Berg River Canoe Marathon 2010

This daunting 4-day river race from Paarl to Velddrift on the icy Berg River is an annual event taking place 14 to 17 July 2010 and is a highlight on the WCCU race calendar in the heart of winter. In 1962 the idea of a canoe marathon along the Berg River was brought to life by 20 paddlers taking on the chilly 230 kilometers, making the Berg the longest canoe river race in South Africa. This year celebrates the race's 48th year, and this extremely tough race promises to once again deliver a spectacular and exciting event for racers and supporters. The 2010 Berg River Canoe Marathon will take place 14-17 July, with the seeding time trial on 13 July. All the popular new features will be there, including the relay format option and the team race.


Physiotherapy cover will be provided at the 2009 Berg River Marathon by students and staff of the UCT Division of Physiotherapy. Some 25 physiotherapy students have committed themselves to attending the race this year and will be on hand to give treatment at the end of each day including day 4 to allow you to really relax at the end of the race! The students will work in teams and will be supervised by qualified physiotherapists. A R50 donation will be requested for half an hour of treatment. Physio will be available at registration where you can get a pre-race massage and even book yourself in for daily attention over the course of the race. The students will also be on hand in the mornings before the start to assist with any warm-up or strapping you may require.

Exciting Berg River Canoe Marathon Changes

The Cape was blessed with so much rain last year that quite ironically the new Berg River dam had to be used to hold, rather than release water. The good news is that is has been raining a lot this year. At the end of the first week in May the dam was already at 80% level. The few changes that were introduced in 2009 seem to have worked well so the Oranising Committee decided to continue with the following:
  • All meals included in the higher entry fee
  • Teams will be allowed to race with their sponsors' branding
  • There will be a relay competition for teams of three
  • There will not be a time trial on the last day
  • Wine course for seconds at Nelsons Creek on the Monday before the race

    New at Berg River Marathon 2010

  • There will be a category for surf skis
  • There will be separate age categories for ladies depending on the entries
  • The time trial will be raced from Paarl Canoe Club down river They invite all to accept the challenge and to take on the toughest canoeing event in the country, of not the world. You will enjoy the local hospitality and the beauty of the countryside that you will be paddling through.

    Prize Money

    Winner: R25 000 2nd Place: R10 000 3rd Place: R5 000 1st, 2nd, 3rd Lady: within 10% of winners time = same prize money as men, within 11% = 90% of men's prize money etc. 1st Junior: R1 000 Team Event Prize: The team prize will be awarded to the first 3 paddlers from any one province with the shortest combined times from Paarl to Velddrif. Team prize is R10 000 Bridge Prizes - R1000: Day one - Lady Loch Day Two - Gouda bridge Day Three - Moravia bridge Day Four - Kersefontein Hot Spot Prizes: There are a total of nine hot spot prizes. The winner of the hot spot will win a two minute bonus for his/her team (but not for their individual race time) Day One - Lady Loch, Hermon Bridge Day Two - Gouda bridge, Train bridge Day Three - Misverstand dam wall, Moravia bridge, Klipheuwel Day Four - Kesefontein, Kliphoek
    VenuePaarl to Velddrif
    Telephone+27 (0)84 700 2742
    ProvinceCape Winelands
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    July 2010
    August 2010
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