Save the dates for this year’s Knysna SPLASH, 19-21 December

The Knysna SPLASH is a fun event for the whole family, or groups of friends. Don’t miss it! This press release was issued by Jeannine Orzechowski from JOPR, and all images are courtesy of Knysna Rotary.

Save the dates for this year’s Knysna SPLASH, the most fun you and your family will have this December in and around the Knysna Lagoon.

Now in its third year, Knysna SPLASH is organised and co-ordinated by Knysna Rotary and all entry fees go to local charities. There are four fun-filled events for the whole family:

  • Mud Run – Friday, 19 December
  • Quack Attack – Saturday, 20 December
  • Knysna Lagoon Mile – Saturday, 20 December
  • Dragon Boat Races – Sunday, 21 December
The mud run is a must-do!
The mud run is a must-do!

The Mud Run is arguably the least competitive, dirtiest event on the Knysna calendar, and is hugely popular with adults and kids alike. It’s an epic 2.5 km obstacle course for all ages which starts and ends at Loerie Park Sports Ground in George Rex Drive.

Registration is at 9 am on the day of the race. Entrants participate in groups between 9 am and 11.30 am. The obstacles, which include a mud pit to crawl through on all fours, climbing, balancing and jumping tasks, are suitable for all ages, but no-one will be disqualified if they feel that an obstacle is too difficult.

The cost is R70 for adults and R30 for kids under 14. All entrants who finish the course will receive a colourful bandana. Wear old clothes and takkies and prepare to get muddy! All competitors will be hosed down by the Knysna Fire Department at the finish, so bring towels with you. Along the route and at the finish, free water will be provided by Tsitsikamma Crystal Water. There are toilets and change rooms at the Marathon Club, adjacent to the parking area.

There are two SPLASH events on Saturday, 20 December. At 11.30 am registration will open in the Loft at the Knysna Yacht Club for the Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim (1600m) and the Junior Swim (450m).

The Lagoon Mile starts at 2.30 pm at the Knysna Yacht Club hobie slipway. The course goes around the Yacht Club, turns right into the small harbour, goes under the bridge, around the Quays island and back to the finish at the hobie slipway.

The swim is an enjoyable challenge.
The swim is an enjoyable challenge.

The Junior Swim starts at the same time and place and goes around the Yacht Club into the harbour, but finishes at the John Benn slipway.

Each participant’s time will be recorded and all swimmers who complete the course will receive a medal.  There will be special medals in each race category for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  The winners in each male and female category will receive cash prizes.

Entry fee for 10 and under is R70. For 16 & under, open & under 40, and over 40 the entry fee is R125 and includes a swimming cap. Caps are compulsory for the swim and junior swimmers who don’t have their own can buy one for R60.

On Saturday at 4 pm find a good spot on the harbour walls at the Quays for the SPLASH Quack Attack, a fun yellow duck race for up to 1,000 ducks!  Buy a numbered duck for R20 and watch it compete in the heats. The idea is for the tide and wind to encourage the ducks to ‘swim’ along the water canal under the bridge. Racing will consist of 5 or more heats with the first 10 from each heat racing in the final.

First duck wins R 1,000, there’s R 750 for 2nd place, R500 for 3rd place and R 250 for 4th and 5th places.

Ducks will be on sale at the Knysna Mall and the Waterfront on Saturday, 13 December, at the Waterfront practice on Friday, 19 December from 3 pm, and from 10 am on Saturday, 20 December.

The dragon boat race is sure to bring out your competitive streak.
The dragon boat race is sure to bring out your competitive streak.

The Knysna SPLASH grand finale, the Dragon Boat Races, will take place on Sunday, 21 December from 10 am in the water canal adjacent to the SANParks offices at Thesen Harbour Town, next to Sirocco and Quay Four restaurants. Registration will start at the race location from 8 am. The minimum age for participants is 11 years.

Competitors will race in teams of 10 paddlers in two, 9.5m long traditional Chinese style dragon boats, decorated with dragon heads, dragon tails and with platforms for a drummer and helmsman.

A series of heats over the 200m course will qualify teams and individuals for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. Two events, one fun and one competitive, means anyone can enter, and teams from Cape Town are expected to compete.

The winning crew in each event will receive a SPLASH Dragon Boat Floating Trophy, and quarter-, semi- and finalist crews will receive individual gold, silver and bronze medals.

The entry fee for teams is R2,000 and teams and/or individuals can be sponsored.  Individuals wishing to be entered into a team should contact the organisers on 072 903 6590.

For entry forms, indemnity forms and more information, visit www.knysnaSPLASH.co.za. Follow Knysna SPLASH (https://www.facebook.com/KnysnaSPLASH) on Facebook and Twitter (https://twitter.com/KnysnaSPLASH) for regular updates.