Durban - Having taken the McGregor Series
craze to Gauteng in June, the highly-anticipated first KwaZulu-Natal leg of the
series, the Durban North Race, will take place at the
event’s founding home at Blue Lagoon this Friday, 28 July.
After being started in 2016 by multiple World Marathon champion Hank McGregor,
the McGregor Series exploded to life when it attracted paddlers of all ages and
abilities over a short 4km or a longer 8km course.
The first race of the KZN leg of the series this Friday will be K2 focused,
although organisers do not want to limit the event and K1's,3's, surfski's,
sit-on tops and stand-up paddleboards are all welcome to take part.
The series started as a way for McGregor and his wife Pippa to give back to a
sport that has given them so much over the years and with an ethos of enjoyment
and involvement the series has encouraged non-paddlers and ex-paddlers to get
into a boat and enjoy a Friday evening on the water.
"The series comes at a stage in the season when many paddlers are starting
their training for the summer season races like the Dusi or the Drak," says
"We encourage these paddlers to commit to paddling the 4km or 8km race with a
novice or even a family member or your second, to give someone the opportunity
to experience the pleasure of paddling."
With the 2017 ICF World Marathon Championships being held at Camps Drift in
Pietermaritzburg in September, Hank and Pippa have arranged for two of the four
KZN legs of the series to be held at Camps Drift.
"You can already sense the buzz ahead of the World Champs in Pietermaritzburg,
so we have agreed to hold Series races there on August 18, and the last one on
1 September, the Friday before the World Champs! The vibe will be amazing!
"We try to keep it as simple and affordable to enter - to race costs just R20
to enter - and there is R10 000 in prize money and prizes spread over all the
race categories, with lots of fun prizes and giveaways," said McGregor.
Despite the inclusive nature of the event the racing at the front end of the
field is always top class and exciting.
South Africa will be hosting the ICF
Canoe Marathon World Championships next month and the series gives those
looking to take part the ideal opportunity to get some competitive action.
Added incentives for paddlers that take part are great prizes as well as value
for money. Paddlers' race entry fee of R20 will also include a wors roll at the
2017 McGregor Paddle Series:
Race 2: July 28 in Blue Lagoon
Race 3: August 18 in Pietermaritzburg
Race 4: August 26 in Blue Lagoon
Race 5: September 1 in Pietermaritzburg