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Africa's largest family beach series returns to Hobie Beach this Sunday

Oct 3, 2019
Africa's largest family beach series returns to Hobie Beach this Sunday

Port Elizabeth - Africa’s largest family beach event, the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series, returns to Hobie Beach on Sunday 6th October for the start of Season 15 with no fewer than 7 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.

The Kids aged from 1 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 hundreds of pictures of the morning’s activities onto the Series Facebook page for sharing.
Premier membership, at R1000 for the swim or R500 for the beach events, is available to those who are keen to pay upfront for all race days and comes with an awesome incentive of goodies. Series Membership is a once off R50 and if signing up before race weekend, you can opt for the R100 package which will include a goody bag and Series t-shirt.

On the day entry fees are R150 for swim events and R100 for beach events, with Series members paying 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.
The Masakhane Future Stars program, supported by Caltex Eastern Cape, Greenacres Shopping Centre and Wimpy Hobie Beach, affords previously disadvantaged youth the opportunity to take part in the Series.
Online registration is available from www.zsports.co.za website with a meet and greet registration function taking place on Friday evening at Town Lodge Hotel, between 5pm and 7pm. Magnificent lucky draws prizes will be up for grabs at 7pm with the feature prize being a wetsuit from Series wetsuit partner, Blusmooth, and a massive hamper from naming partner, aQuellé. For further information see the website or contact Zsports on 041 484 7860.

Image: Fun for the whole family comes to Nelson Mandela bay again this summer in the form of the fortnightly aQuellé Ocean Racing Series starting on Sunday at Hobie Beach

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