Road and trail running
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Ko Aria Clapperton ahau
Never having been someone who backs down from a challenge, Aria is inspiring hundreds of wāhine to get back into their running again by documenting her journey to the Tarawera Ultra Marathon 100km in Feb 2022 on TikTok.
Aria comes from a sporty whānau, with all siblings having participated in many team sports and individual pursuits from childhood all the way through. In recent years, Aria has completed the Oxfam 100km Trailwalk in a whānau team in 2016 as well as the New York Marathon in 2019 - a challenge inspired by her Aunty Daryl after witnessing her road to the Great Wall of China Marathon a couple of years prior.
This ‘accidental’ internet content creator has been a runner for many years. It was through a tough time for her and her whānau in 2011 that Aria began to run. Exercise became a really important part of caring for herself, both physically and mentally. In May this year, soon after completing the Rotorua full marathon with her mum, Linda, it became clear to Aria that she wanted to continue to challenge herself, so when her sister, Mihi-Amai, tabled the idea of giving Tarawera a go, she jumped onboard the kaupapa. This was soon extended to include the Oxfam 50km Trailwalk in March 2022. Not wanting to spam her friends and whānau, she decided to take her accountability to a new online platform, TikTok, where she now creates regular videos explaining her training, runs and nutrition to her many followers. She’s not one to give out advice that she’s unsure on, but she’s passionate about supporting others in finding what works for them.
An outgoing introvert, Aria finds time to fit her workouts in, trained by her sister (who has her own fitness company) alongside many of the wāhine in her immediate and extended whānau throughout Aotearoa and Australia via zoom. She spends time with her husband, Calvin, and their two senior pets as well as working a full time job in Insurance.
Her determination is apparent, she knows the work she physically needs to do to get her goals, but it’s her mental toughness that will see her cross that finish line.
Originally from Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), Aria now lives in Auckland. You’ll find her most weekends clocking up the kms in her bright sport skirts and matching shoes.