01 Oct Huge volunteer effort supported by Accommodation & Reservations Wanaka
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Challenge Wanaka has announced leading local property manager and activity booking agent, Accommodation & Reservations Wanaka as its new volunteer sponsor. The company is also offering special rates for Challenge Wanaka athletes and their supporters as part of its sponsorship package.
The agreement marks a significant step up in Accommodation & Reservations Wanaka’s support for New Zealand’s largest annual triathlon festival, with members of its team having previously taken part as both competitors and volunteers themselves.
Director, Andrew MacKenzie said the company relished the opportunity to become more involved with a popular local event that made a big difference to the local community.
“Challenge Wanaka is a very good fit with our role in the local economy and we were keen to support the army of volunteers who give up their time to make the event happen. Sponsorship also makes perfect commercial sense when you think of all the hundreds of athletes plus their families and support crew heading to town – they’ll all need somewhere to stay and can lean on our local knowledge of what will suit them,” he said.
Owned and managed by two Wanaka families, Accommodation & Reservations Wanaka offers the largest range of accommodation in the town and surrounding areas, specialising in helping teams and groups source accommodation appropriate to their specialist needs. It also acts as a booking agent for many local tour operators.
Challenge Wanaka race director, Victoria Murray-Orr welcomed the company’s sponsorship as an acknowledgement of the volunteers without whom the week’s events could not take place.
“We rely on the fantastic efforts of around six hundred volunteers every year. It’s really simple – no vollies, no Challenge Wanaka! Most of these amazing people are locals which shows how much this event means to the community here, whether they know any of the athletes or not, so it’s awesome that a great local company has come on board to support them and also provide ‘locals’ rate’ to everyone who’s coming from elsewhere in New Zealand and around the world.
Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival attracts in excess of 2,000 athletes over a week-long celebration of sport involving all ages and abilities. The flagship event, Challenge Wanaka long distance triathlon (3.8km/180km/42.2km) takes place on 18 January 2014 and is part of the Challenge Family global series of triathlons which features 22 races across four continents, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in Germany.