​Over 20,000 took part in Fun Run

​Over 20,000 people in the nation’s capital took to the road this morning for the 2017 Trukai Fun Run.

Men, women, children and some with their pets, flocked in to the Sir John Guise Stadium as early as 2am to prepare for the event.

By 6am, a sea of yellow had engulfed the roads of Port Moresby as city residents walked, jogged and ran the five kilometre route, crossing the finishing line back at the stadium.

Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla, said the turnout at this morning’s Fun Run was overwhelming.

“It’s probably the biggest turnout we’ve ever had. From start to the finish, the whole route was packed with a sea of yellow.

“We’re extremely pleased with today’s participation,” said Rapilla.

She said the Trukai Fun Run is a major fundraising event for the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee, which raises much needed funds for Team PNG athletes to participate at international sporting events.

This year, Team PNG will be attending three events, the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas and the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

“People started arriving at 1am and 2am. That’s how enthusiastic they were for this event. It’s a big year for us and we’re very grateful to everyone for your support. Thank you,” said Rapilla.

The Fun Run was also held in nine other centres this morning, including Lae, Wewak and Kokopo.

Troy Taule