The 2017 Suva Marathon on July 22 in Suva is drawing a lot of attention from members of the public. With the Island Chill-sponsored annual event exactly a month away, more people are turning up for registration.
Among them is one of the top local resorts — The Warwick Fiji from the Coral Coast.
It will field probably one of the biggest teams on race day, said Suva Marathon Club secretary Marita Manley.
“Team Warwick will be participating for the second year in the Island Chill Suva Marathon and has 25 runners heading down to the Capital City,” she said.
Manley, who was at the resort yesterday, said resort runners would compete to champion the cause of the event.
Alumita Cawanikuve, who works as a sales executive for the Warwick’s weddings, is running to support Cure Kids, an organisation that helps sick children, especially those affected with rheumatic heart disease.
“My training is going well with the support from other team members, though I haven’t put in any long runs yet,” she said.
Other members Siteri Domonatani of the resort’s corporate administration and Litia Tikoduadua, the food and beverage manager, want to be an example to their children by participating to show that they live an active and healthy lifestyles.
They would be joined by Luisa Waqa, who also competed last year.
“I am participating again simply because it was fun,” she said.
Manley said Team Warwick had led by example in helping the Suva Marathon Club promote healthy living through the marathon and helping those in need.
Meanwhile, organisers are trying to contact young Niumaia Bola, a Year 6 student of Naboro District School in Sawanikulao, Naitasiri, who despite living in a remote part of Fiji, had earlier indicated his intention to compete.
Manley said the organisers could help in getting Bola to compete in the July 22 race which would start at Albert Park.