A few thoughts from last year’s Knysna Big 5 Challenge winner, Stuart Marais

Theresa Lozier sent through the following letter from the winner of the 2012 Knysna Big 5 Challenge, Stuart Marais. The first time I saw Stuart racing was at last year’s Durbanville Triathlon. Amongst other titles, he is the reigning Totalsports Challenge champion. This is what he had to say about his 2012 experience.

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Press release: Eksteen and O’Brien crowned ultimate New Balance Impi Warriors at Hartbeespoort

Claude Eksteen (North Beach, Durban) and Anita Obrien (Kameeldrift West, North West Province) were the first men’s and women’s contestants respectively to complete all twenty-five signature obstacles of the New Balance IMPI Elite Race on Saturday, 06 April 2013 at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm, Hartbeespoort (North West Province) securing them the title of Ultimate IMPI Warrior.

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Press release: Be part of the action at Totalsports XTERRA Knysna 2013

XTERRA makes its way to Knysna in July in the form of the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA PEZULA presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT. Taking place on Thursday, 04 July 2013 this is the only XTERRA SA event that does not feature a water discipline, but instead follows a run/mountain bike/run format.

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Press Release: Hugo and Marais set for round two at Totalsports Challenge 2013

Dan Hugo raced himself onto a drip at last year’s Totalsports Challenge as he successfully defended his title against the upstart newcomer to the race, Stuart Marais. Hopefully fully recovered from a bad accident last year, Dan will now certainly have Stuart on his radar, and will not be willing to break his string of Totalsports Challenge victories. Stuart will have learned some lessons from last year and will no doubt have a revised strategy in place for his second assault on Dan’s reign. I almost wish I were a spectator on the day to see this battle go down!

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X Lakes Summer update: Boat switch allowed after first paddle leg

When I initially considered entering X Lakes Summer, one of the queries I had was if we would be able to use different boats on different legs. The original ruling was no. This has now been changed. I think in light of the nature of the race it would be best if this new ruling were the standard rule for the race!

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Press Release: Team Stoltz ready for Totalsports Challenge 2013

Power couple Conrad and Liezel Stoltz will be in the hot seat on Saturday, 12 January 2013 when they attempt to defend their mixed team title at the Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge presented by Liberty Medical Scheme and REHIDRAT® SPORT. Starting in Gordon’s Bay and finishing in Kleinmond, this much loved multi-sport event is ideal for athletes of all sporting disciplines as participants can compete individually or as part of a team.

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