River Canoe Marathon Media Release
28 June 2021
: Dave Macleod
Berg Marathon postponed to early August
Paarl – Following the raising of the Covid-19 lockdown to
adjusted Level 4 last night, the organisers of the Berg River
Canoe Marathon, who was due to start next week, have postponed
the event to 5-8 August.
After consultation with
Canoeing South Africa, the race organisers felt strongly that
the 60th edition of the four day race from Paarl to Velddrif
cannot be cancelled and agreed to move it to the long weekend on
the second weekend in August.
By moving to the available date on the Women's Day weekend, the
organisers have more than a month to allow for the third wave of
the pandemic to abate to enable them to stage the race with the
strict protocols already planned for the event.
"We have the biggest entry in for many years and we fully
appreciate that everyone has made travel arrangements and booked
accommodation for the race," said race director Brandon Macleod.
"We trust that changes and postponements to these bookings can
be easily made.
"It has become clear to use that there is a real passion driving
the sixtieth anniversary of this great race, which has inspired
us to do whatever it takes to make the race happen," he added.
The race safety plan already had strict Covid-19 lockdown
regulations compliance measures, and participants in the event
were divided into smaller batches starting further apart, with
strict limits on access for technical support crews and no
"We fully endorse the Canoeing SA Plan to place the safety and
health of every single person as a top priority," said Macleod.
"Right now as the country deals with the third wave we need
paddlers to focus on their well-being.
"The success of the MyLife Dusi in March showed what can be
achieved with a structured plan that is fully lockdown
regulation compliant, and we are confident that our
arrive-paddle-depart plan for Berg 2021 will keep each entrant
and their support crew safe."
The move to early August will be welcomed in many quarters as
paddlers noted that the level of water in the Berg river has
been more reliable later in the winter in recent years.
"The date change gives paddlers an extra month to get in the
training to enjoy the race, and may well open the race up to
more paddlers interested in getting involved in this milestone
edition of the race," he added.
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The 2021 edition of
the Berg River Canoe Marathon has been moved to 5 to 8 August in
response to the elevation of the Covid-19 pandemic lock to
adjusted Level 4.
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