The Windhoek Berg River Canoe Marathon
is set to commemorate a 51st anniversary in style. The 2012 Berg river Marathon has achieved International Canoe Federation World Series status this year. The iconic marathon, billed as probably the toughest competitive challenge in world paddling, begins with a time trial on 10th July.
“This is an iconic event, and the one race that every serious paddler wants to add to their CV,” said Windhoek Marketing manager Mark von Bentheim. “It is a test of stamina and endurance without comparison anywhere in the world, and we hope to attract a big crowd of participants and spectators to the Berg river that week.”
Enquiries from paddlers around the globe have been received at the Western Cape Canoe Union
offices while canoe clubs across the country are mobilizing their members for what promises to be a massive field for the 243km race from Paarl to Port Owen
With the team competition receiving a boost in prize money
this year, the organisers are anticipating a bigger entry in the team competition which has added innovative spice to the four day race in recent years.Event improvements
will also include
- registration in Cape Town and at the club time trials,
- improved facilities at overnight stops,
- a professional MC commentating at the race and
- numerous daily operational improvements.
The race will honour the men and women who have won the notoriously tough race in the past, commemorating their achievements in the build-up to the race.
The last day of the 2012 Windhoek Berg
will continue a new event, an open K1 (including surf Skis) race before the winners arrive, as well as an improved finish at a new site in Port Owen, where prize giving and the “Banks of the Berg” celebration will be held. The Windhoek Berg Bash
, to be set in a relaxed “bush Bar” atmosphere, will entertain the paddlers and their families, with cold Windhoek’s, food and music. The Windhoek Berg River Canoe Marathon
takes place from 11 to 15 July 2012
, preceded by a time trial
More information can be found at www.windhoekberg.co.za The Windhoek Berg River Canoe Marathon
also forms the final leg of the Two Oceans Peninsula Iron Man competition (Cape Argus Pick and Pay Cycle Race, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and the Berg River Canoe Marathon).