Fun Run a hit at Mulinu’u

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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RUNNING IS FUN: Runners of all ages gun for the finish line.

RUNNING IS FUN: Runners of all ages gun for the finish line.

What better way to end the first month of the year than to run off the extra weight gained during the Christmas/new year holidays?  

Yesterday, the recently formed Samoa Triathlon Federation (S.T.F) hosted its first 5km race. Sponsored by Digicel, over 120 people joined the early morning run with teams from BSP, Hyundai, Fatu Toa Crossfit, Maxfit gym, Plantation Boxing academy and many individuals taking part.

President of the S.T.F, Nicola Mills, said they were quite impressed by the turn out. 

 “We held a pre-registration day at Eveni Sports Store yesterday (Friday) and took over 80 registrations alone.  The local community has been amazing, I’m absolutely delighted to see so many people, all ranging in different abilities, coming down and taking part.”

The run kicked off at 8am with the under 12s having a two minute head start.

Waves of smiles and Digicel Extraordinary run shirts (printed and donated by Eveni store) filled the Mulinuu area with police escorts nearby.

“The S.T.F, together with Digicel Samoa, have made it one of their objectives for 2016 to promote a more active, healthy and happier lifestyle and hope to encourage hundreds of Samoans, both young and old, to participate,” Ms. Mills said

The C.E.O of Digicel Samoa, Rory Condon, said “Everyone has made the most of the fun atmosphere, cheering and supporting each other.  It is this spirit that Digicel Samoa cherishes and is delighted to be a part of.”

Kuniyoshi Watanbe, a J.I.C.A volunteer teacher working at Afega Primary School was the first adult to cross the finish line with a time of 17 minutes and 34 seconds.

The final results of the race:

Boys Age 12 and Under (2.5 km distance) 

1st - Mautofu Sooaemalelagi    11:42

2nd - Mose Iapesa   12:09

3rd - Faafoi 12:53


Girls Age 12 and Under (2.5 km distance) 

1st - Sayonara 15:20

2nd - Leonie Green 17:39

3rd - Leva Crichton 21:26


Boys Age 18 and Under (5 km distance)

1st Etuale Ioane 16:50


Girls Age 18 and Under (5km distance)

1st Letava Thompson 37:12

2nd Zion Young 50:00

3rd Lisa Pereira 50:44


Men’s Open (5km distance)

1st Kuniyoshi Watanbe 17:34

2nd Tini Alama 19:24

3rd Yusucke Yokoyma 20:11


Women’s Open (5km distance)

1st Erica Reeve 23:57

2nd Amanda Bunn 24:45

3rd Rowena Peters 25:54

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