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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Junior Challenge Wanaka

Friday 17 February 2017

 <<Click here to enter 2017 Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka>>

 

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Join hundreds of budding triathletes, aged from 5 to 12 in the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never raced triathlon before. The Junior Challenge event provides a fun and safe opportunity for all children to challenge and compete individually against their peers in a fun and safe environment.

Swim through Lake Wanaka, bike along the Wanaka lake front and run over the Wanaka Challenge bridge, onto the red carpet and through the Challenge Wanaka finish! You will feel like a real champion as you cross the finish line and are awarded a medal, a T-shirt, more prizes from Puzzling World.

The top girl and boy competitors in each age group will be presented with medals at prize-giving and be given the opportunity to be the balloon kids for the Challenge Wanaka lead pro male and female athletes on the Saturday. Prize giving for everyone will be at 4:00pm on Friday 17 February in the official Challenge Wanaka finish arena.

We hope you will come along for a day of action packed fun and the opportunity to give triathlon a go!

The same key changes that were incorporated into the 2016 event will remain in place for 2017.  And like 2016, there are still options for non-swimmers.

Course Info

Junior Map 17

A simple and achievable duathlon format will be offered for the 5 year old and 6 years old age category.

Age Group

Run

Bike

Run

5 years

250m

500m

250m

6 years

250m

500m

250m

7 years

250m

3km

1km

From 8 years and up, all children will have the opportunity to compete in a triathlon. The format for the Triathlon is as follows:

Age Group

Swim

Bike 

Run

8 years

50m

3km

1km

9 years

75m

3km

1km

10-12 years

100m

3km

1km

 Age group categories will be allocated based on the child’s age on the 1st of January 2017.

 

Entry fees 2017

Early bird entry fees (1st – 31st Dec 2016):

  • Individuals: $29

Online entry fees (1st Jan – 15th Feb 2017):

  • Individuals: $36

On the day entry fees – CASH OR CHEQUE ONLY:

  • Individuals: $45

Race manual & race rules

Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka Race Manual 2017

 

On race day

Registration – Friday 17 Feb 2017

7.30am-9am

Registration will be located on the Wanaka lakefront, in close proximity to where the children will start the event and directly opposite the main bike/run transition area on Pembroke Park.  Please refer to the map for further detail.  There will be two registration desks, one for children who have not pre-entered and one for children who have registered online.  Registration will involve:

  • Collecting a race number, in the form of a wrist band
  • Providing a bike number (kindly donated by Print it Wanaka) that can be mounted between the handlebars of each child’s bike
  • Signing a waiver
  • Obtaining a timing device.

Once registered, children will then need to make their way to their bike transition and rack their bikes in numbered order. The bike transition area will be separated into age groups.  Please note the race briefing times below. Children will need to be in attendance at the race briefing, which will be located at the Challenge Wanaka swim start location. This will be the starting area for all events, including the 5 and 6 year old Duathlon. 

Race briefing & event start time

Race briefing is compulsory for all children and will take place 5minutes before each age category starts. We will be operating wave starts, with boys going in the first waves, then girls going in the second waves. Listen for announcements as wave starts will start immediately after the last competitor of the previous wave has entered the bike are transition (approximately 2-5minutes after the previous wave start).

Age Category

Race Briefing

Race Start

5 & 6 years

9.25am

9.30am

7 years

10.25am

10.30am

8 years

11.10am

11.15am

9 years

12.10pm

12.15pm

10-12 years

1.10pm

1.15pm

PRIZE GIVING
There will be a prize giving where the top three individuals for each age group will be announced and award a trophy for first and medals for 2nd and 3rd place getters. The prize giving will take place in the Challenge Wanaka finish area at 4:00pm for all age groups.

Course Description

Junior Challenge Wanaka Course Map 2017

Detailed Bike Course Map 2016

SWIM
The swim leg of the race will be in Lake Wanaka and will run parallel to the shore. The depth of the swim will enable all children to be able to stand up in the water at anytime.  Children start according to their age division in wave starts and will swim parallel to the lake . The Wanaka Lake Swimmers club will be out in the water with noodles to support all children during their swim leg.  The race will commence with wave starts, which will consist of a maximum of 25 children per wave. Wave’s will commence approximately 2-5minutes apart, and when the last swimmer of the last wave exits the water. Non-swimmers will have the option to run along the beach, after the last swimmer has left the water instead of swimming.

BIKE
There will be one main transition area, divided into age group categories, as illustrated in the course map.  Swimmers will enter the transition area and locate their bike, which will be located in numbered order in age categories.  Helmets and footwear are compulsory for the bike leg and bike area marshals will be checking helmets are done up correctly when children exit the bike area transition. The bike will be a loop course that will go along the pavement that runs parallel to Ardmore st towards Stony Creek carpark.  The 5-6year olds will turn around at Stony creek and head back along the gravel path that runs through the trees adjacent to the lake. The older children (7-11years) will continue along past Stoney creek along Ardmore st/Mt Aspiring Rd towards Wanaka Station Park. They will turn right onto Wanaka Station park and cross over the park and eventually join the Millenium track opposite Edgewater. They will then head back towards Wanaka and cross over the green bridge at Stoney creek before cycling along the gravel park adjacent to the lake and finally returning to the transition area where they started. 

Detailed Bike Course Map 2016

RUN
Children will enter the bike area transition through the entry chute. They will then be required to rack their bikes and run out the exit to the transition area, which will be located on the Wanaka side of the transition area. Children will then run their allocated distance around Pembroke park, before running all the way to the official Challenge Wanaka finish area. They will all complete their race by running down the red carpet and through the Challenge Wanaka finish chute. 

Results

Click here to see the 2016 results

Click here to see the 2015 results

Click here to see the 2014 results.

Click here to download the 2013 results.