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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, beach side 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 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 10:15am 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 10:45am 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 road side 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 in to 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.