Organisers of the 2019 Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Knysna Forest Marathon have confirmed that plans for next year’s events are on track.
The Cycle Tour will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June, and the Forest Marathon will be on Saturday 29 June. as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.
The events are the iconic sporting events of the festival and both have been running for over 30 years as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.
Andrew Finn, marketing director for the Cycle Tour, said that the 2019 event will provide a stunning family cycling weekend. The main events, the MTB event, the Road Race and the Children’s fun ride will be back to thrill and challenge the thousands of participants who flock to Knysna every year for the tour.
Says Finn: We are looking at redesigning our 15km and 30km MTB events to make them more family friendly and adding more single track to our longer MTB courses. We’ll announce these changes in due course.”
Wayne Kidd, President of the Knysna Marathon Club and coordinator of next year’s Forest Marathon, said that online entries for the marathon will open for Loyalty Entrants (all 2018 participants) on 15 February 2019 and general online entries for the full and half marathons will go live on 4 March.
“We’re looking forward to another great event,” said Kidd. “This event is one of the most popular races on the national running calendar and there is nothing that beats the uniqueness of an early winter morning start in the middle of the Knysna forest. There is something very special about this race that keeps runners coming back every year. It’s one of those bucket list events that every runner wants to tick off and then, once they do it, they just want to come back and do it all over again.”
Both events are organised by local volunteers and raise substantial amounts of money for local charities every year.
For more information about the Knysna Cycle Tour, visit www.knysnacycle.co.za and follow their Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow the Knysna Forest Marathon on Facebook for regular updates or visit www.knysnamarathonclub.co.za.
CAPTION: Left to right: Elwin Thompson, Clive Wilkinson and Andrew Finn (Knysna Rotary) and Wayne Kidd (President Knysna Marathon Club).