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Jet runners stride

Arin Kumar
Friday, February 08, 2013

FIJI'S only runners club, the Jet Runners Club will organise their first event of the year tomorrow.

Club president Abinesh Kumar said they were looking forward to organising a more quality event this year and they intend to start with a 3000 and 1500 metres race.

He said the event was designed to prepare long distance runners in secondary schools around the country for their respective competitions.

"According to my research our current generation in Fiji are 20 to 30 per cent weaker than past generations," Kumar said.

"As a result, the Jet Runners Club will be organising regular and more quality events that will benefit the youths that take part," he said.

"Long distance running and cross country running is slowly dying out in Fiji and we want to revive it." Last year, the club hosted seven road races and Fiji's first ever Cross Country Championship.

Kumar said since Fiji was not well equipped with resources to train athletes, the old methods of training could be used to prepare athletes.

"I believe that since we don't have enough modern resources in Fiji, the teachers, coaches and trainers can use old resources such as playing grounds to help athletes in running.

"In some places we don't have gyms available so we should use bounding drills, circuit, medicine ball, cross-training, flexibility, speed and endurance, hill runs, morning runs.

"In our race this weekend, we will stress that to the athletes that compete," he said.

The race starts at 8am from the Korovuto College in Nadi.