Challenge Wanaka features one of the world's toughest iron
distance triathlon courses, set against the stunning alpine
backdrop of New Zealand's Southern Alps.
It 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. The
week-long triathlon fest willtake place from January 15-21,
Part of the legendary Challenge Family global series,renowned
the world over for its memorable events, Challenge Wanaka is
the race of a lifetime and the perfect opportunity to compete
and holiday in paradise.
Join over 1500 top professional and age group athletes
fromall over the globe on the world's most scenic iron
distance course for the3.8km swim in crystal-clear waters,
the 180km bike taking in three alpine lakes and the 42.2km
run, which is 75% off-road along the water's edge.
The festival kicks off on Sunday January 15 with the Puzzling
World Junior Challenge for budding triathletes aged from four
to 15. There's also the Radio Wanaka 5km Fun Run and Swim the
Course in the week before the two highlight events.
The streets of downtown Wanaka turn into a high-speed race
circuit on Friday, January 20 when New Zealand's top
triathletes, including Olympians and national champions,
compete in the Contact Tri Series. This thrilling
criterium-style bike racing is a huge hit with spectators and
provides exciting race conditions for the athletes as
they compete inthis, the first of four national sprint races
to decide the national championship.
The week culminates with the flagship Challenge Wanaka raceon
Saturday January 21, run 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 Wanaka township and in true
"Challenge"style, there's a fun finish-line party with music
and fireworks to welcome the athleteshome late into the
Challenge Wanaka is part of the Challenge Family series
featuring 13 races across three continents, including the
world's largest iron distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in
Other races are Challenge Fuerteventura and Challenge
Barcelona (Spain), Challenge Kraichgau (Germany), Challenge
Cairns (Australia), Challenge Copenhagen and Challenge Aarhus
(Denmark), Challenge Vichy (France), Challenge Walchsee
(Austria), ChallengeHenley-on-Thames (UK) and Challenge Cape
Town (South Africa).
For further information visit www.challenge-wanaka.com