Dusi Canoe Marathon

KWAZULU NATAL

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Dusi Canoe Marathon

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream....

Date From:16 February 2017
Date To:18 February 2017

The legend of the Dusi Canoe Marathonstarted in December 1951, when a mere 8 paddlers set off from Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on the inaugural non-stop canoe race to Durban. Ian Player was the only man to complete the race.

This and the subsequent 3 marathons were all held on a non-stop basis. However, because of the dangers associated with night racing, the organisers of the marathon decided to split the race into 3 stages and this has been the practice ever since.

Today, thiscanoe marathonattracts over 2 000 paddlers and many more thousands of spectators along the Msunduzi River.

The first day of this gruelling canoe marathon is a 45km stretch from Camps Drift to Dusi Bridge, with 15km of portaging due to impassable sections.

On day 2, paddlers do another 45km from the Dusi Bridge, a trip that ends with a 10km stretch on the Inanda Dam. The last day is 35km, from Inanda Dam to Blue Lagoon in Durban. Paddlers can compete in either the K1 and K2 canoe class.

History: In 1893, William Foley and Paul Marianny from Pietermaritzburg decided to take a trip down the Msunduzi River. The 2 men arrived in Durban 7 days later and set a precedent that would see their trip down the river being turned into one of the world's most famous canoe marathons 58 years later. 

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