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Marathon Racing

Marathon kayak racing 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 as quickly as possible and carrying on.