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Cyclone Threat Forces Marathon Officials To Make Changes

Cyclone Threat Forces Marathon Officials To Make Changes
From left: Petero Manoa (participant), Vodafone chief marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad, Event coordinator Marita Manley, Eroni Takape (participant) at the Vodafone Fiji headquarters in Tamavua, Suva on March 27, 2018 Photo: Nikolau Ravai
April 02
11:00 2018

Tropical Cyclone Josie has forced the deferment of the inaugural Vodafone Lost Island Ultra Marathon Fiji. The ultra marathon which was to start tomor­row has been moved to Wednesday.

Event coordinator Marita Manley said yes­terday that the footrace was meant to be an adventure so for precautionary measures they have decided to move it to Wednesday.

“The slight changes to the race are still manageable,” she said.

“In designing a race on a tropical island we had built-in contingency plans for such an occurrence. Given the weather this post­ponement will allow the rivers to drop as well as allowing us to double-check mark­ings have not been damaged or removed by Tropical Cyclone Josie.”

Manley added their thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the flooding and they are hopeful that the cyclone passes over quickly without doing too much damage.

She said around 50 top ultra marathoners from the United Kingdom, Germany, Swe­den, Denmark, France, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand are part of the starting line-up.

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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