ABOUT COASTAL CLASSIC
The Coastal Classic is a 30km trail run along one of the most stunning tracks in Australia, it has everything to offer from rocky terrain, sand running and beaches, to cliff-tops, bushland, rainforest and steep hill inclines. The scenery is spectacular with breathtaking coastal views on the beach and from the cliff tops. You literally feel like you are a million miles from anywhere.
Set amid one of Australia’s oldest and wildest coastal terrains, the Coastal Classic is a trail run along the Coast Track from Otford to Bundeena. With 30km of trails, beaches, sand and rainforest – this race has a little bit of everything with great views to top it off!
The Coastal Classic trail run from Otford to Bundeena has been delivered by the Max Adventure team since 2010. However trail running on the Coast Track has a much longer history with unofficial ‘fatass’ group runs being organised since at least 2005 or earlier. Many of these early runs were organised by local trail running group the Bushies – who remain heavily involved in the event today. The Bushies are incredible supporters of the Coastal Classic and can be seen along the course and at all of the Aid Stations every year. The Billy Collis Perpetual Trophy was founded in 2016 in honour of Billy Collis, the founder of the Bushies. The Billy Collis Trophy is awarded to the quickest local Male and Female runner in a rotating age category each year.
There is a long list of runners who return to run the Coastal Classic every year. To celebrate the achievements and loyalty to the event, runner who have finished the event 10 times or more are honoured as ‘Coastal Classic Conquerors’. Special mention to Warwick and Geoff – the legends who have been on the start line every year!
The Coastal Classic is a race that attracts road runners and trail runners in equal numbers. It is a bit like the 6 Foot Track in that respect, and one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. As a trail runner, it is always good to be able to pit yourself against the roadies to find out where you stand in the “strength vs speed” stakes.