The paddlers of the MyLife Dusi marathon in Pietermaritzburg.
Fans and families turned out in droves to support the paddlers during the 71st edition of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon on Thursday morning.
The popular three-day race which starts from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg will end on Saturday at the Blue Lagoon in Durban.
Hundreds of people lined up at the College Road Bridge to cheer on paddlers over the first hurdle at Ernie Pierce Weir, while others sang and cheered at Chief Albert Luthuli Street.
Spectator Harrison Field of Michaelhouse said he was excited and said from an early age that he had always been a fan of the event.
“I’m really pumped up and excited today. At one point I thought the event wouldn’t happen because of E. coli, but being here today is nerve wracking “, did he declare.
He said Thursday’s race was his 10th race.
Sindi Nzimande, who came to support her fiancé, said she thought watching the race was harder than racing.
“It’s something he really enjoys doing and he’s been talking about it for 6 months. It’s very exciting and I’m watching for the first time and I’m definitely going to be here every year from now on,” she said.
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