Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Final countdown to New Zealand’s largest triathlon festival

Final countdown to New Zealand’s largest triathlon festival


A record number of swimmers, bikers and runners of all ages and abilities are about to put months of training to the ultimate test as the Challenge Wanaka triathlon festival gets underway this coming weekend.

The flagship event, Challenge Wanaka on Saturday 18 January, has attracted some of the world’s best professional triathletes including defending champions Dylan McNeice (Christchurch) and 11-time long distance champion, Gina Crawford (Wanaka). Joining them are course record holder and multisport world champion Richard Ussher (Nelson), leading Australians Carrie Lester, Matty White and Courtney Ogden, Scott DeFilippis (USA) plus local Wanaka hopefuls Simone Maier, Dougal Allan and Ben Logan.


Widely recognised on the international circuit as the world’s most scenic long-distance triathlon, the course begins with a 3.8km swim followed by a 180km bike around Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea before athletes begin a full 42.2km marathon run along the shores of Lake Wanaka. The swim leg begins at 6.30am with some competitors still on course at 11.30pm when fireworks mark the finish line party.

More than 1,600 athletes will tackle Challenge Wanaka and its sister event, the Lake Wanaka Half this year. Hundreds more compete in the Radio Wanaka 5km Charity Fun Run/Walk on Wednesday 15 January plus the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka for 6-15 year olds and Sport Central 3:9:3 sprint event (300m swim, 9.6km bike, 3km run) for 13 years and over both taking place in downtown Wanaka on Friday 17 January.

Race director, Victoria Murray-Orr said this year’s biggest-ever event also promises to be the most exciting.

“Our reigning champions are in great form and I’m so pleased they’re both racing to retain their titles. It will be fascinating to see if Dylan can hold off the challenge of Richard Ussher and several other world-class athletes in the men’s field. In the women’s race the main question is whether Gina can maintain her unbelievable record of winning every year she’s entered – six from six so far,” she said.

“From first to last, individuals and teams, every single person taking part will be a hero on the day. Whether they’re competing for an age group prize, raising money for charity or just aiming to get round the course we’re working hard to put on the best possible event with Lake Wanaka providing an awesome stage to inspire them.”

For spectators and supporters there is a family fun day from 10am Saturday on Helwick Street with buskers, bouncy castle, face painting, fresh food and craft stalls. The event is being staged by Wanaka Shukokai Karate Dojo and Kahu Youth as a fundraiser to help local 13-year-old Junior Black Belt, Holly Wigg travel to a competition in Japan this April.

Every year, the Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust makes donations to local causes as part of its volunteer programme. In addition, for the first time this year Challenge Wanaka has an official charity in Cystic Fibrosis NZ with thousands of dollars already raised by competitors and all proceeds from the Fun Run/Walk going to support this cause. There will be a special ‘creation station’ on race day where friends and family can make up signs to support their athletes in return for a donation.

A number of parking restrictions and road closures are in place from Thursday with full details available on the website www.challenge-wanaka.com. Locals, spectators and athletes are strongly advised to use additional free parking at Wanaka Showgrounds on Friday and Saturday.

Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival attracts in excess of 2,000 athletes over a multi-day celebration of sport involving all ages and abilities. The flagship event, Challenge Wanaka long distance triathlon (3.8km/180km/42.2km) is part of the renowned Challenge Family global series of triathlons which features 23 races in 14 countries, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in Germany.


ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Super Rugby: Parade To Celebrate Highlanders’ Win

The Dunedin City Council is urging people to come along on Monday to congratulate the team on its win in Wellington tonight. The Highlanders will leave from outside the Dental School at midday. More>>

ALSO:

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news