Oh my, what a fantastic day it was! Pohutukawa Coast Passport Rotary’s second Rotary ALLFIT Coastal Run took place this year on a beautiful spring Sunday in Beachlands.  Nearly 550 runners and walkers enjoyed the magnificent Pohutukawa Coast while testing their fitness in the sunshine.
This year there was a half road closure for four kilometres east of Maraetai allowing participants to enjoy the coastline without the presence of vehicles.
“I think it is definitely one of the most spectacular fun run events in the country, almost totally along the coast, and we got huge positive feedback particularly from those doing it the first time”, says Event Director and Rotary President Alex Garden.
The run/walk started from Duder Regional Park and traversed the Maraetai Coast Road, through Maraetai and finished in Te Puru Park, Beachlands.  There were 5km and 10km options with the 5km starting on Maraetai Beach.
The event is the resurrection of an older event that used to take place in the Pohutukawa Coast community.  The local Rotary club, Pohutukawa Coast Passport, developed the event from scratch with no previous experience of organising running events.
“The great thing about an event like this is that not only do the proceeds go to back to the community, but those who took part get a huge boost from getting out into the fresh air and exercising.  I know many people who are now doing more exercise as a result of this event and that has to be good for the health of the community” says Alex.
The event winners were Lachlan Haitana (10k, male), Gretchen Falloon (10k, female), Wayne Gillard (5k, male) and Leah Anstis (5k, female) with Shelley Park School and local school, Maraetai Beach, taking out the school relays.
Numbers were nearly 44 per cent up on last year with a far higher proportion of entrants from outside the Pohutukawa Coast area. It’s expected that the event will raise $8,000-$9,000 to go towards helping young people in the PC community.
The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast Passport with support from naming sponsor ALLFIT Gym.  Other key supporters were Franklin Local Board, Fletcher Living, Jaedon Manufacturing, Beachlands Medical Centre, Paul Taylor Jewellers and Sealink.  All supporters can be seen on the sponsor page on www.rotarycoastalrun.nz.  Volunteers were from Rotary, Pohutukawa Coast Community Association and Clevedon Lions as well as other local people who gave their time.

Press release supplied by President Alex Garden, Rotary Club of Pohutuhkawa Coast Passport along with photos by Saxer Photography