Little ones welcome

Landon Korpershoek will be among the youngest Woman’s TRY-athlon and Fun Run participants at the third annual event next month as he joins mum Laura Korpershoek in the fun run event. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Wellbeing. Eight-week-old Landon Korpershoek will likely sleep through the Women’s TRY-athlon and Fun Run next month while mum Laura hits the pavement.

The third annual event offers a 200 metre swim, six kilometre ride and two kilometre run as part of the TRY or the choice of a two or six kilometre fun run, this year with prams.

Having participated in the past two events, Laura will switch her bike for the pram this year and while mother Cynthia Arnold is usually her TRY training buddy, son Landon is now in tow.

“I’ve been doing lots of walking with Landon and a few other pram buddies,” says Laura, encouraging fellow mums to register for the upcoming event.

“At the start, he’s awake and we’ll have a chat before he is out to it.”

A daily walk together is a chance for Laura and Landon to connect and bond, says the new mum.

“It’s good for both of us to get out of the house, we try for some kind of exercise every day . . . that’s definitely something, a healthy lifestyle and sport, that needs to be encouraged in all kids.”

Laura, who is aiming for the six kilometre circuit, says she hopes to run as much of the course as possible.

“I think it’s fantastic, the inclusion of prams.

“For mums who are experiencing different journeys it can be quite lonely.

“This event brings everyone together, there is so much encouragement and you really feel like you’re all in it together. That inclusion and celebration of mothers, of all women, is really important.”

While Laura and Landon are taking training in their own stride, participants are warmly welcomed to regular group training sessions including a bootcamp with Kelvin Bryant this Wednesday (November 1) in Smithton from 5.30 to 6.30pm or a swim session with Jono Cahill on Monday (November 6) at Burnie Aquatic Centre from 6.30 to 7.30pm.

Also, learn all the tips and tricks to prepare for an event of this calibre this Saturday (October 28) at a free workshop for all registered TRY-athletes and fun run participants. 

Hear from experts in their field including accredited Cycling Australia instructor JoHanna Robertson, dietitian Sharon King, triathlete Brady Butcher and local yoga instructor Cassie Thomas, and receive a free goodie bag. The workshop will be held at the Stanley Recreation Centre from 8.45am to 1.30pm.

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