Welcome from the Western Cape Canoe Union
are looking forward to the 52nd Berg River Marathon and welcome all who
will be taking on this ultimate challenge in competitive endurance racing.
We are excited about the growing involvement of the local municipalities
and towns along the route. The Drakenstein Municipality will be your host
at the start in Paarl for the second year. They have taken ownership of
the event and want to make it a special experience for paddlers and
The Berg River Municipality together with the Festival Committee in
Velddrif and with the wonderful support of the Eigevis group of hotels
will be your host in Velddrif.
The Velddrif festival proved to be a success last year and will become a
permanent fixture coinciding with the finish of the Berg’. It will be much
bigger this year. The Organising Committee has great plans to grow the
festival into a special West Coast experience for all the supporters and
visitors on the day.
For those who will attempt the challenge for the first time. Prepare well
because you never know what elements will be thrown at you during the
race. Whatever the conditions it will be tough!
The elite paddlers will face the best competition in ultra-distance river
racing and whoever takes the crown will be recognized as the best.