One of New Zealand's most successful triathletes Joanna Lawn has confirmed her spot at Challenge Wanaka on January 19, setting up a showdown with four-time champion Gina Crawford and multiple iron distance title holder Kate Bevilaqua.
This is the first time Lawn has visited the spectacular alpine town of Lake Wanaka and is looking forward to a new race experience in her home country.
''...2013 is going to be a very exciting year for me, as I have decided to participate in some races that I have always wanted to do, but haven't been able to because of prior commitments,'' she said.
''I have not only heard great things about this race, but also about Wanaka itself as being one of the most desirable places in New Zealand to visit. I am so looking forward to racing Challenge Wanaka.''
Lawn has previous won the Challenge Family flagship race and the world's largest long-distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in Germany.
Lawn has had a prestigious career to date and is ranked as one of the ''Top 10 Greatest Female Iron Distance Triathletes of All Time'' by Inside Triathlon.
She holds multiple full and half distance titles around the world including seven wins at Ironman New Zealand as well as regular top 10 world championship finishes.
Lawn joins a high profile professional field for the seventh Challenge Wanaka that also includes multiple world champion Chris McCormack and former duathlon world champion, Leon Griffin.