The athletes will be taking part in a run-a-thon starting in Arorangi at 7am while parents and supporters are firing up the barbeque at Prime Foods from 7.30am.
Head coach Thomas Henderson said the athletes are all excited ahead of next week’s competition.
“Our 10 athletes have all been training hard in preparation and are looking forward to showing what they can do.
“Training has largely been going as planned, minus a couple of small injuries and some illness. We have incorporated certain things into their training that they could encounter in Wellington, such as having a warm up routine that can be done on grass if track access is restricted.”
Henderson said the competition is seen each year as an important part of the long-term development of local athletes.
“It really is the one competition that we target to develop these athletes. What better place to test ourselves than by competing against the best in New Zealand.
“This year we are taking four new representatives which will hopefully create healthy competition amongst our current squad of athletes as we look to build up towards future Oceania and Polynesian Championships as well as South Pacific Games.”
Alongside the funds raised today, earlier in the month Bank of the Cook Islands generously donated towards the team.
This is alongside Island Car and Bike Hire as well as DMCK whose support through Round Raro also helps the squad reach the competition in New Zealand.
Competition starts next Wednesday in Wellington, with the event being live-streamed via YouTube and those wishing to support the team can do so via the Athletics Cook Islands Facebook page.
- Athletics Cook Islands