Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe
Quick turnaround for 2020 Non-Stop Dusi
Pietermaritzburg – Following on from one of the best Dusi Canoe Marathon’s
in the past decade, endurance paddlers have a two week turnaround before the
annual Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi, which gives paddlers the
opportunity to tackle the fabled ‘Dusi in a Day’ on Friday, 13 March.
The unique event has become a staple in the post-Dusi season as paddlers are
still in good shape following the three day epic from Pietermaritzburg to
What sets it distinctly apart from the Dusi follows is the ‘bare-minimum’
set of rules which gives the paddlers a lot of liberty to opt for longer
portages that cut out sections of the river, making the course shorter than
the Dusi but placing greater demands on the participants’ running strength.
The one rule is that participants have to go under the College Road Bridge
at the start, after which they are at liberty to choose their own route,
providing they pass through a few compulsory check points.
Euro Steel/Red Bull's Sbonelo Khwela is in line to become the first paddler
to win the Non-Stop Dusi ten times should be take on the challenge again in
Khwela has won, either in a K1 or K2, in the last seven years and has become
the undisputed king of the Non-Stop Dusi over the past decade.
20-time finisher of the race Rhys Foster was the first entry into this
year’s race and will take it on with partner James Tutton. Foster wouldn’t
miss the event for the world.
“I remember when I was at school at Maritzburg College the Non-Stop was one
of those events that was unattainable,” he said reflectively. “It seemed
like the toughest race in the world and I wanted to do it so when I started
I just haven’t stopped!
“It continues to test my limits and that is what I want from the event. It’s
also playing a part in my preparation for the Ultra-Trail® Mont Blanc which
is my ultimate goal this year.”
This year it is expected that paddlers will receive some much-needed
assistance from water releases from Henly Dam and from Inanda Dam, but for
Foster the appeal of the event is that it is a take-it-as-it-comes
“It is such a raw event and there is no pampering or pom-poms when you
finish! It’s the only race that I do every year and I will keep coming back
as long as I possibly can.
“My birthday is the day before the race this year so I see it as a bit of a
birthday present to myself!”
Foster and Tutton will take on the Dusi in a Day together and for Foster
having Tutton, who is a KwaZulu-Natal resident, as a partner is gold for
"Living in Johannesburg means that James has got to be my eyes on the river.
"He is the one that makes sure that we know where we are going on the day
and it's great to paddle with someone familiar considering we've done the
last four together.
"We can just jump in the boat and go. If there are any issues though, we
have 120km to work them out," he laughed.
The Garden City Commercials
Non-Stop Dusi takes places from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon on Friday 13
For more information go to www.nonstopdusi.co.za
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Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon
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Red Bull/Euro Steel's Sbonelo Khwela
will become the first paddler to win ten titles if he crosses the finish
line first in the Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon on
Friday the 13th March.
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