Round Raro: No wheels this time, for Dan

Thursday September 19, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports

Richard Vinsen first competed in the round the island race in 1998, and has attempted to take part every year – but thanks to a motorbike injury, the Island Car director has had to take some time off.


He’s disappointed he won’t be tying his shoelaces on Saturday – but it is his passion for the race that has helped motivate the company’s motorbike mechanic Dan Reyes to participate

Reyes won’t do the 31km race: he is happy to focus just on the 10km run for the second time. Last year he timed 61 minutes; this year he is determined to beat that.

Island Car Bike Hire has been the top gold sponsor for the RRRR for the past 15 years. The company likes to get involved with community-based activities that not only involve Cook Islanders, but also bring in tourists to Rarotonga.

Plus, the event supports healthy lifestyles.

Reyes admits he hasn’t trained much for the event, but he is confident and knows he will do better and improve.

Why does he do it? “It’s good for your health, and running or walking is free.”

He does not approve of diets and says there is simply no need for them and in the long term is a waste of time and money.

“Why spend money on diets or supplements, that’s too expensive.

“Save your money, invest in yourself and go running or walking, it’s free – just an hour of your time, maybe three days a week.”

Reyes encourages his workmates to exercise, and has convinced a few to join him walking up the hospital hill.

Island general manager Krissy Tatam says it’s all about healthy living and wellbeing, and the opportunity to give back to the community.

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