Dusi in a Day ready to go in 2023

Dusi in a Day ready to go in 2023

After another successful edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon, its traditional encore, the ONE – The Insurance Solution Non-Stop Dusi will welcome back paddlers on Friday, 10 March 2023.

This year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon had several changes which were made to protect paddlers from the poor water quality as well as some large water conditions, however these changes were hailed by the paddlers and the event was one that won’t be forgotten for years to come.

The Non-Stop Dusi is unique in that paddlers don’t have to paddle the section of river from the start at Camps Drift and can portage through the Alexandra Park.

“Following the success of the Dusi two weeks ago there has been a debate around the start venue, however, keeping in-line with the tradition of the event and it’s nature, the current start will be at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg,” said Non-Stop Dusi organiser Carl Foslcher.

“Unlike Dusi, the Non-Stop paddlers will be tasked with the decision of which rapids they choose to shoot and which they choose to portage.

The ‘Dusi in a Day’ will once again provide paddlers with the ultimate test of endurance, stamina and determination, with paddlers covering the 120km from Pietermaritzburg to Durban largely unsupported as they paddle and run their way to Blue Lagoon.

“We have the option of a water release from Henley, but at current water levels this wouldn’t be necessary,” Folscher added. “The Mngeni system below confluence is still running at a great level, with continued rainfall and levels below Inanda Dam are well above any level we have seen in recent years.”

The Non-Stop Dusi is even more unique in that paddlers will wait until race week to enter, and this is no different in 2023, however, Folscher believes that it’s going to shape up to be another exciting showdown.

“As per usual, all the paddlers are holding off until the last minute to commit to the race.

“Jeremy Maher, Banetse Nkhoesa and defending champion Thabani Msiya have all alluded to being on the start line. They’ve all come off great Dusis and have maintained their peak at a training camp with a strong group of international marathon paddlers, including Hamish Lovemore. So we can expect a competitive field.

“Thabani and Msawenkosi Mtolo, who finished second at the Dusi this year, have to be the firm favourites and are aiming for win number four as a pair.

“With the river levels shaping up to be the highest in the last decade, legends and stalwarts of the race, Thulani Mbanjwa, Martin Deyer and Mark Mulder are struggling to resist the challenge I reckon!”

The 2023 ONE – The Insurance Solution Non-Stop Dusi will start at Camps Drift on Friday, 10 March at 05:45am.