River Canoe Marathon Media Release
16 July 2021
: Dave Macleod
Berg Marathon organisers committed to making the race happen
Paarl – The organisers of the Berg River Canoe Marathon, which
has been rescheduled for 5 to 8 August, have vowed to do
everything in their power to ensure that the event takes place
and conforms to the regulations governing the ongoing Covid-19
“We don’t have the luxury of being able to predict the future
but we are going full steam ahead for the rescheduled dates of 5
to 8 August,” said race director Brandon Macleod.
“The 25th of July is the date that we are all working towards,”
he added “That’s the date that the new announcements will come
from the President and, working closely with Canoeing South
Africa, as we have done throughout this whole process, we have a
variety of plans in place.
“The best case scenario is based on being allowed a maximum of
100 people together outdoors. As things stand right now that
would be fantastic, but we do not have our heads in the sand.
“Our realistic scenario is we are allowed no more than 50 people
in one place outdoors at the race,” he explained.
“What is important for everyone to understand is that this will
be a very different Berg,” he added. “It goes against the
heritage and vibrant social nature of the race but we are going
to be very strict about ensuring that everyone complies with
every protocol put in place.”
Macleod explained that the race would be run with much small
batches starting further apart than usual, and that each paddler
would be allowed only one technical support person to second
them, and that no spectators or family members will be
“With the 50 person limit in place we can expect batches of
fifteen paddlers with strict scheduled arrival times, wearing of
masks or buffs.
“It is so strange because the Berg is probably the most socially
distanced sporting event on the planet because you often have
ten minutes or whole kilometres between paddlers,” said Macleod.
Macleod explained that the staggered stage will include reversed
order starts to get the slower paddlers under way earlier,
allowing them enough daylight hours to complete each stage.
He added that there would be no registration or prize giving and
that the race would not be able to formalise group camping or
accommodation, but pointed paddlers to the event website for
details on where to stay and what foods will be available.
“The 60th Berg is going to come at a time when paddlers, and the
country, need something awesome to happen, and we are going to
do everything we can to be that race that happens,” he
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“We don’t have the
luxury of being able to predict the future but we are going full
steam ahead for the rescheduled dates of 5 to 8 August,” said
Berg River Canoe Marathon race director Brandon Macleod.
“The 60th Berg is
going to come at a time when paddlers, and the country, need
something awesome to happen, and we are going to do everything
we can to be that race that happens,” said Brandon Macleod, race
director of the 2021 edition of
the Berg River Canoe Marathon that has been moved to 5 to 8 August.
"The Berg is probably the most socially distanced sporting event
on the planet because you often have ten minutes or whole
kilometres between paddlers,” said Macleod.
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