Kids Challenge Faqs

What is the distance for the children’s challenge?

10km bike and 3.75km run

Does my child have to complete the challenge all at once?

No, we advise splitting the challenge over the course of the week. For participants under 15, restrictions on how far they can complete in one session have been put in place depending on their age. These restrictions will assist 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
8 yrs (TriStar Start) 01/01/2012 – 31/12/2012 1500m 600m
9 and 10 yrs (TriStar 1) 01/01/2010 – 31/12/2011 4km 1.6km
11 and 12 yrs (TriStar 2) 01/01/2008 – 31/12/2009 6km 2.2km
13 & 14 yrs (TriStar 3) 01/01/2006 – 31/12/2007 8km 2.8km

When do I do the Virtual Challenge?

The Virtual Challenge week starts on Monday 20 July and goes until Sunday 26 July – your child should aim to complete the distance within that week. All children and families should be encouraged to consider the time of day and period of time they exercise, carefully select their route taking into consideration the advice above, and apply social distancing to stay clear/give priority to pedestrians and people using public spaces.

How do I sign up?

Parents/carers/guardians can head to https://www.festivaloftriathlon.co.uk/kids-challenge and register their interest from 6 July. All you’ll need to do is enter your email address to register your interest and you’ll receive an email with more information on how to submit your child’s entry closer to the event. Entry closes on Saturday 25 July. Once your child/children have completed the challenge you will be asked to complete the final registration form ahead of claiming their medal.

How old do my children need to be to participate in the Virtual Challenge?

Any child aged 8 years and over can take part in the children’s Virtual Challenge. If your child is 15 years or over, they can enter the main Virtual Challenge. Why not enter as a whole family and take on the challenge together?

How do I log my child’s activity?

Once your child has completed the challenge, head back to Children’s Virtual Challenge, complete the registration form, upload a photo and make the £5 payment and your child’s medal will be on its way!

What photo should I upload?

You could upload a photo of your child(ren) out and about running or cycling, a family shot or even a screenshot of their kid’s fitbit tracker. Be creative – we can’t wait to see your snaps! All uploaded photos won’t be shared without request your permission beforehand.

How much will it cost to participate in the children’s Virtual Challenge?

If your child(ren) had already entered for AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2020, we invite them to take on the children’s Virtual Challenge free of charge.

If they hadn’t entered AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2020, it will cost £5 to participate in the children’s Virtual Challenge – the payment will be requested when you log your child’s activity and claim their medal.

You will also be given the opportunity to donate to our Charity Partner, Leeds Cares.

What will my child get once they have completed the challenge?

Once you have logged your child’s activity by uploading their photo, you will receive a digital certificate and their AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds medal will be sent in the post. Please allow a few weeks for these to arrive, as it is dependent on the post.

I don’t live in the UK can my child still take part?

Yes, you are welcome to enter your child, but we will be unable to post medals to outside of the UK. Therefore, you will not receive a medal for completing the Virtual Challenge.

Can my friends and family take part?

Yes, anyone over the age of 8 can sign up, we want as many people to get involved as possible – why not get the whole family involved? Any children below 8 years can take a look at the British Triathlon Big Colour Challenge instead.


If you have any additional questions please email us at: email leeds@britishtriathlon.org