The Discovery Surfers Challenge hosted their official media launch at the Nahoon Lifesavers Club last Thursday.
Organiser Neville Wilkins thanked everyone in attendence and said he hoped this year would be the biggest Surfers Challenge yet.
Wilkins said that in order to attract more people to the event, they had introduced a new race to the event.
“For the first time in this race, we have opened the 5km race to everybody of all ages,” he said.
The Surfers Challenge began in 1975 with just 26 people taking part. Last year, said Wilkins, there were over 3,000 participants.
“The prestigious thing about this event is that we do not hand the t-shirts out as gifts,” he explained.
“The t-shirts are something people wear with pride.”
Wilkins also cautioned anyone looking to take part that it would not be an easy task.
“A lot of people are just sitting around entertaining themselves and they think they can just come and run the Surfers.
“If that’s the case, people, you must make sure you’re fit enough or else forget about making the 17.5km,” he said.
The Surfers Challenge, which will take place on Saturday February 15, consists of a 5km, 10km and 17.5km run as well as a 17.5km paddle.
Registration is available online at www.surferschallenge.co.za until February 9. Costs for online entry are R150 for the 17.5km and 10km, R130 for the 5km open, R100 for the 5km junior race and R200 for paddlers.
Alternatively, registration can be done at Nutting hall on Thursday February 13 and Friday February 14 between 8am and 5:30pm. Entry costs will cost an extra R20 for runners and an extra R50 for paddlers.
Late entries can be made at Nutting Hall on Saturday February 15 between 8am and 11am, but late comers will be charged a R100 late fee.
For more information, visit the Surfers Challenge website.