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, Holbfast Bay, Onkaparinga, Christian Brothers College 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, Canoe 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!

Marathon Clubs South Australia

Paddle Marathon event information

Onkaparinga River Race – 22/07

The Onkaparinga River Race is on Sunday the 22nd of July, with registration from 8:00am. More information can be found in the event flyer...

Winter SA Long Distance Series Dates

The Dates of the next winter long distance event are: 22nd July 2018 - Onkaparinga 12th August 2018 - Encounter- Trevor Gallard Memorial Marathon incorporating Single State...

The Baudin/Flinders Southern Dash 2018

The Baudin/Flinders Southern dash was on Sunday the 24th of June at Encounter Bay. More information can be found in the event flyer below. Fastest...

2018 May 18/20 National Marathon Championships

National Marathon Championships were held in South Australia on the weekend of May (18-20th) at West Lakes . Paddle SA appointed a management group led...

Paddling Australia calendar of events for Marathon

21
Jul

Foundation Officials Course - Flatwater

Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street Indooroopilly
21 July, 2018
8:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Sprint
Type of Event: Education
Level of Event: state
Host: Queensland
29
Jul

Brisbane River Race

Brisbane Canoeing - Simpsons Playground Graceville
29 July, 2018
10:00am- 12:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: club
Host: Brisbane Canoeing Inc.
12
Aug

Maroochy River Paddle

Maroochydore River, Sunshine Coast
12 August, 2018
Discipline(s): Dragon Boat,Marathon,Ocean Racing,Outrigger,Recreational - Flatwater,Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Type of Event: Other
Level of Event: club
Host: Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club Inc
19
Aug

2018 Qld Schools Canoe Marathon Championships

Kookaburra Park, Karana Downs, QLD
19 August, 2018
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Queensland
9
Sep

Marathon Winter Series Race 6: LD Sprints

Nagambie
9 September, 2018
9:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Sprint
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Victoria
9
Sep

Victorian Slalom Schools Championships

*venue to be determined at a later date
9 September, 2018
9:00am- 3:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Victoria
13
Oct

Echuca Mini

Barmah to Echuca
13 October, 2018
9:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Victoria
20
Oct

Bendigo Cup - Marathon

Bridgewater
20 October, 2018
9:00am- 5:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Victoria
4
Nov

Nathalia Broken Creek Classic

Nathalia
4 November, 2018
9:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Victoria