Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka

2021 Junior Challenge

For school ages from year 1 through to Year 6.  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, bike along the Wanaka lake front and run over the Wanaka Challenge bridge, 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. Prize giving for everyone will be at 4:00pm on Friday the 19th February in the official Challenge Wanaka finish arena.

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

Course Info

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

Age Group




Year 1




Year 2




Year 3



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




Year 4


3km (3 laps)


Year 5


3km (3 laps)


Year 6


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 2020 

Online entry fees:

  • Individuals: $30

Local entry fees:

  • Individuals: $5

No on the day entries are available.
Entries will close at 5pm on the 10th February 2020.

  • All local Wanaka Primary, Take Kerara and Holy Family children will register with a google form sent to them by their respective schools. Information will be provided in the school newsletter.
  • Hawea Flat school, 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

Please refer to the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Race Manual 2020 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.



  • All local Wanaka Primary and Holy Family children will register online through their school. Information will be provided in the school newsletter.
  • Hawea Flat school will be given a code and can register through the Challenge Wanaka entry system.
  • 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 in the main Challenge Wanaka marquee on Pembroke Park during race week from Wednesday the 12th 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 (as indicated on the course map).

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
  • A race number tattoo
  • Instructions on what to do with all of your race pack contents
  • Brief last minute instructions for race day
  • A race map

On Race Day

Last minute race pack pick up – Friday 14 Feb 2019


Last minute Race pack pick up will be located in Pembroke Park, in close proximity to the main bike transition area. Please refer to the map for further detail.  Once registered and children have picked up their race packs, children will need to make their way to their bike transition and rack their bikes in numbered order (by 8.45am). The bike transition area will be separated into year groups.  Please note the race briefing times below. Children will need to be in attendance at their respective race briefings, which will be located at the Challenge Wanaka swim start location. This will be the starting area for all events. 

Bike Drop Off – Race Day 14th February 

The designated bike racking time for the Junior Challenge is between between 7am and 8.45am on the morning of race day. The main transition area where bikes are to be racked is in the centre of Pembroke park. Please refer to the map for further detail. Rack your bike in numbered order in your designated YEAR group. We suggest you label your race gear bag (if you have one) with your race number and hang this on the handlebars. If everything is clearly labelled we can ensure that your gear will remain with your bike up until your race. There will be marshals (in orange vests) inside the transition area to support children to locate their bikes and prepare for the bike or run leg of the course.
There will also be designated parking and turnaround areas for parents dropping off bikes in Pembroke Park. 

Equipment pick up

The transition area will open to the public for gear collection from 2.45pm to 6pm. Please collect your child’s equipment during these times. Some allowances will be made for earlier pick-ups in authorised and exceptional circumstances. This will be on a case by case basis and will require a written submission and permission granted from the event manager [email protected]. Please do not attempt to enter the transition area between 9am and 2.45pm as you will undoubtedly affect the race of other children competing

Race briefing & event start time

Race briefing is compulsory for all children and will take place 5 minutes before each age category starts. We will be operating wave starts, with boys going in the first waves, then girls going in the second waves. Listen for announcements as wave starts will start immediately after the last competitor of the previous wave has entered the bike are transition (approximately 2-5 minutes after the previous wave start).

Age Category

Race Briefing

Race Start

Year 1



Year 2



Year 3 



Year 4



Year 5



Year 6





There will be a prize giving where the top three individuals for each age group will be announced and award a trophy for first and medals for 2nd and 3rd place getters. The prize giving will take place in the Challenge Wanaka finish area at 4:00pm for all age groups.


2019 Photos

Marathon Photos were out and about on the Junior Challenge course for 2019.  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.


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.