An event with history
By Roger Childs
One of the Marines who was stationed in the 1942-43 camps near Paekakariki was Leon Uris. In his novel Battle Cry he recounted one of the route marches into the hills. In The Footsteps Of The Marines roughly follows his description.
The Kapiti Joggers and Walkers are organising the sixth running of this event on Sunday 28 May 2017. Last year over 220 walkers and runners participated, including several Marines and New Zealand soldiers.
This year it will be part of the celebrations, coordinated by the Kapiti US Marines Trust, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the arrival of US Marines in New Zealand.
The highlight of these celebrations will be the traditional Memorial Day Service at the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday 29 May.
A fascinating and varied course with great views!
The 13.2km course includes sealed and unsealed roads, shingle, bush and clay tracks, and farm roads.
This year the course will be weather-proof, and the Whareoa Farm section will happen!
The route climbs over 300m in four stages and the high points offer spectacular views of the Kapiti Coast.
The second half is mainly downhill! This descent comes down along tracks through the area where the Marines Camp Mackay was located.
Value for money and donations to many groups
The entry fee is $25 with an extra $5 for late entries on the day.
There are three categories: social walkers and slow joggers, race walkers, runners.
Participants can post an entry or enter online at: www.enteronline.co.nz There are plenty of spot prizes and after the race competitors can enjoy hot soup and rolls, and pick up a finisher’s certificate at the Tramway Building in Queen Elizabeth Park.
In The Footsteps Of The Marines is one of the best value for money events in the country.
Further details and an entry form can be found on http://marinenz.com/ (Click the event icon top right on the home page.)
The event raises money for various local organizations such as the Tramway, Whareroa Guardians, Raumati Scouts, Raumati Beach School, The Kapiti US Marines Trust, Wellington Free Ambulance and The Kapiti Running and Tri Club.
However the main recipient in 2017 will be Youth Quest Kapiti.