Abel Tasman Coastal Classic


Oct 12, 2024 at 7:30 AM

Abel Tasman Coastal Classic

Abel Tasman National Pk.

New Zealand

Entry Fee $195
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 36K

Type: Trail

Participant Limit: 300

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 1994

Men's Record: Phil Costley 2.22.09 2002

Masters Men Record: Phil Costley 2.22.50 2011

Women's Record: Eveline Coombe 2.52.49 2001

Masters Women Record: Carline Thomas 2.52.05 2005


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.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Oct 12, 2024

Held on Oct 07, 2023

Held on Oct 08, 2022

Held on Oct 09, 2021

Held on Oct 02, 2020

Held on Sep 28, 2019

Held on Oct 13, 2018

Held on Oct 14, 2017

Held on Oct 01, 2016

Held on Sep 21, 2015

Held on Sep 20, 2014

Held on Sep 28, 2013

Held on Sep 22, 2012

Held on Sep 17, 2011

Held on Sep 18, 2010

Held on Sep 12, 2009

Held on Sep 06, 2008

Held on Sep 08, 2007

Held on Sep 02, 2006

Held on Sep 10, 2005

Held on Sep 06, 2003

Held on Sep 07, 2002

Event Results