Fruit Carriers Race Photo Gallery
|Written by Cathy
Another uniquely Polynesian fête competition we attended was the Fruit Carrier's race. In this competition, the competitors carry between 60 and 200 pounds of fruit and run barefoot around a city block 3 times.
Papeete counsel building was the site of the Fruit Carrier's Race
Competitors bring their own fruit. The fruit ranges from simple bananas tied to a log to others with a variety of types of fruit, breadfruit, papaya, pineapples, coconuts, and flowers.
Competitor unloading his fruit
One of the larger fruit bundles being unloaded for the race
Awaiting the start of the race
The fruit being weighed by race officials
Some competitor's bundles are lightened by officials and the extra fruit is given to spectators
The weighed fruit is marked and set aside until the start of the race
Tired competitors hand off their burdens at the end of the race
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