Race postponed

THE South Pacific’s first ultra marathon — the Vodafone Lost Island Ultra has been postponed to tomorrow because of Tropical Cyclone Josie.

Organiser Marita Manley said while the 200km footrace was meant to be an adventure, precautionary measures for safety reasons had to be considered.

“In designing a race on a tropical island we had built-in contingency plans for such an occurrence and given the (adverse) weather this postponement will allow the rivers to drop as well as allowing us to double check that markings have not been damaged or removed by TC Josie,” Manley said.

She said flights to Fiji had also been disrupted because of the torrential rain but everyone was safe and accounted for and still in high spirits.

Around 50 world famous ultra marathoners from the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand are part of the starting line up.

The route will take runners from the Suncoast, on the Ra coastline through the interior of Viti Levu and finish off on the Coral Coast, near Sigatoka.

“A slight disruption to a race is manageable. Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone currently affected by the flooding,” Manley said.