Knysna-Plett Herald

Come lend a hand at the most extreme triathlon

- Blake Linder

KNYSNA - Organisers of the annual Knysna Extreme Triathlon (Ket) are looking for people to help them create a triathlon experience that athletes will never forget when, on 16 October, some of the country's best endurance athletes take on the Greater Knysna area. The fourth edition of what organisers have dubbed "Africa's toughest triathlon" is set to take place on 16 October, roughly a month earlier than the usual late November slot. The event is made up of two parts - the full Ket and Ket 0.5. As usual the full Ket will be held concurrent­ly with the shorter version of the race, the Ket 0.5. Both editions of the race begin with a swim in the Knysna Lagoon and are followed by a cycle along the N2 towards Wilderness. The Ket 0.5 athletes turn around at the Wilderness Hotel and cycle back to the

SANParks jetty on Thesen Islands to transition into their running leg to the Diepwalle Forest Station. Participan­ts in the full Ket will follow the Seven Passes route before joining with the N12 and then N9, and conclude their cycling journey in Avontuur, from where they do the running leg, also finishing at Diepwalle. All in all, the Ket 0.5 comprises of 2,5km of swimming, 100km of cycling and 30km of running with nearly 1 700m of elevation. In the gruelling full KET, athletes complete 5km of swimming, 174km of cycling and 50km of running, tackling nearly 3 800m of elevation along the way. Organisers are looking for enthusiast­ic, sporty and friendly people who can lend a hand during the race, be it as a marshal or simply as support staff. If you are interested, you can contact Sean Sandiford on 073 613 2984, or via e-mail at info@knysnaxtre­

 ?? Photo: Blake Linder ?? A participan­t in last year’s KET 0.5.
Photo: Blake Linder A participan­t in last year’s KET 0.5.

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