River Canoe Marathon Media Release
: Dave Macleod
Shake up to Berg entry format
Paarl - Entries for the boldly revamped Berg River Canoe Marathon
opened this week, with the organisers offering two tiers of
entries for the new team format that will govern the competitive
element of the famous four day race from Paarl to the West Coast
fishing town of Velddrif from 11 to 14 July.
The title will now be decided in a team format of two paddlers
per team, using a formula now well established in mountain
biking, adding whole new dynamic to the racing tactics for the
“The top paddlers will probably have a different technical
approach and it will be very interesting to see how they manage
this new dynamic,” said race committee head André Collins.
“The rest of the field will enjoy the camaraderie of a partner
who will work together through the difficult challenging sections
of the river but especially supporting one another on the long
flat pools on the last two days,” he added.
The new race entry reveals a two tier option for elite paddlers
entering the new team competition. In addition to the option of
entering two athletes, there is the option of entering a
commercially branded and owned team, offering sponsors an
opportunity to own commercial rights at the race, with guaranteed
branding and commercial rights delivered by the event.
Collins said the race would continue to offer solo paddlers the
opportunity to take on the 240km in an individual K1, as was the
race tradition since its inception in 1962.
“With the option still open to do the race solo, we are
comfortable that the race caters for the personal preferences of
all,” said Collins, adding that the race was evolving the remain
relevant and contemporary without shedding its roots and
There is also an option for less experienced paddlers to enter
the race in a three paddler relay team, putting the legendary
Berg challenge within reach of paddlers who might not have done
the base training miles to take on the full 240km challenge.
Normal entries are now being taken online at www.berg.org.za
until Wednesday 27 June after which a R250 late entry penalty
The Berg River Canoe marathon
starts in Paarl on 11 July and ends at Velddrif on 14 July. More
information can be found at
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Entries for the boldly revamped 2018 Berg River Canoe Marathon
from 11 to 14 July are officially open with paddlers encouraged
to enter as teams of two for the four day marathon.
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