River Canoe Marathon Media Release
13 Apr 2023
: Dave Macleod
Berg marathon to host SA K1 championships
Paarl - As preparations for the 62nd edition of the iconic Berg
River Canoe Marathon swing into top gear, the four-day race has
been confirmed as the host for the Canoeing South Africa SA K1
River Championships for 2023.
The cult 240 kilometre, four stage marathon from Paarl to
Velddrif through the middle of the Western Cape winter has built
a worldwide reputation as one of the toughest canoeing
challenges on the planet, but it has historically not been used
as one of the regular events that decide the domestic national
river marathon titles.
With the SA K2 River Champs going to the popular Fish River
Canoe Marathon in September, the decision to award the SA K1
rights to the Berg has sparked interest in the elite marathon
racing community, particularly amongst those planning an assault
on the global titles at the world champs and Masters Cup titles
in Denmark early in September.
2022 Berg champion Hank McGregor is an avid fan of the Berg, and
has made no secret about the fact that the long hours of base
training and the four back-to-back endurance days on the Berg
have been instrumental in his success at the World Marathon
Championships, logic that has been reinforced by the success of
other current Berg stars like Andy Birkett and Hamish Lovemore.
For Western Cape Canoe Union head Rob Hart the decision to
decide the national K1 river titles at the Berg helps refocus
attention on the unique demands of racing the Berg.
As the premier K1 race in the Western Cape, it is exciting to
be able to host the SA K1 champs at this year's Berg, said
"The nature of the Berg means that there is nowhere to hide, and
paddlers that have done the hard yards in preparing for the
event are invariably rewarded with good results.
"That makes it a great event to decide which men and women will
be able to call themselves SA K1 river champs in their age
groups for the rest of the season," he added.
For Pete Cole, the Western Cape Canoe Union marathon committee
head, the Berg will provide a premium personal challenge for any
paddler hoping to end the four days of paddling with a Canoeing
South Africa medal around their neck.
I think it is awesome! said Cole. "I have always been a fan of
using well established races to decide SA river champs.
"Hopefully it will add another boost to the Berg this year," he
The 2023 Berg River Canoe Marathon will take place from Paarl to
Velddrif from 5 to 8 July.
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Berg River Canoe
Marathon from 5 to 8 July has been awarded the rights to host
the Canoeing South Africa K1 River Championships.
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