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Helping kids go virtual at Leeds


Due to popular demand, the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds Virtual Challenge is now open to anyone aged 8 and above.

Launched in early June, the challenge has seen over 4,000 participants aged 15+ sign up to complete one of the three duathlon distances available between 20 and 26 July.

Now, the organisers are delighted to launch a children’s challenge where children from age eight will complete a 10km bike and 3.75km run across the week.

For participants under 15, recommendations on how far they can complete in one session have been put in place depending on the TriStar group they come under and are listed in the table below.

These recommendations will allow them to spread out the running and cycling during the week, helping to protect them from injury by going too far in one session.

Age group Born between Max bike only session Max run only session
TriStar Start (8 years) 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2012 1500m 600m
TriStar 1 (9-10 years) 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2011 4km 1.6km
TriStar 2 (11-12 years) 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009 6km 2.2km
TriStar 3 (13-14 years) 01/01/2006 - 31/12/2007 8km 2.8km

The AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds Virtual Challenge gives participants the chance to complete a duathlon challenge by completing their chosen distance during the week in late July. Everyone who meets their distance will receive a bespoke 2020 medal to celebrate and commemorate the challenge.

To  find out more about the challenge and to sign up, click on the button below.

Wayne Coyle, Event Director of AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds, said: “The event has a proud history of welcoming young triathletes to take part and it’s great that we’re now able to open the virtual challenge to anyone aged 8+.

“We want to make sure that children can take part safely and enjoyable, and the recommendations on how far they can run and cycle in one go are there to do just this.”

Jenny Vincent, Head of Participation at British Triathlon, said: “It’s really exciting that this great challenge is now open for children to join their parents and take on the challenge together and have a family medal moment.

“Increasing children and young people’s participation in the sport is really important to British Triathlon and this is a great way to help them get stay involved in the sport during lockdown or get involved for the first time.”


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