The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX), a three-day adventure sports festival in Hermanus, offers an extensive selection of events to ensure that there is something for every member of the family – including the children.
The event returns to the Whale Capital for a fourth time from 26 to 28 April 2019.
“We want to encourage participants to enter as a family and enjoy some quality family time in the Overstrand. That is why we are constantly looking for ways to make this event even more exciting and inclusive,” says Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO of Old School Group. OSG co-own and run the event in close association and partnership with Hermanus and its people. The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme is also backed by sponsor Hi-Tec, the Hermanus Business Chamber, Hermanus Tourism and WESGRO.
To cater for all ages, organisers have updated the age category for the junior triathlon to include 14- and 15-year-olds. It will consist of a 150m swim, 5km cycling leg and 2km run and is the perfect opportunity for youngsters to get their first taste of competing in a triathlon. Older participants (16 years and older) will be taking part in the sold-out sprint triathlon.
Besides the junior triathlon, the WBX also offers shorter distances in the mountain bike events, cliff path runs and open water swimming events. These options are ideal for younger or recreational athletes who want to take it easy and have some fun at the WBX. The Westvaal Auto Valley Xtreme MTB challenge offers three distances: 58km, 36km and 22km, with the shorter route suitable for younger riders and newcomers.
Runners can choose between 5.6km and 12.2km in the Cliff Path Xtreme fun run or enter the Windsor Marine Mile Sprint, a 1.6km dash down Marine Drive. This event offers special category prizes for runners 13 years and younger, runners aged 14 to 18, and runners older than 19, making it the perfect event to enter as a family. More adventurous runners can consider entering for the Twilight Xtreme Night Run. Over and above the 5km and 2.5km open water swimming events a shorter distance of 600m is also part of the event mix.
One of last year’s participants, Ameen Stemmet from Lansdowne, says his whole family participates in the WBX: “The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme is a must-do event for the whole family as it caters for everyone. My wife Thakira and sons Taariq and Abdu-Razeen always look forward to this fun-filled weekend in Hermanus. Our friends and family also come down to participate and support. The organisers have done a really great job in hosting a world-class event. The atmosphere is amazing and the town of Hermanus is abuzz over the weekend”
With 13 events to choose from, the Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme offers something for everyone – from adventure seekers, professional athletes and fitness fanatics to recreational outdoor enthusiasts looking for a new challenge and a fun-filled sporting holiday in one of SA’s favourite adventure sport hotspots.
Online entries are open. For more information, visit www.walkerbayxtreme.com.
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