As entries pour in for the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon, the event has launched a team competition for elite athletes which will culminate in the winning team bagging a R40 000 jackpot on Saturday, February 20.
The focus of this new team concept mirrors the format popular in cycling events, with a cumulative time recorded for the team of four, which includes three males and one female, with the three best times, two male and one female, going towards the team’s overall time.
“The team competition aims to add a new level of interest among the elite paddlers,” race organiser Shane Le Breton said.
“With the event attracting a lot of media attention we feel it can only be a benefit for a company to come on board and sponsor a team for the event.”
The traditional powerhouse sponsors and teams will have teams in the race, with Euro Steel and Varsity College expected to enter teams, as well as the newly formed Team MyLife.
Le Breton hopes that the nuances will come into play during the race and play a part right up to the finish.
Current women’s K1 Dusi champion Christie Mackenzie is excited by the introduction of the new team competition.
“I think it’s a very cool idea that they have brought in and it can only make the race more exciting,” the Varsity College/Euro Steel paddler said.”
“It means that everyone is going to have to pull their weight in the team and although K1 paddling is an individual sport, you now don’t want to let the rest of the team down.”
The 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from February 18-20 2021. Entry details and more information can be found at www.dusi.co.za – Copy Supplied