Wānaka Sun       

Female fantastics arriving for Challenge Wānaka

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 06 Feb, 2020 | By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Challenge Wānaka is excited to announce a star-studded line up of professionals competing at the Asia Pacific Championships in Wānaka on February 15, 2020. The race has always been a highlight on the calendar for many Kiwi and International professional triathletes and this year is no different. The middle-distance race will be the third Challenge Family Asia Pacific Championship and the 14th Challenge Wānaka event. 

The women's field is arguably one of the deepest and most diverse ever. New Zealand professional triathlete Hannah Wells (Bay of Plenty) is the 2019 champion and will be vying to retain her crown in 2020. In 2019 Wells became a professional triathlete and won every race she competed in, including the Ironman Taupo 70.3. Meredith Kessler (USA), 2019 silver medallist will be competing again this year. Kessler is one of the strongest women in the field with 11 full distance Ironman and 21 half distance Ironman first place podiums to her name. 

Radka Kahlefeldt (Czech Republic) will be competing for the first time in Wanaka and is the 2019 Challenge World bonus winner. She is known on the triathlon circuit for her speed and endurance on course. Lisa Roberts (USA) is a six time iron-distance champion and has been a professional triathlete for 11 years. Rachel McBride (Canada) aka. the "Purple Tiger" is a three-time 70.3 Champion, Federica De Nicola (Italy) and Courtney Gilfillan (Australia) round out this diversely international field. “I am excited to come and race Integrity Homes Challenge Wānaka for my first time. I have heard incredible things about this race and its scenic swim bike and run course. I am excited for the off road running and the hills. This is an event I have always wanted to be a part of. I am eager to see the countryside and start my year racing in this beautiful place,” said Courtney Gilfillan.

 

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