Pietermaritzburg - 2015 ICF Canoe Marathon K2 world
champion Adrian Boros returns to
the Dusi Canoe Marathon with an eye on a potential top 10 spot when
the three-day adventure gets underway on Thursday, February 16.
The Hungarian has spent a lot of time in South Africa recently training at
the race's start venue Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg.
Boros, 26, says he is looking
forward to the challenge of taking on one of the toughest challenges in South
"I look forward to the race every single time I come to South Africa," the athlete mentioned.
"I like coming back to South Africa because the competition here is really
tough and I love taking on the best river paddlers in the world.
"The Dusi isn't an easy race for me, it is very difficult but I am looking
forward to the challenge!"
Uniquely, the Dusi is as much a running race as it is a paddling race with
paddlers having to take on arduous portage sections.
Boros, who has paddled the Dusi on three previous occasions, is
still re-calibrating to running with a boat on his shoulder.
"I have been doing a lot of running training but I haven't been running with a
boat so it is going to be interesting to see how I go.
"Running with a boat is something that I have done so it isn't too foreign for
"We will just have to see how I go with the race just one-and-a-half weeks to
go!" he added.
With the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships coming up later in the year in
South Africa, Boros has been using Camps Drift as a base to train however
training in his native Hungary is difficult in the winter months.
"For the last three months the weather in Hungary has been really cold so
training there is difficult so it has been nice to be here in warm South
"I have been training hard and I am feeling fit and ready for the race, I am
not feeling World Championships fit but I am feeling good," he added.
Boros' record in South African river races is solid, considering how foreign
the concept of river marathon paddling is, and he is hoping that he will be
able to cause a few upsets at the Dusi in 2017.
"I was 31st overall in the K1 in my last Dusi and I think that I will be able
to improve on that this year.
"To get into the top 20 would be great for me, but I don't think that a top 10
is impossible. I will have to have a great race!" Boros concluded.