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triath­letes in­clud­ing de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Dy­lan McNe­ice, of Christchurch, and 11-time long dis­tance cham­pion Gina Craw­ford, of Wanaka. Join­ing them are course record holder and mul­ti­sport world cham­pion Richard Ussher, of Nel­son, lead­ing Aus­tralians Car­rie Lester, Matty White and Court­ney Og­den, Scott DeFilip­pis of the United States, plus Wanaka hope­fuls Si­mone Maier, Dou­gal Al­lan and Ben Lo­gan. United States long-dis­tance leg­end and 1988 world cham­pion Scott Molina has signed up for the Lake Wanaka Half along side New Zealand’s Jenny Rose, 1994 ITU World Cham­pion, and Wanaka’s Nicky Sa­muels, the 2013 XTERRA world cham­pion. Hun­dreds of other com­peti­tors aged 13 to 80 will take on the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run that co­in­cides with the full-dis­tance Chal­lenge Wanaka race – 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run – on the same day. Race di­rec­tor Vic­to­ria Mur­ray-Orr said the half would con­tinue to at­tract ath­letes of all abil­i­ties be­cause of its ac­ces­si­ble dis­tance and stun­ning set­ting. ‘‘Any half-dis­tance triathlon is still an enor­mous chal­lenge for in­di­vid­u­als and teams, and Lake Wanaka’s tough but beau­ti­ful ter­rain makes fin­ish­ing this race an awe­some achieve­ment. ‘‘At­tract­ing elite ath­letes like Scott, Jenny and Nicky as well as ‘ weekend war­riors’ com­pet­ing for fun or to raise money for char­ity means there’s a great mix of peo­ple which only adds to the amaz­ing at­mos­phere on race day,’’ she said. More than 2000 ath­letes will com­pete in the sport celebration, the largest num­ber in the event’s eight years with the main event part of the global se­ries of triathlons. The cir­cuit fea­tures 22 races in 14 coun­tries, in­clud­ing the world’s largest long dis­tance triathlon, Chal­lenge Roth in Ger­many. Fri­day will see the Puz­zling World Ju­nior Chal­lenge Wanaka and Sport Cen­tral 3:9:3. Reg­is­tra­tions can be made on the day. Reg­is­tra­tion for the fun run will take place at the Mead­ow­stone cor­ner of Lake Wanaka from 5.30pm. Funds raised from the event will go to Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis New Zealand, Chal­lenge Wanaka’s

Make sure you get out to the event and cheer for lo­cal com­peti­tors such as Nicky Sa­muels, who are tak­ing part in the event. of­fi­cial char­ity. Satel­lite event man­ager Iona San­ders said ‘‘whether you’re young, not-so-young or some­where in be­tween, th­ese events are de­signed to be ac­ces­si­ble and fun.’’

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