Pacific Pacers after winning the Round the Rocky Relay race on Wednesday last week. Picture: Charlize Tuara/22100102
To finish off this year’s Round Rarotonga event, the Round the Rocky Relay on Wednesday almost saw the current course record broken.
a smaller number of teams compared to previous years competed due to the race
being so close to the start of the Cook Islands Games, the battle was still
Pacific Pacers claimed the title in a time of 1 hour 43 minutes and 04 seconds.
The Pacers were led by 10km local champion Rupeni Mataitonga who helped his
team with a 21-minute win over Te Tupu.
most colourful team were The Smurfs from Rotorua, who had returned to the relay
for the first time since 2015 when they set a previous course record and had
several runners backing up after the 31km on Saturday, September 24.
special mention also needs to go to the team from Bank South Pacific with many
of their team members joining the race straight after the end of the work day,
including a strong anchor leg by another local legend, David Street, the
country manager of BSP Cook Islands.
organisers again wish to thank Toa Petroleum for returning as the naming
sponsor, alongside minor sponsors Prime Foods, Pacific Resort and Tamarind
House for their contributions to both the race and the prizes for the teams.
also wish to thank Gina and Kaka Ama for again providing the use of the
Ngatangiia/Matavera Sports Clubhouse and Field as well as helping to keep the
Cook Islands vice president Michael Tolosa said the funds generated by all the
events held as always will be vital towards the youth athletics programme, and
also the athletes returning to the NZ Secondary Schools Athletics Championships
in December this year for the first time since the Covid pandemic.