The Wanaka Challenge is canceled

The organizers of Challenge Wanaka have announced the test will not be held after detecting the COVID-19 Omicron variant in New Zealand.

The competition was scheduled for February 19 and is postponed to next year

The organization confirmed the cancellation of the test on social networks while the New Zealand government passed the country to red level of measures against COVID. 

Race director Bill Roxburgh commented: “We have been working tirelessly on options for how we can continue.

But we strongly believe that this option is the best option for our competitors and the community, given what could be a prolonged time in the red alert level. 

We do not want to cause any additional burden on our healthcare system and amazing frontline workers at this crucial time for Aotearoa. 

We traditionally bring athletes and families from across our nation to beautiful Lake Wanaka, and this just doesn't seem like the right thing to do, given the predictions of how this outbreak could play out in the coming weeks.«.

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