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Petero to create history in New Zealand triathlon

Paulini Ratulailai
Saturday, February 03, 2018

TRIATHLETE Petero Manoa will be the first Fijian to participate in the Ironman Triathlon in New Zealand on March 3-18.

The event will involve Petero swimming four kilometres on Lake Taupo, cycle 200km and run a full 32km marathon in the North Island of New Zealand.

Petero said he had been preparing for the past year for this competition.

"I've been participating in triathlons for seven years and I began running in the marathon last year, so this is going to be a big challenge for me to go against some of the world's top triathletes," he said.

"It takes you 10-12 hours to do three different events at one time. It is tough, but when you put your focus into it you will achieve your goal.

"For this competition in New Zealand I am still looking for sponsors to help me. Just a note, this is history for Fiji because I am the only Fijian to take part in this tournament."

The Nakavika, Macuata, Vanua Levu runner is the president of a local club called the Burning Rock Tri-cycling Club.

"The reason I formed this club is to help itaukei youths. Not all of us can play rugby so I decided to form this club for interested youths who want to try out marathon or triathlon," Petero said.

"As we have seen the number of non-communicable diseases is increasing each year and a lot of people are dying from this disease. One of the ways we can prevent it is by exercising, keeping our body healthy.

"This kind of competition will help us keep fit, not only rugby or netball. If you just take a time out from home and walk or run for just a few minutes that will help your veins function well.

"We can't just play rugby to keep us healthy. We can run, swim and cycle or just do some chores at home to keep our body moving.

"I am calling all itaukei young or old to come and join us in this year 2018 Island Chill Suva Marathon run in April. We can start this Saturday, bring your family to participate in this mini runs every first Saturday of the month."

The father-of-four has introduced the sport to his children and his two older sons have joined him.

He will take part in one of the largest races here in Fiji, which is the Vodafone Lost Island Ultra Marathon.

"It is run from Yaqara crossing the wilderness until it reaches Sigatoka."

He will be part of the competitors who will swim 3.8km (2.4 mile) in the clean, clear, fresh waters of Lake Taupo.

A deep water start in front of the Taupo Yacht Club with the first leg of 1650m parallel to the shore followed by a second leg of 50m then returning 1650m to a buoy adjacent to the Yacht Club.

The final section of 450m takes the swimmers down the outlet of the Waikato river alongside the Harbour Master building and exiting up the boat ramp.

From the boat ramp, athletes have a 400m run along the boat harbour to the steps leading to transition.

From there they will get on to their personal bike and cycle a two-lap 180km course before heading into the natural forest and farmland surrounding Taupo.

The Hoka One One run course is a three-lap 42.2km course leading athletes through town three times.

The race will offer qualifying 40 slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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