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Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival

A week-long celebration of sport as over 2,000 athletes of all ages and abilities take part in New Zealand's largest triathlon festival featuring the iconic Challenge Wanaka iron distance triathlon.

Challenge Wanaka features one of the world’s toughest and most honest iron distance triathlon courses set against stunning alpine backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and is New Zealand’s largest triathlon festival, featuring events for all ages and abilities in one of the most spectacular settings possible, the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island.

Part of the legendary Challenge Family global series, renowned the world over for their memorable events, Challenge Wanaka is the race of a lifetime and the perfect opportunity to compete and holiday in paradise. Watch over 1,500 top professional and age group athletes from all over the globe compete on the world’s most scenic iron distance course in the 3.8km swim in crystal clear waters, the 180km bike taking in two alpine lakes and the 42.2km run which is 75% off-road along the water’s edge.

The festival kicks off on Sunday January 13 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 18 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 19 which runs simultaneously with the Lake Wanaka Half. 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.

Dates: 13 Jan 2013 - 19 Jan 2013
Location: Wanaka
Venue: Wanaka Lakefront
Category: Major
Cost: FREE
Organisation: Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust
Contact: Victoria Murray-Orr
Contact Email: event@challenge-wanaka.com
Contact Phone: 03 443 2700
Web: http://www.challengewanaka.com

 

 

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