UPDATE 16/03/2020 11:15am

It is with regret to advise we have made the decision to cancel Tough Kids 2020 due to COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of our school communities and everyone involved is very important to us here at Mitre 10 MEGA Napier & Hastings and Sport Hawke’s Bay. With 2500 students, teachers, parents, staff and volunteers involved it is too higher risk to compromise the health of everyone involved attending or not.

At this stage we are looking at a new date in spring, and will keep you updated. We would like to thank and acknowledge all the work and organising that has gone into this event up to this point.

For the schools or individuals already registered, we will provide you with a full refund. You will receive an email on this process.



The Mitre 10 MEGA Tough Kid® is a fun and challenging obstacle course designed for primary (Yr 3-6) school children. The aim of the day is participation and fun in a “challenge by choice” philosophy that promotes confidence-building and personal achievement. The course includes lots of running with obstacles the kids need to navigate such as cargo nets, cable reels, climbing wall, bank climb & slide as well as lots of other challenging and fun tasks.

Tough Kids is proudly supported by Hastings Rugby & Sports Club.

Check out the great fun had in 2019 in the video below.

Event Date

Thursday 19th March 2020

Event Venue

Mitre 10 Park, Hastings

Event Time

9.45am – 1.15pm (approx.)

Age Groups and Race Categories

The event will be split into the following race categories: Please remember that these are only approx. times, and they may vary slightly on the day.

10am – Year 3

10.45am – Year 4

11.30am – Year 5

12.15pm - Year 6

1pm - Parent & Teacher Race

Race Distances

The race distance will vary depending on the year group that the participants are entered into.


There is no placing prize’s this year due to the large number of entrants expected. Each child will receive a Tough Kids participation wrist band.

Race Clothing

It is recommended that kids wear t-shirt and shorts, or clothes suitable for physical activity. As there is water and mud on the course it is recommended that long pants are not worn. Shoes are optional, and bare feet will be at the risk of the individual (there may be a few bee’s around at this time of year). It is a good idea for participants to bring a spare change of clothes with them, as they will get wet from their race.

Food and Drink

Food and drink will be available for purchase, Rapid Releif Team will provide a sausage sizzle and there will be a Tip Top Ice cream caravan. There will be eftpos available however we recommend bringing cash.

It is a good idea for each child to bring a water bottle with them. Water will be available around the venue for people to fill their water bottles up. There will not be a set lunch break as there will be plenty of time for children between the race/s they are involved in.

Sun Smart

Please ensure children have appropriate sun hats and are protected with sunblock. There will be shade available when kids are seated in the grand stand; however, when they are competing there will be limited shade.

First Aid

A registered nurse will be on site during the event, to tend to any injuries or accidents sustained on the Mitre 10 Mega Tough Kid course.  If at any stage participants are being assessed by the nurse in the 1st Aid room, an announcement will go over the stadium to ask for the Teacher in Charge to report to the unit. Please be aware of this on the day.

Entry Fee

The cost to enter the Mitre 10 Mega Tough Kid will be $3 per participant. Transport costs are the responsibility of the school. Please note there is a 5% service fee and $1 transaction fee for online registrations.

How to Enter Online or Instore

Online registration and payments can be made by credit card, debit card or Account2Account. Please note there is a transaction fee for online registrations. Register online at https://www.tridentresults.com/event/614

In-store registrations can be made instore Napier and Hastings at the Customer Service Desk. Please bring in completed registration form along with payment. Please note we do accept Cheque as payment instore only. Please click here for a in-store registration form.

Registrations are open until 5pm Monday 16th March 2020, or maybe shut off earlier if at full capacity. No on the day entries.

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Lyndal – Event Manager, Sport HB

Phone: DDI: 06 845 9336 ext. 719

Email: [email protected]

This event is in partnership with Sport Hawke's Bay & supported by Hastings Rugby and Sports Club. Proceeds go to Breathe Hawke's Bay Asthma and Respiratory Services.