BSP Country Manager David Street in Vaimaanga this morning. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 20091924
About 270 runners are taking part in the 45th Round Rarotonga Road Race which started early this morning from the National Auditorium Domes.
than 150 international runners, walkers and supporters are part of the annual
event which will feature 31-kilometre round Rarotonga run and 10km run and walk
31km race was scheduled to start at 5.30am while the popular 10km event will get
underway at 7.30am from Te Manava Resort in Tikioki.
participants will finish the race at the National Auditorium Domes.
Wilson of Destination Management Cook Islands (DMCK) which manages the race on
behalf of Athletics Cook Islands is asking road users to be mindful of the
runners this morning.
will be providing escort and the Girls Guide members will be manning water
stations to keep the runners hydrated.
year’s event also marks the return of international runners who missed out in
the past two years due to Covid-19 pandemic.
race is a key fundraiser for Athletics Cook Islands with funds raised going
towards junior athletics development – namely in the form of providing pathways
for local talent to pit their talent against their Kiwi peers at the annual New
Zealand secondary school’s athletics competition. This development path has
seen many aspiring athletes become national representatives on both the
regional and international stages.
event is also key to the destination development and rebuilding of tourism in
the Cook Islands where pre-pandemic races saw upwards of 300 international
visitors join the race.
thanked major sponsor Bank South Pacific and their 30 staff including country
manager David Street who are taking part in today’s event. Street won the Round
Rarotonga Race in 2020.