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Despite the fierce wind and choppy lake, the children were all smiles as they got the chance to race on parts of the course for Challenge Wanaka, which will be held today.
The majority of competitors were pupils from Wanaka Primary School, Holy Family School and Hawea Flat School, while others came from around Otago and New Zealand.
The event was part of the Challenge Wanaka triathlon festival held this week.
Race director Bill Roxburgh said some professional athletes set to compete today took the time yesterday to help co-ordinate the junior race and hand out medals to the winners.