This year’s fourth annual Sea2Sky Challenge, based in Sumner, is set to be another spectacular race. Thanks to the upgrade of the trail from Taylors Mistake over Scarborough Hill, athletes will enjoy even more scenic trail running on what is considered one of the most breath-taking triathlon runs you will find anywhere in the world.
Race director John Newsom says the triathlon event, comprising an ocean swim, bike climb to the Summit Road and run along Godley Head track back to Scarborough beach, is widely known as one of the most scenic triathlon events on the racing calendar. Since its inception, the original Challenge route had been detoured due to earthquake repairs to the Whitewash Head section of the track.
“There’s not many triathlon events – around the world really – which can boast such spectacular scenery. Cantabrians are lucky to have such a magical training ground on their doorsteps. We’re thrilled to have the Whitewash Head Track open once again - Sea2Sky Challenge competitors are in for a visual treat,” says Newsom.
As well as attracting elite and seasoned triathletes, the Sea2Sky Challenge is becoming known for its inclusive atmosphere – catering to duathletes, individuals, teams and beginners.
“This year we’ve made a conscious effort to increase the numbers of families entering the Challenge. I suspect there’s lots of people out there who have enjoyed triathlons in the past and have found family life erodes the time available to exercise. Our message is: families can compete together. Children and young people are naturally motivated when they see their role models living healthy active lifestyles. They want to join in – they can’t help themselves.”
The Sea2Sky Challenge team and individual categories include a 750m ocean swim at Scarborough Beach (or 2km run). Followed with an 18km bike ride up Evans Pass Road and along the Summit Road. The challenge concludes with a 7.7km run along the Godley Head Track through to Scarborough Beach.
For less experienced or new athletes, the Challenge offers a “Try a Tri or Du” and for 10-14 year olds there is the Junior Tri/Du comprising a 150m swim (or 1km run), a 9km flat bike ride in Sumner, finishing with a 2km run up an down the Scarborough Beach promenade.
The kids aquathon (5-9-year-olds) consists of a swim/wade in the sea and a 1km run.
Visit www.sea2skychallenge.com to register and for more information. Race day is Sunday 31st March.