Following the flooding that caused havoc at last year’s N3TC Drak Challenge, normality is now on the cards for the organizers of this hugely popular two-day canoeing marathon on the Umzimkulu River in the Southern Drakensberg.
A perfectly timed and placed thunderstorm on the eve of the race triggered a flash flood, leaving the river at its highest level ever in its twenty year history.
The majority of the field did not start the first day, as the organizers were forced to implemented an A grade-only restriction with compulsory helmets. Even with the field restrictions, scores of paddlers failed to finish, many of them losing their kayaks in the process.
“That was a freak storm, the likes of which we have never seen in the race’s history,” said race committee chair Barry Cole.
“We are looking forward to getting back to business-as-usual this year!”
Entries opened this week for next year’s event which is taking place on January 18 and 19.
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