N3TC Drak Challenge 2019 Media Release

 No: drak1919

16 Jan 19

Embargo : None

Written by: Dave Macleod

N3TC Drak Challenge by numbers

0 - the number of compulsory portages on the race
1 - the number of international winners of the race - Max Hoff (Germany) in 2007
3 - the number of weirs on the race
3 - the number of athletes to have done the Drak Hat Trick (won three consecutive titles) - Abby Solms, Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett
4 - the number of times the race has been started at the Trout Hatcheries due to low water - 1997, 1999, 2007, 2018
4 - the number of paddlers aiming to finish their 20th Drak (Lawrence Blackbeard, Kevin Middleton, Nigel Stevens, Gary Waud)
5 - the number of consecutive wins by defending champion Andy Birkett
6 - the most number of men's titles won - Ant Stott
7 - the most number of victories - Abby Solms
10,23 - the distance to Black Murray rapid, marking the end of the Valley of a Thousand Rapids
24 - the record for the most Drak finishes - Owen Hemmingway
26 - the age of the Drak Challenge this year
36 - the percentage of paddlers that finished the flooded inaugural race in 1994
42 - the number of paddlers to have finished 15 or more Drak Challenges
52 - the number of paddlers with nine finishes, poised to become Drak Trouts
63,492 - the total distance in kilometres of the whole race
165 - the number of Drak Trouts (paddlers with ten or more finishes)
1800 - the number of bottles of locally sourced spring water for the paddlers
2000 - the number of hamburger patties brought by the caterers
22261 - the number of paddlers that have done only one Drak Challenge
4746 - the total number of paddlers to have completed a Drak Challenge
9600 - cans of Hansa brought in the for the festivities
40 000 - the number of cubic metres of water ready to be released from Castleburn Dam

More information can be found at www.drakadventure.co.za


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The 2019 N3TC Drak Challenge, in partnership with FNB Logo - JPeg


The FNB Drak Adventure Weekend Logo - JPeg


  Owen Hemmingway, the most prolific finisher of the N3TC Drak Challenge, in partnership with FNB, will be back aiming for his 25th medal at the race from 19 to 20 January 2019. Antony Grote/
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