Part of the Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons, Challenge Wanaka 2015 - to be held on February 22, 2015 – is the race of a lifetime for athletes keen to compete in paradise.Challenge Wanaka 2015 is one of the world’s toughest distance triathlon courses at 226km, and perhaps its most scenic ,set against New Zealand’s Southern Alps. It is also New Zealand’s largest triathlon festival, featuring events for all ages and abilities.
Challenge Wanaka 2015 is the flagship event of a multi-day triathlon festival, including a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and an off road marathon along the water’s edge. There is a total prize pool of$80,150, available to individual men’s and women’s pro athletes, and mixed teams. There is also the Lake Wanaka Half, and the Puzzling World Junior Challenge for budding triathletes aged six to 15, as well as the Fun Run and Swim the Course in the days before the main event.
Volunteer applications are now being sought. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to watch from the sidelines. Thousands of spectators line the route to cheer on athletes ,and at the end of it all, the finish line is in the heart of the Lake Wanaka township with fireworks, music and a big party to celebrate from about 8pm. There will still be access to the lakefront during Challenge Wanaka 2015 with local tourism operators going about business as usual, so holidayers get the best of both worlds.
Wanaka is just one hour from Queenstown with your Queenstown Airport car hire from Hertz Queenstown. FREE public parking will be available at the Wanaka Showgrounds. If you are travelling to Wanaka for Challenge Wanaka 2015 and wondering where to stay, there is a wide range of accommodation options, which tend to be more low key and cosy – think apartments, B&Bs, and motels.
Edgewater enjoys a top spot on the shores of Lake Wanaka – all its apartments have stunning views of the water and mountains, and a balcony to enjoy it from. Wanaka Edge Apartments, which has a quiet outlook away from the water toward the east, 10 minutes walk from town, offers all amenities with private courtyard or balcony. What’s more, both are offering special Challenge Wanaka 2015 booking rates.