Race 3: Canberra

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Early Bird entries close Tuesday 16th March

Final entries close Thursday 18th March

Race 3 of the 2021 Marathon Series will be run on the Molonglo River in Canberra, hosted by Burley Griffin Canoe Club.

This will a 5km Lap Course, with 20km Divisions paddling 4 laps, Division 8 paddling 3 laps, Divisions 9-12 paddling 2 laps, and Division 13 paddling the one lap.

There will be no on-site pre-race briefing.
The Race Briefing will be emailed to all entrants, along with the Start List, on the Friday before the race. PLEASE READ THE BRIEFING – it will contain important information about the venue, the course, and what you need to do on the way.

Paddler Check-In:
Check-in and Number collection will open from 08:30am.
Social Distancing will continue to be a focus for us in 2021, so please remember this when queuing for Check-in.

Start Times:

09:30am – Division 7

09:45am – Division 6

10:00am – Division 1, and then remaining Divisions at approximately 2 minute intervals thereafter.

All the usual Covid conditions apply – please don’t enter or attend if you’re even the slightest bit off colour, if you’ve been in, or you come from a Covid Hotspot, or if you’re supposed to be in isolation for any reason.

Paddlers entering for their first race in a PNSW Marathon Series, and any paddler wanting to enter anything other than the Division they last raced in, or were assigned to, should choose one of the “Ranking” race Divisions. (unless entering in Divisions 1, 8, or 9)

Paddlers and visitors should note that there is a U turn system on Morshead Drive for access to Molonglo Reach. If you are traveling from Canberra City towards the airport, it is necessary to travel in the left lane, past the Molonglo Reach sign and use the U turn lane that is well marked. This won’t be an issue if you are traveling on the Majura Parkway or from Queanbeyan.

The Burley Bash

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Early Bird entries close Wednesday 17th March

All entries close Friday 19th March

For those paddlers looking for some extra competition or some more Marathon training/racing, the Burley Bash is being run on the Sunday. Stay the night and have a crack at this amazing paddle on Lake Burley Griffin in the 44th running of this iconic race.

Race Day Schedule

Course 30km 13km 5km & 3km
Briefing 7:30am 8:00am 8:30am
Start 8:00am 8:30am 9:00am


30 km – Paddle downstream to the entrance to the lake; South across to Kingston foreshore; turn towards Kings Ave. Bridge. From bridge follow shoreline passing under Commonwealth Ave. Bridge and past the Museum; around Springbank & Spinnaker Islands in West Lake & return using the same route taken on the way out. Two laps.

13 km – one lap of course as described above

5 km – Loop to Kings Avenue Bridge & back for Under 14 years & Novice paddlers

3 km – Loop on Molonglo River for Under 12 years & Novice paddlers