SHANGRI-LA'S Fijian Resort and Spa took out the men's and women's divisions of the 29th Sigatoka River Bilibili Race in style yesterday.
Encouraged by loud cheers from the river embankment, the two teams from the Fijian romped over rivals Outrigger on the Lagoon, South Sea Cruises and Team Warwick that had thrown down the gauntlet to snatch victory at the fun-filled Fiji Day event.
Shangri-La's Fijian communications manager Lata Yaqona said her girls had prepared well for the event.
"We have won the race seven years in a row and were looking at making it eight times lucky," she said.
Yaqona said the annual event had boosted interaction among resort workers from the different properties.
Shangri-La's Fijian also snatched victory in the two-man bilibili race while Outrigger on the Lagoon won the management race.
The father of the river race, Bob Kennedy, said he was proud of how the fete had developed from an eight-event festival to an 18-event fiesta.
"The bilibili race is unique to Fiji and attracts growing crowds with each successive year and this is something that could easily be held in other parts of the country," he said.
Paralympic gold medalist Iliesa Delana, chief guest at the event, said the bilibili race was a shining example of how good ideas develop and grow into mega events with the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the Coral Coast community.