Non-Stop Dusi Canoe
Non-Stop Dusi set to test the hardest of paddlers
Pietermaritzburg – The 2019 Lovemore Brothers Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon
has once again attracted an entry made up of the most hardened of endurance
paddlers for the iconic ‘Dusi in a Day’ that starts at Camps Drift at dawn
on Friday morning.
The race brings down the curtain on the Dusi season and while it shares the
same Msundusi and Mngeni River valleys, it is critical different to its
three-day parent race in terms of conditions, rules and demands.
The Non-Stop often attracts a select group of the top athletes who view the
race as the ultimate test of endurance as they cover 95 kilometres in a day
by boat and foot.
2019 will see the return of eight-time Non-Stop champion Sbonelo Khwela.
The Red Bull/Euro Steel athlete has won eight of the last nine editions of
the race in both K1’s and K2’s but will take on this year’s race as a solo
The 2019 FNB Dusi runner-up is a constant threat at the Non-Stop given his
running prowess, however over the past few years he has improved his skills
on the river which have made him a formidable all-round contender.
The Non-Stop is unique in that there are very few rules that the paddlers
have to adhere to. The only rule set in stone is that you must go under the
College Road Bridge, from there you can run and paddle which ever sections
you like to Durban.
Paddlers have to make the two cut-off check points at Finger Neck, the
Inanda Dam Wall and the Pump House Weir.
Paddlers must get to Finger Neck before 9am, the Inanda Dam wall before
14:00 and Pump House before 17:30.
Ultimately to have your time included in the Non-Stop Dusi records then you
must make it to Blue Lagoon by 19:30.
There is often a strong contingent of Martin Dreyer’s Change a Life Academy
that take on the Non-Stop and in 2017 the young duo of Mthobisi Cele and
Mpilo Zondi were the first boat across the line.
One of the latest entries to come through Non-Stop HQ was the all ladies
crew of Kim and Jordan Peek.
The mother and daughter combination have extensive Dusi experience with
Jordan winning the 2018 K2 title with her sister Cana while Kim has
completed four Dusi’s.
Also entered is Mark Mulder. Mulder is a two-time winner of the Non-Stop and
completed the Dusi with Terence Parkin in 2019 where he had to carry their
K2 on all the portages due to Parkin needing crutches.
The Non-Stop Dusi will begin at 05:15am on Friday at Camps Drift.
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Eight-time Non-Stop Dusi
champion Sbonelo Khwela will be back to try and add to his tally on Friday, 1 March.
There will be a lot of running
on the cards for the paddlers at the 2019 Lovemore Brothers Non-Stop Dusi on Friday, 1 March.
The portaging during the
Lovemore Brothers Non-Stop Dusi will take paddlers through some of the most
pristine parts of the Valley of a Thousand Hills on Friday, 1 March.
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