River Canoe Marathon Media Service
02 Apr 2020
Fish organisers expecting the year’s biggest paddling festival to go
Cradock – With the current uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak
worldwide, organisers of the 39th edition of the Fish River Canoe Marathon
are confident that they will be able to put on another exciting instalment
of the race from 25-26 September.
This year the world has been thrown into limbo as this virus spreads
through every country around the world and South Africa is currently in the
grips of a nationwide lockdown to try and curb the spread locally.
All sporting events and gatherings have been cancelled or postponed for the
next few months, but with five months until the Cradock classic, organisers
are hopeful that we will be back to some sort of normality by then.
This year’s Fish will host the South African K1, K3 and SA Schools River
Marathon Championships which adds more to prestige to an already classic
crown on the national river racing scene.
Head of the race organising committee Roy Copeman is aware of the
difficulty that the current situation presents but is not changing his
stance on the race yet.
“We are still going ahead as planned at this stage,” Copeman said. “We have
been in contact with both Canoeing South Africa and the Eastern Cape Canoe
Union and we have decided that we will see how the situation pans out
before we make a decision.
“We have five months left until the race so we are still on track to host
The race normally opens it’s entries on 1 July and this is still the plan
according to the organisers although they aren’t ruling out a change in
plans should the need arise.
“Everyone involved has been very understanding and we are not jumping into
the paying of deposits just yet given the fluidity of the current
“If things do change then we will let all paddlers know through our various
platforms,” he added.
The Fish has grown into the biggest race in the country due to its
guaranteed water release, it’s small town appeal and the generous
hospitality of the people of the Klein Karoo. Copeman’s organising
committee and all those involved are crucial to making the race such a
“I have been head of the organising committee for five year so I have a
good idea of how we go about things but I have a great team involved.
“We know how to get everything done and there is a lot of experience in our
small organising team which do a great job in putting on a brilliant event
every year for the paddlers that travel from all over the country.
“At the moment we are still committed to putting on another memorable Fish
River Canoe Marathon,” Copeman mentioned.
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spread of the coronavirus, he 2020 Fish River Canoe Marathon is still
scheduled to go ahead from 25-26 September this year.
around the globe are postponed or cancelled, the 2020 Fish River Canoe
Marathon is still set to take place from 25-26 September and is
anticipating large crowds as usual for the two day event in the Klein
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