Puzzling World Intermediate Challenge

The Puzzling World Intermediate Challenge 2020 is open to all children in years 7 & 8. This event is the qualifying race for Upper Clutha Zone Schools to compete in the Central Otago Primary Schools Triathlon Championship in Term 4, 2020. This event will also provide the opportunity for the most aspiring intermediate athletes to qualify to compete in the NZ Schools National Championships.

The intermediate event will be hosted on Thursday morning 18th February 2021 and will be operated as a separate event to the Junior Challenge.


This year all year 7 & 8 students at Holy Family and Mount Aspiring College, plus local home schooled students will have a subsidized $5 entry fee to the event and will compete against their peers to become the Wanaka regional champion.

The $5 entry fees will be paid/collected by the school. Please contact your school’s sports coordinator to enter the race, not via the web link.

Any other competitors from outside the region entry fee is $30 and you must enter through the website.  Entries are now open!
If you would like to enter a team, please email Amanda on [email protected]

Puzzling World Intermediate Challenge will award the top 3 competitors in each year group with trophies and medals at the official prize giving which will take place at 11.30am in the event finish area. Each school will also be given their results independently and will announce their top 3 places for each category.

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

The Course

For both Year 7 and Year 8 races, the course will be made up of a 200m swim, 6km bike, 3km run.

Please see the course map below: 

Race Manual

The 2021 race manual will be available for download later in the year! Check back here to read about the rules, course details and all information you’ll need to know to race the Puzzling World Intermediate Challenge. 

Race Briefing & Start Times

Please note that all information here was for the 2020 race. Details or any changes for 2021 will be updated later in the year.

Race briefing is compulsory for all competitors and will take place at the following times at the Swim Start Area. All competitors must be at the Swim Start area 15 minutes before their race start time.


In Swim Start Area Race Briefing Start Time

Year 7 Boys

9.15 9.25  9.30

Year 7 Girls

9.25 9.35


Year 8 Boys 9.45 9.55


Year 8 Girls 9.55 10.05


All Teams 10.15 10.25



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View 2020 Results

Click this link to view the results for 2020

Click this link to view the results for 2019