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Coast to Coast
is a non-standard multisport
Multisport is a family of athletic competitions in which athletes race in a continuous series of stages or "legs", and rapidly switch from one athletic discipline to another in order to achieve the best overall time...
competition held annually in New Zealand
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. It is so named as it traverses from the West coast to the East coast of South Island
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, and features running
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Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, or for sport. Persons engaged in cycling are cyclists or bicyclists...
Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking and canoeing are also known as paddling. Kayaking is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle...
elements over a total of 243 km (151 mi).
The first Coast to Coast race was organized in 1983 by New Zealand sportsman Robin Judkins
Robin Austin Judkins ONZM, is a New Zealand sports administrator. He created the Alpine Ironman and the Coast to Coast, races that are often credited for being the origin of adventure racing...
. The original race featured only 79 competitors and was considered a largely local event. Subsequent races have increased in size, and with the race's 25th anniversary run in 2007 the field had increased to 840 participants and has gained international acclaim as one of the premier adventure races
Adventure racing is a combination of two or more endurance disciplines, including orienteering and/or navigation , cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing and related rope skills...
in the world.
The race consists of 3 different timed events which all run over the same course: individual and 2-person teams competing over a 2 day event, and the titular World Championship
race, a one-person, one-day event previously called The Longest Day
The race begins with a 3 km (2 mi) run from Kumara
Kumara is a town on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located 30 kilometres south of Greymouth, close to the western end of State Highway 73, which leads across Arthur's Pass to Christchurch...
Beach followed by a 55 km (34 mi) cycling segment through the Southern Alps
The Southern Alps is a mountain range extending along much of the length of New Zealand's South Island, reaching its greatest elevations near the island's western side...
. The next segment of the race is a 33 km (21 mi) run up the Deception River
The Deception River is a river in New Zealand. It is a tributary of the West Coast's Otira River, flowing generally north for 17 kilometres from its source on the slopes of Mount Franklin. It passes close to Goat Pass, which gives access to the Mingha River. Almost the entire length of the river is...
, through Goat Pass and then down the Mingha River
The Mingha River is a river of the Canterbury Region of New Zealand's South Island. It flows east then south from its origin on the slopes of Mt Temple, meeting the Bealey River eight kilometres south of Arthur's Pass....
. A 15 km (9 mi) cycling leg brings competitors to the Waimakariri River
The Waimakariri River is the largest of the North Canterbury rivers, in the South Island of New Zealand. It flows for 151 kilometres in a generally southeastward direction from the Southern Alps across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean....
and the 67 km (42 mi) kayaking leg of the race. The final segment is a 70 km (43 mi) cycling race into Christchurch
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, finishing at Sumner Beach on the Pacific Ocean
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The record time of completion of the race is in 10 hours, 34 minutes and 37 seconds, achieved by Keith Murray in 1994. Murray also holds the record for the 2 day competition at 11:05:18 from the year before in 1993.
| Men's Individual (One day)
|| Keith Murray
| Women's Individual (One day)
|| Andrea Murray
| Men's Individual (Two day)
|| Keith Murray
| Women's Individual (Two day)
|| Anne Woodley
| Men's Teams
|| Michael Causer
| Women's Teams
|| Suzanne Stowell
Steve Gurney is a New Zealand multisport and triathlon athlete. He is probably most well known for winning the Coast to Coast race a record 9 times.- Career :...
, a local from Christchurch, has won the event a record 9 times, in 1990, 1991, and 1997 - 2003.