Bullslingers Tube Race is a lot of fun for charity

2011-01-24 00:00

THOSE wishing to take part in the 34th annual Bullslingers Tube Race have less than a week to enter a team into the event. Entries for the race, which will take place on February 5, close this Saturday.

The event has been extremely well supported over the years and has seen teams of between two to nine people float down the Umzumkulu River on a home-made raft. Rules specify that only tubes and rope are allowed to be used in the building of the raft.

Starting at Oribi, the race is 14 km long and ends at Batstones Drift. President of the Port Shepstone Bullslingers Club, Allison Keys, says that the event is held either during February or March.

“It depends on what the tide is doing,” she side. “We have to ensure that the race happens over a time when there is a good enough current to take the participants towards sea.”

Keys revealed that it can take the “slower guys” more than five hours to complete the race, while the quickest can do it in less than two hours.

There are no prizes for the winners as all funds raised from the event will be used to help children in need.

Keys added that it is the unique nature of the event that has made it such a success over the years.

“I think it does well because it is just an awful amount of fun,” she said. “We have music and beer tents at the finish and it is extremely festive.”

Keys is hoping that the attendance this year will match up to that of recent years; between 700 and 1 000 participants.

Anyone who would like to purchase tickets for the tube race or find out any further information can do so by visiting www.tuberace.co.za. Tickets are R100 per person.

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