DISCOVERY SURFERS CONTINUES TO GROW

For the first time, the popular 5km is open to all ages in 2020

SWEET VICTORY: Elated 2019 Surfers Marathon winner, Bulelani Mgubu. Picture: Sibongile Ngalwa

The Discovery Surfers Challenge has, over the years, meant different things to the thousands of competitors who have taken it on.

One reason for that has been the event’s ability to re-invent itself.

In 2020, for the first time, the 5km is open to all ages.

In the beginning, there were a handful of surfers and runners who challenged each other over roughly 16km from Kwelera to Nahoon Beach.

Down the years, paddlers were added, walkers encouraged and the distance increased to 17.5km.

More recently, a shorter version of the race from Gonubie and a Junior 5km for under 12s was introduced, and still there were calls for a more accessible option for all to be part of the event.

Due to overwhelming public support, on Saturday February 15 at 1pm, the first open 5km Surfers will be launched.

Young runners will still enjoy a reduced fee of R100, while their parents, grandparents and older siblings can join them at the beach start below the Blue Lagoon Hotel for just R30 more.

The Gonubie event gets under way at 1.45pm, while the more traditional Surfers for runners, walkers and paddlers will depart the picturesque Kwelera Mouth and head in a westerly direction to Nahoon Beach at 2.30pm.

Entries are open on line at www.surferschallenge.co.za and offer a R20 discount on manual entries for runners and R50 for paddlers.

Manual entries and registration takes place at Nutting Hall from February 13 to 14,  from 8.30am to 5pm.

BY:  Bob Norris

DETAILS: DISCOVERY SURFERS CHALLENGE 2020

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