Abel Tasman Coastal ClassicSat, 26/09/2015 September 26th 2015
If there's one event to put on the list for the run of a lifetime, it's the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic.
Come stride into paradise.
36km Trail Run from Awaroa to Marahau along the renowned Abel Tasman National Park.
The Abel Tasman Coastal Classic first began in 1994 and quickly became one of New Zealand's most popular Trail Runs.
The reputation of the event, the location and its organisation continues to spread via word of mouth and the event continually sells out each year.
Back in 1994 the event started from Marahau and finished at Totaranui, - meaning a 40km approx distance. Soon after, the event was shortened slightly with a start at Awaroa instead. Top athletes are among the competitor tally over the years including Scott Molina, Erin Baker, Greg Fraine, Jonathan Wyatt, Tracy Clissold, Michelle Allison, Phil Costley and Rod Dixon (to name drop just a few). Nowadays we also have a strong international feel amidst competitors with runners from places such as Japan, America and Australia coming over to join in the fun.
Those runners lucky enough to have been a part of the first ever Abel Tasman Coastal Classic will most probably vividly recall the lunch they were given that day, as on the boat leg home amidst choppy seas, a fair few scotch eggs came back up to feed the local wildlife below (no wonder the marine reserve seems to be doing so well ....). The last group of competitors and race organisers were left waiting among rocks before having to ditch their boat trip and travel back to Riwaka (where the function was held) over the Takaka Hill via Bus. Elvis was even waiting to entertain guests that evening - but alas, he wasn't the most popular, especially after our Striders flag seemed to mysteriously disappear and has never been seen since.
Entries are limited to 400 and entries received after the 400 limit is reached will be placed on a first come waiting list and processed when a spot becomes available and is confirmed by the competitor.
If the competitor does not wish to take up the waiting list spot then this will be offered to the competitor next on the list and their cheque will be destroyed.
Please note that we do not allow entries to be transferred to other competitors or for future events.
Please refer to our withdrawal policy for more information.
|Awaroa to Onetahuti (Tonga) Beach||6.4km|
|Onetahuti Beach to Bark Bay||6.1km|
|Bark Bay to Torrent Bay||7.7km|
|Torrent Bay to Marahau||14km|
Race Records (Awaroa to marahau)
|U40||Phil Costley||2.22.09||2002||U40||Eveline Coombe||2.52.49||2001|
|40-49||Phil Costley||2.22.50||2011||40-49||Carline Thomas||2.52.05||2005|
|50-59||Gary Dick||2.56.28||2001||50-59||Tereza Zaicek||3.32.58||2012|
|60+||Norman Carrington||3.17.55||2007||60+||Delphine Gore||3.36.14||2002|
1994 - 1999: Marahau to Totaranui
2000: Marahau to Torrent Bay & Return (Weather contingency course)
2001 - 2003: Marahau to Awaroa
2004 - 2012: Awaroa to Marahau
2013: Totaranui to Marahau (20th anniversary event)
race records (marahau to totaranui)
|U40||Jonathan Wyatt||2.51.10||1995||U40||Tracey Clissold||3.13.50||1996|
|40-49||Gary Dick||3.05.35||1996||40-49||Sandra Mewett||3.29.34||1997|
|50-59||Peter Daly||3.26.49||1997||50-59||Delphine Gore||3.54.53||1995|
|60+||Len Weldon||4.08.52||1997||60+||Peggy Fletcher||4.50.49||1997|
This is a running event only. Walkers will not meet the respective cut off times. The Supporters Walk package accommodates walkers.
Entry fee of $210 includes boat transport to Awaroa on race day, lunch and prizegiving dinner at Marahau post event.
Withdrawals received prior to August 6th 2015 will receive a refund of $110.00. After this no refund of entry fees.
Please note that we do not allow entries to be transferred to other competitors, or future or other events.
To help make your event more enjoyable please note the following:
The minimum age of competitors is 18 years
As a guide competitors should be adequately trained to complete a marathon event. Putting it politely - it's a run in the park that is equal to a marathon and you need to prepare accordingly. This is not a walking event.
All competitors should be capable of completing a half marathon (road) or equivalent in less than 2hrs 10mins to avoid missing cut-off times at Onetahuiti (Tonga) then at Torrent Bay.
If you are unsure of your fitness level, please contact race director Graeme West to discuss (03 548 3655 evenings). Ultimately, we want you to enjoy your day running in the park.
This is a trail run, therefore it is important that you encompass training on uneven terrain to prepare appropriately.
All competitors must carry the following minimum equipment on them at all times to cover all possible weather conditions:
* Polypropylene, or equivalent (eg woollen), top, hat and gloves
* Windproof parka/jacket
* Survival blanket
* Water carrier (eg camelbak or bottle for filling before leaving the Torrent Bay Aid station)
You will have a gear check prior to the start and there are also gear checks on route.
No Gear - No Start (simple as that).
This is for your safety. The organisers reserve the right to carry out random gear checks along the course and at the Marahau finish line - failure to have all compulsory gear will mean disqualification (including performance and spot prizes) and immediate withdrawal possibly incurring additional transport costs.
Please note that for safety reasons use of ipod, mp3 player, Walkman or similar is not permitted. Enjoy the surroundings of the Abel Tasman National Park - the sounds are worth listening to as you enjoy your event.
Please note that all competitors compete at their own risk and the Organising Committee will accept no liability for any mishap or injury or loss/damage to personal property during the event.
In the event of unfavourable weather and track condition, the Organising Committee reserves the right to substitute an alternative run.
For further information on the Abel Tasman Coast Track - visit the DOC website
Please be familiar with the information supplied on this page and in the newsletter sent prior to the event (sent via email in the week prior to the event)
6.45am to 7.30am at the Marahau Outdoor Education Centre Marquee.
You will need to provide your race registration certificate (emailed in the week prior to the event) and photo ID to uplift your race pack.
Once you have registered you will make your way to the boat loading area (following instructions from our crew). Please note that you may get wet feet when boarding and exiting the vessels.
The exact start time cannot be given as it depends on weather and water conditions as to how long the boat journey takes. However, it will be roughly around 9.45am. Once we have arrived at Marahau you will have a gear check on the beachfront before making your way to the startline.
You will have time to use the toilets if needed, however, we suggest you try to go at least once whilst on the boats on the journey down to avoid congestion at the Awaroa facilities.
Gear Bags need to be left on the beach - liase with Nelson Events crew upon arrival as these need to be loaded onto the dedicated return vessel. Please await instructions from the Nelson Events crew before leaving the Awaroa beachfront.
Didymo - Stop the Spread
Didymo is an algae made up of cells that cannot be seen with the naked eye until large colonies form. It only takes one of these cells to survive and be transported to a nearby waterway for Didymo to spread. Didymo cells thrive in freshwater and if you are cleaning with freshwater you are helping to keep them alive. Didymo is an unwatned organism under the Biosecurity Act 1993. To help keep the Abel Tasman National Park beautiful and pristine, please help to ensure you do not unwittingly help in the spread of didymo to this area.
Please clean your shoes prior to arriving in the Abel Tasman National Park with hot, soapy water. For more information please visit www.biosecurity.govt.nz/didymo
Aid Stations are operated by NBS Strider Hands, Motueka Round Table members and Motueka Search and Rescue will be positioned at Onetahuti (Tonga), Bark and Torrent Bays.
There are three aid stations in total - the first at Tonga (Onetahuti), second at Bark Bay and the third at Torrent Bay. Water (cup only) will be available at Tonga and Bark Bay aid stations. You can refill your water bottles/camelbaks at Torrent Bay aid station. Special drinks will not be catered for.
Bananas and jet planes will be supplied at Bark Bay and Torrent Bay.
Please ensure you leave any water cups at the aid station - this is a National Park and therefore if you take a water cup with you, then you need to carry it with you to the finish. No rubbish is to be left along the track - a pack in, pack out policy applies.
All food/supplement wrappers etc must be numbered to comply with the track's pack-in pack-out rubbish policy. Please number these prior to boarding the boat at Marahau.
Please notify the next checkpoint of any injured competitors and note approximate point on track. Please stay with the injured person if necessary and get the next competitor to notify officials.
Withdrawals during the event
Participants who choose to withdraw during the event may be liable for additional transport costs to uplift them from the track.
Any medical conditions should be advised in writing at entry point, noted on your Event Registration Certificate, and also noted on the back of your race number (marker pens are available at Event Registration for this purpose)
Those who suffer adverse effects from wasp stings etc are reminded to carry appropriate medication and advise the organisers. Emergency medication to be carried by the competitor at all times.
Don't look for km markers - this is off-road. At all times stay on the High Tide Track.
For a Track Map and general info, including a course profile on the great Abel Tasman Coast Track, visit the DOC website
Faster runner to call 'coming through' and slower runner to step to inside (landward side) of track.
Falls River Bridge
The Falls River Bridge has a loading restriction of 5 persons - please observe this for your own safety. Any groups approaching this bridge together must regroup after crossing to ensure it is not used to create an unfair advantage for any competitor/s.
There are likely to be other users on the track - please respect them.
Competitors warmup clothing will be transported back from Awaroa. Please keep this to a minimum. You will be given a bag label in your race pack - please secure this around your bag to aid identification at Marahau. Liase with Nelson Events Crew on the Awaroa beachfront as to where to leave this.
The finish is situated at the end of the track (approximately 1km from the Marahau Outdoor Education Centre). There will be water and fresh fruit available for finishers. Please note that toilets are located in the carpark. Cell phone coverage is limited in the Marahau area.
There are showers at Marahau Motorcamp (next to the Marahau Outdoor Education Centre complex) or Kaiteriteri Beach Motorcamp - user pays, see respective camp offices.
Your packed lunch will be waiting for you at Marahau Outdoor Education Centre. Note you will need to show your race number to uplift this.
Post Event Massage
MiMassage will be at the Marahau Outdoor Education Centre post-run for post race massage. So bring some spare $$$.
Performance and spot prizes will be awarded in all age groups. (First only less than 7 entries, 2nd less than 10, 3rd if 10 or more). Under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
There is also a fantastic spot prize pool, however, to be eligible winners must be at the prizegiving function.
The event prizegiving dinner will commence at 4.30pm in the marquee at the Marahau Outdoor Education centre, followed by Prizegiving. You will be issued with a 'dinner' ticket which you will be required to present. No ticket = no dinner.
To toast your success in completing the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic, Nelson Events along with Woollaston Estates Vineyard and Hop Federation Brewery will give you a celebratory drink as you dine during the prizegiving buffet. Beverages will be available to purchase also (cash only).
We anticipate prizegiving starting at 6.00pm (earlier if possible).
Supporters Walk Package
Must be booked by August 6th
Take a scenic cruise from Marahau to Torrent Bay, then walk back to the finish - approx 3 hours - 12.8km (giving the competitors plenty of space to pass you as they come through).
The cost of $130 includes your boat trip, lunch and then the prizegiving dinner. Please note that you will need to carry your own drink with you on the track and to take suitable clothing with you to prepare for changing weather conditions. Please also note that you may get wet feet when boarding and disembarking the boat.
Lunch is available at Marahau when you finish your walk.
Registration - 9.30am in the marquee at Marahau
Merchandise - must be pre-booked
Event T-Shirt (S, M, L, XL, XXL or 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18) $40
Event Cap $25
Survival Compact First Aid Kit - $15 - 150x90x25mm, 80gm, in a ziplock bag, contains alcohol wipes, antiseptic wipes, content list, non-adherent dressing (sm), plasters (washable), plaster fabric strip 100mm, safety pins, survival blanket with instructions, tri-angular bandage
Entry will open for the 2015 event early March
To keep informed, make sure you sign up for NEWS on the homepage of this website
Training Plan based on a 30-40k Off Road Distance
You should be able to run for 2 hours comfortably, and be running 5 hours a week before starting this schedule. Ten weeks from event day is week beginning July 22
This is a trail run, therefore it is important that you incorporate off road running into your training.
Remember to train with the nutrition you plan to use on event day - see below for some helpful tips from our official nutrition event sponsor:
A word from Rachael at Hammer Nutrition
Longer distance runners often train really diligently but are let down by missing just a few key basics of nutrition. Or the plan they used for a 2 hour race simply won't see them through those longer events in good shape. Even if you are an experienced ultra runner, there are probably a few simple changes you can make to your nutrition plan in training and on race day that will improve your race day experience.
Most people seem to be able to comfortably consume and absorb 300-500ml fluid per hour. Runners of smaller stature need less than larger athletes, and weather conditions are also an important factor. The longer we go, the less forgiving the body is if we get our fluid intake wrong, and I’m sure most of us have experienced dehydration and the nasty feeling that goes with it, at some stage in our athletic endeavours. That said, it is also important not to consume too much fluid as this can be equally as dangerous. In most usual NZ weather conditions, consuming more than 750ml per hour should NOT be necessary. Its not only important how much fluid we consume, but also what it is that we are consuming. We strongly recommend that you have fluid that doesn’t contain calories eg water with 1-2 Endurolytes Fizz per 750ml, as often your stomach will need a rest from calories but still needs to keep the fluids coming in. If you have sports drink mixed into your fluids, then you are unable to do this. If you like your water unflavoured, then use plain water and a couple of Endurolyte capsules per hour.
We recommend Perpetuem as the main fuel of choice for endurance events where the heart rate is mostly expected to be below 75% MRH and run time will exceed 3 hours. And while you need to experiment in training, we find most people only need ½ - 1 scoops or 1-3 Perpetuem Solids per hour to fulfil ALL their calorie needs.
Perpetuem differs from the traditional gels and sports drink in that it contains a little protein which helps reduce muscle soreness, and a little fat, which will help you to feel full. It is an economical option for fueling, both in terms of cost and weight that needs to be carried - your fuel for most events will fit into a couple of flasks carried in your pocket. But don't then start adding in bars, bananas, fruit cake etc or you will find yourself well and truly overfed. If you prefer to use gels then 1-3 per hour, depending on your size should be sufficient.
We strongly recommend that you stay away from products that contain a lot of simple sugar ie those ending in –ose: sucrose, fructose, glucose. In simple terms, we can consume them faster than we can absorb them and their use increases your chance of the dreaded stomach distress. Its like trying to run after eating a couple of bars of chocolate! Sugars will also give you highs and lows, not something you want during an endurance event. If you are going to hit the trusty coke in the last hour or so of your event, then make sure you have practised this in training, and don’t consume too much!
Electrolytes and Cramping
Cramp seems to be the biggest limiting factor for many athletes. It is incredibly frustrating if you have trained well, are primed for a great race, then it all falls apart. So what can you do to minimise the chances of cramp? It’s an article all on its own but here are a few pointers to start with.
• Correct fluid intake. See above.
• Specificity of training. If you usually train at x intensity then come race day you are running at y intensity then chances are you going to have some issues. Include some intensity in your training that simulates what you experience in racing. Make sure that your training terrain replicates as best as possible what you will experience on race day. Doing all your training on road, then doing an event that’s off road is likely to be asking for trouble.
• Correct caloric intake. See above.
• Insufficient electrolytes. Electrolyte requirements differ significantly between individuals so it can be tricky to judge. We recommend taking a couple of Endurolytes per hour or put an Endurolytes Fizz in each water bottle. Always carry extra Endurolyte capsules on long training sessions and during races.
• Too much simple sugar. See above.
• Keep your muscles in good order. Knots in calves and tight quads aren't going to help you not to cramp. Find yourself a good massage therapist and treat those legs to a rub, or do them yourself.
If you aren't sure how much you should be using of what, or which products would be best, send me (Rachael) an email, including your weight and ballpark time (this just tells how hard you are likely to be running) and we'll send you a suggested fuel plan.
NELSON EVENTS PACK
12 x Hammer Gels Mixed Flavours
1 x Perpetuem Endurance Fuel Single Serve Sachet
1 x Tube 13 Endurolytes Fizz
1 x Endurolyte Capsules (120 capsules)
1 x Recoverite Single Serve Sachet
1 x Hammer Bar
1 x Copy Endurance Athletes Guide to Success
The race day starts with Registration at Event HQ, the marquee at the Marahau Outdoor Education Centre, before journeying down the coastline to Awaroa for race start.
Please note that your boat ride is covered as part of your entry fee (you do not need to book this).
Marahau is located 67km north west of Nelson on sealed roads, approximately an hour and a half drive from Nelson city. There are numerous accommodation options available to competitors, including accommodation at Marahau itself, Kaiteriteri Beach (approx 10km from Marahau), or Motueka (20 minutes drive away).
Recommended Accommodation Provider:
For all your travel and accommodation needs contact Andrea at WildSide
Rental Car Hire
Pegasus Rental Cars Nelson have some special deals for competitors travelling to the event - contact Nicki on 0800 35 45 01 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cars from $39 per day (min hire 2 days - includes insurance, gst and unlimited kms and airport fee free of charge)
Coming from Wellington?
Then check out the special Interislander Fare Rate below
RATES QUOTED FOR
Nelson Events valid to 15 December 2014
Group Booking Reference: GM5605
The below rates are based on return travel, prices to date, inclusive of GST and subject to availability.
Off Peak Fares: Each Way
Premium Lounge (Kaitaki & Aratere) $40.00 18yrs plus
The Cove (Arahura) $30.00 18yrs plus
Car/Van/Ute/4WD/trailer $126.00 each
Extra half metre over 5.5m $19.00
Extra half metre over 5.5m $37.00
Off Peak Dates:
23 April 14 - 15 December 14
Group Booking conditions and instructions for members are:
• Reservations can be made direct with Interislander online at http://www.interislander.co.nz/Booking/Group-Bookings.aspx by entering GM5605 into the group discount code box.
• Reservations can also be made via telephone on 0800 878 898 Monday to Friday 0830 to 1700 or via email on email@example.com
• Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.
• Bookings are 90% refundable if cancelled up to 1 hour before departure.
• Date and time changes allowed up to 1 hour before departure without penalty, subject to availability.
• Email confirmation of event entry to be shown at check-in otherwise full retail fare will be charged.
• Fares valid from 16 December 13 through to 15 December 2014.
• Fares subject to change with notification.
• If booking from outside NZ you will need to request your booking be made via email.
2013: Totaranui to Marahau (20th anniversary event)
Event photos can be viewed and purchased over at Shuttersport.co.nz
2004 - 2012: Awaroa to Marahau
2001 - 2003: Marahau to Awaroa
2000: Marahau to Torrent Bay & Return (Weather contingency course)
1994 - 1999: Marahau to Totaranui