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Challenge Melbourne


Welcome to Challenge Melbourne 09 April 2017 – 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. The 2017 CHALLENGE Melbourne Long Course Triathlon Event will be recognised as the 2017 Official CHALLENGE ASIA PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS and professional athletes will fight it out for a $30,000 prize purse and the title of Asia-Pacific Champion. Click here to view the Prize Money breakdown.

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 SME360 Event Team.

Entry Prices – Half Distance

Individual Entry: $350 (TA members)
(Note: $20 day license applies for non TA members)
Team Entry: $430 (No additional day license required)

Entry Prices – Sprint Distance

Individual Entry: $130 (TA members)
(Note: $5 day license applies for non TA members)
Team Entry: $180 (No additional day license required)



Included In Your Entry

– Personalised Bib
– Finishers Medal, Towel and Challenge Family Stein
– On course drink stations with Endura hydration and nutrition
– Post race athlete recovery area with Endura hydration and nutrition, sweet and savoury foods
– Full timing including transition times and bike and run splits


10:00am Deep Heat Challenge Melbourne Venue, Expo, Food and Coffee Opens All Competitors
11:30am Tri-Alliance Walk Through Transition (Session 1) All Competitors
12:00pm Registration Opens All Competitors
12:00pm Bike Check-In Opens (Compulsory for Challenge Half Competitors, optional for Challenge Sprint) Half
12:00pm Long Course Essentials and Q&A plus Nutrition Info (Session 1) Half
1:00pm Pro-Briefing Elites
1:30pm Meet the Pros (On-stage in event village Q&A session) All Competitors
2:00pm Long Course Essentials and Q&A plus Nutrition Info (Session 2) Half
3:30pm Long Course Essentials and Q&A plus Nutrition Info (Session 3) Half
4:00pm Registration Closes All Competitors
4:00pm Bike Check-in Closes All Competitors
4:00pm Tri-Alliance Walk Through Transition (Session 2 ) All Competitors
4:00pm Challenge Expo Closes All Competitors


Transitions Walk Through

Tri Alliance will cover full transition walk through covering all entry and exit points, athlete flow through transition, mounting and dismount points and finally swim start and exit.

Long Course Essentials and Q&A

Presented by Level 2 coach and 2 x Kona athlete, Ollie Allan (best Ironman time of 8:54). Topics that will be covered are:

  • Swim. Swim navigation, swim safety, swim tips and wetsuits
  • Transition. What’s the best set up for you?
  • Bike. Tire pressure, bike set up, bike safety, setting up for the run
  • Run. How the race is won or lost
  • Nutrition. Make it simple but never neglect it


7:00amTransition Area Closes for Challenge Sprint Distance CompetitorsHALF

5:00am Deep Heat Challenge Melbourne Venue, Expo, Food and Coffee Opens All Competitors
5:00am 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 Saturday 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
6:15am Transition Area Closes for Challenge Half Distance Competitors Half
6:15am Challenge Half Pre-Race Briefing – Beach front of St Kilda Sea Baths Half
6:30am Challenge Half Elite Male Race Start Half
6:32am Challenge Half Elite Female Race Start Half
6:35am Challenge Half Age Group Race Starts 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
7:30am Challenge Sprint Race Start Sprint
10:15am CYCLE – Last Opportunity To Commence Final Lap (Cut Off Cycle Turn Around at Venue) Half
10:45am CYCLE – Last Opportunity To Turn at Black Rock (Cut Off Southern End of Cycle Course) Half
10:45am approx. Challenge Half Elite Male Presentations 1st, 2nd, 3rd Half
11:15am approx. Challenge Half Elite Female Presentations 1st, 2nd, 3rd Half
11:15am approx. Challenge Sprint Distance Age Group Presentations Sprint
12:00pm 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 Deep Heat Recovery Area and Bar Open to Competitors Family, Friends & Public All Competitors
3:30pm Deep Heat 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.

Prize Money

Professional athletes will fight it out for a $30,000 prize purse and the title of Asia-Pacific Champion.
This prize purse will be split across male and female with the following breakdown:
1/ $6,600
2/ $4,000
3/ $2,100
4/ $1,300
5/ $1000

The event will also carry double qualification slots for THECHAMPIONSHIP which is CHALLENGEFAMILY’s annual World Championship event at the half distance.


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 @SuperSprintAus for an amazing event @Challenge_AUS and support all weekend!! C ya next year”

Madeleine Oldfield:
“SuperSprint 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 SuperSprint for putting on such a fantastic event.”

Michael Fox:
“Thanks @SuperSprintAus and @Challenge_AUS for a great event.”

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

Rules & Regulations >>



Life Saving Victoria Vessels associated with Challenge Melbourne event at St Kilda Beach on 9 April 2017 are exempt from Clause 1.1.9(e) of Schedule 1 of the Vessel Operating and Zoning Rules. This exemption applies between 4:00am – 11:30am on 5 March 2017 for the waters off Elwood Beach in vicinity of the Elwood Life Saving Club.

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