EnslinVanRietCropAnother year has passed and it is nearly time for the 58th Berg River Marathon.  Indications are that we will be back to normal racing conditions after a number of years of very low water levels and impassable sections.  The dams are much fuller and the rain forecasts look late but good.

This year’s main race will again be a team event, and we will once again have international paddlers taking part.  We hope to attract top local paddlers as well and that the competition at the front will be fierce.

But the Berg is so much more than a race for the top positions.   It is a challenge for everyone just to reach the finish line.  The Berg is still the only major race where every paddler is called up to the stage to receive his or her finisher’s medal.  It is an achievement that warrants such recognition. Even if our numbers are not comparable to that of some other major races, it is still a race that is on every paddler’s bucket list.

The Berg however is not only about the paddlers. It is the seconds and supporters that make for the vibe and atmosphere along the way.  Without all of you the race will just not be same. Not forgetting the sponsors of course, without whom the race would not be possible at all. We are extremely grateful for their continued support over all these years.

For those who have already entered, welcome to another Berg.  We hope to make it a memorable event.  Those who are still undecided, make sure not to miss a great event.  The river blockages of the past have been largely cleared and with water you should be able to paddle all the way from Paarl to Velddrift this year.

Enslin van Riet

Chairman: Race Organizing Committee