Marathon canoe & kayak racing is alive and well. Our mandate is clear, to develop long distance racing in a sport that is rich in heritage and steeped in a tradition by those folks who forged our great country.
Some of the events are becoming legendary, like the La Classique International (1934 to present). Several provinces are members of Canoe Kayak Canada – Marathon under the executive, Marathon Canoe Racing Council. Provincial organizing bodies host events from B.C. to Nova Scotia on the beautiful lakes, rivers and streams. Events are quite often held on the early native and fur brigade waterways complete with portages.
Some exciting news coming from the M.C.R.C. is the new Entry Level Coaching Course currently under development. Marathon Canoe & Kayak Racing will take its place with other competitive sports and be recognized through Sport Canada and the Canadian Coaching Association. This course will certify coaches within the participating provinces starting In 2009.
A new selection policy has been developed for paddlers wanting to be part of the National Team for I.C.F. World Cup events. The information will be available on the Canoe Kayak Canada – Marathon website
Marathon events are specific to certain types of watercraft ranging from open recreational (includes Voyageur) to the more high performance marathon canoes. Kayaks follow the I.C.F. standards specific to marathon races.
Marathon Canoe Racing Ass’n of B.C. started in 1979 and has consistently held events throughout the province (see EVENTS for current schedule). National Championships have been held six times in places like Kamloops, Prince George, Whistler and Enderby.
Who are marathon canoe & kayak racers and where do they come from? Many veteran racers started from strong roots back in the 1960’s & 70’s and are still racing today. Recent growth has been a direct result of athletes crossing over from dragonboating, sprint, and outrigger. Many marathoners are doing several styles of racing each year. Surfski racing has now been added to the list. The magic bullet is where ever your roots originated you love being on the water. Long distance sports like: running, cross country skiing and cycling are all good qualifiers for marathon paddling.
Our current hubs for marathon paddling in the P.N.W. are Bellingham, Victoria, Ft. Langley, Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Prince George.
For more information see marathon executive and race schedule.