Excitement filled the air on a hot weekend in February for another successful edition of the Coast to Coast.
This is New Zealand’s iconic multisport event which sees competitors tackle 243 kilometres of cycling, trail running and kayaking from one side of New Zealand’s South Island to the other.
A bucket list event for most multisport enthusiasts, more than 600 athletes set off from the west coast’s Kumara beach, beginning the adventure of a lifetime.
Taking on either the whole course in one day or spreading it over two days, competitors traversed breath-taking landscapes while negotiating wild terrain before finishing on Christchurch’s New Brighton beach on the east coast.
Sam Clark took the men’s elite title in a time of 11 hours 37 minutes. It was his first win in the event in which he came second last year. Elina Ussher won the woman’s event for the third time in a time of 13 hours 32 minutes.
Two inspirational athletes who really stole the crowd’s attention were teen duo Taitama Tukaki, 16, and Bryce Adamson, 15, of Christchurch’s Aranui High School.
Coached and coxed by some of Mulitisports greatest heroes, the pair competed alongside each other to become the youngest competitors to complete the two-day event.
Battling through cramps and exhaustion they were ultimately greeted at the finish line with a Haka from fellow students.