New Zealand's longest-running winter multisport event is
preparing to celebrate its 21st year of competition.
The race has witnessed some of New Zealand's best multisport
athletes race from the top of the Remarkables to Coronet
The course established in 1994 connected the new Remarkables
skifield with the town and the winter festival, before going
to the finish line at Coronet Peak.
The concept has remained unchanged since its beginning, with
racers having a direct view of the finish line across the
Competitors are required to ski or snowboard, mountain bike,
kayak, run and cycle through several gruelling stages of the
event to cover a total distance of 44km.
The original race in 1994 attracted a small field of just
under 100 competitors in total across all the teams and
The following year, this rose to 30 teams and 27 individuals
and now local Steve Gurney won the men's division.
The women's division was won by now local Sue Carnahan, then
Over 20 years of racing has seen big names in multisport
racing, such as Bernice Lepper, Richard Ussher and Erin
Greene take the title of Peak to Peak champion.
This year, the race is scheduled for July 26 and a full field
of more than 400 competitors is expected.
Individuals race the entire event and teams can be made up of
two to five people.
A division has been made for school teams.
Last year, Otago Boys' High School would have placed third
overall in the open teams.
A special invitation has been made out to Chris Dagg, who has
competed in 20 years of the Peak to Peak and been in the
winning team on more than one occasion.
In a press release race director Geoff Hunt said he was
looking forward to the event.
''It is fantastic that the event has reached this milestone
and continues to receive the great support from the local
racers and also from the multisport champions of the
- Alastair Lynn