Tri a Kids Triathlon or Fun Run – there are plenty of events about!

Bowen Junior Triathlon

I’ve just spent the last couple of months working on a local community Kids Triathlon in my small town of Bowen, North Queensland.   I volunteer to run it each year and it’s quite inspiring to see our youngsters challenging themselves both physically and mentally to complete a mini triathlon. We have kids as young as 4 years old doing their first ever event and the joy on their faces when they complete the course is just priceless.

Junior Triathlete

For the younger athletes ( 7 & Under), they do a wade in the sea of about 25m, then transition out to collect their bikes and ride 500m.  After that, they head back to transition to deposit their bikes and run 200m to the finish line.

What I love about many of these kids events is that they are totally participation based. They are all winners! Most events like these reward your child’s efforts with a coveted medal and often some merchandise and a few goodies from sponsors to put a big smile on their face.

It is definitely a daunting prospect for some children. Whether it’s a mini triathlon (swim, bike & ride) or duathlon (bike & ride). Aquathon (swim and run) or fun run, it is challenging to be around lots of other children, push yourself harder than you’ve ever done before and try something totally new.  But, the benefits are immeasurable.

Often these events can be done in a team too, so they can try just one part of the event as their first taste of the activity with their mates.  It’s also great at building friendship bonds.

Here’s a few events that are coming up in Queensland for kids:

Bike Park




Every Saturday Parkrun

Location:  Various locations around Australia

Start time: Various

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and  people of every ability are encouraged to take part; from walkers or those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; all are welcomed.  This is a perfect outdoor activity for Mums & Dads with buggies too!

Sunday 6th  Great Barrier Reef 2.3km Star FM Junior Challenge

Location:  Port Douglas, N. Queensland

Start Time:  9am

This is a free event and you can register on the day. This race encourages all shapes, sizes and ages, visitors and locals to join in the fun and dress up or down in the name of the raising money for research for the Great Barrier Reef. Prizes on the day will be on offer for the most outstanding entrants. Winners of each age group for girls and boys will win trophies and every junior will take home a ribbon and certificate.

Sunday 13th Xrace Gold Coast 

Location:  Gold Coast

Start Time: Nippers at 9.40am  Main Start at 10am

XRACE is a mystery adventure race where parent and child aged 6-14 race together, locate and complete 10 mystery challenges; racing the clock and all the other family teams with the fastest and luckiest crowned XRACE champion. The challenges are where the magic is delivered – all designed to strengthen family bonds and deliver bucket-loads of self-esteem to the kids.  Distance covered is about 4km.

Cost for the nippers is $15, Main event: $95 for 2 person(parent and child) or $125 for 2 teams of 2 from one family.

Sunday 13th Hamilton Island Fujifilm Junior Triathlon & Splash and Dash

Location:  Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

Start Time: 7am

This event is for kids aged 4 – 14 years on the beautiful Hamilton Island.  There is a Triathlon of different distances depending on ability or a Splash and Dash (no bike required).  They swim in the resort pool. Cost is $30 and you get a race pack, race singlet and medal for all the competitors.

Saturday 12th Kawana Aquathon

Location:  Kawana Waters, Sunshine Coast

Start Time:  from 9.30am

There are different distances for different age categories with the mini aquathon for 7 – 9 year olds consisting of a 100m swim and 5oom run. Cost is $20.

Sunday 13th  Kool Kids Tri Series

Location:  Kawana Waters, Sunshine Coast

Start Time:  from 6.45am

This event is part of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series and is for kids aged 7 – 14 years. Cost is $39.50

Sunday 20th Hinterland Junior Bolt

Location: Tamborine Mountain Sports Centre

Start Time: 9am

This event is part of the the Hinterland Sports Festival on Tamborine Mountain, celebrating its 14th year, and welcoming participants from all areas.  In addition to the sports, there are several celebrations and educational activities throughout the mountain community – as well as FREE celebrations including outdoor movies on the mountain. Entry is $15 online, $20 on the day.

Bowen Triathlon




Sunday 11th Kool Kids Tri Series

Location: Raby Bay, Nr. Brisbane   Start Time: from 6.45am

This event is Round 4 of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series and is for kids aged 7 – 14 years.  Cost is $39.50


Why don’t you see if your youngster would like to give one of these events a go this year?   I’d love to hear all about it if you do.

Kes Reid

4 replies
  1. Danielle says:

    My 4 year old daughter participated in the Bowen triathlon and absolutely loved it! The swim definitely was not her strongest leg but she thoroughly enjoyed the ride (training wheels and streamers attached) and powered home in the run. The support from spectators was encouraging and kept her going. The event was extremely well organised and was very professionally run. Thanks Kes for all that you do for our community!

  2. Belinda Farley says:

    Thanks again for a fantastic Saturday morning at the Junior Triathlon. Hayden and Hannah thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have said that they would love to do it again next year! The work that you and your team put in did not go unnoticed either…incredible feat! All credit to you and everyone involved! Well done!


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