Friday, 15 December 2017, 08:01

Plettenberg Bay’s biggest sporting event is geared to once again welcome hundreds of athletes to the town.

The Sabrina Love Challenge is more than just an event for athletes to show their mettle and to burn off those festive season calories. 

It is also the main fundraising event for the Sabrina Love Foundation – an organisation dedicated to the care of children with special needs.

The foundation was started by Tony and Suzie Lubner in memory of their daughter Sabrina who had a very rare bone disorder which affected her physically. 

Despite this Sabrina lived her short life to the fullest – learning to operate her wheelchair and even attending ballet classes – before she passed away a month before her seventh birthday.

This year the challenge is set to take place on 21 and 22 December, bringing together swimmers, paddlers, runners, cyclists and walkers for nine events.

Kicking off at Central beach with a 10km beach and road run, the day will also feature a 15km single or double surf-ski event, a 5km beach walk and a one -mile swim.

The following day’s action will be around Kurland in the Crags, and will start with a 10km and 6km trail run, a 25km mountain bike ride and a Kids of Steel event which includes a swim or run for children between the ages of six and 12.

The 10km urban and beach run has become one of the most popular events and attracts more than 1 000 athletes. 

The route follows a combination of suburban roads, wooden walkways and jeep tracks to reach the turnaround point on the beach at Robberg Corner. 

The return route follows sections of the beach and suburban roads before reaching the finish line via the Beacon Island pedestrian bridge.

The trail runs at Kurland has also grown in popularity and this year offers great trails, breathtaking views and many fun features such as river crossings, single trails and a floating bridge.