Chance To Follow The Marines

It will be an honour to celebrate the Marines’ long-established relationship with New Zealand and to help raise funds for good causes. Gunnery Sergeant Scott Boylan, before last year’s race

 In the Footsteps of the Marines on Sunday

By Roger Childs

P1040890Scott Boylan, pictured on the left alongside, is a Marine from the American Embassy and is back to do the event again. On Sunday 25 May, he will join over 150 walkers and runners taking part in a unique event which roughly follows an old 1940’s Marine route march. Writer Leon Uris was stationed at Paekakariki in 1942-43 and wrote about expeditions in the hills above the camps in his book Battle Cry.

Sunday’s event starts and finishes at Whareroa Farm which is located north of Paekakariki, off State Highway One at Mackay’s Crossing. The course covers 13.4 km of mixed terrain: sealed and unsealed roads, shingle paths, bush tracks, clay trails and a farm road. The final section comes down through the site of the Marines Camp Mackay.

A manageable event with great settings

The event is achievable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. People can race it or just take their time and enjoy the textures under their feet and the varied scenery.

The course includes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ~ sealed roads through farmland

~ the Waterfall Road bush clad gully

~ a two kilometre climb up the Maungakotukutuku Hill

~ wonderful views from Campbell’s Mill Road

~ a spectacular downhill run or walk into the Whareroa Farm.

Last year’s fastest run was by Craig Edwards in 55 minutes 30 seconds and Bart Henderson was the first race walker in a little over 1 hour 28 minutes.  Meanwhile at the back of the pack a social walker strolled round in over 3 hours.

The Sunday start times for the three groups  are

  •  9.00    Race walkers
  • 9.30    Social walkers and slower runners
  • 10.00  Runners

Great value for money

At the time of writing there were over 100 entries. It is still possible to enter online for $20: http://www.enteronline.co.nz/ until late on Friday night.

People can enter on the day for $25 from 8.00am at the Whareroa Farm shelter.

The event is tremendous value for money as participants get

P1040919 ~ a great course with varied terrain and spectacular scenery

~ water, electrolyte and jelly beans at the three drink stations
~ soup and rolls afterwards in the Tramway building
~ a finisher’s certificate
~ a one in three chance of winning a spot prize.

 

Raising money for good causes

The event is run by the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers and is a fundraiser for a number of local causes and organisations
Whareroa Guardians~ Wellington Free Ambulance
~ Whareroa Guardians
~ SPCA
~ Raumati Scouts
~ Kapiti US Marines Trust
~ Tramway Museum
~ Kapiti Running and Tri Club

The main sponsors are cityfitness, Pak’nSave, Print room and R-Line electrolyte drinks. A number of other local businesses have also provided spot prizes.

Very positive feedback

 140 did the event in 2012 and there were 160 finishers in 2013. The feedback has been universally positive in both years. This from Andrew Reid

A great day out, lovely scenery, and views, weather obliged on the day… Would I compete again? Too right I would! And I’ve even talked my wife into competing as walker.

 He enjoyed the soup too!

 

For more information see http://marinenz.com/Events/In+the+Footsteps+of+the+Marines

Or email pamandroger childs @paradise.net.nz