22 October 2016
Thousands participate in the G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run!
More than 7,000 Honiara residents took to the road this weekend to participate in the Australian High Commission’s annual G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run event.
Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne said the event was a great opportunity for the Australian High Commission to engage with the local Honiara community and to promote the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.
"The G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run is a great way for people of all ages to have fun while keeping fit and healthy," said High Commissioner Byrne
"We’re really excited to see the community get behind this initiative and embrace the healthy living message. It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic runners and walkers enjoying the opportunity to get out and get some exercise."
The morning started with a Zumba warm-up before participants completed a 5km run or 3km walk. G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run Ambassador and local Olympian Sharon Firisua shared her healthy living messages and called the start of the race.
Puppettz dance crew provided entertainment for the huge crowd which was also treated to a free, healthy breakfast prepared by the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association.
There were also loads of prizes given out including more than 20 major prizes which were awarded to lucky participants who randomly picked tokens from baskets as they crossed the finish line.
The first 5,000 people who registered received a free t-shirt from gold sponsor SolRice.
Many of the Fun Run participants also took the opportunity to receive a massage from the Solomon Islands National University satellite clinic at the Art Gallery grounds.
The Australian High Commission congratulates everyone who took part in this year’s G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run and would like to thank everyone who made the event so successful.
The Fun Run was sponsored by SolRice, Access Plus, ANZ Bank, BSP, Bulk Shop and Hatanga, Extreme Adventures, Heritage Park Hotel, IBS Monarch, Island Enterprises, Kokonut Pacific, Lime Lounge and Mambo Juice, PAOA FM, Premiere Group, Our Telekom, SIBC, Oz Fresh, Solomon Star, South Pacific Oil, Sullivans, Szeba, Tropical Aluminium Glass, Tongs Corporation, Trish’s Beuty Salon, United Risk Services and Capital Insurance, YSato Marine and Wings Supermarket. .