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Long distance endurance and strategy

While in Flatwater Racing events, paddlers race on a straight course, Marathon Racing involves paddling sleek racing craft over long distances, on either the flatwater of lakes, and dams, or the flowing water of a river. Traditional Marathon Racing competitions, like ICF World Cup and World Championships, involve a fixed flatwater course with regular portages, where the paddler must carry the canoe or kayak. Each race lasts approximately 3 hours.

Many popular marathons are raced down sections of river, where the paddler must negociate the currents, rapids or weirs, or else portage around these obstacles. Some of these events attract over 2000 athletes each year and are often run inseveral stages over several days.

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ECA Competitions

2024 ECA Canoe Marathon Masters ...
July 22. - 23. 2024, Poznan, POL
2024 ECA Canoe Marathon European ...
July 25. - 28. 2024, Poznan, POL
2025 ECA Canoe Marathon European ...
January 1. 2025, Crestuma, POR
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BULLETIN – 2024 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships
BULLETIN – 2024 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships

The 2024 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships will be held in Poznan, Poland, between 25th and 28th July 2024. On 22nd and 23rd July there will be master races on the programme.

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Legendary Renata Csay waved goodbye to competitive sport
Legendary Renata Csay waved goodbye to competitive sport

When someone mentions canoe marathon, the first or at least one of the first associations is Renata Csay. A legend of the sport, a true queen of canoe marathon decided to retire from professional sport at the age of 46.

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Vote for Mads Brandt Pedersen

Danish paddler Mads Brandt Pedersen became Canoe Marathon world champion this year for the third time and also prolonged his winning streak at European Championships. He also won his first Canoe Sprint 5000 m title. He is a candidate for The World Games Athlete of the Year!

Vote here: https://theworldgames.org/awards/Athlete-of-the-Year-2023-122

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