In its second year of running, Pursuit in Paradise will be staged on Tuesday, March 26, on Aitutaki with three race distances on offer including a full 42.2km marathon course, 21.1km half marathon and a 10km course.
If this year’s event is too early for you, Pursuit in Paradise 2020 will be held from March 23 to 26.
If you are keen to tackle this year’s race, you still have time to register into what has been described by inaugural participants of the event as a must do on the global marathon calendar.
“Spectacular,” says last year’s 21.1km course runner Jonathan Wood who returns for his second Pursuit in Paradise.
“What an incredible event which was well organised, especially for as it was the inaugural Pursuit in Paradise.”
For international racer Emanuela Baccheti – Aitutaki’s stunning lagoon and welcoming people was a breath of fresh air in the challenging race.
“When you feel tired you can breathe, look at the blue and the green of nature, the smile of people and everything will go better!”
While international runners lapped up the natural beauty of Aitutaki with race courses crisscrossing the tiny island, local girl Kelly Pick blazed across the island to not only be crowned the inaugural Pursuit in Paradise winner but also put Cook Islands marathon running on the map.
It’s not all serious racing though with racers having the option of exploring the island and lagoon or just relaxing on the beach with cocktails in hand.
There is also a 5km fun run to be staged on the Aitutaki runway, when the planes have left, which this year will mark its 77th years of service and was originally built out of crushed coral for the US Army who needed staging points in the Pacific during World War II and no doubt was an eye opening sight for locals on November 22, 1942, when the first aircraft, a Liberator bomber, landed on Amuri field, as the airport was then known.
- DMCK Events