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Manase conquers the almighty Big Apple marathon!


Monday 24 November 2014-11-21

Vaka Tautua | News item



A couple of months ago we profiled Felicia Manase of Porirua who was bound for the

Big Apple and the New York Marathon. Manase who is of Samoan and Tokelauan descent

was born with mild Cerebral Palsy but this did not stop her from completing the 42km New

York Marathon on November 2nd.


Upon returning from New York, Felicia Manase describes the experience as “an amazing

journey lasting 8 months.” Having completed the Wellington Round the Bays, Manase felt

she was ready to take on an even bigger challenge!


“I still can’t believe what I have achieved! From being the laziest person on earth to

conquering the New York Marathon … it feels amazing!” says Manase.


Manase credits her success to her family, friends and supporters – as well as those she has met along the way! “I have met awesome individuals on this journey. I now have the self-belief that anything is possible when I just believe in myself and I will never let my disability define who I am!”


“It was an experience of a lifetime and one which I will cherish forever.” Wise words from a determined and inspirational role-model.