En­tries open for N3TC Drak race

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

EX­CIT­ING news for all pad­dle junkies is that en­tries for the an­nual pop­u­lar N3TC Drak Chal­lenge have opened and will see the 26th edi­tion start at Castle­burn on Satur­day, 19 Jan­uary with a 26 kilo­me­tre stage to Sin­is­ter Pool, just above Swart­berg Road Bridge.

Com­peti­tors will then com­plete the 36km sec­ond stage on Sun­day, 20 Jan­uary at Early Mist Farm close to Cole­ford re­sort.

With reg­u­lar sum­mer rain­falls in and around the area, pad­dlers will keep a close eye on the wa­ter lev­els, as many opt to trip and train on the river dur­ing the end-of-year hol­i­days.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Andy Bir­kett, the win­ner of the last five edi­tions of the race, has con­firmed that he will be trav­el­ling up from his new home in East Lon­don for the race.

Also sure to be on the start line is 11 times world marathon cham­pion Hank McGre­gor.

The two-day race at­tracts pad­dlers from ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try, de­spite the fact that it gen­er­ally falls on the first week­end af­ter the school hol­i­days.

En­tries can be taken on­line via the ROAG por­tal at http://drak.co.za/en­ter/

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