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Challenge Melbourne

Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21.1km
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The must-do event of the year, The Challenge Melbourne, is held on 14 April 2019 in Melbourne's iconic Bayside area at St. Kilda. The Challenge Melbourne is a Half Ironman Triathlon: 1.9Km swim / 90Km cycle / 21.1Km run

Set in the world's sporting capital of the world, Melbourne, the location offers an abundance of accommodation, cafes, tourist activities and other sporting events make a great weekend or holiday in this famous city.

All experience levels welcome who are willing to take on the 1.9Km Swim, 90Km Cycle and 21.1Km Run. The minimum age for entry is 18. Good luck and happy training!

How to enter the Challenge Melbourne

  1. Half Ironman

    Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21.1km
    AUD $300–AUD $455
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Challenge Melbourne route

Challenge Melbourne Half Distance Course, St Kilda

2019 sees Challenge Melbourne return to Melbourne’s favourite Triathlon location, Catani Gardens St Kilda. Here, participants will have exclusive access to the most popular open water swimming beach, beachside cycle course and running track in Melbourne. Further details on each leg below.


Swim Course – 1.9 km

The 1.9km swim course will start out the front of the St Kilda Sea Baths. Participants will swim 1.4km out the front of the St Kilda Sea Baths and areas in front of Luna Park before heading North and crossing beneath the iconic St Kilda Pier that will no doubt be packed with spectators. The 1.9km Swim will then be completed within the St Kilda Pier itself, making for a spectacular swim and short T1. Challenge Melbourne participants will be well looked after by Elwood Life Saving Club. Challenge Melbourne has a beach start, please make sure you pass under the ‘swim start’ sign to enter the athlete only area prior to your wave start. Once the swimmers have completed the swim, they head towards the Transition Area in Catani Gardens. Participants will have access to an Aid Station before completing T1.

The transition area includes a change tent and toilet for athletes to utilise during T1. Athletes must not leave any belongings in the change tent.

If you wear glasses, please hand to the designated volunteer in the swim start area who will place them on a table at the swim exit for you to pick up without delay. Please ensure they are numbered with your race number.

If for any reason you are unable to start the swim, you must hand your ankle timing band in at the Registration Marquee prior to the race start.

The course has plenty of spectacular viewing areas on the beach as well as on the St Kilda Pier.

Bike Leg – 90 km

Once participants have collected their bikes in the Transition Area, they run with their bikes towards the Mount Line on Pier Rd. Beginning an out-and-back course that starts by initially heading North for the first of three 30km laps of the 90km bike course. Cyclists then head southbound past Sandringham turning at Black Rock, along a fully closed Beach Rd, returning to St Kilda.

1st and 2nd lap cyclists perform a U-turn in front of the venue & crowd at Cowderoy St, St Kilda to commence their next lap. 3rd lap cyclists will turn left off Beach Rd into Catani Gardens to dismount, making their way into the Transition Area.

Water Bottles and Endura Electrolyte Bottles will be available on the bike leg prior to completing the first and second laps.

Gels for the cycle will have to be taken out by the athlete themselves, from what is provided with their kit.

PLEASE NOTE : Any participant who does not start their 3rd lap by 10:15 am will be turned into the venue after 2 laps, but will still be allowed to complete the full run leg. All participants yet to reach the roundabout in Blackrock by 10:45 am will be turned early to return to the venue, but will still be allowed to complete the full run leg.

Challenge Melbourne Run Course – 21.1 km

The run heads out of transition and along the beach pathway towards Brighton. The run course is a 2 lap 21.1km course; each lap just over 10.55km in length. Runners will run along the beach path turning just after the Elwood Boat Ramp. Runners will head back towards the venue on the roadside of the bay trail. As athletes enter the venue, 1st lap runners will keep left around the Rotunda turning left to commence their next lap. On completion of the 2nd lap, athletes keep right and will be directed to continue into the finish chute and across the finish line, where athletes can claim the victory of conquering Challenge Melbourne and celebrate with their complimentary Stein of beer.

7 Aid Stations per lap on a 2 lap course – 0KM, 1.8KM, 3KM, 4.8KM, 5.7KM, 7.7KM, 8.7KM, 10.5KM, 12.3KM, 13.5KM, 15.3KM, 16.2KM, 18.2KM, FINISH RECOVERY AREA
All Aid Stations will have halved bananas, Endura Gels, Carman’s Protein Bars, Water, Endura Cola and Electrolyte mix, and Red Bull (Straight Red Bull and Water/Red Bull Mix).

Please reference map for aid station locations.

Event Details

What’s Included

Included In Your Entry

  • Personalised Bib
  • Finishers Medal, Towel
  • On-course drink stations with 32GI hydration and nutrition
  • Post race athlete recovery area with 32GI hydration and nutrition, sweet and savoury foods
  • Full timing including transition times and bike and run splits
Raceday Logistics

Saturday 13th April

  • 10:00am – Challenge Melbourne Venue, Expo, and Coffee Opens
  • 12:00pm – Registration Opens (kit collection)
  • 12:00pm – Bike Check-in Opens (Compulsory for Challenge Half Competitors)
  • 1:00pm – Long Course Nutrition session on-stage
  • 1:00pm – Pro-Briefing for Elites
  • 1:30pm – Meet the Pros on-stage in event village Q&A session
  • 4:00pm – Registration closes / Bike check-in closes / Challenge expo closes

Sunday 14th April

  • 5:30am – Challenge Melbourne Venue, Expo, Food, and Coffee opens
  • 5:30am – Bike Check In / Kit collection opens ONLY for those Challenge Half Competitors who have contacted Race Organiser and been granted special exemption to Sunday Bike Check In. All other Half Competitors who checked in their bike on the Saturday will have access to the Transition Area to finalise their Transition Setup during this morning window also.
  • 6:35am – Transition Area closes for Challenge Half Distance Competitors
  • 6:35am – Challenge Half Pre-Race Briefing – Beach front of St. Kilda Sea Baths
  • 6:50am – Challenge Half Elite Male Race Start
  • 6:52am – Challenge Half Elite Female Race Start
  • 6:54 am – Challenge Half Age Group Race Starts (Females 7:00am, Last Wave 7:13am)
  • 10:55am – Cycle – last opportunity to turn at black rock (cut off southern end of cycle course – note: swim + ride total time of 4 hr 40 min will successfully make cut off time)
  • 11:05am – Challenge half elite male presentations 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • 11:35am – Challenge half elite female presentations 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • 12:20pm – Transition re-opens for bike collection. Note: Transition area only opens once last Half distance competitor is off cycle course through transition and onto the run
  • 2:00pm – Final half distance participant finishes
  • 2:oopm – Pickle Juice Recovery Area and Bar open to competitors Family, Friends, & Public
  • 3:30pm – Pickle Juice Challenge Melbourne Venue closes

There is one aid stations on the bike course which participants will pass 3 times at the 29.6km, 59.6km and 89.6km marks and five on the run course at 0.2km, 1.7km. 3.1km, 4.1km, and 5.6km. Athletes use these to refuel on their long journey with water, electrolyte drink and gels.

A bag compound will be available for all competitors for utilising. Please do not keep any valuables within your bags.

Every year Challenge Melbourne works with ASADA to ensure triathlon is a fair sport. The winning athletes are all tested, along with random tests throughout the field.

Every athlete has their name printed on their race number – make sure you shout out their name as they go past, it gives them a huge boost.

Wetsuits mandatory if the water temperature is below 18’c and forbidden above 24’c

Challenge Melbourne weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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