Coast to Coast 2014 live updates

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 07:00 15/02/2014

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The 2014 Coast to Coast looks set to have the strongest international lineup in the event's 31-year history.

We will be following the athletes' progress live with the help of Coast to Coast officials, reporter Brendon Egan and photographer Kirk Hargreaves. Please post your own comments and any updated information you have below.

Organisers are posting results here.

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The 2014 Coast to Coast looks set to have the strongest international lineup in the event's 31-year history.

When the annual multisport race was first held in 1983, there were just three participants from outside New Zealand. Since then, it has attracted more than 1500 international competitors from 30 countries, including several international winners.

Race director Robin Judkins said this year had more than 90 international entrants for the 243-kilometre running, cycling and kayaking race being held across Friday and Saturday.

Interest has come from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Belgium, Brazil, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, the United States, Wales, the United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.

However, Canterbury had more entries than the internationals.

Several overseas names could contend for the men's one-day race title with 25-year-old Australian Alex Houghton, who mixes triathlon and multisport successfully, Christchurch-based Brazilian Flavio Vianna and Swedish-based American Scott Cole potential challengers.

Elina Maki-Rautila, now Ussher, was originally from Finland, but now lives in Nelson with husband and five-time champion Richard Ussher.

She first made an impact in 2006, finishing second, before eventually winning the race in 2010 and 2012. She again looms as a favourite for this year's women's one-day individual prize.

The Coast to Coast traverses from Kumara Beach on the West Coast to Sumner Beach on the Pacific Coast.

We will be following the athletes' progress with the help of reporter Brendon Egan and photographer Kirk Hargreaves. Please post your own comments and any updated information you have below.

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