2017 N3TC Drak Challenge by Numbers

2017 N3TC Drak Challenge by Numbers

N3TC Drak by numbers

0 – the number of compulsory portages on the race
1 – The number of paddlers who have completed all 23 previous editions of the race – Owen Hemmingway
1 – the number of international winners of the race – Max Hoff (Germany) in 2007
2 – the number of weirs on the race
3 – the number of athletes to have won three consecutive titles – Abby Solms, Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett
6 – the most number of victories – Abby Solms and Ant Stott
10,23 – the distance to Black Murray rapid, marking the end of as Valley of a Thousand Rapids
19 – the number of paddlers to have finished 15 or more Drak Challenges
21 – the number of finishes by Colin Simpkins and Dave Macleod
36 – the percentage of paddlers that finished the flooded inaugural race in 1994
65 – the total distance in kilometres of the whole race
127 – the number of Drak Trouts (paddlers with ten or more finishes)
1500 – bottles of locally sourced spring water for the paddlers
2000 – the number of hamburger patties brought by the caterers
2160 – the number of paddlers that have done only one Drak Challenge
4535 – the number of paddlers to have finished one or more Drak Challenges
9600 – cans of Hansa brought in the for the festivities

Owen Hemmingway is the only paddler to have finished every single edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

The 2017 N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon takes place in the Southern Drakensberg on 21 and 22 January 2017. More information can be found at www.drak.co.za