Cool Running in Knysna

The well-loved Knysna Forest Marathon, one of the most rewarding winter events in Knysna, will take place on July 11 this year, as part of the Knysna Oyster Festival that is currently underway. Not only will you feel like a million bucks after completing this difficult route, but you will have enjoyed the privilege of traversing some of the most scenic countryside in the Western Cape.Image Credit - Oyster FestivalThe whole event is planned with the environment in mind; competitors will be transported to the start of the race via taxi to reduce damage to the surroundings, and volunteers will be on hand throughout the race to pick up litter along the way.

What’s more, the organisers of this Knysna event have partnered with a few worthy causes to ensure that the less fortunate will benefit from your efforts too.  With the early start in mind, competitors are advised to wear an extra layer of warm clothing, which they can discard before setting off.  These items will be donated to worthy charities for distribution.  Race organisers, Momentum, have provided 2 000 blankets for the runners to snuggle up in pre-race, and these too will be donated towards the ‘winter-warmth’ initiative.Image Credit - Rooms For AfricaAfter hot drinks and rusks for all starters, the race commences through the thick forest with exhilarating views of the Knysna lagoon and The Knysna Heads.  Runners are advised to start slowly as the first half of the race is almost totally uphill along winding single tracks.

About half way, the scene changes totally, with a steep 9km long downhill drop followed by yet another steep climb up to Simola Country Club. Then runners are in for yet another testing downhill to sea-level and the welcome sight of the pristine Knysna Lagoon at the finish.Image Credit - Raising MenAlthough this is one of the most challenging sporting events in Knysna, it is considered ideal for beginners, and there is also a 21 km half marathon option for those who are wary of the full 42km event. Both of these races are already fully booked but you can still sign up for the 5km and 10km events which take place during the week and get a taste of the preparation you will need for the 2016 event!

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Raising Men
Rooms For Africa
Oyster Festival

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