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The Coast to Coast is an iconic multisport event based in the South Island of New Zealand. 

Held every February, the race starts on the West Coast, at Kumara Beach and traverses the width of the South Island, crossing the main divide and finishing on the East Coast with the finish at the Pier on New Brighton Beach in Christchurch. 

The race is one of the world's longest running multi-sports events and is older even than the Hawaiian Ironman. From similar roots, Robin Judkins founded the event in 1983 when just 25 hardy souls took on the 243km challenge over two days. 

Over the years that grew to a peak of close to 1000 competitors and the event has grown with different sections to suit all those from the professional athletes to the weekend warriors. 

The One Day race was introduced in 1989 and has the title of the World Multisport Championship with the top athletes covering the entire course in close to 11 hours. The other end of the field sees some competitors in the Two Day race taking closer to 24 hours.

The Coast to Coast has become almost a right of passage for multisport athletes from around the world with over 18,000 people having completed the event in the 32 years to date.

Competitors leave on foot from the black sands and lush windswept landscapes on the West Coast, running 2.2km inland to their waiting bikes. They then follow the Taramakau River to the foothills of the Southern Alps where they switch their bikes for runners and the first true test of the course. 

The 30.5km run is mainly off trail with the rocky riverbed often the only direct line up the valley. Competitors encounter multiple river crossings with frigid crystal clear water and an elevation gain of nearly 800m on their way to Goat Pass and the start of the descent. With the very fastest athletes taking nearly 3 hours the run is as much a test of co-ordination and strength as it is outright speed.

A short 15km ride follows before the second jewel in the course. The mighty Waimakariri River. 70kms of braids and a stunning gorge, the river section is for many both the highlight and the crux of the race. The water flows swiftly in places and mixes long calm sections with rapids up to grade 2 in size. It takes competitors from the heart of the Southern Alps out on to the Canterbury Plains where just one final 70km ride stands between competitors and the finish on the East Coast at the New Brighton Pier amongst a vibrant beachside festival. 

While the One Day athletes complete the distance in a day, the majority of competitors take two days to cover the same course, with an overnight camp at the end of the Mountain run section.

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One Day Event (The Longest Day)

Race Date: Saturday 8 February 2020

2020 Entries SOLD OUT. The wait list for 2020 has also closed.

  

Early BirdStandard Tier 1Standard Tier 2Late
 

First 250 entries (all events) or until 30 June 2019, whichever occurs first.

Until 31 Oct 2019

1 Nov 2019 - 10 Jan 2020

From 10 Jan 2020

One Day Individual $935 SOLD OUT

$995

$1,095

$1,245

All prices are in $NZD and include GST. 2% surcharge applies to all credit card payments.

There are Age Group and Elite categories for the One Day event. If you want to be eligible for the prize money you MUST enter the Elite category. There will be seeding for the top 10 Men and Women - seeding will done on the 1 November 2019. The top 10 seeded athletes (Male & Female) will be assigned a GPS tracker (free of charge) that must be worn in the race vest at all times during the event.

The One Day race is the World Multisport Championship event and is also referred to as the "Longest Day". The One Day race is only open to individuals and as the name suggests sees competitors complete the full 243km course in one day. There are relatively tight cut-offs and it is recommended competitors tackle the two day event prior to the one day event unless they have considerable endurance racing experience. See the One Day handbook for more info (you must be 18 years old to enter the one day event).

Two Day Event

Race Date: Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February 2020

2020 Entries SOLD OUT. The wait list for 2020 has also closed.

 Early BirdStandard
Tier 1
Standard
Tier 2
Late
 

First 250 entries (all events) or until 30 June 2019, whichever occurs first.

Until 31 Oct 2019

1 Nov 2019 - 10 Jan 2020

From 10 Jan 2020

Two Day Individual $935 SOLD OUT

$995 

$1,095

$1,245 

Two Day team (2 person relay) $1,495 SOLD OUT

$1,595

$1,695

$1,845

Two Day team (3 person relay) $1,695 SOLD OUT

$1,795

$1,895

$2,145

All prices are in $NZD and include GST. 2% surcharge applies to all credit card payments.  

The Two Day event covers the same course as the One Day event but starts a day earlier (Friday) and competitors camp overnight at Klondyke Corner, after the Mountain Run section before tackling the river and final ride on the Saturday. The Two Day event is open to individuals, relay teams and tandem teams and is the event most people undertake as their Coast to Coast experience. There is an amazing atmosphere at the overnight camp and the Two Day event is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness and an adventurous streak. See the Two Day handbooks which are specific to each event for more details.

Two Day Event - Tandem Team

Race Date: Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February 2020

2020 Entries SOLD OUT. The wait list for 2020 has also closed.

 

 

Early BirdStandard
Tier 1
Standard
Tier 2
Late
 

First 250 entries (all events) or until 30 June 2019, whichever occurs first.

Until 31 Oct 2019

1 Nov 2019 - 10 Jan 2020

From 10 Jan 2020

Two Day - Tandem Team (2 person) $2,150 SOLD OUT

$2,300

$2,350

$2,550

All prices are in $NZD and include GST. 2% surcharge applies to all credit card payments.

The Two Day Tandem event is an event where teams of two complete the entire course over two days together. You must run and bike within 50m of each other at all times and teams paddle a supplied double kayak (Barracuda AR DUO) which is included in the entry fee. See the Two day Tandem handbook for all the details. A $150 damage deposit is required if organisers are supplying a kayak. Damage deposits, less any costs of repair, will be refunded within 10 days of the completion of the event. Refund will be processed back to the credit card used dor payment, or to NZ based bank account which was orgnially used to make the payment. 

If you have your own tandem kayak that you would like to use the entry fee will be at the early bird rate, please contact us to get the discount code.  If you have a Barracuda AR Duo you will be in the competitive category, if you don't have a Barracuda AR Duo you will be in the recreational category.

Mountain Run

Race Date: Friday 7 February 2020

Mountain Run entries will open 9am 1 September 2019, limited entries available

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Until 10 Jan 2020

From 10 Jan 2020

Mountain Run $375 $425

All prices in $NZD and include GST. 2% surcharge applies to all credit card payments. There are no early bird entry fees for mountain run entries. 

You can tackle just the famous Mountain run section on the Friday when the two day competitors are on the Mountain section of the course. There is transport available from the finish at Klondyke Corner to the start at Aickens in the morning (must be pre booked) and all the details are available in the Mountain Run Handbook.

Schools

2020 2 Day Entries SOLD OUT. Mountain Run entries will open at 9am, 1 September. The wait list for 2020 has also closed. One team entry available via Kathmandu Academy

 

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Until 10 Jan 2020

Two Day Individual

$595 

Two Day team (2 person)

$750 

Two Day team (3 person)

$750 

Two Day - Tandem Team (2 person)

$1,295 

Mountain Run (entries opening 9am, 1 September 2019)

$195 

All prices are in $NZD and include GST. 2% surcharge applies to all credit card payments

The schools section is available to students still enrolled at High School on race day, and are between 14 and 18 years old (different age restrictions apply for each event). The Schools section is sanctioned by the NZSSSC and the official school section is the 3 person teams event. There is a male, female and mixed category. One team member does the runs, one the bikes and the other the kayak section. There are discounts for all sections of the Coast to Coast  for high school students. See the two day handbooks for details on each event and what it entails.

Two Day Event - Corporate Challenge

2020 entries SOLD OUT. The wait list for 2020 has also closed.

 Early BirdStandard
Tier 1
Standard
Tier 2
Late
 

First 250 entries (all events) or until 30 June 2019, whichever occurs first.

Until 31 Oct 2019

1 Nov 2019 - 10 Jan 2020

From 10 Jan 2020

Two Day team (3 person) $1,695 SOLD OUT

$1,795

$1,895

$2,145

All prices are in $NZD and include GST. 2% surcharge applies to all credit card payments.  

The Corporate Challenge event is a three person team competing in the Two Day event. One person does the runs, one person completes the biking, and the other the kayak section. At least two members of the team must be full time employees of the company and you can have one ring in. Check the Corporate Challenge page for further category details and see the 3 person team handbook for all event details.

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