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aQuellé Ocean Racing Series returns to Hobie Beach

Jan 3, 2019
aQuellé Ocean Racing Series returns to Hobie Beach

Africa’s largest family beach event, the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series, returns to Hobie Beach this Sunday for the second half of Season 14 with no fewer than seven events for families to choose from each race day.

The Series, which is unique to Nelson Mandela Bay, offers family members the ideal way to get fit whilst making the most of the world class beaches which our City has to offer with something for everyone.
The Series takes place on mostly alternate Sunday morning’s at 9am and includes a 5km Beach Run, 5km Beach Walk, a kids 12 years and under 1km beach run and no fewer than 4 separate swim distances for the open water swimmers including a 400m, 1km, 2km and 3km ocean swim.

All races run simultaneously with all finishers receiving a chilled aQuellé flavoured water and entry into the lucky draw prize giving which follows immediately after the last participant.

Lucky draws up for grabs at aQuellé Ocean Racing Series

The Kids aged from one year to 12 years have a separate age appropriate prize giving on the beach from 10am with age group medals for the top 3 in age groups 6 years and under (6u), 8u, 10u and 12u. With a dozen or more lucky draws up for grabs each race day including the sought after R500 Greenacres Shopping Voucher, the kids prize giving is a very festive inclusion in the program.
Overall top 3 medals are up for grabs in the other 6 events with prize giving taking place on the beach from around 10:15 with another dozen or more lucky draws from supporting local businesses including the feature prize of a R1 500 Greenacres Shopping Centre voucher.

After each race day the Series social media partner, Oracle Media, uploads over 400 pictures of the morning’s activities onto the Series Facebook page for sharing.

aQuellé Ocean Racing Series entry fees

On the day entry fees are R150 for swim events and R100 for beach events, with Series members paying a discounted fee of just R100 and R50 respectively.

For the swim events the colour coded aQuellé branded swim caps are compulsory and will be available at just R30 for a silicone swim cap. Series membership can be secured online on the website www.zsports.co.za for just R50.
The Masakhane Future Stars program, supported by Caltex Eastern Cape and Greenacres Shopping Centre, affords previously disadvantaged youth the opportunity to take part in the Series and this season will also be supporting the local Ketsh Up group which was formed to motivate more women from all walks of life to acquire cycling and swimming skills to destroy stereotypes & diversify the tri-scene.

Racing starts at 9am on Sunday morning with registration open from 7:30am at Hobie Beach.
PICTURE CAPTION: Affordable fun family beach activities kick off this Sunday with the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series at Hobie Beach on alternate Sundays.

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