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Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival

Challenge Wanaka, the world’s most scenic iron distance triathlon, is a week long festival of triathlon featuring events for all ages and abilities in one of the most spectacular settings, Lake Wanaka

The festival kicks off on Sunday January 9 with the Puzzling World Junior Challenge for budding triathletes aged six to fifteen. There’s also the Radio Wanaka 5km Fun Run and Swim the Course during the week before the two highlight events.

The streets of downtown Wanaka turn into a high speed race circuit on Friday January 14 when New Zealand’s top triathletes, including Olympians and national champions compete in the Contact Tri Series. This thrilling criterium style racing is a huge hit with spectators and provides exciting race conditions for the athletes as they compete in this, the first of four national sprint races to decide the national championship.

The week culminates with the flagship Challenge Wanaka race on Saturday January 15 when top professional ironmen and women from around the world join hundreds of regular athletes to take on the gruelling 226km course which features a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run.

Running simultaneously is the Lake Wanaka Half. The course will follow the same spectacular route that has quickly earned Challenge Wanaka the title of the world’s most scenic iron distance triathlon.

Thousands of spectators line the route and finish chute cheering on these inspirational contenders as they compete in the most arduous of the triathlon disciplines. The finish line is in the heart of the Lake Wanaka township and in true ‘Challenge’ style, there’s a fun finish line party with music and fireworks to welcome the athletes home late into the night.

Challenge Wanaka is part of the global Challenge Family Series that includes eight events in Germany, Denmark, Austria, France and Spain as well as New Zealand.

Dates: 09 Jan 2011 - 15 Jan 2011
Time: 6.30am - 11.30pm
Location: Wanaka
Venue: Pembroke Park, Lake Wanaka
Category: Sports
Cost: Free for spectators
Organisation: Challenge Wanaka
Contact: Victoria Murray-Orr
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: +64 3 443 2700

Contact United Travel Wanaka for discounted Challenge Tri Travel Packages for groups of 10 or more.
Fly with Emirates Airlines and receive free bike carriage and excess baggage. Bookings must be made through United Travel Wanaka - +64 3 443 7414 or



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