While in Flatwater Racing events, paddlers race on a straight course, Marathon Racing involves paddling sleek racing craft over long distances, on either the flatwater of lakes, and dams, or the flowing water of a river. Traditional Marathon Racing competitions, like ICF World Cup and World Championships, involve a fixed flatwater course with regular portages, where the paddler must carry the canoe or kayak. Each race lasts approximately 3 hours.
Many popular marathons are raced down sections of river, where the paddler must negociate the currents, rapids or weirs, or else portage around these obstacles. Some of these events attract over 2000 athletes each year and are often run inseveral stages over several days.
ECA Canoe Wildwater ChampionshipsMay 11 - 14, 2017Skopje, MKDhttp://www.eca2017-ww.canoe.mk/
ECA Canoe Slalom ChampionshipsMay 31 - June 4, 2017Tacen, SLOwww.slalomtacen.com
ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint ChampionshipsJune 22 - 25, 2017Belgrade, SRBwww.ec2017.kayakserbia.com
ECA Canoe Marathon ChampionshipsJune 30 - July 2, 2017Ponte de Lima, PORwww.canoemarathonportugal.com
ECA Dragonboat & Club ChampionshipsJuly 6 - 9, 2017Szeged, HUN http://www.szeged2017.com/dragonboat.html
ECA Canoe Sprint ChampionshipsJuly 14 - 16, 2017Plovdiv, BUL
ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Slalom ChampionshipsAugust 16 - 20, 2017Hohenlimburg, GERwww.em2017.holibu.de/en/
ECA Canoe Polo ChampionshipsAugust 23 - 27, 2017Saint Omer, FRA
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