Give The Marines Event A Go!

Commemorating important local history

By Roger Childs

Back in 1942-43 over 15,000 Marines were stationed in three camps north of Paekakariki.  They were here to train for the Pacific war against Japan, and, if necessary, defend New Zealand from invasion.

On Sunday and Monday this crucial time in the history of the Kapiti Coast and the nation will be remembered.

The In the Footsteps of the Marines event on Sunday goes through territory where the young Americans trained. Think about taking part.

If you have a reasonable level of fitness and can walk or run for an hour and a half, you’ll do it comfortably and be raising money for good Kapiti causes.

You can race it or just take your time and enjoy the textures under your feet, the views and the rural environments away from the traffic.

 Interesting off-road courses and great views

The view coming down Campbell’s Mill Road

The two courses (11.5km and 9.5km), cover a variety of terrain including unsealed roads, clay, grass and bush tracks. Unlike in previous years the event does not include any public roads.

Most of the climb is in the first half, and the final 4km comes down through Whareroa Farm, where the Marines’ Camp Mackay was situated.

People can enter for $25 through the enteronline site up until 11.55pm on Friday. Go to

Entries are also accepted on the day for $30. Registration opens at 8.15am on Sunday morning at the Whareroa Farm Shelter.

Race walkers, social walkers and slow joggers start at 9.30am, and runners at 10.00am.

Competitors under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

After match function at the Ramamroa Centre

After the event there is hot soup and a roll for all competitors at the Ramaroa Centre in Queen Elizabeth Park, and, as well as picking up a race certificate, they have a 50% chance of winning from the large pool of spot prizes which have been generously donated by a range of local businesses.

The event is sponsored by The Print Room, Cityfitness and Pak’nSave.

Money is being raised for various local groups such as Whareroa Guardians, Raumati Scouts and the Kapiti US Marines Trust, however, the major recipients will be Kapiti Women’s Refuge and Kapiti Life Flight Trust.

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(On Monday 28 May there is a US Memorial Day Service at the Marine Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park, starting at 10.00am. More detail in a later article.)





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