The 54th edition of the popular Breed River Canoe Marathon will be held between Robertson and Swellendam on the weekend of September 3rd and 4th.

This year’s Breede River Canoe Marathon will also decide the awarding of the Western Cape K2 River Championship for 2022.

K2 becomes a hub for Breed

After a successful Berg K1 season last weekend the focus switched to double kayaks as the double kayak season got underway in earnest with the Nekkies to Eilandia race.


With the Breede Valley bearing the brunt of changing weather patterns over the past five years, paddlers will be pleased to see regular cold fronts bearing down on the Western Cape and filling the region’s rivers and dams.

With the Breede Marathon coming a few weeks before the ICF Marathon World Championships in Ponte de Lima, Portugal, the event will be an ideal competition training opportunity for many junior, under 23, senior and masters age group rowers , selected for national teams. .

The Western Cup K2 River Championship attracts big names

Breede Marathon regulars are already wondering if Andy Birkett, fresh off a gold medal at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, will use Breede to sharpen his combination with Nicky Noten, with whom he won last year’s Breede title before adding Rybin Marathon scalp

The race has earned a reputation as a breeding ground for the next generation of rowing stars, with many experienced rowers using the two-day marathon as an opportunity to race new young rowers and pass on as many skills as possible over the course of 72 kilometers of varied paddling.

In addition to a series of unique reservoirs, the race offers long pools well-suited to classic marathon racing before it winds through the blue-tree-lined channels typical of Western Cape rivers.

More information about the race can be found at

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