In the Footsteps of the Marines 2018

The runners line up at the start (Photo by Doug Stevens).

Preparations are well underway for the seventh running of the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers In the Footsteps of the Marines charity event on Sunday 27 May 2017. Last year more than 170 walkers and runners participated, including several Marines and US Embassy staff.  

However, this year, because of uncertainty over the availability of Waterfall Road, we plan to have the event entirely in Whareroa Farm and on Campbell’s Mill Road.

The 2018 event will be part of the celebrations, coordinated by the Kapiti US Marines Trust, commemorating the 76th anniversary of the arrival of US Marines in New Zealand during World War Two. A Memorial Day service, the first to be celebrated in the world, will be held at the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday 28 May.

In the Footsteps of the Marines provides a unique opportunity to run or walk in the hill country behind Camp Mackay, where the Marines trained in 1942-1943.

The course includes unsealed roads; bush, shingle and clay tracks; and farm roads. The route climbs over 300m and the high points offer spectacular views of the Kapiti Coast. However, it is manageable for anyone with reasonable level of fitness.

Starting on the seaward side of Whareroa Farm shelter, the course takes competitors towards the hills along a farm road, then on winding tracks up to Campbell’s Mill Road. Competitors then head north along the unsealed road. The short course turns around at the saddle, while the long course continues down the hill to the start of the road.

Whareroa Farm from Campbells Mill Road.
Whareroa Farm from Campbells Mill Road.

On both courses, participants head back to the entrance into Whareroa Farm. The descent into the farm follows a short bush trail which leads to a zigzag track. More tracks and an unsealed farm road take walkers, joggers and runners to the finish beside the Whareroa Shelter.

Walkers and runners of all abilities are welcome to enter. There are three categories:

  • Social Walkers and Slow Joggers (9.5km course)
  • Race Walkers (11.5km course)
  • Runners (11.5km course)

The race is restricted to people 12 years and over, unless accompanied by an adult.

The venue is Whareroa Farm, MacKays Crossing, north of Paekakariki.  

Race Walkers, Social Walkers and Slow Joggers start at 9.30 am, and Runners at 10 am.

There are plenty of spot prizes, kindly donated by local businesses. After the race competitors can enjoy a cup of hot soup and a roll, and pick up their finisher’s certificate.

The entry fee is $25 with an extra $5 for late entries on the day.  Participants can post their entry or enter online at:  It is one of the best value for money events in the country.

Donations will be made to a range of local charities and groups.

The event is generously sponsored by Pak’nSave, The Print Room and CityFitness.  

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