The winners of the Iron Race in each division will receive a yellow race winner’s shirt whichthey will wear during the duration of the annual event which will end on November 27.
Vaka Eiva 2015 coordinator Chrissy Thomas said this was organised to recognise the commitment of their main sponsors, Matson.
Matson has committed to sponsor this year’s event as well the 2016 Vaka Eiva.
“This is something new we are introducing to this event. Vaka Eiva is arguably the largest nternational annual sporting event in the Cook Islands,” Thomas said.
“As always, our sporting events are ever reliant on the generosity and support of local businesses and we are ever grateful to all our sponsors for ensuring future continuation of the event.
“Matson has committed to sponsor the event for two years and we want to recognise their commitment by holding this Iron Race.”
Thomas also said the Vaka Eiva racing shirts would carry the tattoo design of the fallen paddler Daniel Teheipuarii.
Teheipuarii, who tragically passed away this year, was an avid paddler and member of` Ngakau Toa Vaka.
“Daniel was a young, talented paddler and carver.
In his remembrance,` all Vaka Eiva shirts including the volunteers’shirts will carry his tattoo designs.”