Event Information

North shore, Auckland – Saturday 2nd March

 

EVENT OPTIONS & COURSE RATINGS

All events finish at Windsor Reserve, Devonport:

  • Beach Hopper – 6 km Run / Walk (starts at Takapuna Beach)

  • Bay Scrambler – 11 km Run / Walk (starts at Milford Beach)

  • Mini Monty – 17 km Run / Walk (starts at Browns Bay)

  • Mid Monty – 22 km & Teams Relay Run (starts at Long Bay)

  • Full Monty – 33 km & Teams Relay Run (starts at Arkles Bay, Whangaparoa)

COURSE RATINGS

The ratings below are the minimum experience level required to participant in each specific event:

  • 6km run/walk – First time

  • 11km run/walk – First time

  • 17km run/walk – Beginner

  • 22km run – Beginner

  • 33km run – Intermediate

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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BEACH HOPPER – 6KM RUN / WALK

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BEACH HOPPER – 6KM RUN / WALK

The Beach Hopper is a course designed for coastal running first-timers, families, kids and those who’re just keen to ‘give it a go!’. This short course event will take participants from the spectacular white sand beach at Takapuna south along Takapuna Beach, around the rocks to Cheltenham Beach then onto the home stretch (only 1km of pavement!) to Windsor Reserve in Devonport. This course will surely leave a smile on the face of mum, dad and the kids!

From: Takapuna Beach – Southern end of Takapuna Beach (end of Hauraki Road).

To: Windsor Reserve, King Edward Parade, Devonport

Aid Stations: 1

  • Water
  • Electrolyte drink
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline
  • Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit
Note: While we will have plenty of aid stations on all course options, we advise (as we would with any off-road event) that you come prepared with your own supplies. We recommend bringing your own hydration-pack complete with additional liquid, food, a thermal top and a basic first aid kit.

Course Terrain: Sand, flat rock, minimal boulders

Water Interaction: There should not be any serious water interaction on this course, but this is a coastal event and participants should be aware that water interaction could be a possibility.

BAY SCRAMBLER – 11KM RUN / WALK

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BAY SCRAMBLER – 11KM RUN / WALK

The Bay Scrambler is also a course designed for coastal running first-timers, but those after a few more kilometres! The Bay Scramble shorter course will take participants from Milford Beach south along the beach, around the rocky trail to Takapuna Beach, south along Takapuna Beach, around the rocks to Cheltenham Beach and then onto the home stretch (only 1km of pavement!) to Windsor Reserve in Devonport. This course will give a newbee a run for their money, but also a grin from ear-to-ear!

From: Milford Beach – Northern end of Milford Beach (Milford Reserve, next to playground).

To: Windsor Reserve, King Edward Parade, Devonport

Aid Stations: 2

  • Water
  • Electrolyte drink
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline
  • Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit
Note: While we will have plenty of aid stations on all course options, we advise (as we would with any off-road event) that you come prepared with your own supplies. We recommend bringing your own hydration-pack complete with additional liquid, food, a thermal top and a basic first aid kit.

Course Terrain: Sand, flat rock, small and large boulders, grass, 4WD track

Water Interaction: There should not be any serious water interaction on this course, but this is a coastal event and participants should be aware that water interaction could be a possibility.

MINI MONTY – 17KM RUN / WALK

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MINI MONTY – 17KM RUN / WALK

The Mini Monty is the mid course in the Coastal Challenge Series line-up and a course where you’ll ‘see it all’, without a crazy number of kilometres! The Mini Monty course will take participants from Browns Bay south along the beach and around the rocks eventually getting to Milford where you’ll have a short wade or swim across the estuary mouth. You’ll then be back on your feet and heading south again along Milford beach, around the rocky trail to Takapuna, then south along Takapuna Beach, around the rocks to Cheltenham Beach and then onto the home stretch (only 1km of pavement!) to Windsor Reserve in Devonport. A great course, with a tad more water interaction than the two shorter course options.

From: Browns Bay – Northern end of Browns Bay Beach (next to the boat ramp / police station)

To: Windsor Reserve, King Edward Parade, Devonport

Aid Stations: 3

  • Water
  • Electrolyte drink
  • Bananas (at the first aid station)
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline
  • Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit
Note: While we will have plenty of aid stations on all course options, we advise (as we would with any off-road event) that you come prepared with your own supplies. We recommend bringing your own hydration-pack complete with additional liquid, food, a thermal top and a basic first aid kit.

Course Terrain: Sand, flat rock, small and large boulders, estuary/water

Water Interaction: There will be a short wade / swim through the estuary mouth as you come into Milford. Besides this, there is not a large amount of water interaction on the remaining course.

MID MONTY – 22KM RUN

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MID MONTY – 22KM RUN / WALK

The Mid Monty is a course that’ll test even the seasoned runner! The Mid Monty course takes participants from Long Bay along the beach and rocky coastline to Browns Bay and on to Milford. Once arriving at Milford you’ll have a short wade or swim across the estuary mouth before getting back on your feet and heading south again along Milford Beach. Once around the rocky trail and along Takapuna and Cheltenham Beaches you’re then on the final home stretch (only 1km of pavement!) to Windsor Reserve in Devonport. A great course and adventure, with a tad more water interaction than the two shorter courses!

From: Long Bay – Southern end of Long Bay

To: Windsor Reserve, King Edward Parade, Devonport

Aid Stations: 4

  • Water
  • Electrolyte drink
  • Bananas (at the second aid station)
  • Sweets (at the final two aid stations)
  • Vaseline
  • Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit
Note: While we will have plenty of aid stations on all course options, we advise (as we would with any off-road event) that you come prepared with your own supplies. We recommend bringing your own hydration-pack complete with liquid (minimum 2 litres), food, thermal top and a basic first aid kit.

Course Terrain: Sand, flat rock, small and large boulders, estuary/water

Water Interaction: There will be some interaction with the water on this course and a few small stream crossings up to around waist depth.

Teams: We suggest all team members register and begin at Long Bay. Then leap frog your way down the coastline, transitioning at aid stations as you go.

FULL MONTY – 33KM RUN

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FULL MONTY – 33KM RUN / WALK

The Full Monty, the pearl in the Coastal Challenge Series line-up and the course every Coastal Challenge enthusiast aspires to! The Full Monty course will begin at Arkles Bay in Whangaparoa with a short run before you’re head down on the first of two estuary swims around Okura. Once you’re out of the water and had a shake off you’re heading along Long Bay beach and then around the rocky coastline to Browns Bay and on to Milford. Once arriving at Milford you’ll have another short wade or swim across the estuary mouth before heading south again along Milford Beach. Once around the rocky trail and along Takapuna and Cheltenham Beaches you’ll be on the final home stretch (only 1km of pavement!) to Windsor Reserve in Devonport. It’s called the Full Monty for a reason, but one hell of a race!

From: Arkles Bay, Whangaparoa – Middle of Arkles Bay

To: Windsor Reserve, King Edward Parade, Devonport

Aid Stations: 5

  • Water
  • Electrolyte drink
  • Bananas (every second aid station)
  • Sweets (at the final two aid stations)
  • Vaseline
  • Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit
Note: While we will have plenty of aid stations on all course options, we advise (as we would with any off-road event) that you come prepared with your own supplies. We recommend bringing your own hydration-pack complete with liquid (minimum 2 litres), food, thermal top and a basic first aid kit.

Course Terrain: Sand, flat rock, small and large boulders, estuary/water

Water Interaction: There will be some interaction with the water on this course and a few small stream crossings up to around waist depth.

Teams: We suggest all team members register and begin at Arkles Bay. Then leap frog your way down the coastline, transitioning at aid stations as you go.

Safety: There will be ample water-based support on the water (4 x Surf Life Saving rescue boats and lifeguards on stand up paddle boards), with a particular focus around the two river crossings. If you’re in trouble on either of these two sections, please raise your hand and our water safety crew will be very happy to provide assistance in getting you across. You will not be disqualified if you fit into this category, but please don’t use the water safety crew to get a free ride, and save you some energy – they’ll keep you in the boat for longer!

FAMILY & Group ENTRIES

Family Entries

Get out and enjoy an active day with all the little people in tow! Our Family Entry is an affordable way to make this happen – and is intended to acknowledge the extra financial commitments that families with children face. Accordingly, this is not an entry option for just two adults. We’re sure you understand.

Family members may enter any event distance under a family group entry. A 15% discount off the total entry fees will be automatically applied when at least 1 adult and 1 child are entered.

Group Entries

Get 10% off with groups of 8 or more. Get in touch once you have at least 8 confirmed and we’ll get a discount code set up for you. The more the merrier on the coast this summer :-)

Email Mark once you have your group together.

CUPLESS EVENT

As trail runners and nature lovers we're keen to do our part to protect our beautiful planet and reduce the environmental impact of our events, so we have removed disposable cups from our aid stations in an effort to minimise our waste production.

Here are some alternatives to keep you hydrated out there:

  • Reusable cup – available for purchase at registration for only $5 (cash only). These can be easily carried in your pocket, tucked into your shorts/tights or in a backpack.

  • Hydration pack with bladder

  • Handheld water bottle

Pre-Event Beach Cleanups

We love our coast and want to do our part to look after it. Join us for three beach cleanups in the lead up to event day. We’ll provide some snacks and cold drinks – and a few lucky beach cleaners may just find a free entry masquerading as rubbish!

  • Wed 28th Nov, 5-6.30pm – Long Bay Regional Park, next to the playground (rsvp here)

  • Thu 24th Jan, 5-6.30pm – Browns Bay, next to the boat ramp (rsvp here)

  • Fri 8th Feb, 5-6.30pm – Milford Beach, next to the playground (rsvp here)

Not on Facebook? Email Mark to rsvp.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Event registration will be at the five individual start points and will be open on the Saturday morning from the below times. This is where you will collect your race number and transponder. Please allow enough time to register so you’re ready for your event briefing and start.

REGISTRATION LOCATIONS & OPENING TIMES (SATURDAY MORNING):

  • Beach Hopper (6km) – 8.30am – Southern end of Takapuna Beach (end of Hauraki Road)

  • Bay Scrambler (11 km) – 8.00am – Northern end of Milford Beach (Milford Reserve)

  • Mini Monty (17km) – 8.00am – Northern end of Browns Bay Beach (next to the boat ramp / police station)

  • Mid Monty (22km) Individual & Teams – 7.00am – Southern end of Long Bay

  • Full Monty (33km) Individual & Teams – 6.00am – Middle of Arkles Bay, Whangaparoa

GEAR CHECK

Participants will be able to tag and name a gear bag at the individual event start lines; this gear will then be transported to the event finish line by total sport staff where it can be collected once you finish your race.

GETTING THERE & PARKING

All events finish at Windsor Reserve, Devonport.

Take the Ferry:

Certainly the coolest way to travel is to catch the ferry from downtown Auckland. The Saturday morning service begins at 6.15am and runs to and from downtown Auckland every 30 minutes at the time of writing. Please check the ferry timetable with Fullers or on the Auckland Transport Journey Planner website before your journey.

Take the Bus:

Devonport village is a major transport hub and several bus lines run directly to the ferry terminal, from where it’s a hop, skip and jump to the event venue. Check on the Auckland Transport Journey Planner web site for the best options from your location.

Driving and Parking info:

If you will be parking in Devonport, plan to arrive in plenty of time and expect a 10-15 minute walk from your parking space to the finish line. Try for un-metered street parking on the major roads; King Edward Parade (east of Buchanan St), Queens Parade (west of Anne St) or up on Calliope Rd. You may also find street parking in the residential streets outside of the centre. Please be sure to check parking signs and comply with the parking rules posted.

There is limited parking at each of the five event start points; please remember you will need to get dropped off or have a ride back to your vehicle after your race as there are no buses back to the start points after the event.

EVENT BASE

The event base, and finish point for all event options will be located in Windsor Reserve, King Edward Parade in Devonport.

This is the best location for spectators to position themselves to see friends and family finishing their event.

BUS TO STARTLINES*

*Bookings required

If you’d like to purchase a bus to the start of your event from Windsor Reserve, this can be done while entering your chosen event. If you have already entered, not a problem! Click the registration link in your confirmation email and scroll down to ‘financial summary’. Click the green ‘add optional items’ button to add it to your purchase.

You will not receive a bus ticket. We will have everyone’s name on a check list as you get on the bus at Devonport. Please aim to arrive at Windsor Reserve, Devonport at least 30 minutes before your scheduled bus departure time.

All event buses will depart from King Edward Parade, next to Windsor Reserve in Devonport.

Important: There are NO buses after the event from Windsor Reserve, Devonport back to the start line, so please ensure you have organised a lift back to your car after the event.

Departure Time
(from Windsor Reserve)
Destination – Event Start PointPrice Per Person
6.10am Full Monty (33km) start point Arkles Bay 20.00
7.50am Mid Monty (22km) start point Long Bay 17.00
8.30am Mini Monty (17km) start point Browns Bay 15.00
9.00am Bay Scrambler (11km) start point Milford Beach 15.00
9.30am Beach Hopper (6km) start point Takapuna Beach 10.00

ACCOMMODATION

Find accommodation options here on trivago. You can also browse hotels by proximity to the event directly on the Coastal Challenge trivago page.

EVENT BRIEFING & START TIMES

There will be a participant briefing 10 minutes before every start. You MUST attend.

Event + Start lineEvent BriefingStart Time
Full Monty (33km) start point Arkles Bay7.20am 7.30am
Mid Monty (22km) start point Long Bay 8.50am 9.00am
Mini Monty Walk (17km) start point Browns Bay 9.20am 9.30am
Mini Monty Run (17km) start point Browns Bay 9.35am 9.45am
Bay Scrambler (11km) start point Milford Beach 9.50am 10.00am
Beach Hopper (6km) start point Takapuna Beach 10.20am 10.30am

High Tide: 5.29am (2.8m)

Low Tide: 11.43am (1.0m)

Please note: Depending on what time you get to the 2 swim sections, the swims could be anything from 100m to 300m on an outgoing tide, so it is very important that only confident swimmers do the 33km event.

PRIZEGIVING & POST-EVENT ACTIVITIES

Once you’ve made it down the beautiful North Shore coastline to the event base at Windsor Reserve in Devonport you’ll be able to relax in the park in the sun (hopefully!) with a cold Speight’s, a sausage / veggie burger (for a donation to Hospice North Shore - so bring a couple of dollars) and possibly a spot prize. So stick around and enjoy the vibes.

Prize giving

Prize giving will commence at 1.30pm at the finish line.

MASSAGE

Massages will be available at the event base for only $15. Look for them in the green striped tent!

Activities for the little ones

In addition to the playground, we’ll have lots going on to keep the little ones entertained. Stay tuned for details!!

If some of the family aren’t participating make sure you tell them to come down and enjoy the post-race festivities.

SAFETY

There will be ample water-based support on the water (3x Surf Life Saving rescue boats), with a particular focus around the two river crossings. If you’re in trouble on either of these two sections, please raise your hand and our water safety crew will be very happy to provide assistance in getting you across. You will not be disqualified if you fit into this category, but please don’t use the water safety crew to get a free ride, and save you some energy – they’ll keep you in the boat for longer!