This will be the 8th running of this event in its current format. The course is both fast and challenging and scenic and suitable for athletes of all abilities.
Bryn Kempthorne, President Kapiti Running and Tri Club
Walk or run in a picturesque setting
By Roger Childs
This year’s Kapiti Running and Tri Club Paekakariki Road Races will take place on Sunday 15 February. The three lap run and two lap walk start at 9.00 am on the road beside Campbell Park on The Parade. The other races begin at 9.30. (See details below.)
The entry fee is $15. See below for entering online details and the club website if you wish to run off an entry form.
Under 19 competitors pay $5. Participants can enter on the day, but need to get there early and will be required to pay a $5 late entry fee.
A varied course and great after-match function
The interesting course around the village covers a 5.35 km loop of undulating roads and tracks, and includes The Parade, parts of Wellington and Tilley Roads and a section of Queen Elizabeth Park. Walkers can do one or two laps, and runners have the choice of one, two or three.
~ 10.7km Run or Walk
~ 5.35km Run or Walk
Starters in the 10.7km run will compete for the Don Melrose trophies. Don was a long time resident of Paekakariki village and a stalwart member of the Kapiti Harrier Club.
Last year’s winners were
- Mitchell Rutter (Kapiti) 38.52
- Gabrielle O’Rourke (Wellington) 41.19
After the race, runners, walkers and supporters will be treated to a lavish morning tea at the Memorial Hall, followed by a prize giving which includes a large spot prize draw. Stirling Sports Kapiti and New Balance New Zealand are providing New Balance shoes to the value of $200: one pair for men and one for women.
The event is great value for money.