The sport of canoe marathon is a true test of a paddlers tactics, endurance and athleticism

Similar to a running marathon, it is a long distance, endurance event- standard races can be up to 30km on a flatwater course, often with regular portages where the paddler must carry the kayak.

Canoe Racing NZ runs an annual Canoe Marathon National Championship around May.

This is open to all competitors across all age groups with different distances for each age group usually between 5km (U12 paddlers) and 30km (open competitors). It is often the selection event for that year’s ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships.