River Canoe Marathon Media Release
12 May 2021
: Dave Macleod
All systems go for 2021 Berg River canoe marathon
Paarl - As the countdown to the 60th anniversary edition of
the Berg River Canoe Marathon passed the two month mark this
week, the race organisers have confirmed that they have plans in
place to stage the four-day classic from Paarl to Velddrif from
7 to 10 July in full compliance with the prevailing lockdown
After more than a year during which the lockdown forced the
cancellation of many sporting events, including the 2020 Berg
marathon, there is a heightened interest in taking on the 240km
odyssey to the Cape West Coast in July.
Race organisers have put in place plans that will enable the
race to be staged within the protocols negotiated by Canoeing
South Africa and successfully employed during the revised
calendar of summer events, including the MyLife Dusi Canoe
These involve doing away with registrations and prize-givings,
overnight accommodation and other interactions that are in
conflict with the social distancing requirements, smaller
batches, strict sanitisation protocols, screening and taking of
each person’s temperature daily and the requirement that all
participants wear masks right up to the moment they are called
to the water to start their paddle each day.
Each paddler will be allowed one person to act as a technical
support, but spectators will not be allowed at the event, in
adherence to the CSA negotiated protocols.
“The nature of the Berg lends itself to social distancing
between the participants, as the long distances and the very
nature of canoeing means that paddlers do not come into close
proximity of each other,” said organiser Brandon Macleod.
He added that entries in K2s were being taken, to make the race
more accessible to the broader paddling community.
“Taking on 240km in a K2 will give friends a chance to share the
experience and enjoy the unique occasion of the 60th Berg, and
hopefully inspire them to take on the race in a single.
The Berg is hosting a second Ultra Paddle virtual event in May,
repeating the successful virtual event that was staged after the
2020 Berg was cancelled, as part of the build-up the 2021 race
and to create a fun platform to help paddlers complete their
“Finishing a Berg in a K1 is an accomplishment respected the
world over, and the interest and support for the Ultra Paddle
shows a keen interest amongst paddlers to test themselves
against these long distances,” Macleod added.
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of the Berg lends itself to social distancing between the
participants, as the long distances and the very nature of
canoeing means that paddlers do not come into close proximity of
each other,” said Berg River canoe marathon organiser Brandon
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