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Picture: Janna Sherman

Westland Olympian Mary O’Connor, rear, is pictured with Kokatahi youngsters Lachlan Baird, Pippa Baird and Nate Croy as they prepare for the 30th anniversary Mary O’Connor Mini Marathon next weekend. The retired long-distance runner, who represented New Zealand in the 1984 Olympics, was home in Kokatahi at the weekend and plans to stay on to encourage entrants in the race, this Sunday.
Registrations will be taken on the day, and children up to the age of 14 years can choose to run either the 3km or 6km course, which ends at the Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi School.