The fantastic inaugural Samoa Events Savaii Games has come to a close with the Savaii Marathon on Saturday. Fifty runners of all ages from all over the world including many from the big island competed in over five distances.
It was the very first marathon event on Savai'i. Bobby Lopaki Caerni of New Jersey, USA is the inaugural Marathon winner. The event was run in humid conditions.
There was some relief from the head wind into Salelologa, but that was negated by the direct morning sun. There was massive support from the Savaii Samoa Tourism Association on the inaugural marathon, as well as from Samoa Stationery and Books and the Samoa Shipping Corporation.
Next year's Savaii Games is now confirmed for 4-8 April, 2017
4th April, Upolu-Savai'i Swim
6th April, Ford 1 DAY Challenge Ride Savaii
8th April, Savai'i Marathon
Inaugural Marathon winners
Marathon, Bobby Lopaki Caerni
Half Marathon, Steve NImarota (Men), Alex Bennegger (Austria, Women)
10KM, Owen Fitzgerald (Aust, Men) and Carly Wander (USA, Women)
5KM, Faaopopo Pouma'a (Men), Tina Kaestner (Women)
3KM, Teuila Tiumalu (Women), Mutia Lilomaiava (Men)