Chance to explore remote pristine beach

2016-12-01 06:00

The Dolphin Challenge has added another family event to the day’s offerings of extreme running, mountain biking and relay running. On Sunday, 11th December there will also be a family fun cycle.

It is all about experiencing the remote stretches of relatively unknown beach between Kabeljous River and Maitlands River Mouth.

Runners will start their 38km journey at 06:00. In making their way along the beach to Maitlands they will have to swim through the Gamtoos River where assistance will be provided by EC Coastal Water Rescue.

The mountain bike events start and finish at Maitlands River Mouth. The course is out and back along the beach to collect a token at the Gamtoos Village checkpoint for the 50km extreme edition, and the family fun ride turn around at Van Stadens.

This family ride gives an opportunity to families to enter and spend some time at the beach and in the saddle together. Entry for the family fun ride has therefore been pegged at just R50 per participant.

The event has been renamed the Dolphin Challenge because the route looks like the back of a dolphin and Nelson Mandela Bay is the “Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the world”.

For individuals and the full distance mountain bikers this is considered an “extreme” event owing to the minimal support and athlete exposure to the elements along the route.

There will be medical support for both runners and mountain bikers supplied by Eastern Cape Medical Rescue.

The beaches on the route are pristine, and most people won’t get to experience their beauty unless it is through an organised event such as this.

Entries are online and at select sports stores in Nelson Mandela Bay. In-store entries close on Wednesday 7 December and online entries at midnight on the 9th of December. Entry on the morning will be possible.

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