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Inia Raumati
Long day done and dusted, boom

19 August 2022 11:59 am (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius

Still struggling to eat and couldn’t stomach much in the way of pre-stage dinner and breakfast, luckily I swapped a dinner for a dessert with someone and had custard and berries, which surprisingly I kept in. The long stage started well with bush running and technical trail which was what I love and reminded me of home, apparently a group of 9 runners went the wrong way and skipped an entire 10km section. They then made them run around camp when they got back to make up distance. Bit of mixed feeling on that. I can understand them wanting to finish and compete and they were a group of lead runners, but if you are “racing” which they were, a course is a course, you bugger it up its on you I reckon. Return to where you messed up and start again. Makes no difference to me but I think some of the other lead racers are a bit annoyed. After about 3 sections of nice trails, even passed a class of school kids who cheered us on which was awesome, the run turned into a metal road slog in the midday heat and I crashed and went pretty dark for a while. Lost a lot of time and was too busy focusing on how sore my foot was. But then just decided to harden up and not be a wuss, started running and wouldn’t stop as I didn’t think I would be able to start again. Passed some reindeer on the road, apparently not allowed to shoot them as they are like cattle over here, found a secret stash of lollies in my pocket and just ran angry for 50km. Ended up coming in 22nd which I think has jumped me into the top 30, which is not bad considering how shite my build up was. The long-stage does tests people. Still no Northern Lights which is a bugger, but tried to stay up as late as possible to support people coming in but crashed around 0030. This morning it was the stock standard wake, coffee, feet, poop, but when then had a treat of being allowed into the saunas here. Traditional finish smoke sauna which the boss man here spent all night stoking, awesome. Dip in the lake first, then sauna, then swim and I feel human again, everything is now sweet except for my foot which still struggles to fit in my shoes so I will elevate it for the rest of the day if possible. I have found another runner who has had enough of sweet food so am swapping a dinner for his dessert later today. Just to reinforce how glamourous ultra-running is, I woke up this morning with blister juice from my feet in the bottom of my sleeping bag which was all stuck together, awesome. The old loggers camp where we are staying is pretty sweet and looks like a good place for a holiday especially I bet in winter. This race has reminded me of all the little tips and tricks I used to know and definitely would have been useful, so will be more prepared for next time. Looking forward to a can of coke and a steak


Inia out

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Megan Stewart

Posted On: 20 Aug 2022 12:13 am

A great story and some orsum pix too mate. You are doing amazing, especially regarding your recent covid. Every blister tells a story mate, I do hope the northern lights put on a show for you- you deserve it mate. wishing I was there too, send a big hug from me to the management team, and look forward to that beer at the end of stage six dude!. Shine on you crazy diamond. Megs
Inia Raumati
Day 4 Done

17 August 2022 08:51 pm (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius

Day 4 done


Ran better than yesterday as it was a lot cooler and even started to rain in the afternoon which makes it just like home. Start of the day was a bit rough, more hard roads in the sun and I was struggling with the guts a bit and trying to keep food in. Was what they called a transition stage to better trails tomorrow. Thunder storm during the last stage and rain made it more like home and being on trails and hill running was just what I needed. Unfortunately all the foot taping for the fasciitis has torn up the skin and blisters have taken over, will just have t tape them up and ignore them for tomorrow. Well gonna catch an early night. Also a few competitors have tested positive for COVID and been removed from the race, which must suck



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Inia Tomas

Posted On: 19 Aug 2022 03:43 am

Stop moaning about your blisters and run faster!

Oriwia Wehipeihana

Posted On: 18 Aug 2022 09:56 pm

Fred is also expecting reindeer stories.
Inia Raumati
Stage 3

16 August 2022 09:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius

Well day 3 done. Had some issues eating this morning which is definitely abnormal for me, ha., had to pop an immodium to try and bung things up a bit. Today started well surprisingly with a little bit of road but then some good single track bush just like being back home, some swamps and wet feet but all good. Unfortunately it got really hot in the afternoon which I must admit I was not ready for, no cover and more gravel roads and I just fell apart a bit. But at least I finished and just 1 more day to get through before the long stage. I always reckon that if you make the start of the long stage you will finish. It sounds like tomorrow though is gonna be more gravel roads and no hills or technical trail so not so good for me. The foot is still holding together, I have developed a few blisters from the tape though and will likely lose a toe nail from a blister that we filmed the popping off, so will post that when I get a chance. Otherwise we have all just settled into a routine of wake, coffee, poop, pack, run, drink, eat, sleep and repeat. It doesn’t get dark here at the moment and there is about 4 hours when the sun goes over the horizon but that’s about it. We lost a couple more runners today through injury unfortunately but otherwise most people still going strong. Definitely a good gage of how unfit I am at the amount, but also a good motivator to get training again. Not much else to report as fairly tired. 

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Inia Tomas

Posted On: 19 Aug 2022 03:45 am

Toenails are a luxury, keep running!

Wilma Raumati

Posted On: 17 Aug 2022 08:34 pm

I see now why you took so many toilet rolls! Keep going. Xx

Wilma Raumati

Posted On: 17 Aug 2022 08:34 pm

I see now why you took so many toilet rolls! Keep going. Xx

Oriwia Wehipeihana

Posted On: 17 Aug 2022 09:59 am

Also, I spent a good 10 minutes the other day explaining to Fred about the polar lights *and* that Uncle Inia would be seeing them. So, even though it’s a bit early, you better *see* some. He wants details.

Oriwia Wehipeihana

Posted On: 17 Aug 2022 09:51 am

ICYMI - I sent you a message from The Menaces. *Somehow* I managed to reply to your first post. (Sam Black always says I’m as technically (in)competent as you, so there you go). I just have one request: more nature shots. I wanna see some Lapland Flora and Fauna!
Inia Raumati
Day 1 Done

14 August 2022 08:18 pm (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius

Arrived at camp yesterday and spent the entire afternoon eating ! and sorry attempt to try and make my pack lighter. We don’t have any huge snorers in the tent which is good, but eating a dehydrated Mexican spicy beans as my first dehydrated meal probably wasn’t that tent friendly. I thin I made Samantha lose a beat as I didn’t bring a free drop back with a warm blanket/extra sleeping bag in it, and frankly I’m discussed  that anyone would insinuate that I’ve got that soft hahahahaha. Day one started with a swim, well it did for me. We came to a swamp and I didn’t that there were boards hidden under the water so when everyone stopped I just went to go across and went up to my waste, a British fullar tried to help and grab me and he fell backwards up to his neck.


Always planned to take it easy with just being 3 weeks from being infected with COVID, so I ran with the other Kiwi fullar Grant for the whole day, and together the 2 old bastards managed to take it easy, stop and take photos and a bit of video. Despite that unfortunately my foot is acting up and I will definitely have to strap it or something tomorrow or  will be limping. The day was what you expect otherwise. About 7 km altish

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Vicki Lim

Posted On: 14 Aug 2022 06:24 pm

Think you just wanted a swim anyway! Go Kiwis, sounds like you guys are having a ball. Strap that foot up and go again tomorrow! Love you xx
Inia Raumati
Almost go time

13 August 2022 08:04 am (GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington

Almost time to hit the bus to camp 1. Everyone is stocking up their stomachs at the buffet and their pockets with snacks for the the first day ?. A group of us ruined everyone's romantic dinners in town by gate crashing Gustavs resteraunt and having a couple pre-race drinks ?. Have checked in my pack that was a bit heavy (think I over did it with the 6 pack of bog rolls). So have dropped some of the extra food. Still taking the GoPro and will be learning how to use it on the run, and some other old man comfort items. Slight jog yesterday and the lungs are still not a ? but according to Dr Garmin I'm getting better ??

Wishing all my fellow competitors all the best (even those Aussie chicks) and will keep everyone updated via the cyber tent 


ka kite 

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Inia Raumati

11 August 2022 06:49 am (GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington

So, made it to Lapland and the best news is so did my bag. Which if anyone knows my previous race history, that's quite a major win?. Finished work at 0200 Tuesday NZ time to the airport 0600, 10 hrs to Tokyo and a lay over in a very quiet and mostly shut airport, 14 hrs to Helsinki and ran into Sandy & Sam, the. after a short lay over another 2 hrs to Rovaniemi, managed to acquire another runnner Enlin who's bag didn't show up, so maybe I've passed the curse on. After having to wait for hotel check in, finally managed to hit the hay 40hrs later!. 

Fair to say the post COVID Linda are still not that happy but feeling better everyday. The trip has made the old bones stiff and I think after some sightseeing today I might hit a light jog to test the lungs and then the sauna?. Just trying not to eat too much and find a strong cup of coffee. 

see you guys all soon. Hell, we gonna have some fun, it's already raining and feels like home 

Ka kite 

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Marco Grobbelaar

Posted On: 11 Aug 2022 12:21 pm

Hey Inia. Wow, that is some serious transiting and flight times! But well done on making it through with your luggage in one piece (and sorry Enlin about your bag). Enjoy a good rest & sightseeing. The best is yet to come. See you all soon!
Inia Raumati
As good as its gonna get

08 August 2022 01:58 pm (GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington

Well, it's almost time to leave NZ, just one more shift at work finishing a 0200 then catch my flight at 0800, no sleep for the wicked. Had my first run back since COVID on the weekend and was more of a pack hike. Pretty hard work for an easy 6km but at least things are on the improve and should be fine to jog it out a little by stage 1. Hope everyone else's final touches are going well, still panic-packing here. The excitement never gets old even as we do. My advice in terms of packing is simple, travel with good quality lightweight gear and use whatever weight you have saved for kai/food, good quality socks, and don't forget anti-chaffing cream. If done right you shouldn't really get any major blisters. Ka kite, and see you guys soon 

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Oriwia Wehipeihana

Posted On: 17 Aug 2022 09:23 am

Hey Uncle Inia, hope you’re raring to go after a good nights rest! We’re sending you a Raaar! Woof! and Woof! Fred, Fatty, and BooBoo.

Wilma Raumati

Posted On: 09 Aug 2022 02:49 am

Tuned in, so will be with you every step of the way. Love,mum

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 08 Aug 2022 05:33 am

Safe travels Inia. Hope you get some rest on the plane. See you soon!
Inia Raumati
Some Finnish race inspiration

01 August 2022 12:06 pm (GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington

Got sent this today by the misses as a last resort for race day as I'm constantly tired with the post-COVID brain at the moment. Let's hope we all don't have to resort to this 


The Crazy Crystal Meth Adventure of a Finnish Soldier | by Giulia Montanari | Exploring History | Medium

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Inia Raumati
First Day Back

31 July 2022 10:25 pm (GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington

First walk today, 3km, and was a struggle, bit short of breath. Hopefully will still have time to perform my final race kit testing, but then again, its more fun to wing it

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Inia Raumati
One more setback

25 July 2022 09:12 pm (GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington

Having just recovered from a hamstring injury I have managed to catch COVID. Regardless I'm still coming to run. After more than 2 years of lockdowns and travel restrictions in NZ, I wouldn't miss this for the world. Looking forward to getting back to the RTP race environment after a 6-year hiatus. If anyone out there is thinking of pulling out because of injury or illness, don't. If you are determined enough you will finish and you will have one hell of a time. If anything, the longer you take, and the harder it is the more fun we'll have. See you all soon 

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Atul Patki

Posted On: 07 Aug 2022 09:26 pm

Hi Inia, Bro, why u did not tell me that u r going to Lapland ? I would have joined. Anyways. Have a wonderful race but make sure that race is in Lapland and not in Gobi. So take proper flights and make sure, u r taking less flights. Else u won’t get shorts this time if u lose ur luggage. 😀

Inia Raumati

Posted On: 31 Jul 2022 10:21 am

Cheers guys for the support. Managed a massive 3km walk today, struggled but am on the improve, and still have 2 weeks to go before kick-off, what could possibly go wrong?

Marco Grobbelaar

Posted On: 25 Jul 2022 12:26 pm

Hi Inia This is the right attitude. Temporary setbacks should not be a reason for missing out on once in a lifetime experiences. I look forward to meet you and share some stories. I've had a few setbacks of my own this year which I will still blog about. Take care!

Mary Gadams

Posted On: 25 Jul 2022 09:32 am

Hi Inia, what a great outlook!! So awesome that you will be in Lapland! Mary