Ernie Pearce Weir
Pietermaritzburg, 3201, KwaZulu-Natal
Dusi Canoe Marathon 2019
The FNB Dusi 2019 Canoe Marathon takes place 14th, 15th and 16th February 2019 in Pietermaritzburg. The Dusi Canoe (or should I say Kayak) Marathon Race is run along the Msunduzi River (known as "Dusi") from Pitermaritzburg to Durban. This years race will be the 62nd Anniversary and will commemorate Grame Pope-Ellis who won this event 15 times. This years race has moved from January to February to ensure that the rivers are fuller and create an exciting race. The race starts at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg and lasts 3 days ending in the Blue Lagoon. Over 1,000 paddlers take part over the 120km route.
Ideas for accommodation close to Dusi Canoe Marathon
The Dusi Canoe race is unique in that it includes lots of point where the canoeists carry their canoes over hills, either to cut out impassable rapids and cataracts, or to avoid long loops in the river. Most of these carrying points are through thick bush on steep and undulating terrain, and several of them are around 4km long.
The Dusi Canoe Marathon Race Stages
This stage is 42km long, from Camps Drift in the city of Pietermaritzburg to Dusi Bridge, a remote area outside Cato Ridge close to Nagle dam. The majority of the paddlers exit the valley after this stage and stay in local accommodation or return to either Durban or Pietermaritzburg. It is possible to stay in tents at the overnight stop.
This is the longest and hardest of all three stages. It is 46km from Dusi Bridge to Msinsi Resort on Inanda dam outside Hillcrest, and finishes with 11km of flatwater on the dam. The overnight stop is ideal for camping and also hosts some entertainment in the early evening of Day Two. Hillcrest and Durban are nearby and most paddlers leave the valley after their stage to stay in nearby accommodation.
This stage is 36km and takes canoeists from Inanda dam to Blue Lagoon in Durban, starting with 4km of flatwater on Inanda dam and finishing with 10km of flatwater on the tidal estuary into the finish. Each finisher receives a Dusi medal and a commemorative race garment. The race prize-giving takes place at Blue Lagoon after the final stage.
Race Entry - Can I Enter?
1. All RSA entrants must be currently registered with a CSA affiliated club for the current CSA paddling season which runs from 1 April to 31 March each year.
2. All RSA entrants must be AR river rated in terms of the CSA Safety regulations.
3. Paddlers who are at least CR rated may, upon special request to the organisers, paddle in the back of a K2 with a paddler who has completed at least 5 Dusi’s.
4. All entrants from foreign countries must satisfy the KNCU and Dusi Safety Officers of their ability to handle the racing conditions presented by the Dusi.
5. Entries will only be accepted from qualified paddlers already 15 years of age or older on 1st January in the calendar year of the race.
For more information on registering for the Dusi Canoe Marathon visit www.dusi.co.za