Athletics Cook Islands is encouraging the community of both social and competitive members of all ages to start moving forward into the New Year with a focus on good fitness habits. SUPPLIED/23122924/23122925
Cook Islanders and visitors can look forward to a fun-filled event a day after New Year’s, as Athletics Cook Islands hosts its first Village Mile event on January 2.
Cook Islands is calling on those interested to start the year off right, put
the cocktail or the book down and do a mile.
association is encouraging the community of both social and competitive members
of all ages to start moving forward into the New Year with a focus on good
your New Year’s resolutions of “better health and fitness” and
start with this event, the association said.
president Simone Fe’ao said this is the first time they are holding the
Village Mile event and are hoping it will become an annual fixture.
said athletics development officer Ruth Mave has been working with various
groups throughout the year who are wanting to improve their health and reach
some fitness goals.
came up with this idea as a good opportunity for people to start the year on
the ‘right foot’.”
their message to the community is – change starts with one small decision. “Make
the decision today and register. Bring a buddy to help you stick to the
said the event is open to all members of the community, walkers, runners,
athletes, and even babies in prams.
said the event will feature 4 x 1-mile races, one after the other, each
starting in a different village.
can do one, or do them all.”
course starts from the Matavera CICC church and will go 800 metres out
and return to the church, total distance being 1 mile.
means each village will now know how far a mile is so they can use it
to measure out their own abilities over the coming months.”
mile is about 1600m or 1.6km and new members to walking and running can start
by going out 800m then bringing themselves back to the start with another 800m.
this is easy to achieve in their minds especially for young and old. Parents
with prams can do it and every one can start by walking the distances and then
building up to running.
way each person can do more than one lap and build up their km per week.
they continue to do this, they can build towards the Round Raro 10km race
said for those who are competitive, the mile run has long been a classic race
and the push to beat the 4-minute mile time barrier was long held to be the
the village mile it can be run at the fastest pace possible for those
competing. Then as part of the endurance of a person they can choose to do one
or all four-mile races around the island.”
is a 45 minutes time allowance between start times from each CICC church, this
will give fast competitors time to run and recover and relocate to the next
final tally will be 6.4km by the end of all four miles. Spot prizes will be
given out at a prize giving to be held at the Nikao Social centre at 11:15am.
can be done online; the link is available on Athletics Cook Islands Facebook
page. For any queries, contact Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Village Mile course is as follows: 1st Mile 8am Matavera CICC to Api
Takitumu, 2nd Mile 8.45am Ngatangiia CICC to Api Te Uki Ou,
3rd Mile 9.30am Titikaveka CICC to Bella beach, 4th Mile 10.15am
Arorangi CICC to SDA church.