Challenge Wanaka’s Victoria Murray-Orr says high lake levels and a partly submerged run course are no cause for concern – yet. The long-distance triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, and organizers have been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and rising lake and river levels after several days of heavy rainfall.
The Outlet Track, on the bank of the swollen Clutha River, which forms part of the 42.2km run leg of the race, was underwater yesterday, and though the flooding was ”not ideal preparation” for the event, the water was likely to recede well before race day, Ms. Murray-Orr said.
”The river levels go down very quickly once the rain stops.”
Event organizers had ”really solid contingency plans” in place, including an alternative running course which would avoid the Outlet Track, if necessary.
”It’s a shame because it misses out the most scenic part of the course … but if we’ve got to use it, we’ve got to use it.”