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And they're off: Peak to Peak competitors charge off from The Remarkables start line last year. PICTURE: MARK WILSON

By PHILIP CHANDLER

A bit like the winter multisport race itself, entries are coming in fast and furious for this September’s Peak to Peak.

Earlybird entries for the long-time Queenstown event – in which competitors can ski or board, cycle, kayak, run and cycle between The Remarkables and Cornet Peak skifields – opened on Monday and were significantly up on last year’s first-day response.

Competitors have signed up from as far away as Rotorua, Kaikoura and Christchurch and, anticipating the trans-Tasman bubble will be up and running by September 12, a team from Australia has even entered.

“These are the kind of events Queenstown needs right now to encourage regional tourism spend whilst supporting people to keep up their winter training and active lifestyles,” race director Adrian Bailey says.

“Last year’s event was a sell-out, up 60 per cent on the previous year, with over 450 competitors racing.

“It was an amazing day with such a broad range of competitors from school kids to seniors and everyone in between, so we expect a similar mix for 2020.”

Bailey says the event will be delivered within government safety guidelines, and in case the event has to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, full refunds will be given.

Peak to Peak was started in 1994 by Queenstowner Geoff Hunt and bought early last year by the local company behind the GODZone adventure race.

This year’s naming sponsor is again David Reid Homes.

Earlybird entries run for the next two weeks via www.peaktopeak.nz

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