The Challenge Wanaka Trust has been working hard with the relevant government departments and sporting bodies to reduce the COVID-19 virus risk to competitors. Your safety and health is of utmost importance to us and as such despite currently being in Level 1, the Trust will be operating in line with the Events Sector Voluntary Code.
This will include the following implemented for your race:
At registration and on race day we will be enabling contact tracing in the form of a QR code or manual records. We ask that all athletes and supporters please sign in using either option.
Hand sanitiser will also be available at registration and at the start/finish of the race. We encourage athletes to maintain good hygiene practices at this event.
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
4pm – 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 – Albertown 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
7.50am – Briefing at kayak start
8.00am – Start
10.30am – Kayak cut off
12.30pm – First finisher expected
5.00pm – Cut off
5.00pm – Prize giving (or after last competitor if earlier)
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 Albertown 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 Albertown following the arrows then across SH 6 at a STOP/GO into the Albertown 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 – 12km (Fast time – 1hr)
Run under the Albertown 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 (2pax) for the above will be $350 (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 $50pp (purchased through the registration system)
Included in this package is transport of your bikes/gear plus running gear from the Watersports Facility start area to the transitions and the return of your bikes back to the start/finish area. This does not include the pick up your kayak – this is your responsibility.