River Canoe Marathon Media Service
Biggest party in paddling filling up
Cradock – With just over three weeks to go until the 38th edition of the
Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon gets underway and race entries are
streaming into race HQ as paddlers finalise their plans for their annual
sojourn to the Klein Karoo from 27-28 September.
Entries spread over the long course and short course K1, K2 and K3
categories are approaching 650 paddlers, with every sign that the final
entry will pass the 1000 paddler mark.
With guaranteed water, exciting rapids as well as traditional Klein
Karoo hospitality, the Fish River Canoe Marathon is well established as
one of the premier races in the country.
This year the race will double as the South African K2 River
Championships which adds a significant amount of spice to the sharp end
of the field as well as to all of the age group categories.
With 2019’s edition of the Fish falling earlier in the year and the ICF
Canoe Marathon Championships significantly later in the year, the event
provides those paddlers doing duty in China for South Africa one final
race before they jet off.
As is tradition for the Fish, they offer sixty spots in the Charity
Batch. This batch will have the privilege of going off at a preferential
time on each of the two days.
The proceeds of the charity batch go to the Cradock Cancer Care Unit and
the Cradock Hospice and the bidding has historically been fierce with
spots in the sought after batch filling up rapidly.
Recently the race introduced a new concept in the Wild Card Batch, which
has become a popular choice for paddlers who want to improve their
seeding and start in a better batch at the beginning of the race.
On the Wednesday before the race there is a time trial from the Marlow
School to the finish at the Rovers and ultimately if you finish in under
45 minutes then you will qualify for the Wild Card Batch.
With the Rugby World Cup being top of mind during this year’s Hansa
Fish, the organisers have decided that the popular Pimp my Ride
competition this year will tuck in behind the interest in the global
Every year paddlers enjoy decorating themselves and their boats to try
and win the grand prize of beer for a year, hoping to catch the judges
eye with their special creative take on the Rugby World Cup theme.
The Fish River Canoe Marathon after-party has become one of the go-to
events on the paddling calendar. The event gives paddlers from all over
the country the chance to come together and share stories of their two
days of racing while listening to music and enjoying a beer.
In conjunction with the after-party the Springboks will be playing
against Namibia on Saturday, 28 September.
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Hansa Golden Crisp Fish River Canoe
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What is know as the biggest
party in paddling, the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon entries are
filling up rapidly as the start of the race fast approaches on Friday,
Paddlers are encouraged every
year to dress up to a specific theme in the 'Pimp My Ride' competition
and this year's theme is Rugby World Cup, so paddlers need to use their
imaginations in order to win the prize of Hansa for a year at this
year's Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon from 27-28 September.
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