Rugged race is of age
Adventure race Peak to Peak is 21 years old and its founder Geoff Hunt says the event’s humble start seems like yesterday.
Back in 1994 the idea was to include the Remarkables skifield in Winter Festival activities.
This led to the skiing, mountain biking and kayaking format, which has not changed apart from a few minor tweaks since its inception.
Hunt said he doesn’t remember the exact conversation that led to the idea, but the first race attracted around 100 competitors.
These days around 500 people enter, skiing 2 kilometres down the Homeward Bound run, biking 17km down the Remarkables access road, kayaking from Frankton beach to Queenstown bay, running to Arthurs Pt and finally, biking up to the Coronet Peak base building.
The winners of the first race were Ian Edmond and Jacinda Amey.
Hunt has invited past winners to race this year and gathered as many as possible for a reunion evening at Heidi’s Hut.
‘‘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 country.
‘‘I am looking forward to seeing all the old faces.’’
One of the stalwarts of the race is Chris Dagg, who has competed every year since the first event. Multisport athlete Steve Gurney won his first race in 1995 followed by the owner of R ‘n R Sport, Haydn Key, while the women’s section was won by Sue Carnahan.
What a rush: Peak to Peak competitors race down the Remarkables in 2009. What: Peak to Peak multisport race 21 year anniversary When: July 27 Where: From the Remarkables to Coronet Peak More info: southerntraverse.com