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17 February 2018 - A thrilling day’s racing at Challenge Wanaka resulted in wins by Javier Gomez (ESP) and Annabel Luxford (AUS). Both had fierce battles with one of the deepest professional fields ever seen at a half distance triathlon in New Zealand and in...

Multiple world champion, Javier Gomez (ESP), has announced his plans to race Challenge Wanaka on 17 February 2018. The Spanish athlete is one of triathlon’s superstars with five ITU World Championships, three ITU World Cup titles, an Olympic silver medal, two 70.3 World Championships and an...

An international field of the world’s leading long-distance triathletes will race Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand’s Southern Alps on 17 February, including four former champions, with the Kiwis racing for the prestigious national title. Challenge Wanaka 2018 marks the return of six-time winner, Gina Crawford (NZL),...

The Triathlon New Zealand Middle Distance National Championships are moving to the South Island in 2018 for the first time in 20 years. Previously held at the Port of Tauranga Half, the National Champs will now rotate between the North Island and the South Island to...

It was a day of records at Challenge Wanaka 2017 with Dougal Allan well and truly confirming his rise in the sport of long distance triathlon. He not only smashed his own bike course record in 4:27:37 but also broke the long-standing course record in...

The world’s leading professional triathletes will race alongside a record age group field at the bucket-list Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand’s Southern Alps on 18 February. Defending men’s champion, Dougal Allan (NZL), renowned for his biking skills, will face one of the best in the sport...

As part of its commitment to the local community, Challenge Wanaka has announced its support for the  Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust as one of the event's official charities. Te Kakano (The Seed in Maori) is a charitable trust that has been operating in Wanaka for nine years. For...

Spring time is well and truly upon us meaning that for those of us that hibernate over winter, it's time to jump back into some consistent training. Here are some pointers to get the most out of your training and nutrition from the team at...

Challenge Wanaka is delighted to welcome PURE Sports Nutrition as nutrition partner for 2017 – 2019.  As a New Zealand based business, PURE is passionate about only producing the highest quality and natural sports nutrition products. PURE takes a common sense view to healthy sports nutrition, identifying a gap...

Victoria Murray-Orr, who has headed the internationally acclaimed Challenge Wanaka Triathlon for the past nine years, has been named New Zealand’s Event Professional of the Year at the annual New Zealand Event Awards in Auckland. Challenge Wanaka is New Zealand’s largest long distance triathlon festival, involving...

Challenge Wanaka has been announced as a finalist in two categories of the prestigious New Zealand Event Awards. Challenge Wanaka 2016 is a finalist in the Best Major Event of the Year category and former race director, Victoria Murray-Orr is down to the final three...

New Zealand’s largest annual triathlon festival, Challenge Wanaka, today announced both the half and full distance races will come under the Challenge Family banner for 2017. Previously the half distance was known as the Lake Wanaka Half and while run concurrently, was a separate brand...

It was a day that threw everything at the 1,640 athletes racing in the 10th anniversary event of Challenge Wanaka. But it was Wanaka local, Dougal Allan and Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) who beat Mother Nature and a strong field to take victory in 8:31:53...

With over 1,630 full and half distance athletes from 29 nations, 900 junior athletes and a world-class pro field, the world’s most scenic triathlon, CHALLENGEWANAKA, is gearing up for the biggest event yet this Saturday, 20 February. All the race day action can be followed live...

A top field of international pro athletes are lining up along side a record age group field for the 10th anniversary edition of New Zealand’s Challenge Wanaka on 20 February. Defending champions Gina Crawford (NZL) and Dylan McNeice (NZL) are looking to secure their seventh and...

To celebrate Challenge Wanaka's 10th anniversary on 20 February 2016, over the next 10 weeks, we will be giving away 10 amazing prizes. We're kicking things off today with a big one - an individual Challenge Wanaka entry worth $750! Each week is a separate...

Challenge Wanaka announced today it has been awarded National Championship status by Triathlon New Zealand and will host the 2016 New Zealand Ultra Distance Championships at its 10th anniversary event on 20 February. Internationally renowned as the world’s most scenic long distance triathlon, Challenge Wanaka will...

Challenge Wanaka has announced its Roth Rewards programme, providing athletes with an opportunity to secure a guaranteed spot at the world's most sought after long distance triathlon, DATEV Challenge Roth 2016 which sold out in under a minute. Athletes who missed out on buying a spot...

New Zealand’s largest annual triathlon festival, Challenge Wanaka, is once again set for a record field of both amateur and professional athletes. Numbers have already surpassed 2014 levels over the full (226km) and half (113km) distance events in both individual and relay team entries. Challenge Wanaka...

Dion Phair has a very good reason why he chose to run for the cystic fibrosis charity Breath4CF – he lost his little brother to CF. “I grew up with my brother who had CF and just the sheer fact they can’t do these sorts of...