The Elgin-Grabouw Country Club was bustling with excitement on Friday, 23 February 2018 when 458 eager junior triathletes toed the line at the water’s edge of the Eikenhof Dam ready to participate in the action of the much anticipated Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race.
“The Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race was the perfect start to a weekend of fun filled XTERRA racing,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Action packed from start to finish the kid’s race is always the source of much excitement. It was heartwarming to see moms, dads, grandparents and siblings supporting the junior XTERRA warriors from start to finish. We are thankful for the support and look forward to welcoming back all junior XTERRA Warriors in 2019.”
“It’s always a pleasure for us to welcome our younger XTERRA Warriors to the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw; the biggest XTERRA in the world. The enthusiasm with which these aspiring off-road triathletes tackle their events ensures that they always have an amazing experience in the water, on the bike and on the trail run. Our Kids event provides a great, fun day out for children who are keen on an active lifestyle,” remarks Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth.
Three Race Options
Junior XTERRA Warriors could choose between three age group categories when entering the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race: 6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run), 9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run) or 12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run).
Nick Etherton (age 8) took part in his third Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race on the day. “XTERRA is fun. I really like winning.”
Caleb Hunter (age 7) is no stranger to the Fedhealth XERRA Kids Race. “My three brothers are also taking part today. I like running. The mountain biking was fun, but hard. I really enjoy XTERRA.”
Klara du Plessis (age 7) had a fun time on route. “The event was fun. I enjoyed the mountain-biking the most. I’ll definitely come back next year.”
According to Ethan Hunter (age 11), the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids race isn’t too hard. “XTERRA is fun. I like it because it isn’t insanely hard. I like the mountain-biking the most.”
Andrew Bosch (age 14) travelled all the way from Port Elizabeth to take part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race. “My dad is taking part in the XTERRA Full tomorrow. XTERRA is amazing. I love the mountain biking the most. XTERRA is the best event ever. I definitely want to take part next year again.”