2020 CRNZ SI Marathon Champs


Date: Sunday, 16th of August, 2020

Time: Registration 8:00am, Race Start: 9:00am


Lake Hood, Ashburton

A lake closure has been organised for the event.


Race Distances

The racing will consist of multiple laps of a course set on Lake Hood and the canals linked to the lake.

Short Course

The short course (2.5km) laps will be applied to junior paddlers as this stays close to the shore for the whole distance.

  • 5.0km race distance - 2 laps, 1 portage
    • U12
    • SUP? (To be confirmed)
  • 7.5km race distance - 3 laps, 2 portages
    • SUP? (To be confirmed)

Long Course

The long course (4.0km laps) will be applied to the age groups covering the longer distance races.

  • 8.0km race distance - 2 laps, 1 portage
    • U14
    • SUP? (To be confirmed)
  • 12.0km race distance - 3 laps, 2 portages
    • U16
  • 16.0km - 4 laps, 3 portages
    • U18
  • 20.0km - 5 laps, no portages
    • Unlimited class
    • Waka Ama
    • Surf Ski
  • 24.0km race distance - 6 laps, 5 portages
    • Open K1- Canterbury Champs

Portages are optional for recreational paddlers. Portages are only compulsory for those competing for the title of Canterbury Marathon Champion.

Race Start

The start/finish line will be marked by 2 bouys placed in front of the rowing club. Each age group will start in it's own wave. If entries in a particular age group are low, more than one age group may be merged to start together. Subject to conditions on the day, there will be a stationary start in line with the start /finish bouys. Starting instructions will be given in the race briefing.

Course Marking

Bouys will be placed at key turning points on the course.

Race Finish

The race will finish at the start/finish line.

Entry Details

Race Grouping

Entries are open to all paddlers with age groups and boat classes as noted below:

Age Groups

  • U12
  • U14
  • U16
  • U18
  • Open
  • Masters (40+)

The organisers reserve the right to combine age groups on the day, dependent on the number of entries.

Boat Classes

  • K1
    • <=5.2m in length
    • >=8.0kg in weight
    • Means of propulsion
      • Kayaks must be propelled solely by means of a double-bladed paddle.
      • The paddles must not be attached to the boat in any way.
  • Unlimitted (Combined Class)
    • Multisport
    • Surf Ski
    • Waka Ama
    • SUP


Entry fee for the event is to cover costs of running race and BBQ following race.

  • U12 $10
  • All other $20

Registration and payment can be made online using the Webscorer entry form - see button below.

Cash payment can be made on the day ONLY if you pre-register by emailing marathon@arawa.org.nz Please ensure you include:

  • Your Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Event you wish to enter
  • Distance
  • Kayak Classification (K1 or UL)
  • Emergency contact name and number
Click here to register


Lake Hood

Getting There

Lake Hood is just south of the Ashburton River towards the coast from Tinwald.

The lake is well signposted from Tinwald. When you arrive at the Lake, travel around the north side, past the restaurant and boat ramp to the Ashburton Rowing Club building on the side of the lake.


Click Here to download the results in PDF format.