast should help to settle your tummy and give you energy.

What happens if it's raining?

The event still goes ahead rain or shine. You will have just as much fun if it's wet! Bring a change of warm named clothes.

Can I go in the longer event for more of a challenge?

Absolutely! This is NOT a race. You can enter whichever event you feel more comfortable with.

What about prizes?

There is a sports prize that will be won by the school with the most entries (based on roll). So go ahead and get all your schoolmates to come along - you may win that prize! There are also lots of spot prizes in both age groups and of course everyone gets a goodie bag!

What if I get lost?

It's probably a good idea at the beginning of the day to organise with your parents a special spot to go to if you or your parents get lost. You can go to the registration tent if you can't find Mum or Dad. Just ask one of the friendly volunteers where the 'Meeting Point' is.

How do I find my bike in the transition area?

You will need to remember which row you placed your bike in when you first placed it in the transition area. These rows will be marked boy / girl and in ages. Remember there is no rush at transition, so don't worry if it takes you a little while to find your bike and head off.

What happens at the end of the event?

Every finisher receives some goodies right after they cross the line. Some lucky competitors will also receive a spot prize. At the end of your event, go to the registration tent and check the board to see winners of the spot prizes.  Also don't be surprised if Mum and Dad are really proud of you (and are really embarrassing)!!