A thousand thrill seekers take to the swollen waters of the Liffey for the annual descent of Dublin's main river.

The seventeen-mile course consists of ten weirs, two rapids, a portage and a stretch of undergrowth known as 'The Jungle'.

It's the second biggest marathon canoe race in the world.

The event attracts a mixture of elite athletes and thrill seekers.  Brendan O'Connell, President of the Irish Canoe Union describes the event, now in its 43rd year as

What the Aintree Grand National is to horse racing. This is the canoeing event.

Local man Gary Moore from the Salmon Leap Canoe Club teamed up with British international Conor Holmes to win the K2 event. The K1 event winner was Len Jenkins of South Africa. 

Bord Fáilte is funding a special film of this year's race to be broadcast worldwide.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 September 2002. The reporter is Eamonn Falvey.