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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Challenge Wanaka Sprint

Challenge Sprint

To enter please download the entry form and email to the Sprint Manager . Entry fee is $80, pay into the following account;

Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust

Account Number: 06-0943-0115348-00


Saturday 18 February 2017

Challenge Wanaka Sprint triathlon forms part of the Tri NZ National Junior Series. The event will be run under Tri NZ rules, please refer to the National Junior Series webpage for further details.

The event is open to individual athletes between 16 – 19 years of age as of 31 December 2017.

Entry fee is $80.

Please note that from February 2016 athletes who are not already members of Triathlon NZ must pay for a One Day Tri NZ License fee to race. This fee is payable via the entry system, and costs $20 per person.  For more information or to join Tri NZ, please visit


Saturday 18 February 9.00am – 10.30am. Registration will take place next to transition on the Lake Wanaka shoreline.

Course Description

Swim Course – 750m

The swim course is set for Roy’s Bay in Lake Wanaka and will start with Males at 11.00am and Females at 11.02am.

The one-lap swim is in the sheltered part of Roy’s Bay in Lake Wanaka within easy view of spectators watching from the shore. The course has a deep water start swimming in an anti-clockwise direction with a total of two turn buoys. The average water depth for most of the course is 2.5m although the second leg does have depths of up to 13m.

Lake Wanaka is the warmest lake in the Southern Lakes and is a popular choice for a large range of water sports each summer. The swim course is in crystal clear water so clean you can drink it.

The following rules will apply to the swim :

  • Wetsuit – compulsory
  • Event swim cap – compulsory (provided at registration)

In all likelihood, the swim course temperature in February will be in the region of 16C-18C, and that being the case, we will revise the compulsory requirements for the swim, but you must come prepared to adhere to the above. Those not wearing compulsory gear as specified by the event team on race day will not be allowed to start.

Pre-Race Practice Swims

There is an official Swim the Course practice session on Thursday 16 February at 7.00am (registration from 6.30am). This is the only time that the course will be patrolled with safety boats. If you wish to swim in the lake at any other time, you MUST wear a brightly coloured swim cap and swim in groups. It is recommended that you also have a friend in a safety kayak. This is for your own safety and that of other lake users. Also, please keep out of the water ski lanes (marked by blue/yellow striped posts on shore) and the marina area.

We strongly recommend you attend the Swim the Course. It is an excellent way to acclimatise to open water swimming in a large group under the safe watch of qualified medical personnel. Lack of acclimatisation can lead to panic attacks in the water at race day and we want you to finish your race at the finish line, not the first turn buoy, after all your hard work preparing for the race!  Please note ‘Swim the Course’ is a 1km course.

Bike Course – 20km

The 20km bike is and out and back course heads out of town winding round the edge of Lake Wanaka towards Mt Aspiring National Park, reaching the turnaround point at 10km and heading back to the township of Wanaka.

This is a draft-legal event.

Run Course – 5km

The run course covers 3.5 laps of a loop course on the shoreline of Lake Wanaka, finishing on the Lake side opposite the Challenge Wanaka finish area.

Finisher Tee Shirt

Challenge Wanaka Sprint participants receive a finisher’s shirt (unisex tops); please make sure you have ordered the correct size before midnight, Sunday 31 December 2016.  There will no sizing guarantees for race entries after this date.

Prize giving

Prize giving will take place at 2pm at the Challenge Wanaka finish area.

All finishers will receive a finishers medal and trophies will be awarded to placegetters.