Dusi Canoe Marathon - by the numbers

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All the key numbers ahead of the 65th edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban, starting on Thursday.

1 – number of finishers in the inaugural edition of Dusi Canoe Marathon in 1951 (late Dr Ian Player)

2 – number of rivers the Dusi Canoe Marathon route includes (Msundusi & Mngeni River)

3 - number of initiatives supported by the 2016 Charity Batch (The Dusi Umngeni Conservation Trust, The Valley Chiefs Fund, the newly formed Dusi Drought Relief Initiative)

3 – number of Dusi Canoe Marathons race founder Dr Ian Player won (1951/52, 1953 & 1954)

4 – number of K3 entries in the 2016 Dusi Canoe Marathon

5 - number of wins for Dusi Canoe Marathon wins for defending K2 and K1 champion Andy Birkett

6 - number of runner-up finishes for ladies pre-race favourite Abby Solms

6 – days taken by Dusi founder Ian Player to complete the first Dusi Canoe Marathon

7 – number of members of the Dusi Canoe Marathon’s ‘Super Dusi Rat’ club for paddlers who have finished 40.

9 - number of ICF Canoe Marathon World championships taking part in this year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon

9 - number of paddlers celebrating their birthdays during the 2016 Dusi Canoe Marathon

10 – the number of finishes a paddlers must achieve to receive a permanent number

11 - number of past winners taking part in the 2016 Dusi Canoe Marathon

12 – minimum weight in kilograms of a single kayak

12 - number of portages (only 3 are compulsory)

13 – number of paddlers, should they compete in & complete the 2016 Dusi Canoe Marathon, set to join the ’30 or more’ club in 2015

15 – most Dusi Canoe Marathons won by a male competitor (late ‘Dusi King’ Graeme Pope-Ellis)

15 – minimum age of a Dusi competitor

15 Years 3 Months 8 Days - the age of the 2016 Dusi's youngest paddler, Joshua Giddings

20 – number of finishes require to qualify as a King Dusi Rat

46 – most number of Dusi Canoe Marathons completed by any individual (late ‘Dusi King’ Graeme Pope-Ellis)

54 - number of paddlers who have completed 30 or more Dusi Canoe Marathons

65 – edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon to be staged in 2016

69 - the age of the oldest female paddler, Maria Collins

73 - the age of the oldest male paddler at the 2016 Dusi, Rob Bourne-Lange

98 - Number of K1s entered into the 2016 Dusi Canoe Marathon

119.62 – exact distance in kilometres of the race using current conventional route

276 – The number of paddlers who have completed 20 or more Dusi Marathons

569 - Number of K2s entered into the 2016 Dusi Canoe Marathon

1 248 - official number of entries into the 2016 Dusi Canoe Marathon

1981 – year of the first Dusi to allow female competitors

2008 - year that Martin Dreyer and Thulani Mbanjwa set the K2 record (7:33.24)

2014 – year race founder Dr Ian Player passed away

13 093 – number of paddlers who have finished at least one Dusi Canoe Marathon

23 150 - the average number of paddle strokes required to complete the Dusi Canoe Marathon

178 596 - number of Rands raised in the 2016 Charity Batch bid

200 000 - number of Rands FNB have donated to the Charity Batch takings in 2016

378 596 - the total number of Rands raised for three beneficiaries of the 2016 Charity Batch

The 65th edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban from Thursday 18 to Saturday, February 20, 2016.

More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

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