Successful Marines Event

Thanks for organising such a great run – I thoroughly enjoyed it. Margaret T

Competitors enjoyed the In the Footsteps

By Roger Childs

Happy finishers enjoying the hospitality at the Ramaroa Centre

Whareroa Farm was the setting for the seventh running of the event, which for the first time, was entirely off-road.

The weather conditions were cool to mild and fortunately the rain held off.

Competitors thorough enjoyed the tracks and unsealed roads on the 11.5km and 9.8km courses, and a number of people remarked that it was good not being on public roads.

After the finish, everyone enjoyed the hot soup and roll at the Ramaroa Centre and the better than 50% chance to win a spot prize.

The Kapiti Joggers and Walkers are very grateful to the local businesses which generously supplied these.

Participation first, competition second

The event was about enjoyment in taking part and satisfaction in finishing. In the Footsteps of the Marines is a charity event and, once expenses are covered, the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers expect to have more than $2000 to give away.

This year’s designated major recipients are the Kapiti Women’s Refuge and Life Flight Trust.

A key factor in the success of the event were the 34 volunteers assisting on the day + 14 scouts and leaders manning the drink stations.

Fastest woman Renae Creser

For the record:

  • 139 started, 137 finished, including four members of the US Embassy staff
  • The fastest runner was Stewart Milne in 49.31
  • The fastest woman runner was Renae Creser in 60.41
  • The fastest race walker was Robyn Lovewell in 1.44.37

Memorial Day Service

The event always precedes the annual US Memorial Day Service.

The details for this year are

  • Monday 28 May
  • Marines Memorial Site, Mackays Crossing, Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Arrive by 9.45am for a 10.00am start.
  • Seating will be available for those requiring it.
  • People are welcome to a community morning tea after the service in the new Ramaroa Centre.


A highly underrated local event which drew participants between P North, Levin and Wellington as well as many locals. JG

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