The Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Half will utilise tranquil Glendhu Bay for the swim leg. The bike course will take athletes through the stunning Wānaka township, out to Lake Hāwea and back around to the Red Bridge at Luggate, before returning via Wānaka to Glendhu Bay Station. The breath-taking Bike Glendhu Bike Park will host the run up its scenic and pristine tracks.
The Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Half is open to both teams and individuals.
The Race Manual for 2022 will be available in due course. You’ll find all the details you need to know to prepare for your race, be in the right place with your correct gear and achieve your best on race day!
NZ competitors can save paying an extra 2% on your entry fee by paying by internet banking rather than credit card. Select this option when you reach the checkout and then all you need to do is remember to transfer the funds to secure your spot!
Secondary School Teams
By donating $10 to the Bike Glendhu planting promise you will also be able to run 1 lap of the course on the following dates. The donation will be made on the day so simply turn up with proof of registration and your choice of payment:
Athletes will also be able to get 15% off beverages at the VELO Cafe at Bike Glendhu, by showing proof of entry, valid until December 1st 2021.
For our cancellation and COVID-19 policy please visit our Entry Information Page.
Swim start times:
Pro start from 6.45am. All other athletes from 7.00am.
The one-lap swim is in the sheltered part of Glendhu Bay in Lake Wanaka within easy view of spectators watching from the shore. The course has a deep water start swimming in a clockwise direction with a total of two turn buoys.
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.
Swim cut off for individuals and teams: 1 hour 30 minutes after start time (this is at the discretion of the swim course manager who will monitor each swimmer and their ability to safely finish)
The bike course will leave transition at Glendhu Bay Station and cyclists will ride into and through Wānaka township, along to Lake Hāwea and back around to the Red Bridge at Luggate. Then return, up past the airport, turning onto Mount Barker Road and then down McDougall Street back into Wānaka and back through to Glendhu Bay Station.
The bike course will close at 1.30pm.
The run course will see athletes running two laps of the beautiful Bike Glendhu course. Runners will make their way up in the same direction as cyclists do normally on these trails, so they can benefit from the shade the forest provides as they climb. On the way back to transition athletes have the option of taking the 4WD track rather than the zigzags – this will be clearly signed. The zigzags will add an extra 400m.
The elevation of the new run course will be mapped shortly, but is approximately 290m, which is similar to 2021 elevation. The 2019 course elevation was 260m. The two-lap course will also mean that competitors will pass back through the finish line and Expo area after their first lap to give their supporters a chance to cheer them on.
Teams competing in the Challenge Wanaka Half are to be made up of 4 or 5 athletes consisting of one swimmer; one or two cyclists and two runners (any teams wanting to compete with fewer team members please contact the Race Director).
If the team is made up of two cyclists the second cyclist will need to make their own way to Hawea School and changeover there.
All teams MUST have 2 runners who will do approximately 10.5Km each. Your run changeover will be at the aid station at Bike Glendhu.
Your swim start will be with Corporate Teams. All team members should run up the finish together to receive their medals. There will only be trophies for the first 3 teams.
Please note all other Challenge Wanaka Half rules apply.
As you come up the finish chute, take a little time to reflect on what you have achieved, and relish the experience of finishing the Challenge Wanaka Half. Once under the finish gantry, each competitor will be assessed by the medical team and be guided through the recovery tent where a well-earned food, drink and congratulations await you! Then you have time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Glendhu Bay and peruse the Expo.
Challenge Wanaka Half Individual and Team entry includes a finisher’s shirt per person. You are responsible for ordering your size according to the sizing guide below. If you wish to check or change your size you can view your registration by logging in using your confirmation number at this link (your confirmation number can be found in confirmation email). Please contact us if you wish to change your size.
Measurements in CM
Course closes for individuals and teams: 4:30pm.