The Dusi Canoe Marathon will be in its 72nd year in 2023. The 3 day river marathon attracts South Africa’s best and most ambitions canoeists to take on the age old challenge – 16-18 February 2023.
Entries for the 2023 Dusi are open for paddlers looking to tackle the iconic multi-sport race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban from 16-18 February.
Dubbed as Africa’s Original Adventure Race, The Dusi returns to its roots as participants take on the gruelling route in canoes and on foot between Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg and Blue Lagoon in Durban.
Heading into it’s 72nd edition in 2023 The Dusi continues to attract interest both locally, nationally and globally; and with travel restrictions eased worldwide there could be an interest from paddlers across the globe to enter.
The Dusi 2023 is being run in memory of Cameron Mackenzie, a man committed to growing paddling and The Dusi over many years. Mackenzie was a crucial part of paddling and spent seventeen years at the helm of the Dusi. He didn’t just run the Dusi as an event for over fifteen years, he completed the three-day race nine times as a paddler.
The first official entry was received from KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Club Chairman and past Dusi Boss, Steve Botha.
“The Dusi has been an integral part of my life,” said Botha. “And I am looking forward to the challenges the event has to throw at us in 2023.”
The ongoing battle that canoeing events around the country are faced with is that of water quality. For The Dusi they will continue to highlight this struggle as they prepare for the 2023 race.
“Tackling issues of water quality is an ongoing challenge, one that we undertake each and every year,” stressed Ian McDonald, Dusi Organising Committee head. “But it is those athletes who will take on The Dusi Challenges, irrespective of these obstacles, who we are organising this event for.”
Entries for the 2023 event are only available via the event website – www.dusi.co.za – with Early Bird entry fees valid until 15 December 2022.