The Breede River Canoe Marathon is an annual South African K2 (doubles) race held over 2 days. The route down the Pristine Breede River from Robertson to Swellendam in the Western Cape and covers a distance of 75 km. The event often doubles as the Western Province and South African K2 championships.

The Marathon also serves as a great qualifying race for the Fish Canoe marathon.

The race through scenic wine lands and majestic mountains was first run in 1968 and is usually held during September when good rains ensure reasonable water levels. Notwithstanding the elite paddlers that are attracted, across men and ladies, the race also attracts a large number of fun paddlers. The ideal “B” rated Breede river Marathon is also great for novices wanting to experience river racing for the first time. The “Nurture a Novice” campaign was also started a few years ago whereby experienced paddlers are encouraged to paddle in a double with newcomers to the sport.

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