Some of the action from the West Coaster Adventure Run, organised by Total Sport. The marathon is described as "quite possibly NZ's toughest off-road marathon."
The West Coaster Marathon is certainly not for the faint hearted, with over 2000m of vertical gain, there is plenty of time spent mustering the strength and courage to run, jog, plod, or shuffle up hills.
On the hunt for the man with the red and blue shoes.
Location: Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes, NZ
Music: Nina Simone, Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix)
You might not be John Walker, though I suggest that you should still train on surfaces like the athletics track.
Hills, rocks, cows and irie trail running action.
Location: Cable Bay, Nelson, NZ
Music: The Black Seeds, Senegal Champions of Africa
A glimpse of a James Kuegler Coaching - Trail Running Masterclass.
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