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

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...

West Lakes Classic and Doubles State Titles

The West Lakes Classic and Brother Howard Memorial Race was held on the 26th of August and incorporated the State Doubles Marathon Titles. Photos courtesy...

Trevor Gallard Memorial Marathon Results

The 18th Trevor Gallard Memorial marathon was held on Sunday, August the 12th at Cliff Thorpe Reserve, Bartel Boulevard, Victor Harbor and incorporated the...

2018 Onkaparinga River Race Results

The Onkaparinga River Race was held on Sunday the 22nd of July. It was a great effort from all paddlers in such challenging conditions....

Paddling Australia calendar of events for Marathon


Massive Murray Paddle

Yarrawonga to Swan Hill
19 - 23 November, 2018
9:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Ultra Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Victoria

Murray Quad Peaches and Cream Paddle

24 November, 2018
3:00pm- 6:30pm
Discipline(s): Dragon Boat,Marathon,Multisport,Recreational - Flatwater,Recreational - Sea Kayaking,Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: club
Host: Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club

Ben Ward Memorial Day 1

Yarrawonga to Cobram
8 December, 2018
9:00am- 5:00pm
Discipline(s): Ultra Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Victoria

Ben Ward Day 2

Cobram Canoe Club
9 December, 2018
9:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Victoria

Canoe Marathon Test Nomination

30 January, 2019
Discipline(s): Canoe Marathon
Type of Event: National Team Nomination
Level of Event: National

Canoe Marathon National Championships

Perth WA
17 - 19 May, 2019
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: national
Host: Paddle Australia