Local Hermanus resident Herman De Vries leads the pack in the 2018 Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme Windsor Marine Mile.

The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX), to be hosted in Hermanus from 26-28 April, is more than an adventure sports festival. It is an opportunity for residents, community organisations, local businesses and schools to show some community spirit.

The Windsor Marine Mile is the perfect opportunity to do just that. The distance is manageable (only 1.6 km), the view along Marine Drive is spectacular and the aim is admirable because, as part of the entry fee, participants in the community category are encouraged to donate a pair of shoes.

Entry fees are R50 for community organisations and schools (teams of five) and R200 for local businesses (teams of four).

There will be special prizes for teams showcasing community ‘gees’ as well as for businesses, organisations and schools with the most entries.

“The Windsor Marine Mile aims to be a get-together opportunity for all communities in Hermanus. The idea is to motivate all residents and local businesses to take their employees, family and friends and spend some quality time together, get some exercise and contribute to community building,” says Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO of Old School Group. OSG co-owns and runs the event in close association and partnership with Hermanus and its people. The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme is also backed by sponsor Hi-Tec, the Hermanus Business Chamber (HBC) and Hermanus Tourism.

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“Since its inception, the team behind the WBX has sought to raise the profile of Hermanus and showcase the region as the breathtaking hidden gem it is. The primary reason for this was to boost the local economy and promote community development. The Windsor Marine Mile offers locals the opportunity to buy into this dream.”

Interested parties can become involved in the following ways: Encourage your colleagues/employees/learners to participate; donate school stationery, bags or shoes; donate sports shoes; sponsor entries, or donate prize money.

“The Hermanus Business Chamber fully supports this initiative and we encourage all local businesses, community organisations and schools to make use of this opportunity to show some community spirit. As we enter the quiet winter months, the WBX brings visitors and much-needed business to the Overstrand and we encourage residents to participate in and support not only the Windsor Marine Mile, but all the other exciting events hosted over the weekend,” says Gideon Serfontein, chairperson of the HBC.

There will also be categories for elite athletes and other WBX athletes with prize money of R11 000 up for grabs for male and female runners 13 and younger, runners aged 14 to 18, and runners aged 19 years and older. The entry fee for these runners are R100 per runner 18 years and older, and R50 per runner younger than 18.

The Marine Mile is open to everyone to run or walk – friends can challenge each other; businesses can use it as a team-building exercise and families can come and have some fun.

Waves of runners will start one minute apart on Marine Drive and finish at the Old Harbour. The Marine Mile takes place on Friday 26 April from 15:30.

Online entries are open. For more information, visit www.walkerbayxtreme.com or email entries@walkerbayxtreme.com. Businesses, organisations and schools are welcome to e-mail andrea@oldschoolgroup.com with questions or to enter.

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