Marathon Paddling involves racing canoes or kayaks over distances greater than 10km in flatwater rivers and lakes. Marathon racing is participated in at club, state, national and international levels with Australia being strong a player in the discipline particularly at the 2003 World Championships in Spain and 2004 World championships in Norway.
South Australia was well represented in the 2006 Marathon World Championships in Portugal. Bennet Maxwell and Luke Morrison paired up in the K2 event and Dale Thomson and Michael Knauer in the U18 K2 event.

The major clubs supporting marathon racing in South Australia are West Lakes, Holdfast Bay, Encounter Bay, Onkaparinga and of course the Marathon Canoe Club of South Australia. The Marathon Canoe Club also holds a three day ultra marathon event on the Murray River in June each year with the paddlers competing over distances of 100km, 200km or in a 200km relay. Marathon racing is open to paddlers of all ages and skill level with a great variety of classes of racing, as it is often more of a challenge just to complete the course rather than get there in a rush!

Adelaide was fortunate enough to hold the 1994, 1999, 2006 and 2018 Australian Marathon Canoe Championships at West Lakes thereby setting the standard for these competitors in Australia. In 2005, Paddle SA also hosted the Australian Masters Games Sprint and Marathon and will be doing so again in 2007. Perth, Australia also played host to the World Marathon Championships in 2006.

Marathon canoeing is a great way to get fit, enjoy good company and see some of Australia’s best waterways. With a program of races running all year round between the clubs, beginners are always welcome, so why not come along and have a go!

Paddle Marathon event information

Holdfast LD Race and West Lakes Classic

The Holdfast Long Distance Race was held on the 13th of September. Find the results here. Find the results for West Lakes Classic and the...

Paddle Australia Canoe Marathon Newsletter

The Paddle Australia canoe marathon newsletter #2 contains information about the 2019 Oceana and Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.

Canoe Marathon World Championships 2019

Find the 2018 CAM newsletter here. This contains the dates for the 2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships and other information.

Paddle Australia 2018 Annual Awards

Congratulations to Roger French (West Lakes Canoe Club) on receiving a Services to Paddling Award and to Cathy Venning (Encounter Paddling) named Master Paddler...

South Australians compete at ICF Canoe Marathon World Cup

Congratulations to the five South Australians who competed from the 3rd to the 9th of September in Ville de Prado, Portugal. Cathy Venning completed 3...

Paddling Australia calendar of events for Marathon


Paddle u0027nu0027 Ski Hadspen Race Series 2020/21

Hadspen Lions Park
20 October - 9 March, 2021
6:30pm- 7:30pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Ocean,Sprint,Wildwater
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: Club
Host: Tamar Canoe Club Inc.

Victorian Sprint and Marathon Short Course Championships

Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre
30 - 31 January, 2021
8:00am- 5:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Sprint
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: State
Host: Victoria

2021 PQ Canoe Marathon Champs (Inc Canoe Polo)

Lake Kawana
7 February, 2021
Discipline(s): Canoe Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: State
Host: Paddle QLD