Marathon paddling will appeal to people of all ages, who like to keep fit. It is low impact and great for a total body workout. Marathon racing can be over different distances, from as little as 5km, up to more than 100 kilometres. That’s why they call it ‘Marathon’!

The current season series information is listed on the EVENTS page.

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Images: Ian Wrenford & PNSW Marathon Series

The Paddle NSW Marathon Series is a series of races held throughout NSW and hosted by affiliated Clubs on their own waterways. It is a great way to meet new friends, paddle with mates and to see NSW in peaceful water surrounds. Marathon series events are held all over the state, taking paddlers to new towns or unexplored corners of well known cities. The Paddle NSW Marathon Series caters for paddlers of all ages and skills, allowing paddlers to choose from race distances of 5, 10, 15 or 20kms – and within time ‘divisions’ to suit their current experience.

2023 Marathon Rules (edited 31/01/23)

The PaddleNSW Marathon Series comprises a number of ‘Divisional’ races run by the
PaddleNSW Marathon Committee (‘the Committee’) and delivered by PaddleNSW
affiliated clubs throughout NSW and the ACT.

Marathon Competition Rules 2023





Juniors are once again invited to compete on some of the state’s best waterways in 2022.
The Junior series will take place within the 2022 Marathon Series, allowing juniors to experience the thrill of marathon racing with age-appropriate distances and some great awards to recognise their achievements.

U/8 and U/10: 2km. All U/8 paddlers are required to paddle with an accompanying adult, and it is recommended for U/10s.
U/12: 5km
U/14 and U/16: 10km
U/18: 15km

The 5km and 2km juniors will start with the 5km divisional paddlers, 10km juniors will start with the slowest 10km start and 15km juniors with the regular 15km paddlers. These start groups are generally small and very welcoming. Juniors who want to paddle in shorter distances, please contact the marathon committee at

Races in the series:
Race 1: Penrith – Sunday 19th June 2022
Race 2: Woronora – Sunday 17th July 2022
Race 3: Grays Point – Saturday 13th August 2022
Race 4: Narrabeen – Saturday 17th September 2022
Race 5: Burrill Lake – Saturday 15th October 2022

Juniors wanting to compete in the series must enter their age category rather than the divisional category. Ages are determined as of December 31st, 2022, so a paddler who turns 13 in 2022 would be required to paddle U/14 rather than U/12. Doubles crews should enter in the age group of the oldest paddler.

Age Division Year of Birth Distance
U/8 2014 and later 2km + accompanying adult
U/10 20112, 2013 2km ± accompanying adult
U/12 2010, 2011 5km
U/14 2008, 2009 10km
U/16 2006, 2007 10km
U/18 2004, 2005 15km


Juniors are welcome to paddle in whatever craft they’re comfortable in, and doubles entries are also strongly encouraged.

Points scored in each race of the series will count towards the end of season score, with each paddler’s best three results being used to calculate their final series pointscore, and the ultimate female and male winners in each age category.

More advanced juniors who wish to paddle in faster divisions or longer distances as part of the marathon series may continue to do so. In addition to regular Marathon Series points, they will earn a fixed 48 points towards the junior series in their age class, along with being recognised for series participation.

If you have any questions about the Paddle NSW Junior Marathon Series, please feel free to email the marathon committee at We look forward to seeing you on the water!

The NSW Ultra Series first took place in 2019 and incorporated five races of increasing distance around the state. In 2021, this will expand to six races, offering paddlers unique challenges and the opportunity to race on some of Australia’s most beautiful rivers.

2021 NSW Ultra Series Dates

2019 Level Awards

Name Distance Level
James Pralija 424.3 5
Ruby Ardren 414.9 4
Peter Fitzgerald 319.6 3
Brodie Cambourne 303.9 3
Jeff Hosnell 288 2
Duncan Johnstone 288 2
Don Johnstone 282 2
Richard Barnes 280.2 2
Gareth Stokes 258.5 2
Greg Smith 258 2
Frank Kingma 258 2
Deb Buchan 253.8 2
Richard Fox 252 2
Trevor Nichols 244.4 1
Anne Moore 233.4 1
Wade Rowston 219.3 1
Barton Bennison 219.1 1
Annette Boath 211 1
Stephen Routley 209.7 1
Charly Wellard 203.4 1


2019 Furthest and Fastest

Female Double: Anne Moore/Charly Wellard
Female Single: Ruby Ardren
Male Double: Duncan Johnstone/Jeff Hosnell
Male Single: James Pralija
Mixed Double: Frank Kingma/Annette Boath

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