Coromandel Classic 26-28 August 2016

26-28 August 2016 

2016 Entries are now open.

The Coromandel region is one of the New Zealand's best hidden playgrounds for multisport and adventure athletes. From surf beaches to sub-alpine native forests, the Coromandel Classic multisport race will challenge individuals and team competitors of all abilities. This year is the 16th event, and we expect the race to be bigger and better than ever.

Event Timetable

Friday 26 August 2016
Thames Racecourse, Thames
5:00pm Registration Opens (Bike & Gear checks also)
8:00pm Race Briefing

Saturday 27 August 2016
7:00am Event begins
6:00pm Dinner at the Tairua Bowling Club (bar service available)
7:30pm Briefing for Day 2 at the Tairua Bowling Club

Sunday 28 August 2016
8:00am Day 2 begins
4:00pm Prizegiving at Thames Racecourse

Saturday Night
The entry fee includes dinner on Saturday night at the Tairua Bowling Club. Extra tickets can be purchased for $30 each here.

Should be arranged directly or through the Thames Information Centre on (07) 868 7284. We suggest you stay Friday and Sunday nights in Thames and Saturday night in Tairua (or nearby).

Course Info

Course Information & Support Crew Notes are now available for 2016.

Course Info & Support Crew Notes

Competitor Notes


Timing Information




There will be a minimum safety requirements imposed on all competitors. There will be a bike and gear check at registration. Kayak checks will be performed at relevant transitions.

Every person on the run sections must have:
Polyprop or wool hat and gloves
Polypropylene leggings and long sleeve top
Waterproof raincoat (very light running jackets and plastic ponchos not acceptable)

Per individual or team on run sections
First Aid Kit containing a minimum of crepe bandage/strapping tape, plasters, painkillers
Survival blanket

Every bike must have front and rear bike lights
All riders must wear cycle helmets

Kayak section
Approved Kayak PFD
Buoyancy aid - competitors must provide additional buoyancy (by volume) of not less than 6 litres. This does not include manufacturers polystyrene inserts (if any).
Spray decks are compulsory
Competitors are allowed a boat change at Cooks Beach ferry landing if desired.

Note: Each kayaker must bring 1.125 litre or bigger plastic bottle with water in it to registration to clean their kayak.

NB. There will be a 10 min. time penalty for each time rescued.

Expect gear checks!!

Special Requirements

Click here for Kayaks (Didymo)

Click here for Runners/MTB (Kauri Dieback)



All categories must have at least 10 entries to qualify as a seperate division.

1 Individual. Men and Women. Veteran 40+

2 Relay. 2-4 people. All competing in same category regardless of team size.

3 Traverse Teams. Team of up to 4 people competing the entire course together.

4 Junior category is for school aged competitors (minimum age of 15) and is available in the Duathlon event only.


Entry Fees

See the Entry Form for entry fees and cut off dates.

Online entries close on Monday, 22 August 2016.


Refund Policy

We will only refund (less a $40 admin fee) people who notify us of their withdrawal before 1st August. If you are unable to attend and notify us after this date, we will credit the value of your entry to any other Avant Events organised event, or to the same event next year - but again, you must notify us of your withdrawal before the day!



For more information contact:

Phone: 021 1901 079

Cheques payable to:
Avant Events, 
64 Brownhill Road,
Whitford 2571

Enter Now for 2016 >>



Getting ready for 2017
20 September 2016

We've locked in the Coromandel Classic weekend for 2017.....

The Revival
22 August 2016

We are looking at hosting the 2016 edition of this 'Classic'.  Proud to have secured some excellent sponsors who have been more that generous so we have lots of spot Prizes and giveaway's.  Macpac vouchers for the Winners as well.....

Macs Gold
Ginger Beer

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