MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon by Numbers

1 – number of finishers in the inaugural edition of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon in 1951 (late Dr Ian Player)
2 – number of rivers on the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon route (the Msundusi & Mngeni River)
2 – number of initiatives supported by the 2021 Charity Batch (The Dusi Umngeni Conservation Trust and the Valley Chiefs Fund)
3 – number of MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathons race founder Dr Ian Player won (1951/52, 1953 & 1954)
3 – the number of former women’s champions (K1 and K2) on the start line in 2021
4 – the number of K4’s entered into this year’s MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon
5 – the number of finishes needed to achieve Dusi Rat status
6 – days taken by Dusi founder Ian Player to complete the first MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon
7 – consecutive number of wins for Andy Birkett going into the 2021 MyLife Dusi
7 – longest consecutive streak of wins held by Andy Birkett and Graeme Pope-Ellis
10 – number of members of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon’s ‘Super Dusi Rat’ club for paddlers who have finished 40 or more Dusis
10 – the number of finishes a paddlers must achieve to receive a permanent green number
12 – minimum weight in kilograms of a single kayak
12 – number of permitted portages (only 3 are compulsory)
15 – most MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathons won by a male competitor (late ‘Dusi King’ Graeme Pope-Ellis)
15 – minimum age of a MyLife Dusi competitor
20 – number of finishes require to qualify as a King Dusi Rat
42 – age of Graeme Pope-Ellis when he won his last title in 1990 (the oldest winner of the race)
43 – age of three-time MyLife Dusi champion Hank McGregor (if he wins in 2021 he will be the oldest winner of the race)
49 – most number of MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathons completed by any individual (Lyle Wheeler)
49 – most number of consecutive MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon’s completed (Lyle Wheeler)
70 – edition of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon to be staged in 2021
119,62 – exact distance in kilometres of the race using current conventional route
214 – number of K2’s entered into the 2021 MyLife Dusi
298 – number of K1’s entered into the 2021 MyLife Dusi
460 – number of MyLife Dusi finishes between the paddlers in the Super Rats batch
516 – number of boats entered into the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon
738 – number of paddlers entered into the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon
1981 – year of the first Dusi to allow female competitors
2008 – year that Martin Dreyer and Thulani Mbanjwa set the K2 record (7:33.24)
2014 – year race founder Dr Ian Player passed away
2013 – year that Robyn Kime set the record for the fastest women’s K1 time (9:07:16)
2015 – year that Andy Birkett set the record for fastest K1 time (7:55:35)
23 150 – the average number of paddle strokes required to complete the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon
101 347 – amount of money raised by the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon Charity Batch