River Canoe Marathon Media Release
17 Mar 2022
: Dave Macleod
Dates confirmed for 61st Berg
Paarl - The organisers of the iconic Berg River Canoe Marathon
have confirmed that the event will return to its traditional
date on the first week of July, and have announced that the 61st
running of the four-day race from Paarl to Velddrif will take
place from 6 to 9 July 2022.
The much-anticipated 60th anniversary edition of the race was
staged a month later than usual last year as the race organisers
in conjunction with Canoeing South Africa sought to ensure that
race took place against the backdrop of Covid-19 lockdown
With the success of the 2021 event to build on, the Western Cape
Canoe Union was eager to get the 240km race back to its familiar
mid-winter place on the national calendar.
Event manager Brandon Macleod said that the race would continue
to build on its legacy and traditions, while working hard to
make sure it remained accessible and a target for the upcoming
generations of paddlers.
“Every year paddlers from around the country and around the
world are inspired by the achievements of every single person
who finishes the Berg, and for many it becomes a ‘bucket-list
event’“, said Macleod.
“We have a responsibility to make sure that in another sixty
years’ time the Berg remains a race right at the top of
paddlers’ priority lists all over the world,” he added.
The event aims to capitalise on winter rainfall to ensure a full
and fast-flowing Berg River for the race. The shifting weather
patterns of the La Nina years have made the optimal race dates
difficult to pinpoint, but the event organisers are confident
that the wet El Nino phase that ensured a lot of heavy rainfall
over the northern parts of the country during the summer will
lead to a wet Cape winter as well.
“Every Berg paddler understands that they have to deal with the
Cape winter weather and water levels as they find them on each
day of the race,” said Macleod.
“Last year, after three idyllic days of paddling the onshore
gale for the final 60km stage into Velddrif made it very tough
for every participant.
“Every paddler who has a 2021 Berg medal in their trophy cabinet
will cherish it.” he said.
Entries for the race will open shortly at discounted Early Bird
More information can be found at
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Canoe Union has confirmed 3-6 July as the dates for the 2022 Berg River Canoe
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