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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

CFANZ joins Challenge Wanaka

Posted on: Tuesday 1st October 2013

Challenge Wanaka is pleased to announce a new three-year charity partnership with Cystic Fibrosis NZ that will provide a new dimension to New Zealand’s largest annual triathlon festival featuring over 2,000 participants.

Challenge Wanaka is the world’s most scenic iron distance triathlon (226km), set against the lake and mountain backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand’s South Island.

Described by athletes as one of the best events on the international circuit, Challenge Wanaka’s terrain, remoteness and honesty of the course makes it one of the most memorable.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is New Zealand’s most common genetic condition and leads to serious deterioration in the lungs and a shortened life. The charity will be raising funds through Challenge Wanaka for its Breath4CF fund that gives grants to all people with CF to participate in sport and physical exercise.

“We are thrilled to be able to support CFANZ through Challenge Wanaka,” said race director, Victoria Murray-Orr. “Giving our competitors something so important to raise money for adds a special dimension to the race. There is also a great connection between the participants using their breath for CF and the work of the association that enables those affected by cystic fibrosis to take part in sport.”

The event, which takes place in Lake Wanaka on January 18th is part of the global Challenge Family series with 22 events held all around the world. It attracts a large field of elite and amateur triathletes.

“We want to make fundraising for our cause fun but meaningful at the same time,” says Kate Russell, CEO of CFANZ. “It’s a chance for anyone competing to do something good for their community along the way without it detracting from their focus on the race.”

The Charity will also be running a sign-making ‘Creation Station’, where supporters can make a sign for their friend or family member who is taking part and raise money for Breathe4CF at the same time.

For further information on cystic fibrosis visit www.cfnz.org.nz.

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For further details contact:
Victoria Murray-Orr – Challenge Wanaka – vmo@challenge-wanaka.com
Kate Russell – CFANZ – kate@cfnz.org.nz