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Paddlers face whitewater and rugged portages in South Africa's Dusi Canoe Marathon

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A paddler negotiates white water during the first day of the Dusi Canoe Marathon in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday. More than 1700 competitors take part in the annual 75-mile race which begins in Pietermaritzburg and ends in Durban.

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Participants portage dangerous sections of the river during the first day of the Dusi Canoe Marathon near Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

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Spectators watch as participants canoe by on day two of the Dusi Canoe Marathon in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

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Paddlers portage dangerous sections of the river during day two of the Dusi Canoe Marathon in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

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A paddlers cools off at a water point during day two of the Dusi Canoe Marathon on Friday.

The Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place on the Msunduzi River, drawing thousands of paddlers each year. Prior to the race this year, organizers hunted for a crocodile out of concerns for canoeists' safety. In the end, the race was won by defending champions Andy Birkett and Jason Graham, who finished in about five and a half hours.