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Challenge Wanaka Announces Pro Start List

The 2012 Challenge Wanaka lineup features several the region's top triathletes.

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The 2012 Challenge Wanaka lineup features several of the region’s top triathletes.

Photo: Challenge Wanaka

Challenge Wanaka is touted as New Zealand’s largest triathlon festival and will welcome over 2,000 participants from Jan. 15-21 in Lake Wanaka.

The premiere event, Challenge Wanaka, will take place on Jan. 21 and will feature 1,300 athletes from 30 nations racing over the both the half and full iron distance.

The race features the country’s largest prize purse for an iron-distance race at $80,000.

PHOTOS: 2011 Challenge Wanaka

See the pro list below and check back to Triathlete.com during race week for more from Lake Wanaka.

Men

Jamie Whyte (NZL)
Kieran Doe (NZL)
Marc Pschebizin (GER)
Aaron Farlow (AUS)
Courtney Ogden (AUS)
Keegan Williams (NZL)
Petr Vabrousek (CZE)
Bryan Rhodes (NZL)

Women

Gina Crawford (NZL)
Christie Sym (AUS)
Nicole Ward (AUS)
Simone Maier (NZL)
Tamsyn Hayes (NZL)
Candice Hammond (NZL )