The elite level triathlon returns to New Plymouth on Sunday.
A revamped version of the Tri Taranaki festival will take place on Sunday at Ngāmotu beach.
The annual festival, which would normally attract athletes from around the world, will feature New Zealand Schools races, the Taranaki Trier, age group sprint races and an Oceania Continental Cup for athletes from elite while some work on selection for the Commonwealth Games.
Event Director Shanelle Barrett was happy to be able to continue the event.
“It’s taken many months of thinking about how we could continue under the red lights, but we’re confident in our abilities to put on a safe event that everyone will love,” she said.
* The controversial idea of the bus park launched by the board committee
* Covid-19: Already struggling, New Plymouth restaurant owners push back on road closures for high-profile triathlon events
* Hundreds of triathletes, run, bike and swim in New Plymouth
“We are delighted to be able to continue welcoming New Zealand school triathlon champions to the Tri Taranaki festival. We have worked closely with the School Sport NZ team and with 80% of their calendar canceled since March 2020, we were all eager to try and organize an event for our amazing young triathletes.
“That being said, we all have the safety and well-being of our youngsters in mind, which is why strict guidelines have been established for the event to ensure everyone has an enjoyable but safe experience in New Plymouth. .”
Races start at 8:00 a.m. and elite men and women must race at 1:40 p.m.