Dusi entries coming in fast

2007-12-11 00:00

Prize money is paid only for the K2 (doubles race). Entries close at 5 pm on December 14, 2007.

“An online entry facility is available on the official Hansa Powerade Dusi website, www.dusi.co.za, which will make things a lot easier for people to enter” said Ray de Vries, spokesman of the event.

In addition to online entries, it is possible to download, or print out an entry form from the website and fax or post it to organisers.

The three official charities, Starfish, the SPCA and Duct (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust) are set to receive over R500 000 from the online charity batch auction.

Over 2 000 paddlers start the Dusi in batches of 60 paddlers that go off every few minutes from 6 am. The last paddlers might only start at 11 am, when it is really hot and humid. The organisers of the Dusi put the fifth batch (60 places), which starts at 6.30 am, up for the charity auction to paddlers each day.

The hammer goes down at one minute before midnight on January 12 for the lucky 60 whose bids are accepted.

Paddlers are now able to choose their charity that they want to support by going onto the official Dusi website and placing a bid at www.dusi.co.za. Only 60 of the top bids make it into the charity batch on all three days of the event. The top bid received so far is R10 000.

The good news is that water will be released by Umgeni Water for the event, so conditions will be similar to the 2007 event.

Lots of rain has ensured that there will be a guaranteed release.

Entries are pouring in as the deadline for entries closes and more good news is that late entries will be accepted until the night before the race, but will be subject to a late entry fee.

“There has been a lot of interest from international entries. I was in contact with a paddler who is traveling all the way from Vancouver in Canada to participate in the Dusi. We have also received unprecedented interest from the UK and we are expecting dozens of entries from there,” said De Vries.

The Hansa Powerade Dusi is the largest canoe marathon of its kind in the world and organisers hope to attract over 2 000 paddlers for the event in a little over five weeks’ time.

The race starts at Camps Drift and finishes at Blue Lagoon in Durban.

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