Over 800 competitors will vie for places in the 28th Anniversary race on February 12th and 13th 2010.
The Speight’s Coast to Coast is the world’s premier multi-sport event. The Speight’s Coast to Coast is the benchmark by which all other multi-sport events are judged, both here in New Zealand and overseas.
The Speight’s Coast to Coast traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Kumara Beach on the Tasman Sea to Sumner Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either two days (individuals or two person teams) or the one-day event (individuals only), competitors cycle 140 kms (three stages of 55km, 15 km and 70 km), run 36 km (including a 33 km mountain stage that crosses the Southern Alps) and kayak 67kms of the grade two Waimakariri River through the Grand Canyon of New Zealand, the Waimakariri Gorge.
And after all this they still have the energy to crack open a very well deserved Speight’s – New Zealand’s finest beer.
Top competitors take ten and three quarter hours to cover the 243kms while the slowest time every recorded was twenty-four and a half hours.
Entries open for the event on June 1st each year. Overseas competitors have until 30th November to enter. About 100 international competitors enter each year, from about 15 countries. The event has been won six times by internationals from Australia, Canada, England and South Africa.
The average age in the event is 36 years and the oldest ever was 75 while the youngest 15. The minimum age to enter is 18 and there is no upper age limit. The school teams section has a minimum age of 16.
$240,000 worth of prizes and race pack goodies, finishers medals, two outrageous dinners, a quality event branded shirt and a cold can of Speight’s for finishers. Who could wish for more?
The event is divided into three races – the One-Day or Longest Day event is for individuals only while the Two-Day event is for individuals and two person teams. In the Teams section the runner and the kayaker both do cycling stages. The only requirements for the race are that you meet the minimum age and provide a grade two kayaking certificate if you’re an individual or a team kayaker. Oh yes, you should also be fit!