This coming weekend Challenge Wanaka will host a record 1,500 long course triathletes as part of the week-long triathlon festival that has attracted world champions and Olympians.
One highlight for the flagship Challenge Wanaka race on 19 January is the presence of four-time world champion, Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack, a long-term partner of the Challenge Family. Macca is one of triathlon’s great athletes – with over 200 victories to his name.
Challenge Wanaka has become renowned as a bucket-list race for triathletes from all over the world with its unique location on the edge of the TeWahipounamu World Heritage Area and Mt Aspiring National Park, earning a reputation as one of the world’s most scenic long distance triathlons.
Featuring a 3.8K swim in the crystal waters of Lake Wanaka, a 180K cycle through the foothills of the Southern Alps and a 42.2K off-road run, the course is as honest as it is spectacular.
The Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival is the largest in New Zealand with over 2,000 athletes of all ages and abilities taking part during the week-long celebration of sport. The action started on Sunday 13 January with the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka for children aged 6-15 followed by the Radio Wanaka Charity Fun Run/Walk on Monday evening. All proceeds will go to the Wanaka Land SAR.
Meanwhile, the Contact Tri Series comes to town on Friday 18 January featuring some of New Zealand’s top sprint triathletes; and then all eyes are on the flagship Challenge Wanaka event on Saturday 19 January, together with the Lake Wanaka Half, starting at 06.30 local time.
Live TV Internet coverage at www.challenge-wanaka.com is from 06.30 New Zealand time on 19 January.
Challenge Wanaka is part of the global Challenge Family series that features 18 events worldwide in Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Austria, UK, Italy, Canada, Thailand and Taiwan as well as New Zealand.