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Dusi entries open

Buzz of anticipation

The 2022 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon season is under way as paddlers start to get their entries in for the three-day epic from Pietermaritzburg to Durban scheduled for February 17-19. Picture: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Meander Chronicle Reporter

Preparations for the 2022 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon stepped up a gear with the formal opening of race entries this week, offering athletes ready to commit to the race from February 17-19 a chance to enter at a reduced rate and enjoy an improved goodie bag.

The paddling season thus far has seen some early spring rainfall that has bumped up the water table and given paddlers favourable conditions for the early season races that have taken place.

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With the completion of the Fish Marathon that decided the national K2 river titles, the attention now shifts to KZN and the MyLife Dusi build-up that starts with an important Dusi qualifier, the Clanfin Umpetha Challenge, on the first weekend of November.

Feared portage

The race is always an important part of the Dusi build-up, given that it takes place over the first eight kilometres of the Dusi and also incorporates the tough Bishopstowe Hill portage that has become a feared early season portage tests for paddlers’ legs.

Also importantly for the paddlers at the front of the race, the Umpetha Challenge is race one of the 2022 MyLife Dusi Series and is an important seeding race for the paddlers targeting front row and A Batch seeding.

“We are looking forward to another awesome Dusi season and it’s all systems go for us,” chairperson of the organising committee Shane Le Breton said.

“The 2021 Dusi was a huge success given the difficulties we encountered and we just want to grow off that success heading into the 2022 race.

“There have been some good early season rains and the paddlers have come out in their numbers which bodes well heading into the summer.”

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Organisers of the Dusi are hoping to receive a flood of early bird entries that will be offered at a reduced rate until December 1, when the normal entry rate will take over.

That Dusi vibe

“We are trying to encourage as many people to get their entries in early for next year’s race by giving them more value for their money.

“It’s also going to be an important way to get the Dusi vibe going and the competitive juices flowing between mates,” Le Breton added.

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