KNYSNA (20 March 2015) – Entries to the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon, taking place on Saturday 11 July 2015 as part of the ten-day Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival are open, but hurry as less than 2000 of the 8500 available entries remain.
One of South Africa’s most sought-after running events, which is usually sold out within a few weeks, the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon offers some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery in and around the Knysna Forest.
Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) version, the race offers several unique highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world. . Much of the run takes place deep in the forest with a breath-taking view over the Knysna lagoon into The Heads, for inspiration towards the finish. One race tip is to “start slow” (there’s a 2.5km incline at the start), and “finish strong” (it’s a long, if albeit downhill, slog to the finish).
Although no one taking part has ever seen the elusive Knysna elephants, little piles of dung sometimes seen on the route are a reminder that they do inhabit the forest, somewhere. Keeping this pristine environment in mind and the potential impact of the race on it, all runners share rides into the forest provided by local taxis to the race start in a clearing in the forest, where runners arriving early are also treated to hot drinks and snacks next to warming fires.
Due to the early start of the race when temperatures in the forest are low, participants are encouraged to arrive dressed warmly, and any clothing discarded at the start or along the route will be donated to designated charities. This year race sponsor Momentum will also donate 2,000 extra blankets to keep runners cosy at the start, and to be donated to local communities after the race. The designated race charities for 2015 are: E PAP Youth feeding scheme; Knysna Youth for Christ; Sinethemba Youth Centre and Heroes Youth Trauma counselling.
Entries can only be secured online at www.knysnamarathonclub.com. Pricing is as follows:
- Half Marathon entries Cost R115 (Inclusive of Transport, Entry, Race Fees and Online Fees, as well as a disposable electronic Timing Chip)
- Full Marathon entries Cost R125 (Inclusive of Transport, Entry, Race Fees and Online Fees, as well as a disposable electronic Timing Chip)
- Unlicensed Runners will need to purchase a temporary ASWD running license available with the online entry at a cost of R35 + R3 online fee
- A moisture-management, long sleeve event T-shirt is available as an optional extra for R150
From today 150 half and 30 Full Marathon Charity entries will be on sale until sold out. Another 150 Half and 30 Full Marathon Charity Entries will be on sale from 15 May until sold out. This will be the last chance to obtain an entry. Charity entries will include a R500 donation to designated event charities. Compulsory registration for the marathon is on Friday 10 July 2015 from 10:00am – 10:00pm at Festival Grounds, Waterfront Drive, and Knysna.
For more information contact Marianne Brown, event Secretary at the Knysna Marathon Club, on firstname.lastname@example.org or at 076 195 4832. For other queries, please contact Knysna Tourism at 044 382 5510, or connect on Twitter @OysterFestival, or on Facebook/KnysnaOysterFestival.