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Sporting and other Competitive Events, Major Championships

*** tbc *** (33rd) Trans Agulhas Challenge
Cancelled - Monday 28th December 2020 - Friday 1st January 2021
Plettenberg Bay to Strand
WWW 2018 2019 2017
2019 information - The "World's Toughest Inflatable Boat Challenge" starts every year on 28 December at Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. It is a fast-paced, action-packed water sports event with over 40 inflatable boats battling it out in the waves.
KnysnaX Trail Series
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th January 2021
Pezula Hotel & Golf Estate
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The KnysnaX Trail Run is a 2 day trail running event that takes place at Pezula Golf Estate and Hotel in Knysna. Each event forms part of the KnysnaX Trail Series which consist of 4 events over 365 days. These events will take place during each season – Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring. A trail running stage race for everyone as you have the option to choose between the Lite, Full or Pro category. So whether you are just a weekend trail blazer or running to set records. this event is just for you.
(3rd) Urban X Obstacle Trail Run
Moved - Sunday 3rd December 2021
Postponed - Sunday 3rd January 2021
Blackwaters River Lodge, Goukamma
2020
3km Trail Run with 10 easy obstacles. Urban X by Cayote Events is a first of its kind basic, fun trail run with easy obstacles. Fun for the whole family. There are no tough obstacles requiring excessive upper body strength so anyone can do it. Afterwards, there's an option to stay and enjoy a coffee and / or breakfast at the Earth and Fire Restaurant.
Veterans Cricket Festival
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st January 2021
Knysna
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The SA Veterans, a Celebrity XI and Vets cricket teams from all over the country are coming to the Garden Route!
(9th) Prudential PE>>PLETT (MTB)
Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th February 2021
Wednesday 3rd - Staurday 6th March 2021
Port Elizabeth to Natures Valley
WWW 2017
Join us for a truly unique journey on your mountain bike - along the beautiful Garden Route of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We have combined the previous Tough and Lite routes into one route for everybody. We are not targeting the Racing Snakes but more the keen mountain biker who wants a great ride and to be in the village by 1pm. All the time looking forward to an afternoon of chilling and bonding. Distances will average at 75km with elevations under 1500m per day.
(7th) TransCape MTB
Cancelled - Saturday 6th - Saturday 13th February 2021
Vrtual Race - Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th February 2021
George to Franschhoek
WWW 2020 2016
2020 information - TransCape is an iconic seven-day South African mountain biking journey over 591km taking 120 intrepid adventurers over seven incredible stages from picturesque town of George to Franschhoek. It’s an all-inclusive, unforgettable luxury off-the-bike experience and an incredibly rewarding on-the-bike journey over some of the finest mountain-biking terrain in the country. Nee to recharge? Join us for a week of spectacular mountain biking, good food, good wine and the finer things in life.
(1st) Cupid Run
Saturday 13th February 2021
Pezula Championship Golf Course
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Celebrate life, love and everything else with a timed 5km fun run and a picnic. The KnysnaX Cupid Run follows a scenic route on the Pezula Championship Golf Course and ends the romantic day off with a picnic in nature. This event is for the whole family, friends, couples, singles, lovers of life or all of the above.
(2nd) Jungle Rush Trail Run
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st February 2021
Garden Route Trail Park, Barrington
WWW 2020 2020
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE. Many strange legends are told of these jungles nestled in the heart of the Garden Route. But none so wild and wonderful as the ones you'll create as you jog along the lush single tracks of the Garden Route Trail Park. Inspired by the iconic Oxpecker Trail Run belonging to the hills and heart of the Central Drakensburg, Jungle Rush Trail Run was born from the fire of ingenuity. A 2-day stage trail running event, set on a farm nestled in the Outeniqua mountains, halfway between bustling George and tranquil Knysna. Treat yourself to a weekend of lush single track trails, relaxation, magnificent mountains, scrumptious food and camp fire nights.
(19th) Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge
Saturday 20th February 2021
Saturday 9th October 2021
Carpe Diem School, George
WWW 2021 2020 2017
A wheelchair race exclusively for disabled athletes! And - every year it is getting bigger and better! The number of entries has increased dramatically, with disabled athletes and other persons in wheelchairs flocking to this annual event. The Challenge is unique as being the first and only event exclusively for the disabled in South Africa. Athletes in racing wheelchairs, adapted bicycles, hand cycles, basketball chairs and ordinary wheelchairs have made this into the premier sporting event for the disabled on the South African sporting calendar. It undoubtedly has the potential to develop into one of the best events of its kind in the world!
(9th) Prudential PE>>PLETT (MTB)
Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th February 2021
Wednesday 3rd - Staurday 6th March 2021
Port Elizabeth to Natures Valley
WWW 2017
Join us for a truly unique journey on your mountain bike - along the beautiful Garden Route of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We have combined the previous Tough and Lite routes into one route for everybody. We are not targeting the Racing Snakes but more the keen mountain biker who wants a great ride and to be in the village by 1pm. All the time looking forward to an afternoon of chilling and bonding. Distances will average at 75km with elevations under 1500m per day.
(5th) Trail Girl Event
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th March 2021
Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness
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Fabulous fun on some of South Africa’s most beautiful trails, exclusively for Women (and Girls). Run on beautiful purpose build trails and enjoy an exciting day out or weekend away with your friends. Trail Girl events are ideal mini-break experiences and girls-only weekend getaways. It’s also the perfect introduction to multi-day Trail Running events. Treat yourself to a weekend of trail running, new friends and fun you deserve!
(6th) REMAX Coastal Knysna Heads Marathon
Cancelled - Sunday 7th March 2021
Thesen Harbour Town
WWW 2017 2020
Two Oceans and Comrades Qualifier. The Routes have been carefully chosen to allow you to enjoy your qualifier and set you up for a good time as the highest point is only 30 m above sea level. Fast and scenic does not always go together but here it does. Take a tour of Knysna that hugs the water for all but 2.4 km of the entire route.
Outeniqua Quest
Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st March 2021
Diepwalle
WWW 2019 2015 2015
In 2021 we will have a brand NEW route for the Outeniqua Quest 4 day Trail run and slackpacking Hike. You will run or hike on the best parts of the Outeniqua Trail and experience the best of the Outeniqua mountain range and the indigenous forests in the Knysna area. You will summit one of the highest peak in the Outeniqua mountains, Jonkersberg with an amazing view over the quaint town of Knysna and traverse through a rain forest. This trail carves its way in the cool shade of undulating indigenous forest with rustic huts.
(3rd) Urban X Obstacle Trail Run
Sunday 21st March 2021
Blackwaters River Lodge, Goukamma
2021 2021
We are Back for our final in our 3 part series of Suunto Urban X. Expect us to go out with a BANG! More fun, more obstacles, same team
(9th) Knysna Rotary Lagoon Splash
Postponed - Saturday 3rd April 2021
July - tbc
Knysna Lagoon
WWW 2018 2019 2019
SPLASH is the Garden Route’s entertaining family water-based festival. Two exciting events provide enjoyment for both participants and spectators and challenges for the whole family! Brave the waters and swim the SPLASH KNYSNA LAGOON MILE - Watch your yellow duck race in the SPLASH QUACK ATTACK DUCK RACE. You can have a great time while supporting some of Knysna’s community projects. The SPLASH festival is for both locals and visitors and promises to be lots of fun for the whole family, competitors and spectators!
(10th) BUCO Cairnbrogie Trail Runs
Saturday 3rd April 2021
Cairnbrogie Farm, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2019 2021
Join Muddy Foot on the BUCO Adventure Weekend for the Cairnbrogie Trail Runs. 16km - The tough one! This years’ long run will see some new additions along the coast and boasts a couple of good climbs. The route offers breathtaking views along a mixture of single track, jeep track and cow paths. 12km - A good introduction to trail running, this route will have some new single track with a couple of technical sections that make for a challenging route for your less serious runner. Fantastic views make it all worthwhile. Fun 5.5 km - Suited to fit 10 - 12 yr olds and ‘fun-runners’, the 5km run offers a fun off road (but not technical) run through the forest. Kiddies Farmyard 1,5 km Adventure Trail - An easy self-guided walk for parents and kids along the dam, through the forest, past the calf pens and back.
(1st) BUCO Adventure Duo Challenge
Sunday 4th April 2021
Redford Forestry Station, The Crags
WWW 2021 2021
The new kid on the Easter weekend block of events. The event will test the top athletes but with each distance being very doable for the weekend warrior and the relay teams. Ride 13km - Run 5km - Ride 13km. The run will have a solid climb in it with a mixture of single track, scrambling and forestry jeep tracks. The rides will as always with the BUCO Adventure Weekend take you on some never-ridden paths as well as some familiar tracks.
SA Senior Open
Tuesday 6th - Friday 9th Aril 2021
Plettenberg Bay Golf Club
WWW 2021 2021 2018
The Sunshine Senior Tour is pleased to announce the 4th running of the SA Senior Open to be played on the fabulous Plettenberg Bay Country Club Course. When it was last played in the month of April in 2017, Mark McNulty won with a wonderful score of 274 over the 72 holes of strokeplay. The first two days will be played in a pro-am format and the remaining two days for the professionals only. The tournament will again be blessed with big names of yesteryears, including McNulty, Kingston, Cruse, McGuigan, Scholz, Dube, Wessels, Lincoln, Quinn, Williams and Stone amongst other competent players.
IFBB MaxFITT Classic 2021
Postponed - Saturday 10th April 2021
Saturday 31st July 2021
Knysna Primary School
The Biggest Bodybuilding show the Garden Route & Knysna has seen to date. Arnolds Classic Qualifier
(1st) Bergplaas MTB & Trail Run Challenge
Saturday 10th April 20212
Mandalay Farm, Hoekwil
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We are very excited to launch the 1st edition of the Bergplaas MTB and Trail Run Challenge. We have some exciting ideas to develop this event in the future and this is just the beginning - watch this space. The event forms part of the Eden XCM League.
(11th) Knysna Speed Festival
Postponed Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th May 2021
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th September 2021
Knysna
WWW 2021 2016
2019 information - In 2018 we had more non-motorsport visitors than ever attend the event and the result was overwhelming - they had a blast and want to come back next year. So, whether you have attended the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb before or not, you won’t want to miss the 2019 experience as the line-up of cars and activity promises to be better than ever, while the smoke, noise, vibe, excitement levels and off-track activities are the epitome of good entertainment. Whether you are a petrol head, speed lover or just someone who loves a good time - don’t miss out - you will leave satisfied and enthralled at the spectacle.
(11th) Jaguar Simola Hillclimb
Postponed Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th May 2021
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th September 2021
Simola Hill, Knysna
WWW 2019 2019 2019 2017
2019 information - In 2018 we had more non-motorsport visitors than ever attend the event and the result was overwhelming - they had a blast and want to come back next year. So, whether you have attended the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb before or not, you won’t want to miss the 2019 experience as the line-up of cars and activity promises to be better than ever, while the smoke, noise, vibe, excitement levels and off-track activities are the epitome of good entertainment. Whether you are a petrol head, speed lover or just someone who loves a good time - don’t miss out - you will leave satisfied and enthralled at the spectacle.
Daytona Rally 2021
Saturday 22nd May 2021
Mossel Bay
2020
50 Super Cars doing a Street attack race in Mossel Bay. Car valued at R600mil racing for 5 hours in town on a course build for the event.
(5th) Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run
tbc - May 2021
Tsitsikamma Big Tree to Nature's Valley
WWW 2020
The Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run is a 60 km, linear trail, that begins under "The Big Tree" near Storms River and ending at Natures Valley. The run will follow the Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail in a reverse direction from Storms River to Natures Valley.
(33rd) Knysna Cycle Tour
Moved - Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th July 2021
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th July 2021
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
WWW 2021 2019 2019 2019 2018
Since inception the Knysna Cycle Tour has become somewhat of a rite of passage for many South African mountain bikers who come in large numbers to experience the ride through the captivating forests surrounding the town. For trail riders, rounding out the core MTB elements will be the 80km, 50km and 30km races taking place on Saturday. The 15km Family fun ride (for riders 9 years and older) also takes place on Saturday. As has become tradition, the road races will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday with races of 50km and 106km. On Sunday, the Children’s Tour consists of three events for kids aged 2-10: each event for a different age category.
(37th) Knysna Forest Marathon
Saturday 10th July 2021
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
WWW 2021 2019 2017
2019 information - 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. If you haven’t done this race yet, it’s an absolute must! Padding through the enchanting forest, the scent of pine trees, and views of golden fields and coastlines on the horizon, it’s easy to forget that some of this race is uphill.
(33rd) Knysna Cycle Tour
Moved - Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th July 2021
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th July 2021
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
WWW 2021 2019 2019 2019 2018
Since inception the Knysna Cycle Tour has become somewhat of a rite of passage for many South African mountain bikers who come in large numbers to experience the ride through the captivating forests surrounding the town. For trail riders, rounding out the core MTB elements will be the 80km, 50km and 30km races taking place on Saturday. The 15km Family fun ride (for riders 9 years and older) also takes place on Saturday. As has become tradition, the road races will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday with races of 50km and 106km. On Sunday, the Children’s Tour consists of three events for kids aged 2-10: each event for a different age category.
(9th) Knysna Rotary Lagoon Splash
Postponed - Saturday 3rd April 2021
July - tbc
Knysna Lagoon
WWW 2021 2018 2019 2019
SPLASH is the Garden Route’s entertaining family water-based festival. Two exciting events provide enjoyment for both participants and spectators and challenges for the whole family! Brave the waters and swim the SPLASH KNYSNA LAGOON MILE - Watch your yellow duck race in the SPLASH QUACK ATTACK DUCK RACE. You can have a great time while supporting some of Knysna’s community projects. The SPLASH festival is for both locals and visitors and promises to be lots of fun for the whole family, competitors and spectators!
IFBB MaxFITT Classic 2021
Postponed - Saturday 10th April 2021
Saturday 31st July 2021
Knysna Primary School
The Biggest Bodybuilding show the Garden Route & Knysna has seen to date. Arnolds Classic Qualifier
(11th) Knysna Speed Festival
Postponed Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th May 2021
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th September 2021
Knysna
WWW 2021 2016
2019 information - In 2018 we had more non-motorsport visitors than ever attend the event and the result was overwhelming - they had a blast and want to come back next year. So, whether you have attended the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb before or not, you won’t want to miss the 2019 experience as the line-up of cars and activity promises to be better than ever, while the smoke, noise, vibe, excitement levels and off-track activities are the epitome of good entertainment. Whether you are a petrol head, speed lover or just someone who loves a good time - don’t miss out - you will leave satisfied and enthralled at the spectacle.
(11th) Jaguar Simola Hillclimb
Postponed Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th May 2021
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th September 2021
Simola Hill, Knysna
WWW 2019 2019 2019 2017
2019 information - In 2018 we had more non-motorsport visitors than ever attend the event and the result was overwhelming - they had a blast and want to come back next year. So, whether you have attended the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb before or not, you won’t want to miss the 2019 experience as the line-up of cars and activity promises to be better than ever, while the smoke, noise, vibe, excitement levels and off-track activities are the epitome of good entertainment. Whether you are a petrol head, speed lover or just someone who loves a good time - don’t miss out - you will leave satisfied and enthralled at the spectacle.
(9th) BUCO Dr.EVIL Classic
Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th September 2021
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Kurland Hotel & Polo Estate
Cairbrogie Dairy Farm
WWW 2020 2019 2015
Contrary to the name - the Dr Evil Classic is aimed at “normal FUN” riders as well as hard core athletes. The three days will ALL be under 80 kilometres in distance. Leon Evans will create routes that are interesting, scenic and will test those who set out with the intention of racing the event. If you want to enjoy the ride at your own pace will have plenty of time to finish the event and an opportunity to enjoy world class routes. In 2020 entries will be limited to 350 riders.
Torpedo SwinRun Wild
Thursday 24th - Friday 25th September 2021
Ebb and Flow, Wilderness
WWW 2018 2018
SwimRun is one of the worlds fastest growing adventure sports and it’s come to South Africa. A Friday evening Prologue traverses pristine South African National Parks trails and river. Saturday’s 26km route covers naturally diverse and unseen Garden Route terrain. The Kaaimans is the highlight and leaves you with a once in a lifetime experience! The weekend is rounded off with 2 nights of camping and festivities at Ebb & Flow and a Saturday celebration dinner and party.
(22nd) CCPP Lions Karoo To Coast
Sunday 26th September 2021
Uniondale to Knysna
WWW 2021 2018 2019
The Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge is a 100km off road race from UNIONDALE to KNYSNA via the Prince Alfred's Pass. The route is scenic, challenging and riders are encouraged to train sufficiently for this event in order to maximise the enjoyment of the experience. Only 4500 entries will be made available in 2021. The Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Race has been selected as an Official Premier Seeding Event of the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
(1st) South African Solar Boat Challenge
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd October 2021
Knysna Yacht Club
WWW 2021
The Solar Boat Challenge is the spectacular result of creative expression and innovation of participants who gather once a year on the Knysna Lagoon to compete in an exciting, innovative, and challenging 3-day solar boat event. The event is hosted at the Knysna Yacht Club in partnership with Solar Sport One to bring years of expertise to the local town of Knysna. With the support of Solar Sport One, the Solar Boat Challenge aims to become part of the World Solar Boat Championship.
(1st) Last Man Standing Garden Route
Tuesday 5th - Thursday 7th October 2021
Knysna High School Playing Fields
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Last Man Standing is the ultimate brand for any fitness athlete through various platforms & competitions. South Africa's largest all-inclusive Functional Fitness competition for athletes of all fitness levels. Choose between Individual and Team Categories with Beginner, Intermediate and Elite scaling divisions to choose from. What are you waiting for?
(13th) The OTTER
Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th October 2021
Natures Valley to Storms River Mouth
WWW 2020 2018 2019
The Grail of Trail™. The Otter Run has been dubbed “the Holy Grail of Trail Running.” At 42km it is a full trail marathon that traverses South Africa’s most iconic hiking trail; the Otter Trail, arguably one of the most beautiful trails on the planet. The Otter Run is the only time when trail running is permitted on the Otter Trail. It is a trail run on the upper end of the scale with regards to the technical difficulty of the trail and as such demands a high level of technical proficiency and endurance from participants.
(19th) Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge
Saturday 20th February 2021
Saturday 9th October 2021
Carpe Diem School, George
WWW 2021 2020 2017
A wheelchair race exclusively for disabled athletes! And - every year it is getting bigger and better! The number of entries has increased dramatically, with disabled athletes and other persons in wheelchairs flocking to this annual event. The Challenge is unique as being the first and only event exclusively for the disabled in South Africa. Athletes in racing wheelchairs, adapted bicycles, hand cycles, basketball chairs and ordinary wheelchairs have made this into the premier sporting event for the disabled on the South African sporting calendar. It undoubtedly has the potential to develop into one of the best events of its kind in the world!
(4th) Knysna Extreme Triathlon
Saturday 16th October 2021
Knysna Estuary to Diepwalle
WWW 2019 2020 2018
2020 information - The Knysna Extreme Triathlon is a challenging Point-To-Point, self-supported race that takes place along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. The course starts with a 5 km swim in the Knysna Estuary, followed by a 174 km cycle through coastal, mountain and semi-desert scenery. This is then followed by a 50 km run through plantations and the Knysna forest. It is a grueling, yet scenic route that takes triathletes back to the purest form of the sport. The route will test your fitness levels and pure mental strength and determination. An altitude gain of nearly 3,400m over a total distance of 229 km, makes it an extreme triathlon that offers an exciting personal challenge for athletes.
(10th) Tour de Plett
tbc - October 2021
Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2019 2015 2019
2019 information - MOUNTAIN BIKING HEAVEN - Plett, jewel of the garden Route with amazing forests and scenery. PROPER MTB - Organised by riders, for riders. The event caters to all tastes by offering multiple distances (87km, 60km 40km and 20km Fun Ride). The routes showcase Plett and the surrounding areas and provide access to new areas. A well organized event that caters to all tastes - Unique single track along the Bitou river with two floating bridges - Awesome scenery on seldom ridden trails - Exciting finish at Central Beach with another floating bridge and a great vibe. Arguably the best one day MTB race in SA!
Knysna and the Knysna Estuary, through The Heads to the Indian Ocean. View from Westhill Luxury Guest House.
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