The concept of the Coast to Kosciuszko ultramarathon was initially floated by Paul Every at a CoolRunning drinks night at Sydney’s Orient Hotel during the winter of 2004.
That November, Paul, Diane Weaver and Sean Greenhill scouted and set the course from Boydtown Beach to the summit of Kosciuszko, and on to the finish at Charlotte Pass.
On Dec 10th 2004, Paul, Sean, Jan Herrmann and Lawrence Mead assembled for the inaugural running of the race. The event was unofficial and unsanctioned in the tradition of FatAss ultramarathon events (www.fatassworld.com). Paul, Jan and Sean completed the course, with Lawrence succumbing to injury. Paul was first to summit Kosciuszko in 37:26 before arriving at the Charlotte Pass finish line with Jan in 39:27.
The 2005 and 2006 editions of Coast to Kosciuszko were again unofficial events. 2005 saw 7 entries with Canberra athlete Martin Fryer dominating the field with a course record of 31:55.
In 2006, Wayne Gregory triumphed in 33:49 with the inaugural women’s victor Carol La Plant finishing strongly in 42:53
Since the first staging, it was evident that Coast to Kosciuszko held a strong appeal for local ultramarathon runners and the following years saw several attempts from various race directors to launch Coast to Kosciuszko as official race. Throughout this time Disability Services Australia was instrumental in providing support and interest in the development of the event.
It was through the support of Disability Services Australia and the administrative capabilities of Ian Cornelius, (President of AURA ) that 2007 saw the Coast to Kosciuszko being run as an officially established race.
The race has continued to grow in both popularity and esteem, being widely viewed as the most challenging ultramarathon in Australia. 2008 attracted 24 athletes with an encouraging number of women accepting the challenge. This years race is certain to consolidate the reputation of the Coast to Kosciuszko Ultramarathon as a unique and iconic event.
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