End of Challenge Wanaka full distance race

Image: Challenge Wanaka - Abby Shaw. Photo: NIkki Heath / Wanaka Sun

The Challenge Wanaka full distance event will be cut from the programme next year.

Race Director Bill Roxburgh announced the news today, saying “we want to put our time and energy into the Challenge Wanaka Half and Aqua Bike to make them internationally recognised events with a real focus on the age group athletes, giving them the best quality time possible while they are in Wanaka.”

This year the professionals raced in the shorter 113km race, attracting the strongest field ever seen in New Zealand for a half distance event.

With the elite field cut from the full distance race and race numbers declining over the past two years, organisers felt they could not give competitors, especially those finishing later, the experience they deserved.

“The decision to pull the full distance event was not made easily by the Trustees. Most have competed in the event themselves, but they know for the continued growth of our junior challenge, secondary schools, Challenge Wanaka Half and aqua bike events that we need to focus on running those events to a world-class level,” Bill said.

Image: Challenge Wanaka - Abby Shaw. Photo: NIkki Heath / Wanaka Sun


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