Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
1 Sept 2022
Organisers make exciting changes to start of
Robertson – The organisers of the 2022 Breede River Canoe
Marathon have made changes to the first stage of the popular
two-day race to accommodate the anticipated lower than usual
water levels, and to introduce the spectator-friendly excitement
of marathon-style racing to the event.
The start of the first stage has been moved fourteen kilometres
downstream to the Viljoensdrift Wine Estate, which cuts out the
shallow rock ledges on the section from the McGregor Bridge in
Robertson to the flatwaters above the Sliding Weir.
“To make up for the distance, we will add marathon style laps on
the dam,” explained race committee chair Richard Allen. “This
should also sufficiently break up the field before tackling the
triple portage of Sliding Weir, low level bridge and the Bollard
“We are a few weeks away from the ICF World Marathon
Championships in Portugal and there are several elite crews that
have entered the Breede as part of their training for the
“The lap racing and portages that are typical of marathon racing
are very spectator friendly, and will add new excitement to the
start of the first stage, at a beautiful part of the Breede
route,” said Allen.
Once the laps have been completed the field of K1s, K2s and K3s
will proceed to the iconic Sliding Weir, where tributary water
from the Kogmanskloof River, Groot River and Boesmans River all
contribute water to the Breede River, which becomes
significantly more channeled below the Red Iron Bridge and
“Day 2 will remain unchanged,” he confirmed.
Top contender Kenny Rice anticipated the lower water levels, and
said that the low river made the race more challenging and
exciting for the racing crews contesting the Western Cape K2
River Championship titles.
“The full river is cool because you go faster but it does take
most of the obstacles out of it,” said Rice, who will partner
the on-form Uli Hart for the race.
“In a lower river you leapfrog each other all the time, which
keeps it really exciting,” he said. “I am really excited for the
The 2022 Breede River Canoe Marathon takes place on Saturday 3
and Sunday 4 September. More information can be found at
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Canoe Marathon 2022 Logo - portrait - on white (JPeg).
The organisers of the Breede River Canoe Marathon
this weekend have moved the start of the race downstream to the
Viljoensdrift Wine Estate to accommodate the lower-than-usual water
level expected. “In a
lower river you leapfrog each other all the time, which keeps it really
exciting,” said top contender Kenny Rice.
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