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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

2019 ECA Canoe Marathon European ...
July 25. - 28. 2019, Decize, FRA
2020 ECA Canoe Marathon European ...
January 1. 2020, Budapest, HUN*
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Krumlov Canoe Marathon attracted numerous participants

Czech Republic hosted the traditional and well known Krumlov Canoe Marathon which attracted more than 400 boats in the 36 kilometres event, and additional 300 boats and SUPs that took part in the shorter marathon distances. Representatives of Czech Republic and Germany took majority of the medals in 16 events of the 36 kilometres long race. Special sprint event was also organised to accompany the 16th edition of Krumlov Canoe Marathon.

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Hungary and Spain remain European canoe marathon superpowers
Hungary and Spain remain European canoe marathon superpowers

Portuguese town Vila de Prado hosted almost 500 athletes from 35 countries at this year’s edition of the Canoe Marathon World Championships. Hungary once more showed the dominance in this canoeing discipline concluding the championships with a total of 18 medals (six gold, nine silver, three bronze).


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One month after Canoe Marathon European Championships Neretva hosts different boats

One month ago Neretva River was the venue of the 2018 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships in Metković, today the river hosted different kind of boats.

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