Kapiti Women’s Triathlon Count Down

By Evelyn Williamson and Roger Childs

 Last year’s event saw just under 600 women achieve their goals, many making positive life changes and habits that have seen them go on to lead healthier and more rewarding lives. Evelyn Williamson, Kapiti Women’s Triathlon  (KWT)  Event Director

Closing in on race day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s great to see so many women swimming, running and riding round the district in training for the KWT. This year’s running of the iconic Kapiti sporting event will take place on Sunday 2nd March.

You still have time to take part, however entries close on Tuesday 25 February.

Saturday 1 March from 2-3pm: Registration & Event pack pick up at Raumati Swim Club Clubrooms, behind Raumati Pool, located in Marine Gardens. (There is also access off Garden Road.)

Sunday 2 March: 7.30- 8.30am for registration and event pack pick up  if you couldn’t make it on Saturday.

Lisa TamatiEvents start at 9.00am with waves for the swim starting at roughly 3 minute intervals.

(Event packs will include safety information, transponders (timing devices), wave start letter, merchandise (if pre-ordered) & other goodies!)

On Thursday evening at cityfitness, legendary ultra-distance runner, Lisa Tamati, gave an entertaining motivational talk peppered with video clips of some of her epic events. She made the point that you don’t have to have talent to  succeed in sport but you do  need commitment. Amongst her many words of wisdom and encouragement, she emphasized don’t let anyone say you can’t do it.

Participation first, competition second

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Kapiti Women’s Triathlon (KWT) promotes participation for all females, with options suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. We consider everyone who makes the start line is a winner.  Evelyn Williamson.

The KWT mantra sums up what the event is all about: Inspire, Motivate, ParticipateParticipants can choose from:

  • Triathlon (400 swim, 12km bike, 4km run/walk)
  • ½ Triathlon (200m swim, 6km bike, 2km run/walk)
  • Duathlon (500m run/walk, 12km bike, 4km run/walk)
  • ½ Duathlon (500m run/walk, 6km bike, 2km run/walk)
  • Swim + Cycle (400m swim, 12km cycle)
  • Swim + Run (400m swim, 4km run/walk)
  • Fun Run (4km Run or walk)
  • Teams of 2 & 3 for all events

See the website to enter and for all the details: www.kwt.org.nz


An event with a lot of history

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The KWT has been running since 1983 with over 14,000 women and girls and their families having taken part over the years. It has also involved many community groups, sports clubs, businesses and other organisations.

The event was the brainchild of well known local sporting and environmental personality, Jan Nisbet. At the time she was Recreation Programmer for the Council and responsible for encouraging people to get out and exercise. Having done a couple of triathlons herself where very few women participated, Jan decided to set the wheels in motion for a Raumati based event.

The Kapiti event was the first women-only triathlon in the North Island. In November 1983 there were 299 participants in the inaugural KWT. They

  • ran about 5km: on the sand from Raumati Beach to the S bends then via Tahi St to  the tracks round the south end of the airport and on to Weka Park.
  • cycled about 10km: down Raumati Road, and along Rimu Road, Kapiti Road , Marine Parade, Wharemauku Road, Matatua Road and back to Weka Park.
  • ran about 200m to Raumati Pool.
  • swam about 300m in the pool where officials valiantly tried to felt mark competitors arms as they completed every two laps!
  • ran back to Weka Park to the finish.

A legend was born

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The event was a fantastic success and plenty of community groups were involved with the organisation. The Kapiti Joggers did the run marshalling and the local Cycling Club looked after the biking section.

There was a party atmosphere at Weka Park, and tired finishers were able to relax and picnic on the grass with their families and enjoy the prize giving and spot prize draw. An iconic event was born.

Over the years there have been many modifications and course changes. However in Evelyn’s words It’s come a wee way, but is still really a simple event at heart.

 There have been a few accidents and incidents, such as when an errant marshal sent the cyclists down to the State Highway! However, there have been thousands of very satisfied customers who keep coming back.

 The swim is now in the sea off Raumati Beach and the headquarters and finish are in Marine Gardens.

Give it a go!

Are you looking for a challenge ? Or maybe a group of you want to take on one of New Zealand’s best women’s events together. Evelyn Williamson

So if you haven’t entered yet, you can quickly do so online at www.kwt.org.nz

Remember that the last day for entries is Tuesday 25 February.