Women’s 31km second place runner, Lucile Meyer came second in the women’s 31km race crossing the line after three hours, 12 minutes and 18 seconds – 21092724
For the second year in a row the Round Rarotonga Road race on Saturday was a purely local event attracting over 330 runners and walkers marking the race’s 44th year.
Event organiser, Matariki Wilson said the race
was a showcase of community resilience and strength in what has been a trying two years.
Round Raro Road race has transcended to become an event of hope in a time of
global uncertainty,” Wilson said.
past two pure local Round Raro Road Race has gone a long way in getting local
residents to take ownership of the annual race.
local registrations were between 60 to 80 participants at most and to see two
years in a row with over 300 locals entered bodes well for a truly colourful
Cook Islands Round Raro Road Race.”
Wilson said local involvement in the event had fueled
international interest for the next race in September 2022, provided travel is
champion David Street retained the 31km race title, crossing the finish line in
two hours, 43 minutes and 14 seconds.
crossing the finish line on Saturday, Street said it was a good race but tough.
“The South Easters were up and the last 10
to 12 kilometres in that headwind was pretty taxing.”
Street said a lot of work went into the
race and he was glad to take a breather.
Not far behind Street was veteran Kevin
Henderson, completing the race in two hours, 49 minutes and 43 seconds. It also
marked Henderson’s 30th consecutive race.
After the race, Henderson said: “I just
wish I had my young legs back again.”
“We had that strong wind in our face
coming for the finish so that was a bit nasty, otherwise you couldn’t have
really asked for a nicer day,” he said.
Normally running barefoot, Henderson wore
shoes this time which he said was because of the recently sealed roads that
were a bit rough.
Henderson said “he’s not hanging up the
towel yet” and will run his 31st race.
Crossing the line first for the women was
Adrianna Skurosz, who finished the race in three hours, four minutes and 41
Biking alongside her was her husband,
Jakub Postrzygacz. Skurosz said together they were an amazing team and she
would not have done it without him.
“It was really nice to just go through all
this pain together and have him chose the soundtrack music for me and pass me
Skurosz said after 20 years together, their
marriage counselor told them to do something together for fun apart from work,
so they decided to do Round Raro.
“I actually asked him ‘are you ok that
you’re not running? He was like ‘I’m relieved, I’m really happy to be your
support person, you do the running’.”
First place in 10km men’s race went to
Fijian runner Rupeni Mataitoga. After the race, Mataitoga said he was very
happy with the result that he trained really hard for.
Rupeni Mataitoga, winner of the men’s 10km about to cross the line – 21092602
He set the target to win the 10km Round
Raro Race two months ago. Mataitoga is also the defending champion of the 10km
division in the BSP Aitutaki Marathon.
Mackenzi Wichman took home the women’s
10km race title.
Money raised from the event went towards
Athletics Cook Islands junior development team.
Round Raro organiser, Wilson said the
event generated good funding through the registration fees, but funding
generated was less compared to previous years due to border closures.
She adds while Round Rarotonga is still a
key for fundraising, it has become a platform for community hope, team building
and fitness goal setting.