Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka

2021 Junior Challenge

For school ages from year 1 through to Year 6 on Friday 19th February.  If you’re a Year 7 or 8, you will be racing on the morning of Thursday the 18th of February – please visit the Intermediate Challenge page for more information.

Join hundreds of budding triathletes, from Years 1 to 6 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 at Glendhu Bay, bike along the Glendhu Bay lake front and run 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 and 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. 

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

Please note that further information for the 2021 race is being compiled. The handbook and race day information will be available soon!

Course Info

View the course map

A simple and achievable duathlon format will be offered for the Year 1-3 category.
 

Age Group

Run

Bike

Run

Year 1

250m

1km

250m

Year 2

250m

1km

250m

Year 3

250m

1km

1km (1 lap)

From Year 4 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

Year 4

50m

3km (3 laps)

1km

Year 5

100m

3km (3 laps)

1km

Year 6

200m

3km (3 laps)

2km (2 laps)

       

 Year group categories will be allocated based on the child’s current school year as of the 1st of January 2021.

Entry Fees 2021 

Online entry fees:

  • Individuals: $30

Local entry fees:

  • Individuals: $5

No on the day entries are available.
Entries will close at 5pm on the 15th February 2021.

  • All local Wanaka Primary, Take Karara, Holy Family & Hawea Flat children will register with a google form sent to them by their respective schools. Information will be provided in the school newsletter.
  • Tarras, Makarora and local home school students have been provided with a code by their respective schools and can use this code to register through the Challenge Wanaka entry system using the button below. 
  • All other junior competitors (not from local schools) can register through the entry system through the button below:

 

Race Manual & Race Rules

The Puzzling World Junior Challenge Race Manual 2021 is currently in production! Check back here for more information on the race rules, course description, equipment needed, bike drop-off, transition area details and more information on timings for race week.

 

Registration

  • All local Wanaka Primary, Take Karara, Holy Family and Hawea Flat children will register online through their school. Information will be provided in the school newsletter.
  • All other junior competitors (not from local schools) can register through the Challenge Wanaka entry system.

Picking up your registration race pack

All local school children (Wanaka Primary, Take Kerara and Holy Family students) will be given their race packs at their local school by their teachers on the Tuesday or Wednesday of race week.

All other junior competitors who do not attend local schools or anyone from Tarras, Makarora or local home school kids; can pick up their registration packs from the Junior Challenge desk, located at Race HQ in the Glendhu Station Woolshed during race week from Wednesday the 17th of February between the times of 9am and 5pm.  Registration packs can also be picked up on the morning of the event from the registration area.

Race Packs

Race packs will include:

  • A race number, in the form of a wrist band. Non local students will receive 2 wrist bands. One for their mum or dad to pick up kids at the finish line
  • A bike number (kindly donated by Print it Wanaka) that can be mounted between the handlebars of each child’s bike
  • A timing device to go on your ankle 
  • A Junior Challenge T-shirt
  • A numbered helmet sticker
  • A swim cap
  • Instructions on what to do with all of your race pack contents
  • Brief last minute instructions for race day
  • A race map

 

2020 Photos

Marathon Photos were out and about on the Junior Challenge course for 2020.  Click to their website and search for your number or your name to find pictures of you/your child! These are available to purchase through the website along with certificates.

Results

Click this link to see the 2020 results

Click this link to see the 2019 results

Click this link to see the 2018 results

Click here to see the 2017 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.