Satellite Events

In the run up to Challenge Wanaka’s week long triathlon festival, there are some amazing events, courses and training you can join in with as part of your journey to completion of Challenge Wanaka.  Here are a few happening in the local area and contact details are included for each if you’d like to get involved.

Southland Summer Challenge

9th December 2017 – Croydon Lodge, Gore

New 5 hour adventure race run by Southland Tri Club.  Details will be posted on their website.

triFACTOR Wanaka

January 13th 2018

triFACTOR Wanaka takes place during the warmer summer months on Saturday 13th January 2018 – perfect timing for swimming, biking and trail running around one of Central Otago’s hot spots!

The lake temperature is inviting, the mountain views whilst riding are out of this world and the lakeside walking trails are some of the best in the country – simply perfect location for the triFACTOR event

For further details and how to enter please visit the website

The Ruby Swim

January 27th or 28th 2018

The Ruby Swim celebrates swimming in Lake Wanaka – out to and around the sentinel of Ruby Island. Treat it as a race if you like –  the winners of the 2.5km Ruby Ring are rewarded with actual bespoke one-off rings! But with a range of distances from 200m to 1.2km for the younger or novice open water swimmer; a good middle distance of 2.5km between a half and the full Challenge distance, the circumnavigation of Ruby Island fits the bill. In addition, with Challenge only three weeks afterwards, the 3.8km Big Ruby is the perfect practice and acclimatisation to the generally colder waters than most Challenge swimmers are used to.

New for 2018 is a 10km event being four laps of The Ruby course.

But the event is not just about the how fast you can go. Ruby Island is an icon in the Wanaka landscape, featured in thousands of photos and in the lore of Wanaka. In sight, but also just out of reach, to swim around it is the most brilliant experience and it holds a special surprise as you swim past the southern tip.

So race it or experience it. It’s a good outing either way.

Website and entry details:

Swim Lake Te Anau

6th February 2018

On Waitangi Day 6th Feb 2018  the Waitangi TeAnau 2018 committee are organising a day of activities in Te Anau to celebrate the day, including the annual swim across Lake Te Anau.  If any Challenge Wanaka Triathletes would like to participate as a training swim,  please e-mail Steve Bentley or Jansen Rogers:
[email protected]    021 0415798
[email protected]    021 413475

More information on their Facebook page.

Open water fitness and techniques

Available 14, 15 and 16 February 2018

Join world acclaimed swim coach Dan Abel and colleagues as they impart their knowledge and skills in open water swimming.

  • “Lets get ready to tri” This 75 minute open water clinic is targeted at those athletes doing Challenge Wanaka for the first time and it may well be your first major event. We will cover pre-race preparation, swim kit, the course, swim strategy. We’ll take you through the essentials of the swim ; race start, pacing, navigation, drafting, swim confidence to manage the unexpected.
  • “Race Ready” This 75 minute course is for those athletes who have competed in triathlon before and are looking for a last minute coaching session. We’ll cover equipment checks, pre race timelines, start tactics, navigation, pacing. The session is designed to help boost confidence going into your big event. A swim cap is included.

Visit the Fit and Abel website or head straight to their bookings calendar.