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Koya: Marathon To Promote Fiji

Koya: Marathon To Promote Fiji
From left: Petero Manoa, Vodafone Fiji head of eCommerce and sponsorship Shailendra Prasad, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya, Anna Cowley and Talanoa Treks director Marita Manley at the Holiday Inn Suva on March 11, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO
March 12
10:00 2018

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya launched the Vodafone Lost Island Ultra Marathon at Holiday Inn, Suva yesterday.

The proposed route will take runners from the Suncoast, on the Ra coastline through the interior of Viti Levu and finish off at the Coral Coast, near Sigatoka.

The foot race will cover more than 200 kilometres over five days.

Talanoa Treks are the in-country organisers working with communities that it already partners with and with Get Lost Events in the United Kingdom who are providing marketing and event management support.

Koya said: “Through this event, we hope to promote adventure tourism offerings in the country and showcase other areas of the country outside the main tourism hot spots.

“In doing so, this directly contributes to a key strategy of Government’s Tourism Development Plan, also known as the Fijian Tourism 2021, to diversify our tourism market beyond the traditional sun, sand and sea for which we are famously known for.

“Through this event, we would be able to do just that. Furthermore, Government’s commitment through Tourism Fiji support of this event is an indication on how serious the Fijian Government is, in supporting the tourism industry.”

With its partners Vodafone Fiji and Tourism Fiji, Talanoa Treks director Marita Manley said: “As much as possible, the race will take place off-road following old village tracks, old logging tracks and disused roads.

“Runners will camp together each night, and are required to prepare their own food. Endurance races like this are becoming increasingly popular around the world.

“This would be a first for Fiji.

“We have a number of world famous ultra-marathoners coming in from around the world to compete in this inaugural event.

“They are coming from around the world- UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand and from Fiji,”

For this first event the number of competitors is capped at 50 for safety reasons, she said.

“This will be one of the toughest races of its kind and is designed for experienced ultra-runners.

“If will showcase Fiji’s stunning interior to a global audience and enable us to grow the event in future years,” she said.

Two local runners Anna Cowley and Petero Manoa will compete as part of the Vodafone sponsorship package. The race will be on April 2-8.

 

 

DETAILS

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 Road and Nadrau Road (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)

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

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