Mile race tribute to athletics hero

18:46, Jan 02 2014
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Peter Snell anniversary race organiser Bill Hayward.

Opunake will honour one of its favourite sons next Wednesday when it stages the inaugural Sir Peter Snell anniversary mile race.

Contestants can participate in a fun run or walk down the coastal town's main street, starting at the bronze statue that immortalises Snell's achievements.

Race organiser Bill Hayward said although the event, sponsored by the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, was being held a little after Snell's 75th birthday on December 17, he hoped for a big turnout.

"It's open to all ages and skill levels."

Mr Hayward said it was designed to raise money for an audio-visual display to showcase the achievements of New Zealand's athlete of the 20th century. "Our vision is that this will be coin operated so that visitors can learn more about Sir Peter."

Snell, who won three Olympic and two Commonwealth Games gold medals, will not be at the race. But all involved will get a certificate with his signature.

Mr Hayward said there would be spot prizes on the day.

Entry is by gold coin donation and it will be all feet to the pavement from 11am.

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