Paekakariki Road Races

Popular Kapiti event set to go

By Roger Childs

One of the running highlights of the year gets under way in Kapiti this holiday weekend.

The annual Kapiti Running and Tri Club Paekakariki Road Races take place next Sunday,20 January.

Club President, Bryn Kempthorne, says: “Online entries are ahead of last year so far with most being from women and from outside the Kapiti area. The event is a friendly one and we try make a feature of the morning tea which is included.”


All races start at 9.00 am on the road beside Campbell Park on The Parade. The entry fee is $12. Under 19 competitors pay $5. Online entries can be made at   Participants can enter on the day, but need to get there early and will be required to pay a $3 late entry fee.

The interesting course around the village covers a 5.45 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.  

  • 16.35km Run
  • 10.9km Run or Walk
  • 5.45km Run or Walk

Starters in the 10.9km run will compete for the Don Melrose trophies. Don was a long time resident of Paekakariki and a stalwart member of the Kapiti Harrier Club.

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. The event is great value for money.

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