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2017 USACK Marathon National Championship
April 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - April 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm$65
The 2017 USACK Marathon National Championship race will be held on Saturday, April 29 on Brooks Lake in Sugar Land, TX. K1 and C1 (high kneel) will be held on Saturday, with K2 and C2 (high kneel) races on Sun.
The Marathon National Championship doubles as the annual Marathon Team Trials, the assessment race that determines who will make the U.S. National Team, and who among them qualifies to represent the USA in the ICF (International Canoe Federation) World Championships. The top two in each category (Juniors, Under-23, Seniors), qualify for Worlds if they also beat the mandatory minimum time standard. The next tier of finishers in each class (who beat the time standard) will also be named to the national team, and are eligible to represent the USA at ICF Marathon World Cup events. They also are the alternates for the ICF Marathon World Championship.
Start time is 11am on Saturday and TBA for Sunday’s K2 race.
What designates an ICF Racing Kayak / Canoe?
Racing kayaks & canoes are scaled from 10 to 1, with lower numbers representing a corresponding decrease in stability. A standard sea kayak would rate as a 10. An Olympic flatwater sprint kayak would rate as a 1. Between these extremes are a wide range of developmental boats that are mastered incrementally before progressing to the Level 1 boats used for Olympic Sprint or World Championship Marathon.
An ICF K1 must be 17.2 feet long (5-meters). There is no width restriction, meaning the hull can be as narrow as the athlete can balance. As a practical matter, level 1 ICF K1’s are approximately 12-inches wide at the widest point on the waterline. They are constructed of carbon fiber and/or Kevlar. For ICF Marathon, K1’s are restricted to a minimum of 18 pounds (compared to 26 pounds for Sprint).
For ICF flatwater kayaks, the athletes use carbon fiber doubled bladed paddles from a seated position.
For ICF flatwater canoes, the athletes use carbon fiber single blade paddles from a kneeling position.
When and Where is the ICF Marathon World Championship for 2017?
PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
4 – 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
How are the Classifications Divided?
Juniors = ages 15-17
U-23 = ages 18-22
Seniors = ages 23-35. Note that older athletes are allowed to compete in this class, and often do.
Masters = ages 35+
Distance per Class for the 2015 Marathon Trials / Championship?
Seniors kayak men – 8 laps, 7 portages (24 km / 14-miles)
Seniors kayak women – 7 laps, 6 portages (21 km / 13-miles)
Seniors canoe men – 7 laps, 6 portages (21 km / 13-miles)
Under 23 men Kayak – 7 laps, 6 portages (21 km / 13-miles)
Under 23 women kayak – 6 laps, 5 portages (18 km / 11.2-miles)
U-23 canoe men – 6-laps, 5 portages (18 km / 11.2-miles)
Masters kayak men – 6-laps, 5 portages (18 km / 11.2-miles)
Master kayak women – 5 laps, 4 portages (15 km / 9.3 miles)
Juniors men kayak – 6 laps, 5 portages (18 km / 11.2-miles)
Juniors kayak women – 5 laps, 4 portages (15 km / 9.3-miles)
Juniors canoe men – 5 laps, 4 portage (15 km / 9.3-miles)
Masters Women – 5 laps, 4 portages (15 km / 9.3-miles)
The starting line is the dock near the Hyatt Place Hotel. Park in the back left parking lot of the hotel which is located at 16730 Creekbend Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77478
For more information on the course/map, see last year’s marathon nationals website: www.HoustonCanoeKayak.org/