River Canoe Marathon Media Release
26 July 2021
: Dave Macleod
Berg Marathon gets the green light
Paarl - With the country’s Covid-19 lockdown regulations easing
to adjusted level three, and Canoeing South Africa reinstating
its training and competition calendar, the 60th edition of the
Berg River Canoe Marathon has been cleared to take place from 5
to 8 August.
The much anticipated milestone event was moved from the first
weekend of July after the lockdown regulations to combat the
third wave of infections were tightened up, and the revised
August date was set, pending the easing of regulations as the
third wave started to subside.
With the adjusted level three regulations permitting outdoor
events with a maximum of 100 people at any one place at a time,
and the easing of interprovincial travel out of Gauteng, the
event organisers have been able to structure plans to stage the
event safely and in full compliance with the prevailing lockdown
“We had a variety of plans ready to be able to stage the event
and comply fully with the specific lockdown regulations, and the
adjusted level three restrictions fit into these plans well,”
said event director Brandon Macleod.
“In fact the limit of 100 people together at any one time fits
in well with our plans, as it enables us to run the race with
reasonably sized batches spaced far enough apart to ensure we
can enforce the social distancing plans within the level three
lockdown limits,” he added.
With the event finally getting the green light athletes that
have been holding back on lodging their entries and booking
travel and accommodation for the event will be able to start
their final arrangements.
“It is a huge relief to be able to set the wheels turning for
what is an important milestone for this race,” said Macleod.
“The level of interest in the 60th Berg is high, especially
after the 2020 Berg was cancelled. I am sure there will be a
flurry of entries this week now that everything has been cleared
for the race.”
He added that the municipalities covering the 240 kilometre
route from Paarl to Velddrif had been encouraging and supportive
of the various staging plans designed to comply with the
“It is going to be a different Berg, as we conform to these
unusual times. But critically we are thrilled to be able to make
the Berg happen this year,” said Macleod.
“With the paddlers now cleared to return to training and
competing, we really want to use this Berg as a signal of hope
at the end of a grim few weeks for this country,” he added.
“We have an exceptional field entered and we look forward to the
race providing a spectacle that will inspire paddlers and the
general public to believe there is light at the end of the
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The Berg River Canoe Marathon
has been cleared to be staged from 5 to 8 August.
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