There are a few big events happening annually during the December holidays in Stilbaai, like Touchies that is now a tournament along the Cape coast after it originated in Stilbaai in 1978 and always takes place on the 26th of December. The most gruelling inflatable boat race in the world, the five-day Trans Agulhas Challenge, starts on 28 December in Plettenberg Bay and finishes in the Strand after competing teams overnight in Stilbaai on the 29th Dec. after the second leg of this race that is taking place for the 31st time this year.
Then there is Stilbaai’s very own NSRI 10km race annually organised by Nico Steenekamp, who spends his December holiday in Stilbaai and started organising this event 12 years ago. The event is always scheduled for the 31st of December to end off the year and start the new year on a trot.
This scenic 10km route takes runners and walkers from tarred roads to dirt roads to hiking trails through the most scenic parts of Stilbaai. Last year 1 073 participants finished it. The funds go to Stilbaai’s NSRI Station 31 that is an extremely important volunteer organisation in Stilbaai.
Participants can enter for the event the day before, on Sunday 30 Dec. between 17:00 and 19:00 at the NSRI at the harbour and from 5:30 on Monday morning before the event starts at 7:00. The entry fee is R50.