Junior Challenge Wanaka has become an event in itself. We expect around 900 children from 5-12 years old! We'd love your help early morning with registration, or in the water as swim support, on the bike leg, the run course or in transition and at the finish line.
Registration is from 7.30-9am then age categories race as follows
Are you an early morning person? Keen to see the sunrise over lake Wanaka and the start of the race? We're looking for people in safety kayaks and boats and also on land to help athletes and pedestrians
The course heads out of town winding round the edge of Lake Wanaka towards Mt Aspiring National Park, reaching the Hospital Flat turnaround point at 18km and heading back to the township. After passing through the main race area and crowds of spectators the course turns left to Albert Town and an undulating ride to Lake Hawea. After a ride along the lakefront the course turns towards Hawea Flat, climbing to the terraces before dropping steeply back down to the Clutha River. Before reaching the Red Bridge, a sharp left hand turn takes you out towards Tarras for 8.1km where a U-turn takes you back to the Red Bridge, through Luggate and up to the Airport Hill and then a steady downhill back to town taking a short detour along Riverbank Road to the Cardrona Valley Road before a downhill into the centre of town to pick up special needs before heading out on the second lap. Please note the second lap does not include the Hospital Flat leg.
The run heads towards the Lake Wanaka Outlet Track along the lake edge and follows the Clutha River towards Albert Town.
Once at Dean’s Bank (12.5km) the course turns right into Gunn Rd (sharp uphill) right into Aubrey Rd (long gentle downhill), right onto Beacon Point Road down to the turnaround at Ridgecrest, back up Beacon Point Road and turn right into Waimana Place and then left back onto the lakeside track then onto Lakeside Road towards the town centre.
If completing the first of two laps the athletes head along the lake foreshore to the turnaround point where their special needs bag will be (21.1km). Once they complete their second lap and the finish is in sight they stay on Lakeside Road, then right on to Ardmore Street and down to the finish line. The run course is 25% sealed, 75% gravel and is two laps.
Aid Stations Aid stations on the run course will be positioned approximately every 2.5km. They will be offering CLIF Bars, CLIF Shots and bananas along with hydration from Nuun, water, Coke, bananas, salty crackers and Jet Planes. Other foods will be available, and will vary from station to station. Sponges will also be available.
As a charitable trust, The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust is dependent on the goodwill, knowledge, skills and valuable time of volunteers. One of our key objectives, alongside providing sporting events, is to enable social presence by providing a volunteering programme in the community and inspiring people of all ages and abilities to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. We feel it is an opportunity to open our doors and increase public awareness of our events and allow the public to contribute.
Through working with volunteers we find we benefit greatly from their inspiring passion and endless multi-tasking abilities and the athletes are able to follow their dreams. We aim to provide opportunities for people of all ages to become part of a team, learn skills, meet others and gain memorable experiences. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Challenge Wanaka.