Abel Tasman Coastal Classic 25 years old
The Abel Tasman Coastal Classic celebrates it’s 25th anniversary this Saturday with the 33km trail run from Awaroa to Marahau again attracting a capacity field.
300 will line up, including 25 from Australia, 40 from Nelson, with the balance travelling from all parts of New Zealand.
Such is it’s popularity that the event was sold out back in March, as it has done since its 1994 inception.
At the sharp end of the field Chris Dunnell will hope to add to his 2015 and 2016 victories but fellow Cantabrians Dylan McNeill and Flavo Vianna are sure to keep him more than honest over the terrain. Nelson’s Brett Smith will be chasing and hopeful to be on the podium.
Annabelle Bramwell (Canterbury) has a serious football and ironwoman background and she looks the standout in the women’s field.
With the sad passing of trail running legend, Colin Rolfe, last year, the ‘Survivors’ group is now just two strong - Chris Gates and Owen Rowse, both focussing on 25 consecutive finishes along the revered coastal pathway.
Joining them, manning the aid stations will be Motueka Round Table and Search and Rescue who have faithfully assisted every year in the events history.