Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka

2020 Junior Challenge

For school ages from year 1 through to Year 6.  This event will also provide the opportunity for the Upper Clutha Zone Schools to qualify to compete in the Central Otago Primary Schools Triathlon Championships in Term 4, 2020.

If you’re a Year 7 or 8, you will be racing on the morning of Thursday the 13th 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 14th 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

Run

Bike

Run

Year 1

250m

1km

250m

Year 2

250m

1km

250m

Year 3

250m

3km

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 2020.

Entry Fees 2020 

Online entry fees:

  • Individuals: $30

No on the day entries are available.
Entries will close at 11pm on the 11th February 2020.

  • 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, Tarras & Makarora primary school have been provided with a code 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 Wanaka 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.

 

Registration

  • 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 children will be given their race packs at their local school by their teachers on the Tuesday of race week.

All other junior competitors who do not attend local schools (Wanaka, Hawea and Holy Family) 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 13th 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).

 

On Race Day

Registration – Friday 14 Feb 2019

7.00am-8.30am

Registration 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.

Registration packs will include:

  • A race number, in the form of a wrist band
  • A bike number (kindly donated by Print it Wanaka) that can be mounted between the handlebars of each child’s bike
  • A timing device
  • A Junior Challenge T-shirt
  • A numbered helmet sticker

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. The bike transition area will be separated into age groups.  Please note the race briefing times below. Children will need to be in attendance at the race briefing, which will be located at the Challenge Wanaka swim start location. This will be the starting area for all events. 

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

9.25am

9.30am

Year 2

9.55am

10.00am

Year 3 

10.25am

10.30am

Year 4

11.10am

11.15am

Year 5

12.10pm

12.15pm

Year 6

1.10pm

1.15pm

     

PRIZE GIVING

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.

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.