A Christchurch couple will be making a 68-kilometre journey up the aisle when they get married in Queen Charlotte Sound next month, and it won't be your conventional walk.
Jane Parrett and Hugh Reynolds will be completing the Queen Charlotte Classic - a 14km run, 46km cycle and 8km sea kayak - before getting married at their family bach in Kaireperepe Bay on November 9.
An idea that would seem crazy to most is fitting for the couple, who have been together for 22 years and taken part in numerous multisport events.
They decided to ditch the tradition of an official engagement and get married after doing the race.
"I rang [the organiser] to find out when the date was and we decided we should do the race in the morning and get married in the afternoon," Ms Parrett said.
"Hugh and I have spent years doing multisport races, but we haven't done as much since we had kids."
Both Ms Parrett and Mr Reynolds competed in the event when it was the AMP Multisport Race in Christchurch, and Ms Parrett has also competed once before in Marlborough.
"It's a fantastic race, just beautiful," she said.
They would be supported by some of their 55 wedding guests, some of whom were competing in two teams for the race, as well as three doing the individual event, and another three doing the half-marathon.
"It's gonna be a long day, but quite often you end up on a bit of a high after these events, so I'm hoping that will carry me through [the wedding]," she said.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Queen Charlotte Classic, and the sixth year it will take place in Marlborough.
Competitors are dropped off at Mistletoe Bay by boat before starting the race, organiser Peter Yarrell said.
From there, they run to Anakiwa, cycle to Picton and finish with a kayak in Picton harbour.
Mr Yarrell moved the race to Marlborough to take advantage of the unique setting, he said.
"Instead of running down a road or vineyard, you are actually running down the gorgeous Queen Charlotte Track."
Each year the event raised money for a different charity, and this year money raised was going to the Marlborough Community Development Trust.
- The Marlborough Express