2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon Press Release

 No: dusi1640

16 Feb 2016

Embargo: None

 Written by: Nick Tatham


FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon by numbers

1 – number of finishers in the inaugural edition of FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon in 1951 (late Dr Ian Player)
2 – number of rivers the FNB 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 FNB Dusi Drought Relief Initiative)
3 – number of FNB Dusi Canoe Marathons race founder Dr Ian Player won (1951/52, 1953 & 1954)
4 – number of K3 entries in the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon
5 - number of wins for FNB 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 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon
7 – number of members of the FNB 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 years FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon
9 - number of paddlers celebrating their birthdays during the 2016 FNB 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 FNB 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 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathons won by a male competitor (late ‘Dusi King’ Graeme Pope-Ellis)
15 – minimum age of a FNB Dusi competitor
15 Yrs 3 Months 7 Days - the age of the 2016 FNB Dusi's youngest paddler Joshua Giddings
20 – number of finishes require to qualify as a King Dusi Rat
46 – most number of FNB Dusi Canoe Marathons completed by any individual (late ‘Dusi King’ Graeme Pope-Ellis)
54 - number of paddlers who have completed 30 or more FNB Dusi Canoe Marathons
65 – edition of the FNB 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 FNB Dusi Rob Bourne-Lange
98 - Number of K1s entered into the 2016 FNB 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 FNB Dusi Marathons
569 - Number of K2s entered into the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon
1248 - official number of entries into the 2016 FNB 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 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon
23 150 - the average number of paddle strokes required to complete the FNB 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 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 February 2016. More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

ENDS

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FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon logo (Landscape) - GIF

 

FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon logo (Portrait) - GIF

 

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