Marathon kayak racing is very similar to marathon road racing. It is an endurance sport, racing as fast as you can over distances varying from 4 to 125 miles!
You’re seeded, based on ability, into divisions from 1 to 9. As a beginner you start racing in division 9 which is 4 miles. Promotion is based on time so, when you’re fast enough, you will be promoted to division 8 and so on. In a regional competition divisions 9, 8 and 7 races are 4 miles, 6, 5 and 4 are 8 miles and 3, 2 and 1 are 12 miles. Some races include portages, which is where you get out of the boat, run round an obstacle of some sort, typically a lock, before getting back in and carrying on.
We host an annual marathon race, which is part of the Hasler Series of races around the country. We have also hosted the National Marathon Championships on numerous occasions and regularly run Assessment Races which helps decide which athletes get selected for the international teams.
Chris is our marathon rep and often at the club if you need any advice.
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org