There are a couple of events held on Bora Bora each February which are open to tourists if they wish to participate. This year, one event – the St Valentine’s Fun Run – offered the potential of a quite interesting cultural outing, the other – the Bora Games Triathlon – an enjoyable work-out.
St Valentine’s Day Fun-Run
Very little is known of St Valentine, the patron saint of lovers & of a happy marriage. He lived in the 3rd century & was beheaded in 269 for, amongst other things, marrying soldiers at a time when Roman Emperor Claudius decreed that soldiers could not be married fearful they would not perform at the best if they were concerned for a wife & children at home.
The first association of St Valentine & romantic love was in Chaucer’s works in the 14th century which evolved in 18th century England into the occasion as celebrated nowadays.
St Valentine’s Day in Bora Bora was celebrated with a fun run starting & finishing at the island’s excellently equipped Teriimaevarua Sporting Complex. Participants braving the inclement weather were very much in party mood:
The course took participants on a most enjoyable outing out past perhaps Bora Bora’s most important, yet little known historical relic – Ofa’i Honu, along an uninhabited dirt road built by the Americans during WWII to access ammunition depots still visible today, amidst lush tropical growth whilst offering splendid views of Mt Otemanu. Excellent coverage of what surrounded the actual course covered by participants can be found here at Ofa’i Honu:
This was a fun-run & a series of ‘love-obstacles’ were set in place around the sporting complex. Three year old Jordan shows participants the way through the ‘love tunnel’:
This ‘love-obstacle’ involving spinning one of the competitors around so as to distort their balance was a crowd favourite:
Everyone was a winner but these guys were first home:
The party continued with a very popular Zumba organised by Keven who’s just spent the best part of a year in Brazil putting it all together. Age is no barrier:
A truly fun run through a history packed part of Bora Bora with Zumba ‘from your Valentine’!