The Manawatu Striders (formerly known as the Manawatu Marathon Clinic) was founded in 1982.
The club caters for runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels. Members set their own goals and for many a reasonable standard of fitness will be their aim. For others, it is the completion of a full or half marathon or reducing their previous best time.
The philosophy of the Manawatu Striders is group walking and running. Groups exercise at a wide range of speeds and over varying distances. With such a wide variation, the club has to be very flexible. Individuals select the appropriate group according to their abilities and the goals they set for themselves. Groups are led by experienced runners and walkers whose roles include the guidance of beginners throughout the season. Runners and walkers enjoy the fun and companionship of group running and walking which can also be a big factor in motivation.
The Manawatu Striders hosts a number of running and walking events each year; the Super Seven series (a 7km fun run/walk held once a week for seven weeks); the Winter Series (5,10 and 15km run/walk); the Feilding to Palmerston North fun run/walk; and our premier event for the year, the Manawatu Striders Half Marathon.
We are a friendly club and have an active and varied social programme.
We meet on Sunday mornings at 8:00AM and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:15PM in the Hockey Pavilion on Manawaroa Street, Palmerston North. New members and visitors are always welcome.