Marathon receives timely boost from sponsor

Petero Manoa (left) Rajnesh Prasad, Vodafone chief marketing officer Marita Manley and Eroni Takape during the presentation at the Vodafone head office in Tamavua yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

Petero Manoa (left) Rajnesh Prasad, Vodafone chief marketing officer Marita Manley and Eroni Takape during the presentation at the Vodafone head office in Tamavua yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

FIJI’s bid to successfully host the inaugural Lost Island Ultra Marathon next week received a boost yesterday with Team Fiji members getting more help from sponsors Vodafone.

The three-member team of Petero Manoa, Eroni Takape and Anna Cowley were given uniforms and gadgets such as mobile telephones to help them during the race through dense jungles and tough terrains from Ra to Sigatoka. The team will be up against an international field of about 40 runners in the first across Viti Levu week-long ultra marathon.

“A lot of preparatory work has been done and the race is more than 200 kilometres long, so we call on the public to support and join the race in the last phase at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes to take the runners home, Vodafone Fiji chief marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad said.

He said Vodafone supported the event because of its uniqueness and could help promote the country internationally.

Race organiser Marita Manley said ultra marathon had a good future in Fiji.

“This is a different race. A lot of people target ultra marathon because of its excitement. Extreme competition has a big market in Fiji.

“It is a new market for Fiji for people who love distance running,” she said.

Manoa said the course would be challenging because of the terrains and the weather conditions in the Western Division.

Race course: Monday, April 2- runners will congregate near the start line close to Yaqara near Togovere Village. Tuesday, April 3- Stage 1: Yaqara to Nabalesere (45km). Wednesday, April 4- Stage 2: Nabalesere to settlement at junction of Monasavu Rd and Nadrau Rd (35km). Thursday, April 5 – Stage 3 : Junction to Nubutautau (25km). Friday, April 6 – Stage 4 – Nubutautau via Namoli and Yalavou to the Tavuni Hill Fort near Sigatoka (80km). Saturday, April 7 – rest day. Sunday, April 8 – Stage 5 : Tavuni Hill fort to Sigatoka sand dunes beach (15km). After race party – Korotogo

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