Greymouth the new home of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast pre-race festivities
The pre-race registration and festivities for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast is shifting to one of the West Coast’s major hubs, Greymouth, in time for the 2020 event.
When the Grey District Mayor approached Kathmandu Coast to Coast about their new Westland Recreation Centre hosting the registration process, the organising team were excited about the opportunity.
Race Director Glen Currie says although the Kumara Racecourse has provided a fantastic venue for the registration process, the change to the Westland Recreation Centre allows for a number of exciting additions to this process and the opportunity to give competitors and support crews the best possible experience.
“The Kumara Racecourse has been a fantastic base for us for a long time and we will continue to offer camping there, via the Kumara Racecourse committee. The Kumara Community have also indicated that they will still be serving up their great meals as they have done in the past for the campers. However, the increased demand for space and the ability to future proof the pre-race registration by having the ability to go indoors meant that the Westland Recreation Centre was the perfect alternative.”
“Greymouth has also really embraced the opportunity to have nearly one thousand competitors and all their support crews come into their beautiful town and they are looking forward to being the town that hosts the registration process of the event in the future,” Currie added.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn echoed those sentiments and praised the race organisers. “The professional approach by the race organisers has raised the bar around quality facilities in this 243-kilometre world famous event and for us to be able to offer the Westland Recreation Centre to help support that is extremely pleasing. Also, given its central location in Greymouth, we’re looking forward to the events’ many competitors, back up crews, and supporters getting a chance to take in the amazing things our town and region has to offer.”
“We hope they’ll enjoy our hospitality, quality accommodation and transport options and come back to explore more of Greymouth and the West Coast,” Kokshoorn added.
The official start of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast two day and longest day events will still start from Kumara Beach.
Details of the registration process will be released to competitors with the October Handbook.