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. Paddle Australia canoe marathon newsletter #2

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

8-9
Oct

FCC members - beginner kayaking course

Fairfield Canoe Club
8 - 9 October, 2022
10:30am- 10:30am
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Training
Level of Event: Club
Host: Fairfield Canoe Club
9
Oct

SSCC 2022 5K Time Trial #9 - Sunday 9 October

Sutherland Shire Canoe Club
9 October, 2022
8:30am- 9:30am
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: Club
Host: Sutherland Shire Canoe Club
11
Oct

HVPC 2022-23 Twilight Series - Race 1

Teralba Bowling Club
11 October, 2022
6:00pm- 7:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: Club
Host: Hunter Valley Paddlesports Club Inc
15-16
Oct

2022 PaddleNSW Marathon Series - Race 10 & Series Finale (with Presentations) - Makai

Makai Paddlers
15 - 16 October, 2022
10:15am- 11:59pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: State
Host: New South Wales
18-14
Oct-Mar

Paddle 'n' Ski Hadspen Race Series 2022/23

Hadspen Lions Park
18 October - 14 March, 2023
6:30pm- 8:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Ocean,Sprint,Wildwater,Multi Discipline
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: Club
Host: Tamar Canoe Club Inc.
8
Nov

HVPC 2022-23 Twilight Series - Race 2

Teralba Bowling Club
8 November, 2022
6:00pm- 7:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: Club
Host: Hunter Valley Paddlesports Club Inc
13
Nov

HVPC 2022-23 Summer Series - Race 2

Teralba Bowling Club
13 November, 2022
7:30am- 10:00am
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: Club
Host: Hunter Valley Paddlesports Club Inc
27
Nov

HVPC 2022-23 Summer Series - Race 3

Teralba Bowling Club
27 November, 2022
7:30am- 10:00am
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: Club
Host: Hunter Valley Paddlesports Club Inc
10-11
Dec

BGCC 24 Hour Paddle Challenge - 2022

Molonglo Reach
10 - 11 December, 2022
10:00am- 10:00am
Discipline(s): Marathon,Other
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: Club
Host: Burley Griffin Canoe Club Inc