Marathon training for members interested in efficient paddling skills for long distance racing

Marathon racing is a pure challenge of endurance and strategy on the water and a sport suitable for all ages. Though there are shorter distances for younger paddlers a paddling "Marathon" is generally defined as a race longer than 10 km on a designated course where the water is taken as it comes on rivers, lakes, canals and even open ocean. There may or may not be portages. The learning and the fun in this sport never stops.

Activity Instructors

Pic ROb.png

Rob Gregoris
Trained in NCCP Marathon. An active member in the Sudbury Paddling Community, Rob Gregoris is an accomplished boat builder, and dragon boat steersman who's often found helping out new paddlers.

pic jordan.png

Jordan Hotta
Trained in NCCP Marathon. Jordan can be seen competing in many races throughout the paddling season.

pic david.png

David Ahong
Trained in NCCP Marathon . David is a strength and conditioning coach in the city and is best known for promoting health education.


The Sudbury Canoe Club has a number of equipped-for-racing C2s through a grant by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport in association with the Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association which also provided the training for the three NCCP Marathon trained coaches at the club.

What will I learn?

Instructors will explain and demonstrate the following:

• Propulsion, balance and boat control; the three elements of Marathon Paddling

• Proper use of efficient bent shaft paddles.

• Trimming canoes for efficient travel under varying conditions.

• The art and science of wash riding to save energy in a race.

• Taking nutrition and fluids on the go.


Sudbury Canoe Club thanks Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for support in developing and maintaining this program. For listings of Marathon races see omckra.com


To request a marathon racing lesson, email sudburycanoeclubon@gmail.com (subject: Marathon Inquiry).