Overwhelming local support and generous event sponsorship has meant the annual Round Raro Road Race stays alive with the 44th instalment of the event running this Saturday, September 25. SUPPLIED/21092308
Strengthening community spirit is the main focus behind the Round Rarotonga Road Race running this Saturday.
the second year in a row the event is purely local - and once again strong
community support with over 300 registrations is causing much excitement among
work places and social groups and keeping the event alive marking 44-years of
running around Raro.
the team spirit charge is Round Rarotonga Road Race loyal sponsor Bank South
Pacific who provide both funding and enthusiasm with nearly 40 staff signed up
to run, walk and ura their way across the finish line.
country manager David Street and 2020 Round Raro winner is back on the start
line again this year – and this time he has some interesting competition including
Kiwi visitors happily marooned in paradise.
hardy men and women will line up at 5.30am to race the 31km course round the
island joined by the first runners of the 31k-by-3-member relay category which
has attracted eight teams to take on this new and exciting category.
over 280 runners and walkers taking part in the popular 10km race starting at
7.30am from the Bahai Centre in Muri, its sure to be a colourful and energetic
sponsorship through Tourism Cook Islands helps keep the event alive which
normally generates the majority of its funding through international
registration fees that have exceeded 600 participants in the pre-pandemic era.
generated through the event go towards Athletic Cook Islands junior athletics
development normally in the form of sending youth athletes to compete at the
New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships in December.
Hall in Avarua is race central this weekend and finish line for the Round Raro
area will be closed to traffic from 4am on Saturday morning and ensuring our
roads are safe for runners, Cook Islands Police will escort runners around on
heroes, the Cook Islands Girl Guides Association continue their 15 plus years
of service for the annual race manning 11 water station stops around the island
to keep the runners and walkers hydrated.
on the road to keep an eye on all race athletes is the First Aid team from Cook
Islands Red Cross and with top-up vouchers sponsored by Red Cross ensuring
organisers have clear lines of communications throughout the event.
you are heading to the early morning markets on Saturday – please drive safely
around athletes who will be running anti-clockwise from Avarua heading west
through Arorangi to Takitumu and back to Avarua.
management team from the Turama Pacific Travel Group’s Destination Management
Cook Islands (DMCK) department would like to thank the enthusiastic support
shown from all sectors of the community from friends’ groups, government and
private companies to sports groups who registered for the event.
a strict cut-off date for registrations have meant some were unable to
officially register for the event with focus for management now on delivering a
top standard event that has drawn hundreds from across the globe to enjoy
running in paradise – the same high standard event being delivered for our pure
avoid the disappointment of missing out by not registering on time – next
year’s Round Rarotonga Road Race date has been tentatively set for Saturday 24
Meanwhile – supporters are welcome to the Sinai Hall race central to cheer on runners and walkers crossing the finish line where there will be a QR scanning device for everyone to tag in.