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Challenge Wanaka

Challenge Wanaka

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  • Sun 22 Feb ’15, 6:30am – 11:30am


Wanaka Lake Front, Ardmore St, Wanaka


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Challenge Wanaka is one of the world’s toughest and most honest long distance triathlons set against the stunning alpine backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. It heads New Zealand’s largest triathlon festival, featuring events for all ages and abilities.

Part of the renowned Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons, Challenge Wanaka is the race of a lifetime for athletes wanting to compete and holiday in paradise. Join over 1,600 top professional and amateur athletes from all over the globe to compete on the world’s most scenic course - 3.8km swim in crystal clear waters, 180km bike around two alpine lakes and a 42.2km run which is 75% off-road along the water’s edge. For individuals and teams.

The festival kicks off on Thursday 19 February with the Radio Wanaka 5km Fun Run and Swim the Course. There’s also the Expo, Pasta Party and Puzzling World Junior Challenge for budding triathletes aged six to fifteen during the week before the two highlight events.

The week culminates with the flagship Challenge Wanaka race on Sunday February 22 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.

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