Some big names in multisport have competed in the Peak to
Peak over the years but few can say they will be gearing up
for a 21st consecutive race.
Peak to Peak veteran Chris Dagg will be strapping on his
running shoes again this year to make the 9km run from
Queenstown Beach, through town and out to the Coronet Alpine
Hotel on July 26.
Living right under the slopes of Coronet Peak has given the
Wakatipu farmer a unique perspective of the race.
''It's right on my doorstep. I can look to my left and see
the finish; if I look my right I can see the Remarkables and
the start,'' he said.
''It's always nice to team up with a few friends. It's a
social event . . . but you still get the top teams going
hammer and tongs.''
Dagg was at the inaugural event in 1994.
''A couple of things have changed - there's a lot more
''In the first couple of years you knew a lot of people [in
Participation has increased from fewer than 100 competitors
to a field of 400-plus, including individuals and teams.
''My best memory from a competitive point of view was the
year we set the record. From memory it was about 1 hour 50
minutes. It probably won't be beaten,'' Dagg said.
This record was set before the final stage transition was
changed from Arthurs Point Hotel to Coronet Alpine Hotel,
making the cycling leg slightly longer.
''From a non-competitive point of view last year, doing 20
years in a row, was great. It's just been so much fun.''
Dagg has always chosen to compete in a team, completing the
run 19 times and attempting the final cycle stage once.
''I would never do that again. When I finally got to the top
the wind just about blew me over.''
The unique nature of the event kept bringing him back, he
- Alastair Lynn