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Top Tips for Challenge Wanaka Challenge Wanaka is just around the corner, and whether you are racing the AquaBike, half or full distance, and whether you are a complete newbie to the sport, or first timer to Wanaka, or even an established athlete who’s raced here...

IMAGE: Jesse Thomas (Photo credit: Red Bull) One of the USA's leading professional triathletes, Jesse Thomas, has confirmed his place in the already significant men's pro field for Challenge Wanaka 2018. He will take on three former champions, Kiwis Dougal Allan, Dylan McNeice and Braden Currie...

Three hip reconstructions haven’t stopped octogenarian triathlete and patron of the sport, Garth Barfoot, from embarking on a new direction. With running now proving difficult, Barfoot has now turned his attention to Aquabike, investing in the growth of the sport in New Zealand by supporting...

10 reasons to race Challenge Wanaka by Laura Siddall, Professional Triathlete Challenge Wanaka, what can I say… it’s an absolutely amazing place and race. Lake Wanaka is found about a one hour drive from Queenstown, over the Crown Range in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s a small...

Challenge Wanaka Triathlon has taken out the People's Choice award at the Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce Awards 2017. Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust Chairman, Tom Pryde, received the award on behalf of the thousands of athletes, volunteers and supporters who have made the triathlon a globally renowned...

Yesterday [Tuesday 1st August] Challenge Family announced that the event known as ‘THECHAMPIONSHIP’, will again take place at the incredible x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, Slovakia on June 3, 2018, following its successful inaugural race this year. Challenge Wanaka will continue to be a qualifier for the...

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...

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...

Image credit: Getty Images Dylan McNeice of Christchurch and Whanganui resident Gina Crawford today extended their phenomenal record at Challenge Wanaka by scoring their third and sixth victories respectively at what is regarded as the world’s most scenic long distance triathlon. McNeice became the first man to...

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...

Image: Steve Gurney The non-profit trust that runs Challenge Wanaka, the world’s most scenic long-distance triathlon, has appointed internationally renowned adventure athlete, Steve Gurney to its board of trustees. The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust made the appointment at the same time as announcing a 23 per cent...

Image credit: Getty Images Challenge Wanaka 2014 race highlights are coming to New Zealand TV screens this month. Enjoy all the best action from the world's most scenic long distance triathlon on SKY TV at the following times: Tue 18 February – 7am on SKY Sport 2 ...

Image credit: Getty Images Challenge Wanaka, the world’s most scenic long-distance triathlon, will take place on Sunday 22 February 2015, a month after its traditional race weekend for the past eight years. Challenge Wanaka race director, Victoria Murray-Orr made the announcement at a relaxed Awards Brunch this...

Image: Women's champion Gina Crawford. Credit: Getty Images With less than three days to go before Challenge Wanaka 2014, the world’s most scenic long-distance triathlon, both winners from last year say they’re in great shape after introducing new training regimes for this season and are aiming...

Image credit: Getty Images A record number of swimmers, bikers and runners of all ages and abilities are about to put months of training to the ultimate test as the Challenge Wanaka triathlon festival gets underway this coming weekend. The flagship event, Challenge Wanaka on Saturday 18...

Image: Nicky Samuels. Credit: MMPro This year’s Lake Wanaka Half, part of the Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival, has attracted a record number of entries with three world champions amongst a field of more than 1,200 athletes. US long-distance legend and 1988 World Champion, Scott Molina will line up...

This month’s eighth annual Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival once again includes several satellite events designed to give locals and visitors alike the opportunity to get active, have fun and take part in the world’s number one fastest-growing sport. With more than 1,600 competitors focused on the...

Lake Wanaka Tourism’s team is upping its game ahead of January’s Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival by entering the full distance race for the first time. The local Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) has previously entered the Lake Wanaka Half every year since the first half-distance event was...

Image: Five-time winner, Gina Crawford (Getty Images) With entries closing at midnight tomorrow (Saturday), Challenge Wanaka has already attracted an exceptional line up of pro athletes ready to tackle one of the world’s toughest iron distance triathlons. The start list for the eighth annual event includes last...

Challenge Wanaka has launched a campaign to recruit hundreds of volunteers needed for its annual triathlon festival between 15-18 January by offering free training in first aid and traffic management. Registration for the Reservations and Accommodation Wanaka Volunteer Crew is underway with many long-time supporters already...

Profile Design has announced a new partnership with Challenge Wanaka, the first-stop on the 2014 Challenge Family global tour. The event, which is slated for January 18th, is the world’s most scenic iron distance triathlon, and one of the 22 events in the Challenge Family global...

Image credit: Getty Images 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...

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...

Challenge Wanaka, New Zealand’s largest annual triathlon festival, is teaming up with CLIF Bar as its official nutrition supplier for 2014 with on-course hydration supplied by the Nuun range of sugar-free sports drinks. CLIF Bar is the leading energy bar in the United States and Canada....

Image Credit: Getty Images Reigning Challenge Wanaka champion, Dylan McNeice, has again made his mark on the international triathlon circuit as he took his second major title in only his second long distance race at this weekend’s Challenge Taiwan. Meanwhile two-time Challenge Wanaka champion, Belinda Granger (AUS),...

Challenge Family and MarkAllenOnline have announced a partnership that sees the coaching company of one of triathlon’s greatest sporting legends partner with the world’s fastest growing series of long distance triathlons. In the partnership, athletes will benefit from tailored training plans through MarkAllenOnline.com for each of...

Image: Dylan McNeice wins Challenge Wanaka 2013 New Zealand triathletes Dylan McNeice and Gina Crawford are the 2013 Challenge Wanaka champions after setting commanding leads over the field in windy conditions. Crawford triumphed over a stomach bug suffered earlier in the week to set a new women’s...