Female paddlers are out in full force for Non-Stop Dusi

2014-02-25 00:00

AS entries start to pour in for the 2014 Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon this Friday, female paddlers have made a bold statement via both the quality and number of women committed to taking on the traditionally tougher version of the three-day marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

Five-time Dusi Canoe Marathon winner Robyn Kime will look to claim her second Non-Stop Dusi title in 2014 after smashing the women’s record in a K1 in her maiden attempt at the race in 2012.

After clinching her third consecutive K2 Dusi title with partner Abbey Ulansky and fifth race title in total just days ago, Kime was set to embark on the adventure of a lifetime shortly after the iconic three-day paddling adventure, which would have seen her likely to spend much of the next 12 months sailing to and hiking and mountain climbing around South America.

Last-minute changes though ended Kime’s adventure travel ideas temporarily and so, having also just completed the 230 km Drakensberg Grand Traverse with her brother, Lance, and boyfriend Michael Owen, Kime is now all set to take part in this year’s Non-Stop Dusi.

Kime’s fellow Best 4 Healthcare/Kayak Centre competitor Abby Adie will look to bury her disappointment of narrowly missing out on a maiden Dusi victory when she and Anna Adamová of the Czech Republic came bitterly close just a few days ago.

The result handed Adie her sixth consecutive second place Dusi finish, something she will hope to change with a strong Non-Stop Dusi with her twin sister Alex, who accompanied Hilary Bruss to a well-deserved Dusi fourth place this year. “I’m really excited to be paddling Non-Stop with Alex,” said Abby.

“Anna decided Non-Stop would impact on her sprint season preparations too much and so I was really excited when Alex said she was coming back [to Durban from Cape Town where she works]. I wondered around in a dwaal for two days after Dusi, that’s how disappointed I was but after that I decided that Dusi had come and gone and there was nothing that could be done about it.”

With many of the country’s top female river paddlers and runners set to take part in the clash, the race for the 2014 Non-Stop Dusi women’s podium positions may well be a memorable one. The marathon begins at Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg at 5.30 am on Friday and finishes at Blue Lagoon, Durban. More info can be found at www.nonstopdusi.co.za.

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