COVID-19 UPDATE – 28th October 2021 – 3:30pm – Latest news
The Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Board and team have met after the Government’s 1pm briefing today (28th Oct 2021) and can confirm we will be going ahead with the OSM Challenge Wanaka Multi event this Saturday.
The safety of our competitors is of utmost importance to the Trust and team, so we have actioned extra levels of protocols and precautions into our Covid plan. Please read the updated version here in full before you come and register at the event site.
Registration opens at 2pm tomorrow (Friday 29 Oct) at the Wānaka Watersports centre till 7pm. We will be asking competitors to sign and confirm, they have not been at any places of interest and that they do not have any Covid-19 symptoms. This check will be made before entering the building to register. Here is a link to the Covid-19 Places of interest site, please be aware at the time we updated our website the Christchurch places of interest have yet to be added by the Ministry of Health.
If you are a competitor from Christchurch, who either has symptoms of COVID-19 or have been at a place of interest then please email [email protected] and you will receive a 75% refund or a transfer to the OSM Challenge Wanaka Multi 2022 event.
Please can we remind all competitors and their supporters that everyone will need to sign in to the event zone, wear masks when not racing, stay in their bib number zones, abide by physical distancing rules and please stay home if you are unwell.
We have separate toilet facilities across the course for the individual racers and team athletes, so please respect your bubbles.
Please bring only one support person and if they would like to support you at T1 (kayak to bike transition) please note the road down to the transition will be closed between 9am – approximately 11am (till the last competitor is away on their bike) due to a pinch point where the athletes will be riding up the road onto the Newcastle Track. Please plan accordingly for the T2 shoe drop you may need. Our capacity for each bib numbered zone is 100 people.
For those of you who do not know how to get down to the T1 transition area there will be an Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka flag on the main road indicating where to pull in. This is 200m north of the Red Bridge in Luggate along Kane Road.
Please note we would like no spectators at the event site, start areas, finish, transition and aid stations.
We will be giving medals out at the finish as people pass through and there will be no prizegiving unfortunately this year. But we do have some awesome giveaway for you to pick up at registration, including OSM bars to try.
We thank everyone for their patience and kind words today. We are super excited to be hosting you at the OSM Challenge Wanaka Multi and want you all to have a safe and awesome race come Saturday!
Thank you from the Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust Board and Team
2pm – 7pm Registration at the Wanaka Watersports Facility on the beach front situated at Stoney Creek.
You must pick up your event numbers, t shirt, timing chip, and gift
6.00am – Luggate bike transition open for bike drop off
6.00am – Albert Town transition open for shoe drop off
6.30am – Tandem Kayak Hire set up
– bike/running shoe drop off for unsupported competitors at kayak start area
7.45am – Briefing at kayak start
8.00am – Individuals Start
8.30am – Teams Start
9am – Road to T1 closed till last competitor has transitioned to the bike and onto the Newcastle Track – there will still be access to the transition area but only by foot.
10.30am – Kayak cut off
12.30pm – First finisher expected
5.00pm – All transitions close. Leaving any gear after this point is at the athletes risk as the transition will no longer be staffed.
5.00pm – Cut off
Open to Individuals, Tandem Teams and teams of 2 or 3
$165 Individual – Age Groups 18 – 39, 40 – 55, 56 plus
$265 Team – 1st 2nd, 3rd
$245 Tandem Teams – 1st 2nd, 3rd
Kayak – 25km (Fast time 1hr 15)
Start on shore outside lake Wanaka Watersports facility, paddle around Beacon Point to outlet of Lake Wanaka, note that you should paddle well out into lake from Beacon Point to outlet due to large rocks under surface and shallow water. This section can get extremely rough – we recommend practicing kayaking in rougher water in preparation.
You are now on the Clutha river from the Outlet Motor Camp. You can expect wave trains, boils, large eddies and choppy sections. This section from Albert Town to Luggate is lined with willow trees; do not swim or kayak into willow trees they are not your friend! If you fall out near willow trees do a deep water rescue or swim down river till you find a suitable gap on shore you can safely swim into.
The Clutha river is a grade 2 section; you will love this piece of water it’s a stunning paddle! The get out is on the gravel beach 2.5km above the Luggate Red Bridge on true left of river. This is the end of leg 1.
Please note that tandem kayaks will be available for hire and will be on site from 6.30am to set up – it is your responsibility to organise the hire (please see hire details below)
Mountain Bike – 43km (Fast time 2hrs 10)
Grab your mountain bike from the numbered bike rack and follow the arrows to the Newcastle track to bike on an awesome single track upstream on true left bank of Clutha River. (Please be mindful of other track users on this section – this is not closed to the public for the event). This track takes you to the Hawea River swing bridge which is a reasonably flat, varying surface. Once at the swing bridge head toward Albert Town following the arrows then across SH 6 at a STOP/GO into the Albert Town Camp. This leads you to the legendary Deans Bank Trail. Follow the trail upstream to the Dublin Bay 4WD track which takes you around the lake shore to Dublin Bay Road. You are now on the road network – normal road code rules apply. Continue on Dublin Bay Road and then left at the intersection with SH6 towards the “black top” to Hawea Dam. Turn right onto Capell Rd then right after you cross the dam onto Domain Road. Marshalls will direct you onto Hawea River single track where you follow the track downstream to Camphill Road where you cross the road under the direction of the STOP/GO control. Once across the road, travel down the Hawea River track back to the Hawea River swing bridge and follow the arrows to the transition area beside the Bridge at the SH6 road crossing.
Trail Run – 14km (Fast time – 1hr)
Run under the Albert Town SH6 bridge up onto the footbridge cross the river to true right side of the river and continue up the river to the outlet river track. Follow this scenic track all the way up the river to the Outlet Motor Camp (be aware of other track users when on this single track section). Follow the arrows on the Beacon Point track and continue this track back to Wanaka via Eely Point. Ensure you follow arrows on tricky sections until you run around the Wanaka foreshore back to the Wanaka Watersports Facility – you have now completed the race, well done!
Predicted fastest time 4hrs 25 minutes.
Available are 30 Yellow Eco Niizh with forward, middle and rear bulk heads. All will be well maintained and ready for action.
– 2 x Day two neoprene/nylon spray skirts (number to align with the kayak)
– Transport to put in, Pick up from take out.
– Personalised assistance to help set up the boat.
– The price per vessel for the above will be $200 per double or $100 per single kayak (excluding paddle/PFD)
– ‘Waikato’ Paddles (220cm) available for an extra $25 per paddle and $25 for PFD
Included in your kayak hire if you need it, is bike drop off at the bike transition and pick up after the event, return back to the finish, plus dropping off running shoes at the Albertown Transition.
A support package for Individuals and Tandem teams that are not hiring kayaks is available for $50 pp (purchased through the registration system).
Included in this package is transport of your bikes and bike gear (in a blue bag we will give you) to Transition 1, and your running gear (red bag we will give you at rego) to Transition 2 at Albert Town Bridge.
We will ask you to drop off your bags and bike at the Watersports Facility start area between 6:30 and 7:30am. We will return your bikes and bike gear back to the start/finish area. This does not include the pick up your kayak and kayak gear bag – this is your responsibility.
The Challenge Wanaka Multi will still take place if New Zealand is at COVID Level 2, in line with government guidelines, with a cap of 100 competitors.
If New Zealand is in level 3 or 4:
Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust will be guided by and will follow any policies or guidelines issued by the Government, including but not limited to:
The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust is committed to supporting Challenge Family athletes and trusts that they will understand that we will always be doing our best to look after them.
Any queries please do not hesitate to contact us: [email protected]