Locals Conquer The Coast To Coast

Posted by Gold FM on 13/02/2012

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Waihi had four athletes competing in the gruelling Two-Day Coast to Coast event that was held in the South Island over the weekend.

And 2 of the racers were from the same family! Josh Garrett came a hugely commendable 13th over-all and was 9th in the Men's section, while dad, Kel Garrett placed third in the Veteran Men's event and finished 17th over-all.

Mark Samson finished 24th over-all and was placed 5th in the Classic section.

Then there was Darren Butler who did a superb job for a very busy dad of a young family with not a lot of time. He placed 140th over-all.

Over 800 competitors vied for places in the 30th Anniversary race event held on February 10th and 11th 2012 so the Waihi boys did brilliantly, especially when the Coast to Coast is touted as one of the world’s best multi-sport events.

The multi-sport race traverses the South Island 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.

$240,000 worth of prizes was up for grabs over three races this year. The One-Day or Longest Day event is for individuals while the Two-Day event is for individuals and two person teams.

Josh and Kel Garrett arrive home from the Coast to Coast.