Marathon Racing

Marathons are long distance races on rivers, lakes, estuary or even open sea.

Official races are classed as Hasler Races, and use a set system defined by the Marathon Racing Committee. Clubs gain points from these races, and compete in a table-system in regions. The top few teams in each region go through to race at a final national event of the year, known as the Hasler Final.

In the UK, paddlers are ranked in a division from 1-9, with 9 being for new paddlers, and 1 being for internationals. The distances paddlers compete at depend on their ranking, using the following approx. system:

Division Distance (miles)
1 12
2 12
3 12
4 8
5 8
6 8
7 4
8 4
9 4

Paddlers race within their divisions, independant of age, or sex. This is true for all official races, except the National Marathon Championships, where there are age and sex categories.