With over 1,630 full and half distance athletes from 29 nations, 900 junior athletes and a world-class pro field, the world’s most scenic triathlon, Challenge Wanaka, is gearing up for the biggest event yet this Saturday, February 20th.

International athletes Yvonne van Vlerken (NED), Laura Siddall (GBR), Alyssa Godesky (USA), Maik Twelsiek (GER) and Joe Skipper (GBR) are just some of the top pros flying to New Zealand’s South Island to take on defending Kiwi champions Dylan McNeice and Gina Crawford plus local Wanaka favourite, Dougal Allan.

The elite athletes are joined by over 1,600 age group athletes competing for the New Zealand national title in the full distance and ITU Long Distance World Championships qualification in the half distance.

In addition, over 900 local school children will line up on Friday, February 19th to take part in the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka in the region’s largest primary school event.

All the race day action can be followed live on February 20th. Coverage includes live online TV coverage of the pro race, commentated by triathlete icon, Belinda Granger and guests, live race updates on Twitter @ChallengeWanaka plus live timing and athlete tracking, all available at www.challenge-wanaka.com.

Access to the live coverage, plus event information, is available through the Challenge Wanaka App, available for both iPhone (http://apple.co/1XeQdT4) and Android  (http://bit.ly/1Pi3ask)