It is with great excitement that we look forAndreCollinsward to this year’s Berg River Marathon with the competitors, for the first time, racing in teams of two.    The top paddlers will probably have a different technical approach and it will be very interesting to see how they manage this new dynamic.

The rest of the field will enjoy the camaraderie of a partner who will work together through the difficult challenging sections of the river but especially supporting one another on the long flat pools on the last two days.

With the option still open to do the race solo, we are comfortable that the race caters for the personal preferences of all.    The time trial after many years has been cancelled by popular demand.   The top paddlers believe that the CSA rating system is reliable enough to determine the starting positions in future.

The overnight race camp on the first day now moves to Riebeek Kasteel Laerskool which offers far better overnight facilities for all.

We thank all our sponsors Drakenstein, Swartland, Winelands and Berg River Municipalities, the Western Cape Department of Culture and Sport, Wesgro, Eigevis, Villiera, KWV, Pink Lady, Riebeek Cellars, Nelsons Wine Estate, AC Security, and Brenntag, for their ongoing support. We also welcome Bamboo Warehouse and Capensis  our first new team sponsors at this stage and hope to see many more come on board.

Special welcome to the legends who will be going for their 20th, 30th, 40th and 45th Bergs, to Giel van Deventer who will attempt his 49th, evergreen Jannie Malherbe who will be the oldest entrant and the Boehm clan who will make history with their combined number of Bergs.

Good luck to all who will take on the epic challenge this year.

Andre Collins
Chairman Berg Organizing Committee