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Kime and Rubenstein bring pedigree to Dusi challenge

Kime Rubenstein
Former Dusi Canoe Marathon champion Lance Kime (front) and Olympian Shaun Rubenstein (back) will compete in the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon together from February 27-29, 2020. Picture by Josh Hishin/Gameplan Media

Former competitors, turned work colleagues and now K2 paddling partners, Lance Kime and Shaun Rubenstein, have teamed up for the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon from February 27-29.

Both come from a strong pedigree, with Rubenstein being a former marathon world champion and an Olympian, while Kime is a two-time Dusi Canoe Marathon champion in both a K1 and a K2. Despite this combined record, Kime isn’t placing any serious expectations on their three-day classic in the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

“We just want to go out there and have a jol,” the laid-back Kime said. “I am pretty sure that we are not going to be anywhere close to the leaders but we are looking forward to being on the river and enjoying the race.”

U23 star Christie Mackenzie has high hopes for a strong showing at the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon. For more on her preparation, click on the link below. Picture: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

U23 star Christie Mackenzie’s Dusi hopes

It was a partnership that came about through the pair working for the same hiking/adventure company in Cape Town and Rubenstein had to do a bit of coaxing to get Kime back into a Dusi boat.

Kime hasn’t taken part in a Dusi since he won the race in 2016 with Andy Birkett and the former champion is looking forward to rekindling his relationship with the race after a taste of competitive racing at the Hansa Fish in 2019.

Enjoyed racing

“I was a bit reluctant at first when Ruby asked me to paddle with him because it had been so long since I had paddled Dusi.

“It’s great to be a part of the Dusi once again and I was reminded of how much I enjoyed racing when I paddled Fish with Alan Houston.

“Dusi is a serious challenge for us and we know that we are going to finish, it’s just a case of where we finish,” he added.

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Kime had an interesting take on racing at the sharp end of the field as opposed to racing among the masses.

“When you are at the front you are racing within yourself and are making sure that you keep a pace that you are comfortable with, because you don’t really have a gauge.

“But when you are in the bunch you have to worry about other boats around you, so it can be a lot more difficult.”

As competitive as possible

“We will definitely try to be as competitive as possible but we don’t think we are going to be close to the front!”

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The pair will make the trip to KwaZulu-Natal for some of the pre-Dusi qualifying races.

“We’ll come and paddle the 50 Miler and the Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge as our preparation for the race.”

Kime and Rubenstein took part in the recent Cape Point Challenge in a double ski and finished second, which gives some indication of their ability in a boat together.

The 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place for February 27 to 29, 2020. Entry details and more information can be found at


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