New sponsors Timedeco will proved the prize watches for the next event in the SUPERKIDZ series, the running race on Sunday, September 1, and will continue to support the series in the later dualthlon and triathlon races.
Phuket-based yachting firm Lee Marine has also become a cash sponsor for Thanyapura’s Plus One corporate responsibility programme, which support local Thai athletes to come and train with Thanyapura’s triathlon coaches each week.
The SUPERKIDZ team are currently planning the course for the series duathlon on Saturday, October 5, with an eye to maximising the visibility of the event for spectators and pushing some boundaries for athletes who want to race on a great route.
The SUPERKIDZ coaches took a group of about 20 youngsters over the duathlon course this week, where they tackled a few hills and had a lot of fun.
Thanyapura Triathlon Academy head coach Tim Jardine has started planning the logistics for the SUPERKIDZ Duathlon and Triathlon courses, and hopes to encourage involvement from the Thalang community with a race event that leads through several local villages, so people will be able to come out and cheer as the races are held.
Olympic triathlon coach Chris Pilone from New Zealand and Bangkok duathlon winner Ricky Phanlitp have been assisting with the running training for the SUPERKIDZ competitors
The final course details will be confirmed next month, but Thanyapura anounced the duathlon distances this week: juniors (age 6 to 8 years) will run 500 metres, cycle 3 kilometres, and run a final 500 metres; intermediates (9 to 12 years): run 1 km, cycle 6 km, run 1 km; and seniors (13 to 18 years) and adults (18+): 1.5 km, 10 km, 1.5km.
Training sessions with the SUPERKIDZ team are being held at Thanyapura each week:
Cycling: Tuesday and Thursday 4pm to 5:15pm.
Running: Monday 4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 5pm to 6.30pm.
Swimming: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8.30am.
The training programme costs B600 for all the training sessions in a day, or B2400 for all the training session in the week. Thanyapura is also holding a new learn-to-swim programme for local villagers in Thalang to encourage participation in the SUPERKIDZ Triathlon Series events.
The SUPERKIDZ Triathlon series, presented by Class Act Media, commenced in June with an aquathlon race at at Thanyapuras’s world-standard 50-metre-pool and running track.
The inaugural SUPERKIDZ series features three more race days: the running race on Sunday, September 1; the duathlon on Saturday, October 5; and the full triathlon race on Saturday, March 8, 2014.