Canoeing: Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin marathon likely to attract top paddlers

2010-10-20 00:00

THE Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 31, is likely to attract some of the country’s top paddlers.

The event, traditionally the biggest one-day canoe race in South Africa, will be held at the Bon Accord resort at Albert Falls dam near Pietermaritzburg.

The Dusi Canoe Marathon champion and previous world marathon champion, Ant Stott, was the first of the expected favourites to enter the event.

“I haven’t paddled for about three weeks, as I recently competed in the world champs, but I’m really looking forward to the race and if all goes well, I should have a good race” said Stott from Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

The prize money of R32 000 is the biggest on offer for a one-day canoe marathon in South Africa, thanks to generous sponsorship from The Unlimited, the event’s new sponsor.

“The prize money is fantastic news for the paddlers and I’m sure that all the big names in South Africa will be there,” said Stott, who will be racing for the winner’s prize of R10 000.

The marathon is the first seeding race for The Unlimited Dusi 2011. Proceedings start with a guppy race at 7.45 am, followed by the main race starting at 9 am.

The format consists of a lap on the Albert Falls dam, followed by a two-kilometre portage and then a 22 km paddle on the Umgeni River. The new finish is four kilometres below the Wartburg Road bridge and is designed to take advantage of some exciting rapids lower down the watercourse.

A shuttle service, courtesy of Argyle Poultry, will be provided for paddlers and will leave the finish at 8.10 am.

Safety craft on the dam will be provided by Outdoor Marine Pietermaritzburg.

 

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