Multi-sport athletes are keen to return to the HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX), a multi-day adventure sports festival situated in the heart of Hermanus, which will be hosted for the fourth time from 26 and 28 April 2019.
The event grows in popularity every year. In 2018, approximately 900 athletes of all ages and fitness levels – more than 85% of them from outside Hermanus – competed in the events on offer. This represented an increase of more than 50% from 2017. A total of 201 athletes entered more than one event, leading to a total of 1233 event entries. The town received a financial injection of approximately R2.4 million.
With 14 events to choose from, the HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme offers something for everyone – from adventure seekers, professional athletes and fitness fanatics to recreational outdoor enthusiasts looking for a new challenge and a fun-filled sporting holiday in one of SA’s favourite adventure sport hotspots.
Entries are open and participants will again be spoilt for choice. All the old favourites are back – the Big 6 Xtreme, sprint triathlon, MTB criterium, open water swim, cliff path run and street mile – as well as the exciting swim-run-jump challenge, guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping. But this year, the organisers took it to the next level and added an MTB stage race, trail run stage race and night run to the 2019 event mix.
“We are constantly looking for ways to make this event even more exciting and inclusive. Hermanus is a hotspot for adventure sports and we want to invite all sport lovers to have a look at the events line-up on offer and choose two or even three events to challenge themselves. The town also offers wonderful vantage points, accommodation options and dining experiences for supporters,” says Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO of Old School Group. They assist with the organisation of the event.
The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme is backed by sponsor Hi-Tec as well as the Hermanus Business Chamber and Hermanus Tourism.
Stellenbosch triathlon coach, Vicky van der Merwe, winner of the Big 6 Xtreme in 2017 and 2018, will return to Hermanus once more to defend her title.
The Big 6 Xtreme – which is entered as a separate event – sees athletes competing in the street mile, 35km MTB Challenge, Swim-Run-Jump Challenge, sprint triathlon, open water swim, and a beautiful 20km trail run.
The big question is: which event(s) will you take part in to #findyourxtreme?
Check out the 2019 Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme programme and get planning!
26-28 April: Big 6 Xtreme (Marine Mile, 35 km MTB Challenge, Swim-Run-Jump Challenge, Sprint Triathlon, Open Water Swim and 20 km Trail Run); Entry fee: R1500
- Valley Xtreme MTB Challenge – 08:00; Entry fees: R250 – R400
- Blue Mountain Xtreme – 09:00; Entry fees: R220 – R280
- Marine Mile Xtreme – 15:00; Entry fee: R100
- WBX MTB Triathlon – 15:00; Entry fees: R600 – R705
- Cliffpath Xtreme – 16:00; Entry fees: R100 – R150
- Valley Xtreme MTB Challenge – 07:30; Entry fees: R250 – R400
- Old Harbour Xtreme – 08:15; Entry fees: R100 – R300
- Tough Mother Xtreme – 10:00; Entry fees: TBC
- Strongman Xtreme – 10:00
- See & Sand Xtreme – 11:00; Entry fee: R300
- Urban Xtreme – 14:00; Entry fee: R300
- Blue Water Xtreme – 16:00; Entry fees: R100 – R150
- Twilight Xtreme – 18:00; Entry fee: R150
- Walkerbay Xtreme Triathlon – 08:00; Entry fee: R500
- Walkerbay Xtreme Junior Triathlon – 11:00; Entry fee: R350
- Open Water Xtreme – 12:00; Entry fee: R220 – R500
- Tough Mother Xtreme – 12:00; Entry fee: TBC
- Strongman Xtreme – 12:00
Enter online at www.walkerbayxtreme.com
For more information, follow Walkerbay Xtreme on Facebook (www.facebook.com/walkerbayxtreme), Twitter (@walkerbayxtreme) or Instagram (@walkerbayxtreme).
The HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme is backed by Old School Group, a leader in Sports Tourism and renowned for their award-winning sporting events. oldschoolgroup.co.za