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 SA Winter Series

The first race of the Paddle SA Long Distance (LD) Series kicks-off on Sunday the 26th of May with the West Lakes Classic Regatta...

Australian Masters Games – paddle sport entries NOW OPEN

Canoe, Kayak, Sup and Outrigger entries are now open for the Australian Masters Games, so get your crew together and experience everything Adelaide and...

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...

Paddling Australia calendar of events for Marathon

26
May

West Lakes Classic

Aquatic Reserve Bower Rd West Lakes SA
26 May, 2019
8:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Sprint
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: South Australia
1-2
Jun

Barron River Challenge

Barron River North Queensland
1 - 2 June, 2019
10:00am- 1:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Recreational - Whitewater,Wildwater Canoeing
Type of Event: Recreation
Level of Event: club
Host: Tinaroo Canoe Club
2
Jun

Wetlands Wander (PCPS Race 3)

Allpass Parade, Shorncliffe, 4017
2 June, 2019
7:00am- 12:00am
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Queensland
23
Jun

Baudin Flinders Southern Dash

Encounter Lakes SA
23 June, 2019
8:00am- 5:00pm
Discipline(s): Dragon Boat,Marathon,Ocean Racing,Outrigger,Recreational - Flatwater,Recreational - Whitewater,Recreational - Sea Kayaking,Sprint,Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: South Australia
23
Jun

Riverhills Race (PCPS Race 4)

Springfield Lakes
23 June, 2019
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: Queensland
7
Jul

Tumbulgum Tweed Classic

Chinderah Bay Rd
7 July, 2019
Discipline(s): Marathon
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: club
Host: Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club
21
Jul

Brother Howard Memorial Race

Aquatic Reserve Bower Rd West Lakes SA
21 July, 2019
8:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Sprint
Type of Event: Competition
Level of Event: state
Host: South Australia
14-15
Sep

Flatwater Guide Training

Westerfolds Park, Templestowe
14 - 15 September, 2019
9:00am- 5:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Multisport,Recreational - Flatwater,Sprint,Ultra Marathon
Type of Event: Education
Level of Event: state
Host: Paddle Victoria