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Beach race heats up

Arin Kumar
Thursday, February 06, 2014

THE Jet Runners Club of Nadi will host Fiji's first ever beach running race this weekend.

Club president Abinesh Kumar said beach running was an official competition and even had a world championship.

The race this Saturday will be held at Wailoaloa Beach starting at 7am.

Kumar said they had organised a competition for primary and secondary school students, one for the open grade and one for the veterans.

"We are giving participants the choice, whether they want to run 1KM, 2KM, 3KM or 4KM," Kumar said.

"Beach running is just like a normal race but on a beach and it's much harder than running on synthetic tracks or the road.

"It's new to Fiji but internationally, there are many races and there is even a world championship and anyone can go on the internet to confirm this."

Kumar said they would like to host secondary school students training to compete in the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Championships (Coca-Cola Games).

"The Coca-Cola Games are around the corner and if athletes want to test themselves, they should try a harder event to see if they can last and how far they are willing to push themselves for a gold medal.

"Or if families just want to come and enjoy a morning at the beach with their kids.

"At the end of the day, we just want all participants to enjoy themselves while engaging in something that has never been done before in Fiji."

Kumar said Athletics Fiji could send the winner of the race to the World Beach Running Championship or the regional event.

"We could have our champion compete against champions from neighbouring countries to see where we stand.

"If not that, then Fiji as a whole can capitalise on this and host an international event and with our beautiful beaches, it will surely attract runners from all over the world."

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