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.

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CKBC clubs with marathon programs

Pitt Meadows Paddling Club

Two Rivers Canoe Club (Prince George)

Squamish Paddling Club

Revelstoke Paddlesport Association

Thompson River Interior Paddling Society (Kamloops)