Among the walkers were plenty of groups representing schools, businesses and other organisations, and participants CINews spoke to were all keen to get started on what has been promoted as a fun and rewarding community activity. The challenge will feature regular mass walks and involves earning points while also having fun and getting fit.
As of the middle of last week a total of 45 teams had registered for the event. Wednesday afternoon’s walk took the form of a “meet and greet”, giving participants a chance for a catch-up before starting out on the route on the lagoon side of the main road through Avarua.
Because of the large number of participants and the need for some to complete a basic health check from mobile clinic staff, the event was a little late in starting. At around 5.25pm Vaevae Revival committee member Victoria Dearlove gave some quick instructions from the main stage – and the walkers were off, setting their own.
In a newsletter issued this week, organisers said the main aim of the Vaevae Revival was to get people to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on at least five days of the week.
“By moderate intensity we mean hard enough to increase your breathing and heart rate, yet still being able to talk comfortably, but not sing.
“You can split up the 30 minutes of exercise into two 15-minute or three 10-minute walks. Meanwhile, registrations for the Vaevae Revival have now closed and organisers will not be accepting any new registrations or alterations to teams.