Caleb Bentham and Quin Benwell, both Grade 8 students at North Saanich Middle School, battle for first at the school’s 32nd-annual triathlon. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)

Triathlon before treats for North Saanich Middle School students

32nd-annual tradition keeps kids active before Halloween

Hours before Halloween, and the candy that comes with it, North Saanich Middle School students participated in a triathlon.

Students have been participating in the annual event for more than 32 years and athletic director Nadine Stofer said swimming, biking and running is a good way to remind students to stay healthy despite the temptation of treats.

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“They have just a little bit of a gluttonous consumption over the next couple of days so we want them to be healthy,” she said.

Stofer explained that some 400 students participate over the two-day event. Students swam at Panorama Recreation Centre on Wednesday and did the bike/run portion on Thursday. If students are unable to do the physical activities, they help marshal their classmates along the course.

Coco Gunn, a Grade 7 student, said it was a great way to use up some Halloween excitement.

“It was quite tiring, but it was worth it,” said Gunn.

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North Saanich Middle School students cheer on their classmates at the school’s 32nd-annual triathlon, done around Halloween to help kids stay active despite the candy. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)

Caleb Bentham and Quin Benwell, both Grade 8 students at North Saanich Middle School, battle for first at the school’s 32nd-annual triathlon. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)

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