The tough-as-nails annual Diaz Endurance Walk, which has been organised by Mossel Bay Correctional Services in conjunction with the Endurance Walking Association of South Africa (EWASA) for nearly two decades now, will form part of the 2013 Dias Festival. The Dias Festival will be held in Mossel Bay from 31 January 2013 to 3 February 2013.
Known as the Diaz Vasbyt, the endurance walk will also double up as the 2013 South African championships in this sport. The event attracts in the order of 700 competitors annually.
The Diaz Vasbyt will take place on 31 January 2013 and 1 February 2013. The race starts at 07:00 at Santos Beach on both days. On the first day a route of 40 km will be followed through the streets of Mossel Bay to Dana Bay and from there via Mayixhale Street, Bill Jeffery Drive, through D’Almeida and back to Santos Beach. The route of 35 km on the second day will take competitors via Louis Fourie Road, the R102 to Little Brak River, Fraaiuitsig, along the beach back to Little Brak River and then back to Santos Beach via Hartenbos and Louis Fourie Road.
The event is open to teams of six walkers each although teams of less than six members and individuals can also enter. To qualify for participation in the national championship teams must be affiliated to EWASA. They will also receive special SA medals. Teams that are not affiliated to EWASA and compete in the open categories will be awarded gold, silver or bronze Diaz Vasbyt medals. Gold medals will, however, only be awarded if there are at least three teams in the category. Only full teams that complete the walk qualify for gold or silver medals. All other competitors, including teams with less than six members and individuals, qualify for bronze medals only. A half-endurance walk will take place on the second day.
Entries for the Diaz Vasbyt close on 15 January 2013. More information on the event can be obtained from Tokkie Geldenhuys at (044) 606-6500 (work) or 0842711736 (cell); or Johannes George Julies at (044) 606-6500 (work) or 0836712552 (cell); or Riaan Meyer at (044) 606-6511 (work) or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Stanton Koeries at (044) 606-6559 (work) or 0846934660 (cell). Enquiries can also be addressed to email@example.com.
The arrangements for the Diaz Festival are co-ordinated by the Mossel Bay Municipality. More information about the festival can be obtained from the office of the Municipal Manager at (044) 606-5003 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.