River Canoe Marathon Media Release
: Dave Macleod
commit to staging 2017 Berg
Paarl - The organisers of the Berg River Canoe
Marathon have moved to reassure paddlers that the event will go
ahead, despite the crippling drought that is gripping the
Water levels in the Berg river between Paarl and the lower tidal
reaches of the river are extremely low, and the feeder dams are
“We are committed to holding the race as planned from 12 to 15
July, but we will keep a close eye on the water situation and
adjust the race route if needed,” said race committee chairman
“This is not new,” he added. “We have had to do this often in
the past when the river has been too low or if a section of
river is not paddleable, due to vegetation growth for example.”
Collins noted that the projected rainfall to the end of June was
predicted to be around 20% of the normal rainfall for that
period, but that projections for July and August pointed to
rainfall that was 80% of the normal expected rainfall.
“This will impact heavily on the races on the sections of the
river that lead up to the Berg Marathon, and will make training
and tripping on the river difficult,” he said.
“As all paddlers know, river conditions can change overnight
after one heavy rainfall, and there is enough reason to believe
that this may happen to allow us to continue to focus on staging
the race in mid-July,” he added.
“If there are any adjustments to the race course that are
necessary, then we will make those in the days before the race.
“As we have done before, these changes will be done with the
intention of keeping the overall distance of the race, and the
character and unique challenges of the Berg in place,” said
He thanked the paddlers for their patience and understanding and
paid tribute to the paddlers that had already entered the race
knowing the full severity of the drought.
The Berg River Canoe marathon
starts in Paarl on 12 July and ends at Velddrif on 15 July. More
information can be found at
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Berg River Canoe Marathon
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The Berg River Canoe Marathon from 12 to 15 July takes the
paddlers from Paarl, through the Winelands into the Swartland and
down to the Cape West Coast.
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