With less than two weeks to go before the first Knysna SPLASH event, the local organisers are gearing themselves up for the festival which is one of Knysna Rotary's annual fundraisers.
Knysna SPLASH launches on Friday 19 December with the popular Mud Run. The following day will see two events, the Quack Attack and the Knysna Lagoon Mile, and the final event - the Dragon Boat Races - is on Sunday 21 December.
Spokesman for Knysna Rotary, Andrew Finn, says that they have had a pleasing number of online entries but expect many more visitors and locals to register on the days of the event.
"Registration for the Mud Run is at 9 am on Friday 19, and the cost is R70 for adults and R30 for kids under 14. It's a fantastic event for the whole family," says Finn. The 2.5 km obstacle course starts and ends at Loerie Park Sports Ground in George Rex Drive.
Registration for the Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim (1600m) and the Junior Swim (450m) will open in the Loft at the Knysna Yacht Club at 10.30 am on Saturday 20 December and the swim will start at 2.30 pm at the Knysna Yacht Club hobie slipway. Entry fee for 10 and under is R70. For 16 & under, open & under 40, and over 40 the entry fee is R125. Caps are compulsory and swimmers who don't have their own can buy one for R60.
To participate in the SPLASH Quack Attack, a fun yellow duck race, on Saturday at 4 pm, you will need to buy a numbered duck for R20 then watch it compete in the heats. There are great prizes - 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 Waterfront on Saturday, 13 December and Wednesday, 17 December, at the Waterfront practice on Friday, 19 December from 3 pm, and from 10 am on Saturday, 20 December.
The Dragon Boat Races on Sunday, 21 December from 10 am will take place 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 and the minimum age for participants is 11 years. This event requires teams of 10 paddlers, a drummer and a helmsman.
Says Finn: "There's still time to get a team together and decide whether you want to compete in the fun or competitive Dragon Races. If you'd like to participate as an individual, contact Knysna SPLASH on 084 029 9924."
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.