Marines Walk/Run On Again

By Pam and Roger Childs

In the Footsteps of the Marines retraces history

Marines in NZThe Kapiti Joggers and Walkers are organising the third running of this event on Sunday 25 May 2014. Last year 160 walkers and runners participated.  This year’s event will be part of the celebrations, coordinated by the Kapiti US Marines Trust, commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of US Marines in New Zealand during World War Two. A Memorial Day service will be held at the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday 26 May.

In the Footsteps of the Marines provides a unique opportunity to run or walk much of the challenging Marines’ route march described by Leon Uris in his book Battle Cry.

A varied and picturesque course

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 13.4km course includes sealed and unsealed roads, bush and clay tracks, and farm roads. The route climbs over 300m and the high points offer spectacular views of the Kapiti Coast.

Starting at the Whareroa Farm entrance at MacKays Crossing, the course takes competitors along Emerald Glen Road, Waterfall Road, Maungakotukutuku Road and Campbell’s Mill Road. From there it turns onto a short bush trail and runs down a long zigzag track through Whareroa Farm. More tracks and an unsealed road take the walkers and runners to the finish beside the Whareroa Shelter.

Three categories this year

Walkers and runners of all abilities are welcome to enter. This year there are three categories:

  • race walkers
  • runners
  • social walkers and slower runners.

P1040915The race is restricted to people 12 years and over.

The venue is Whareroa Farm, MacKays Crossing, north of Paekakariki.  Walkers start at 9 am, social walkers and slower runners at 9.30 am, and runners at 10 am.

The entry fee is $20 with an extra $5 for late entries on the day.  Participants can post their entry or enter online at:

Fund raising for Kapiti organisations

Donations from the proceeds will be made to Whareroa Guardians Community Trust, Kapiti US Marines Trust, Tramway Museum, SPCA, Raumati Scouts, Wellington Free Ambulance and Kapiti Running and Tri Club.


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