New Dates For Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge

Now into its twelfth year this iconic charity based event has exploded onto the Garden Route sports calendar with such popularity it has become an integral part of the Plett festive season tradition, and you just have to do it. 

With close to 4500 participants taking part last year in nine different activities this event has not only become a major fundraiser for a most worthy cause but it has become a regular meeting place for like-minded folk who want to give back over the Christmas Festive season.

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The organisers of the annual Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge presented by Discovery want all; runners, trail runners walkers, swimmers and mountain bikers and Kids of Steel to take note of the new dates for the events this year. The twelfth family fun and fitness events take place before Christmas this year’s on the 21st,   22nd and 23rd of December. “With over 4500 participants in 2014 the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge has become one of the Garden Routes biggest sporting events and it is imperative that participants take note of the new dates to avoid missing out,” says event director Mark Collins.

This year’s Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge kicks off with the 10 Km Road and Beach run on the evening of the 21st of December with the low tide affording perfect beach running conditions. The next day, the 22nd, starts with the 15 Km Surf Ski Challenge followed by the 6km Ocean Swim and the 5 km Beach Walk. The new and much anticipated 1 Mile Ocean Swim rounds off the 2nd day’s beach based activities before the event heads off to the magnificent Kurland Estate for the 3rd and final day of family fun and fitness. Day 3 opens with the two Trail Runs, a 6 and 10 km option followed by the 25km Mountain Bike Ride. The wildly popular Kids of Steel event closes off the Sabrina 2015.

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Collins said that the organising team was particularly excited with this year’s event announcing new routes for the trail runs and the Kids of Steel. “I think it will be the best kid’s event ever.” The Kids of Steel is an event for 6-12 year old children and involves traversing an off-road trail course that includes obstacles, a swim and a floating bridge. The swim distance is tailored for the different age groups with the smaller kids not doing much more than a wade however kids whose swimming abilities are not that good may be accompanied by their parents.

Collins also cautioned that all entries are limited and encouraged people who want to be assured of getting an entry to enter online now or at the Sabrina entry points located off Robberg V or in the Ocean Blue shop at Main Beach from the 12th of December. The organisers anticipate that entries for the 1 mile swim will be in high demand and being in its first year entries for this event are very limited. Both trail runs also sold out in 2014.

Due to the generous provision of event sponsors Discovery proceeds from the Sabina Love Ocean Challenge go to the Sabrina Love Foundation which looks after children with special needs. Participants in the 2014 event were able to contribute over 1 Million Rand to the Sabrina Love Foundation which makes a real difference in the lives of these children and their families who are challenged by circumstances beyond their control.

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Barry Swartzberg, Discovery Group Executive Director says: “It’s been a privilege for Discovery to be involved in the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge for the past seven years. Discovery has a business priority to make a meaningful contribution across communities and through our involvement; we are honoured to continue supporting children living with special needs.

For us, it also goes beyond charity to a larger social responsibility that Discovery is passionate about – getting people active and making them healthier. The Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge brings all these elements together and highlights the many benefits of getting physically active both for the community and for people’s health,” he added.

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 For more information please visit www.sabrinalove.co.za or find the Sabrina Love Foundation on Facebook.

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