Marathon paddling includes everything from traditional racing through remote rivers and portaging through the wilderness to the modern format of competing in the centre of a city with the flags of forty countries being waved in the grandstand.
Marathon races vary in distances from ten kilometres to over 1000 kilometres for multi-day stage races. Races are held throughout the year on rivers, lakes, canals, estuaries and even on the open sea. Paddlers portage around dams, locks, shallow water and whitewater. In ICF-sanctioned international competition the portage is usually a man-made area where competitors get out on a dock or sloped ramp and run several hundred metres across a marked course before returning to the water.
Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization for the paddle sports and actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in them. Members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport. The association's mission enourages and promotes personal growth and success for our members through participation and performance in paddle sports.