Another Successful Marines Event

Wow….full credit to all organizers, marshals and helpers for an amazing event. So well done and thank you all so much…my 2nd time and will be very happy to do it again. The pumpkin soup was divine and yummy buns!! Lovely ladies helping….you all deserve a pat on the back.  Julie Martin

Back on track

Story by Roger Childs, photos by John Granville

The runners get underway

Competitors couldn’t come down through Whareroa Farm in the 2016 In the Footsteps of the Marines because of heavy rain.

However this year it was business as usual!

The charity fun run/walk organised by the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers is now an institution on the Kapiti Coast and over 175 competitors took part in the sixth event on Sunday.

The organisation was a great team effort with over 40 members of the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers, and other volunteers, involved in course layout, marshalling, registration, catering, traffic control, liaison and spot prize distribution.

The Raumati Scouts efficiently manned the drink stations, providing jelly beans and water to the competitors, as well as enthusiastic support.

Impressive performances

Although it is primarily a fun event, there are plenty of competitors keen to race it.

A group of happy finishers

The fastest performances on the day were:

~ Tom, Bland: first male runner – 50 minutes 59 seconds

~ Jill Burkholder: first female runner – 60.18

~ Jim Hammonds: first male walker – 1.40.29

~ Nadine Yorker: first female walker – 1.40.35

~ Brian Follett: first male in the social grade – 1.14.22

~ Jo Galway: first female in the social grade – 1.19.39

The event has been well supported by the US Embassy in recent years and the 2017 field included several Marines and other staff.

Challenging but generally good conditions

Kate Watterson gets a warm welcome at the finish line

After wet weather on Saturday night, the rain cleared for the event.

Walkers and runners appreciated the cool conditions which were good for competing, even though there was a brisk southerly at the start.

The tracks down through the farm were muddy and slippery in places, but almost everyone came through unscathed despite the odd fall.

A couple of stream crossings at the bottom added to the variety of the course.

Rewards for participation

After finishing, the vast majority went over to Fiducia House in Queen Elizabeth Park to enjoy the traditional hot soup and roll, and pick up a Finisher’s Certificate. Participants also had a better than one in four chance of winning a spot prize.

The Kapiti Joggers and Walkers are extremely grateful to the many local businesses and individuals who provided these.

The main sponsors for the event were Pak’n Save, the Print Room and cityfitness.

Proceeds from this year’s In the Footsteps of the Marines will go to Youth Quest Kapiti, Whareroa Guardians, Kapiti US Marines Trust, Tramway, Wellington Free Ambulance, Raumati Scouts, Raumati School and the Kapiti Running and Tri Club.