Olympic fun run today

Thursday June 22, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports

Olympian Alex Beddoes will be among the top athletes who will be taking part in today’s Olympic Day Fun Run at  Punanga Nui Market, starting at 5pm.

 

And he is calling on the public to be part of the event which will feature the 1 kilometre, 3km and 5km races to celebrate the Olympic movement.

Beddoes, who made his Olympics debut at last year’s Rio Games, said events such as the Olympic Day Fun Run was important in advocating the values of the movement. He said it also helps promote the development of the sport and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s really important for athletics and other Olympic sports to gain exposure and promote themselves. It’s a great chance for the public to see what it is all about,” said Beddoes, the national middle distance runner.

“It is also a way to promote the Olympic values - which are unity and harmony - while promoting a healthy lifestyle through such events.”

The event, which also celebrates the Olympic Week, is organised by the Athletes Commission on behalf of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee and in partnership with Women in Sports.

The achievements of the local Olympians have been the focus of the organisers this week.

Cook Islands Athletes Commission member Edith Nicholas earlier said this year’s theme will be based on the Cook Islands Olympians who have attended past Olympic Games.

As part of the celebration, there has been schools quiz programmes on Cook Islands Olympians held over the radio.

“I made my debut at the 2016 Olympic Games and the experience was quite unreal. I have never experienced anything like that before,” Beddoes said.

“I got injured a year leading to the Games so I wasn’t sure whether I will be ready to compete at the Rio Games. I was really lucky my doctor and physio managed to get me back to my feet, running again.

“I wasn’t really prepared considering the time I spent recovering but the experience at the Rio Games was worth it.”

Beddoes is now preparing for the Oceania Championship later this month in Fiji and hopes to set a benchmark to achieve his goals at the Pacific Mini Games later in the year.

But today he will leave those goals behind to be part of the Olympic Day Fun Run to celebrate the values he stands for as an Olympian.

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