For multisporters the Crazyman kicks off with a scenic sea kayak across Wellington's eastern harbour bays, from Days Bay in Eastbourne to the iconic Petone Wharf and Hutt River. If you can paddle a sea kayak or beginner multisport kayak for an hour in harbour conditions, then you are capable of the Crazyman kayak section.
Forecast high winds and swells after a week of high wind have forced us to move to the planned Bad Weather Kayak Course.
This means the kayak section will now start and finish at Sladden Park (Bracken St, Petone) and paddler do three-lap course on the Hutt River.
The Multisport briefing (7:30am) and Start (8:00am) are now at Sladden Park. No one need go to Days Bay.
The race will start inside Sladden Park with a 300m run to kayaks. Paddlers then head downstream on the Hutt River for approx 1.5k, passing under Waione St Bridge, to a buoy outside the Sea Scout building approx. 100m before the river mouth.
Turn around the buoy and paddle upstream approx 2k, past Sladden Park, to another buoy in front of Ava Rail Bridge.
Turn around the buoy and paddle downstream approx 500m back past Sladden Pk dead-arm. This is one lap.
Kayakers do three laps. But do not go inside Sladden Pk dead-arm until the end of the third lap, when you transition as per normal. K1 racing kayaks are now allowed.
The distance is 10k. This means that support crews need to be at all transitions approx 15-30min earlier than previously planned. IRB's will be on the river for emergency support.
The Mountain Bike & Trail Run sections remained unchanged
This epic ride up the Hutt River Trail and over Belmont Regional Park takes in a secret tunnel, the 442m high Boulder Hill, old WWII bunkers, historic horse and cart trails, and several kilometres of single track. The challenging 30k is achievable by anyone who can handle a hilly two hour mtb ride. That's if the views don't take your breath away.
This spectacular run is a fitting finale. From Belmont Regional Park's historic Woolshed, you'll scout around Belmont Trig and follow Korokoro Stream's beautiful bush tracks to finish by the iconic Petone Wharf. If you can handle an hour off-road with a few hills along the way, you're capable of completing the Crazyman run.