Marathon kayak racing
Marathon kayaking is a type of kayaking competition that involves covering long distances, typically ranging from 20 to 200 kilometers, on open water such as lakes, rivers, or seas. Unlike sprint kayaking, which takes place in flat water over short distances, marathon kayaking races can take several hours and require participants to navigate through challenging conditions such as currents, winds, and waves.
Marathon kayaking is a physically and mentally demanding sport that requires a high level of endurance, as well as technical skill and strategy. Competitors must have the ability to maintain a consistent pace for several hours, as well as the ability to make quick and effective decisions in response to changing conditions on the water.
The International Canoe Federation (ICF) governs international marathon kayaking competitions, including the World Championships and World Cup series. In addition to individual races, marathon kayaking also features team events where multiple kayakers work together to complete the course.
Dave, The two month long Finlandia races that I completed back in the 90’s required a lot of daily mental preparation; as well as overall fitness & paddling technique. Plus the best support driver in the bunch – step-daughter Jess! Montana Mike
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