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Challenge Melbourne


Welcome to Challenge Melbourne 14 April 2019 – 1.9KM 90KM 21.1KM

Melbourne is renowned as the sporting capital of the World and it is fitting that it be held in the inner city region of Bayside only, 7km from the CBD.

As Australia’s only metropolitan half distance triathlon, CHALLENGE Melbourne is one of the must do events of the year. Featuring a stunning new course in Melbourne’s iconic Bayside area in St Kilda, 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 from the Fairfax Event Team.

Half Distance Pricing

Pricing Period Individual Team
Pre-Sale (12 Nov – 14 Dec) $300 $350
Early Bird (3 Dec – 20 Jan) $320 $400
Standard (21 Jan – 24 Mar) $340 $420
Last Minute (25 Mar – 12 Apr*) $355 $435

Note: $25 day license applies for non TA members
*All online entries close 5pm, 12th April 2019.
We will also accept entries between 12pm – 4pm on 13th April 2019 at the Event Information tent (subject to availability).



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

Event Time Guide

Saturday 13th April

10:00am Challenge Melbourne Venue, Expo, Food and Coffee Opens All Competitors
12:00pm Registration Opens (Kit collection) All Competitors
12:00pm Bike Check-In Opens (Compulsory for Challenge Half Competitors, optional for Challenge Sprint) Half
1:00pm Long Course Nutrition session on-stage Half
1:00pm Pro-Briefing Elites
1:30pm Meet the Pros on-stage in event village Q&A session All Competitors
2:00pm Tri-Alliance Walk Through Transition Session Half
4:00pm Registration Closes All Competitors
4:00pm Bike Check-in Closes All Competitors
4:00pm Challenge Expo Closes All Competitors

Sunday 14th April

5:30am Challenge Melbourne Venue, Expo, Food and Coffee Opens All Competitors
5:30am Bike Check In / Kit Collection Opens for Challenge Sprint Competitors and ONLY 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. All Competitors
6:35am Transition Area Closes for Challenge Half Distance Competitors Half
6:35am Challenge Half Pre-Race Briefing – Beach front of St Kilda Sea Baths Half
6:50am Challenge Half Elite Male Race Start Half
6:52am Challenge Half Elite Female Race Start Half
6:54am Challenge Half Age Group Race Starts (Females 7:00am, Last Wave 7:13am) Half
7:00am Transition Area Closes for Challenge Sprint Distance Competitors Sprint
7:20am Challenge Sprint Pre-Race Briefing – City Side of St Kilda Pier Sprint
7:55am Challenge Sprint Race Start Sprint
10:55am CYCLE – Last Opportunity To Turn at Black Rock (Cut Off Southern End of Cycle Course – Note: Swim + Ride Total Time of 4HR 40Min Will Successfully Make Cut Off) Half
11:05am approx. Challenge Half Elite Male Presentations 1st, 2nd, 3rd Half
11:35am approx. Challenge Half Elite Female Presentations 1st, 2nd, 3rd Half
11:45am approx. Challenge Sprint Distance Age Group Presentations Sprint
12:20pm Transition re-opens for Bike Collection (Challenge Melbourne and Challenge Sprint). NOTE: Transition area only opens once last Half distance Competitor is off cycle course through transition and onto the run. All Competitors
Varied All Elite Presentations 4th-10th and Age Group Presentations1st, 2nd, 3rd will be made progressively on stage as results are made available. Half
2:00pm Final Half Distance Participant Finishes All Competitors
2:00pm Pickle Juice Recovery Area and Bar Open to Competitors Family, Friends & Public All Competitors
3:30pm Pickle Juice Challenge Melbourne Venue Closes All Competitors

Club Tents

Click here to download the form and submit at your earliest convenience to reserve your clubs marquee position.


Ellie Salthouse – 2016 Female Winner:
“My first Challenge Melbourne half experience in 2016 was one I will never forget. Aside from having my first half distance win, Challenge provided a race that was seamlessly organised, and focussed on giving the athletes every opportunity to have a great race. I can never pass up an opportunity to race in Victoria in the summer time and look forward to returning in 2017 to defend my title.”

Todd Skipworth – 2016 Male Winner:
“Challenge Melbourne Half is easily one of my favourite Australian races. The Challenge / SME 360 team who organise every facet of the race provide all the information you could need to know in the lead up, which helps settle any unwanted nerves and allow you to focus on performing. Every year the event manages to pull off something special and always surpasses my expectations. Great support team, inspiring competitors and crowds and an amazing team of volunteers all within a stones throw of Melbourne itself make this event truly epic! Already looking forward to lining up next year.”

Leon Griffin – 2015 Winner:
“Challenge Melbourne…what can I say – WOW! Challenging in every sense of the word, not to mention the breathtaking beauty of this FAST Bayside course. One of my favorites anywhere around the world”.

Caroline Steffen:
“Big thanks to for an amazing event and support all weekend!! C ya next year”

Madeleine Oldfield:
“SME360 did a fantastic job to inform all competitors of the contingencies that would be put in place on race day to cope with the extreme heat. Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters and to SME360 for putting on such a fantastic event.”

Michael Fox:
“Thanks for a great event.”

Recbecca Hoske:
“Well done for a fantastic race & experience! Love the challenge atmosphere!”

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