McKenzie ready for Capital City race

DUAL international Afatareki McKenzie will compete in the 2017 Island Chill Suva Marathon scheduled to take place in the Capital City later this month.

McKenzie had represented Fiji in the badminton and touch rugby in the past.

He had been part of the Suva Marathon since its inception in 2014 and took part in the 2014 and 2015 event and ran 21.1 kilometres in 2016.

“Taking part in the full marathon is the ultimate sporting test for me,” he said in a press release.

“The added advantage I have this year is that I can raise money for a charitable cause and give back to the community through my sporting abilities.”

The Suva Marathon Club president Sandeep Narayan said the interest had been growing from business houses and individuals.

“It is encouraging to see more and more businesses taking part in the Suva event.

“These businesses houses can relay the message of active living to reduce non-communicable diseases to a mass numbers through its staff.

“Each year since 2014 onwards, we have seen increasing numbers who have been taking part in the Suva Marathon,” he said.

“Running is a relatively easy sport as anyone can take part if you have a pair of shoes no matter the athletic or sporting ability one may possess”.

The full marathon of 42.2km will start at 5.30am from Albert Park grandstand, the half marathon of 21.1km will start at 6.30am, the team marathon of four people running 10.55km each will start at 7am along with a fun run.

The event will take place on July 22.

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