Local residents keen to join the Round Raro Road Race happening on Saturday, September 24 along with more than 100 international runners, walkers and supporters are encouraged to get registered before entries close on Monday, September 19. SUPPLIED/22091214
In less than two weeks the 45th Round Rarotonga Road Race will be staged welcoming back more than 130 international runners, walkers and supporters to paradise.
all – it has been two years in the planning, training and waiting to be part of
this iconic annual event that continued to run in 2020 and 2022 thanks entirely
to local community support.
includes the continued sponsorship support from event major sponsor Bank South
Pacific (BSP) who recognise the benefits for community development through its
sponsorship of the annual 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.
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.
Raro race managers at Turama Pacific Travel groups event department Destination
Management Cook Islands (DMCK) are thrilled to see the eager return of Kiwi
runners and walkers plus a number of returning regulars from America and Europe
while recognising that it will take a few years to rebuild the numbers back to
visiting runners and walkers set to start arriving this week – event organisers
are putting out the call to local residents keen to lace up and join the run to
contact the team and register your interest before entries close on Monday,
is a great team bonding, fitness starting or testing opportunity before the
Cook Islands Games next month!
year’s round Raro race once again includes the 31km round Rarotonga Road run
and walk, 31k-by-3 round Raro relay for teams of three people and the short and
sharp 10km run and walk.
central will be the National Auditorium Domes in Tupapa this year which is the
place to catch all the finish line thrills.
31km run and walk starts at 5.30am – from the starting line in front of the
Bamboo Jacks Restaurant.
in for the race will open from 4.30am for all participants – before all racers
are escorted at 5.15am from the Domes to the start line for the race start at
year’s 10km race start will be from opposite the Moana Sands Lagoon Resort in
Tikioki starting at 7.30am.
companies, sports teams or individual wanting to join this year’s Round Raro
Road Race event is encouraged to contact event manager Matariki Wilson at
Destination Management Cook Islands (DMCK) via email firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive a registration form or further information and register before
entries close on September 19.
week of running also continues after the main round Raro road Race with the
Hash Birthday run on Monday 26th September, the infamous Nutters
Cross Island Run on Tuesday 27th September and the fun and popular
Round the Rock Relay on Wednesday 28th September.