Flat water marathon distances vary according to age group, with the most competitive age groups racing distances of up to 30kms.
Marathon racing is exciting to watch and compete in - with no lanes and short portages every few kilometers, the outcome is never predictable. Athletes test their endurance and tactics in both K1 and K2 events. South Africa has produced some legends of World Marathon racing.


River races are categorized as a marathon discipline. South African has some of the best river races in the world -  the Dusi Canoe Marathon, the Fish River Canoe Marathon, and Dabulamanzi's very own Liebenbergsvlei Canoe Marathon. See our getting started page for details on how to get your river proficiency.